THE JOURNAL

musicacontemporanea is an on-line journal that publishes contemporary music.
The journal is published by the Musicacontemporanea Society.
Musicacontemporanea's purpose is to create a forum where composers can share ideas and music and where a general audience can appreciate the state of the art of the contemporary music.
The chief editor of musicacontemporanea, with the support of the assistant editors, is responsible for the musical content and editorial policy.
musicacontemporanea accepts for publication manuscripts that significantly advance contemporary music.
The general policy is to publish work of high quality regardless of style and geographical origin.

The scores are categorized into the following not mutually exclusive subsections:

  • String Quartet
  • Solo Instrument
  • Education
  • Vocal Music
  • Chamber Music
  • Orchestra
  • Theater
  • Ballet
  • Electronics

The scores must contain original music and should be written in a notation which can be easily understood. The composer should introduce new notation when it is clearly necessary and should always provide guidance as to its interpretation. Every score should also be accompanied by an abstract that offers a brief description of the piece.
One referee is selected initially by the chief editor for each score, and the referee reports are advisory to the editors, but are generally transmitted by the editors to the authors.
If in the judgment of the editor(s) a paper is clearly unsuitable for musicacontemporanea, it will be rejected without review; authors of such papers have the same right to appeal as do other authors.

Any resubmittal should be accompanied by a summary of the changes made, and a brief response to all recommendations and criticisms. This material will normally be forwarded to reviewers. Remarks that authors wish to address solely to the editor(s) should be clearly identified and separated from the summary and response. Since the referee is usually best qualified to judge a paper, the author should direct his or her responses to the items raised in the referee report.

Papers are accepted for publication based on favorable recommendations by the referee(s). On the other hand, the editors can and will seek additional opinions when in their judgment such action seems called for. After acceptance of a manuscript, if further information that seems to warrant investigation is received, the editors will regard it as an obligation to reconsider their decision.
Authors should state whether the paper they submit has been previously considered for publication. When a manuscript has several authors, one of them, the corresponding author, should be designated to receive and respond to correspondence from the editors. This designation can be changed upon notification of the editors. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to represent all those involved with the work reported and to ensure that the content of the manuscript and the list of authors meet with their approval, both initially and through any subsequent changes. Authors may request that their identities not be revealed to the referees ("double-blind" reviewing). If such a request is made, it is the authors' responsibility to furnish a copy of the manuscript without the authors' names, addresses, and the acknowledgment section. Authors may appeal a rejection of their paper by the editors. In the case of a formal appeal, the paper and all relevant information, including the identities of the referees, will be sent to a member of the editorial board. The board member may review the case on the existing record or may seek additional expert opinion. The board memberwill present a signed advisory opinion to the editors.

Each paper, when published, carries a receipt date indicating when the manuscript was first received by the editors of musicacontemporanea. If authors make substantive changes in a manuscript or if they hold it for an unusually long time after it has been returned to them with a referee's report, the paper will be given a "revised manuscript receipt date." In cases of especially lengthy delays the original paper is considered withdrawn, and the resubmitted version is considered to be a new paper and is given a new receipt date. The chief editor welcome suggestions from authors and referees regarding improvements in editorial and refereeing procedures.