The Society for Ethnomusicology is pleased to announce Sound Matters. Hosted on the SEM
website, this forum offers content on a variety of subjects related to music,
sound, and ethnomusicology. We seek lively and accessible posts that provide
stimulating reading for both specialists and general readers. We encourage
authors to consider this an opportunity to transcend the boundaries of traditional
print with brief writings that may integrate hyperlinks and multimedia
Possibilities for Sound
Matters include research vignettes, profiles of cultural organizations,
interviews, working notes, roundtables, virtual symposia, and meditations on
timely subjects that encourage responses. Content is moderated by the editor,
who may also consult outside reviewers.
Posts may follow any recognized editorial
standards. The Editor, in consultation with the Advisory Board if necessary,
may choose to make minor alterations in matters of style when it seems that our
readers will be better served. Specific guidelines are as follows:
may be up to 1000 words, in English.
titles should indicate content as succinctly as possible.
previously published only on the author’s personal blog will be considered.
should be submitted to the Editor, James R. Cowdery, at firstname.lastname@example.org as email attachments in Microsoft Word;
please include an abstract in the email text.
illustrations, including musical examples, must be jpg files.
illustrations must be mp3 files.
illustrations must be mp4 files or videos hosted online with embedding codes
(e.g., those on YouTube).
for tags are welcome; these should be general categories, not personal names or
other more specific information. Tags serve two purposes: linking posts on
related topics and adding keywords not already in the text.
The Sound Matters
Editorial Advisory Board is tasked with broad issues such as establishing these
guidelines, and stands ready for consultation on any matters that the Editor
deems beyond the realm of peer review. The Board is chaired by the Editor. The
current members are:
- James R. Cowdery, Chair (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale/RILM)
- Nilanjana Bhattacharjya (Arizona State University)
- Rachel Colwell (University of California at Berkeley)
- Sandra Graham (Babson College)
- Frederick Moehn (King’s College London)