Music & Science is a new peer-reviewed open access online journal published by SAGE in association with SEMPRE.
Our point of departure is the idea that science—or, more accurately, the sciences—can help us to make sense of music and its significance in our lives. Music exists in complex and diverse forms across historical time and within and across different societies; music is indisputably a cultural phenomenon but our musicality is grounded in our biology; we need to draw on the sciences to address music's biological materiality, but we must also be attuned to the distinctive functional and discursive properties that are embodied in different cultures' musics.
Hence the need for this journal, which is intended to provide a peer-reviewed platform for researchers to communicate important new insights in music research from the full spectrum of relevant scientific and scholarly perspectives to the widest possible audience. We aim to publish research across the field of music and science as broadly conceived, encompassing studies in cognition, neuroscience and psychoacoustics; development and education; philosophy and aesthetics; ethnomusicology and music sociology; archaeology and ethology; music theory, analysis and historical studies; performance science and practice-based research; computational approaches and studies in digital culture; acoustics, sound studies, and soundscape studies; music therapy; and clinical implications and approaches, including psychoneuroimmunology, health and well-being. Our goal is to be truly interdisciplinary: to give researchers from the many different scientific traditions that have been applied to music the opportunity to communicate with—and to learn from—each other, while encouraging dialogue with music scholars whose work is situated in artistic, performative or humanistic domains. In short, we aim to publish research from any discipline or perspective that can illuminate—or that can be illuminated by—scientific approaches to understanding music.
Music & Science welcomes original research, commentaries and reviews, and sets no upper or lower limit on article length. As the journal is online it can host audio and video files. It has an open data policy; authors should be prepared to share and to make freely available data sets as well as relevant musical materials—audiovisual, sonic and notated. Authors are also encouraged to publish a summary of their research in audiovisual or podcast form alongside their submission to highlight for a non-specialist audience the significance of their research in the broad field of music and science as well as its potential impact.
Together with SAGE, the editors aim to ensure that Article Processing Charges (APCs) are kept as low as possible so as to stimulate submissions from international researchers at all stages in their career. For its first year of operation, there will be no APC; subsequently there will be a discount of 50% for members of SEMPRE. Publication will be continuous and we aim to ensure a turn-around time for submissions that is as fast as is commensurate with a rigorous reviewing process.
- Open Access
- Article processing charge (APC)
- Article types
- Editorial Policies
4.1 Peer review policy
4.6 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing Policies
5.1 Publication Ethics
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Supplementary material
6.4 Reference style
6.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.2 Information required for completing your submission
7.3 Corresponding author contact details
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE Production
8.3 Promoting your article
- Further Information
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mns to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Music & Science will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
Music & Science is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.
For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.
If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons licence.
During the first year of submissions, the APC will be waived. Thereafter, the full rate will be £400*. A 50% discount on the prevailing APC rate is available to all members of SEMPRE.
*If the paying party is based in the European Union, to comply with European law, value added tax (VAT) must be added to the APC. Providing a VAT registration number will allow an institution to be exempt from paying this tax, except for UK institutions.
Music & Science publishes research articles, theoretical critical papers, position papers, discussions, and reviews that make a novel contribution to the field of music and science as broadly conceived. Articles are expected to be of 4,000-7,500 words, though the journal does not specify any set length. Concise contributions are particularly welcome to facilitate timely publication. If your paper is based on a specific dataset arising from your research, you should be prepared to provide it to SAGE in an appropriate format on acceptance or to provide a link to where it may be found online; in cases where you are not providing access to the dataset via SAGE, we strongly suggest that you use an appropriate publicly-accessible repository (please see section 4.7 on Data).
The journal will also accept news items which are of core interest to the Music & Science community, at their sole discretion. These will not be subject to peer review, but will be published only with the Editors' approval.
Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Music & Science all papers are sent out for review. The covering letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Music & Science utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and author’s names and information are withheld from the other. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed during the review process. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor who then makes the final decision; when a paper is published, reviewers' names will be listed on the paper subject to their consent.
Please note that if you are submitting your review as a document in a proprietary word-processing format you should ensure that it is anonymised (even if you have agreed to be named as a reviewer on the published paper at the end of the review process). You should check that the document contains no meta-data—for instance, in the "Document Properties" in Microsoft Word—that could identify you. As an example, in Word for Mac, you can find the relevant details by selecting "Properties" in the "File" drop-down menu; to anonymise the document, remove the data here (likely to consist of the name of the person to whom the copy of Word on that machine is registered and their institution or address) and save your review.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
(i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
Please provide information on the contributorship on the title page, e.g. "Contributorship: IC and MK researched literature and conceived the study. GW was involved in study design, gaining ethica approval, participant recruitment and data analysis. IC wrote the first draft of the manuscript. All authors reviewed and edited the manuscript and approved the final version of the manuscript."
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.In order to ensure anonymity during the reviewing process in accordance with the journal's procedures, the Acknowledgements section should not be included until a manuscript has been formally accepted. Authors should therefore add it only when they receive the PDF page proofs.
4.4.1 Writing Assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Music & Science requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Music & Science encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
Music & Science requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. In making your dataset available, please ensure that it is appropriately labelled (e.g., it should be easy to identify data pertaining to particular variables, etc.) in order that a reviewer or reader is in a position to replicate the analyses that you have undertaken. For further information, please contact the editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Music & Science and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
5.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Music & Science publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.
Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files
6.3.1 Guidelines for submitting video material as part of an article
Video content can be streamed within the HTML version of your article. If you would like to submit a video as part of your article, please read the appended video poroperties guidelines carefully, ensure that you make a note within your manuscript as to where the video should be placed and upload it under the file type 'Additional Video Content' when you upload your manuscript via the manuscript submission site.
Please note that an audio-visual release from must be completed for each individual contributor to the video. This form should be signed, scanned and submitted as 'audio-visual release form'. The form is located here.
- At least 640x480 resolution and at least 20 fps.
- The video compression should be of high quality. The Journal expects compression technology to evolve and so does not wish to be prescriptive over compression types. Today H.264 codec in an MP4 or AVI contained is a good choice. MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 are portable but have lower quality and larger files than the more modern codecs. We expect videos to be able to play on Windows 8 and back, Linux and Mac so proprietry formats, such as WMV and FLV, are discouraged.
- Note the Music & Science Editors reserve the right to request authors to change the compression codec before publication.
- Videos should be below the 50MB mark and any video over this amount should provide a short preview to be hosted alongside the full file. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Editors.
How to submit your video
Video content should be submitted via ScholarOne Manuscripts, a web based online submission and peer review system. Please visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mns to login and submit your video online.
6.3.2 Guidelines for submitting a video abstract (Vidab)
A video abstract is a short video introduction to your article, which can be linked to from the Table of Contents on SAGE Journals, promoted via Social Media, and shared directly by you with your networks. It is intended to be an addition to, rather than replacement of, your text abstract.
For further information regarding video abstracts please see the SAGE Vidab guidelines: Video Abstract Guidelines
Please note that an audio-visual release from must be completed for each individual contributor to the video. This form should be signed, scanned and submitted as 'audio-visual release form'. The form is located here.
Music & Science adheres to the APA 6 reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Music & Science is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mns to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been check for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Music & Science editorial office as follows: