PUBLIC PEER REVIEW. EMR follows a Public Peer Review practice whose goal is to publish writings within a context of scholarly discussion and debate rather than as isolated contributions. Commentaries on submitted articles are published in tandem with each article, rather than treated as private correspondence between authors and reviewers. The goal is to increase the educational value by allowing readers to witness a scholarly conversation.
PROCEDURE. The Editor examines each submission and determines whether the subject matter meets EMR's topical scope. Manuscripts deemed to fall within the purview of EMR may be assigned to an Associate Editor. The Editor or Associate Editor reviews the submission and determines whether the quality of the submission merits further consideration. If the work is considered to be worthy of review, two or more knowledgeable scholars are commissioned to write commentaries on the work. In selecting Reviewers, the Editor may consult with one or more Associate Editors, or may assign the reviewing task to an Associate Editor.
COMMENTARIES. The Editor will normally commission or invite "Commentaries" by one or more scholars regarding any submitted article. In accepting a manuscript for publication, the Editor will typically also select one or more of the commissioned Commentaries for tandem publication. Not all commissioned Commentaries will be published. All commentaries are signed rather than anonymous.
MANUSCRIPT REVISION. In order not to render the commissioned Commentaries irrelevant, submitting authors will have only a limited opportunity to revise their original submission. Typically, revisions will be limited to minor matters such as correcting errors of fact and improving readability. The opportunity to revise the manuscript is at the sole discretion of the Editor.
PUBLIC CORRESPONDENCE. Please note that all e-mail is electronically archived. It is the policy of Empirical Musicology Review that EMR reserves the right to make all archived correspondence publicly available for historical or other research purposes. Prospective authors wishing to communicate with the journal in confidence, should use the telephone. Corresponding with the Editor via e-mail presumes that the correspondant agrees to the potential public release of the communication.