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Protocols for Submissions

Papers dealing with any aspect of Orthodox church music, both monophonic and polyphonic, including history, theory, performance practice, source studies and cultural and theological aspects, are welcome from colleagues all over the world. 

The language of the journal will be English, but papers in other languages will be considered for publication and published with an English translation.  Queries concerning possible contributions should be sent in the first instance to the Editorial Secretary of the ISOCM, Maria Takala-Roszczenko at isocm.secretary@gmail.com.

Books and recordings will also be reviewed. Material for review should also be sent to the Secretary of the ISOCM.

For more information, please contact Maria Takala-Roszczenko, ISOCM Editorial Secretary, at: isocm.secretary@gmail.com

The ISOCM Editorial Board welcomes submissions for future issues of the ISOCM journal, and may on occasion propose themes for specific issues of the Journal, after consulting the members of the Editorial Advisory Committee on this matter. Then it will announce the chosen theme on the ISOCM site www.isocm.com.

Manuscripts should be submitted to the editors as word document attachments to Maria Takala-Roszczenko, ISOCM Editorial Secretary, at isocm.secretary@gmail.com. Images should be submitted as separate files with notations for placement within the manuscript. The authors should also provide their e-mail address for correspondence, as well as their phone number.

The reception of the manuscript will be confirmed through e-mail, together with  the registration number, the date of receiving the manuscript and the confirmation of  the submission to the Editorial Board which will check whether the manuscript corresponds to the publisher’s requests.

If the manuscript doesn’t correspond to the requests, the Journal Secretary will send a brief e-mail to the author, asking him/her to modify it according to the editors’ requests.

If there are serious errors in the contents or editing errors, the manuscript will be rejected ab initio by the Journal Secretary.

If the manuscript corresponds from the beginning to the editors’ requeststhe editorial board will pick two peer-reviewers. One of the peer reviewers must be from a different university centre than the author(s).

The Journal Secretary will send via e-mail to the reviewer the verification request letter (asking for review within two weeks), accompanied by the manuscript.

The reviewers decision (acceptance without amendments, acceptance with major/minor modifications, rejection) will be announced immediately by the Journal Secretary to the author via e-mail.

Should the manuscript be accepted with amendments, the anonymous comments of the reviewers will be sent together with their decision and the Editorial Board’s position.

The author must send the modified version of the manuscript (according to the previous protocol) within four weeks, together with a letter/word document attached to the e-mail, answering to each of the reviewers’ comments, showing the way in which the work has been modified.

The e-mail will be sent to the Journal Secretary who will forward this answer to the reviewers. Provided that they are satisfied with the answer they will send to the editorial staff the decision of acceptance of the modified version.

If the reviewers will agree only partially with the author’s answer, they will ask for a supplementary review of the manuscript, explaining each of their issues. The protocol will be the same as described previously.

If the reviewers consider that in any of these reviews the author hasn’t answer or the answer was not satisfactory to the requests, they will take the rejection decision, which will be communicated by the Journal Secretary.

Once the acceptance decision has been taken, it will be announced in a meeting to the editorial board. The staff will prioritize the manuscript, taking into account the following criteria

  • the reviewers’ opinions,

  • no author should have more than one article in the same issue of the Journal,

  • the degree in which the different themed sections of the Journal are covered.


Please contact Maria Takala-Roszczenko, ISOCM Secretary, at: isocm.secretary@gmail.com


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