About Empirical Musicology Review:


The aim of Empirical Musicology Review is to provide an international forum promoting the understanding of music in all of its facets." In particular, EMR aims to facilitate communication and debate between scholars engaged in systematic and observation-based music scholarship.


Empirical Musicology Review publishes original research articles, commentaries, book reviews, letters, and data sets. Suitable topics include music history, performance, theory, education, and composition -- with an emphasis on systematic methods, such as hypothesis-testing, modeling, and controlled observation. Submissions pertaining to social, political, cultural and economic phenomena are welcome. Theoretical and speculative articles are welcome provided they contribute to the forming of empirically testable hypotheses, models or theories, or they provide critiques of methodology.


Empirical Musicology Review is published six times per year by the Ohio State University Library and is distributed by the OSU Knowledge Bank.


Empirical Musicology Review was founded by David Huron and David Butler in 2004 and began publishing in January 2006. The editorial process for EMR pioneers a new "Public Peer Review" practice that is intended to encourage scholarly dialog and reward reviewers for timely and thoughtful engagement with submissions. Published articles are normally accompanied by commissioned or submitted critiques.

Editorial Information

Editor: Dr. David Butler
Professor Emeritus
Ohio State University
Associate Editors: Jeanne Bamberger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
Judith Becker, University of Michigan, U.S.A.
Eric Clarke, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Nicholas Cook, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
Eugenia Costa-Giomi, University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.
Stephen Demorest, University of Washington, U.S.A.
Zohar Eitan, Tel Aviv University, U.S.A.
Robert Gjerdingen, Northwestern University, U.S.A.
Henkjan Honing, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
David Huron, Ohio State University, U.S.A.
Ken'ichi Miyazaki, Niigata University, Japan
Kate Stevens, University of Western Sydney, Australia
William Forde Thompson, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Canada
William Thomson, University of Southern California, U.S.A.
Petri Toiviainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Elizabeth West Marvin, Eastman School of Music, U.S.A.
Information Technology Manager: P. Douglas Reeder
Web Design: Michelle Byle
Eva Dujardin Dale
Publisher: Knowledge Bank,
Ohio State University Library
Web Hosting: Knowledge Bank
URL: http://emusicology.org/
ISSN: 2074-1102

Access to the EMR Reviewing Site

Submission Information:


Format. All submissions must be submitted in PDF format. Detailed technical information will be provided on the journal's web site.

Language. Submissions are accepted in English, including an English-language abstract. At the author's discretion, additional abstracts in other languages may also be submitted.

Submission Procedure. Submissions must be electronically "up-loaded" using the appropriate web page (emusicology.org/submissions"). Received submission are confirmed automatically by return e-mail. If you do not receive electronic confirmation of your submission within a few hours, contact the EMR Information Technology Manager.

Format Rejection. Submissions are subjected to an automated screening process that checks to ensure conformity with the EMR Style Guide. This includes checking font type and size, margins, and other layout information. Only those submissions that conform fully to the EMR Style Guide are forwarded to the Editor. You will be notified automatically by e-mail if your submission fails to meet the technical specification for submission. Ensuring conformity to the Style Guide will help avoid delays.


Caveat. EMR follows a Public Peer Review practice. Potential authors should be aware that this practice differs from the practices of other scholarly journals. Interested authors should read carefully the following description of the review process in order to avoid possible misunderstandings.

Editorial Policy. The Editor for Empirical Musicology Review bears ultimately responsibility for deciding which submissions are published. The Editor is free to solicit assessments from Associate Editors or from other scholars. But the Editor is not bound by the advice or assessment offered by peer reviewers.

Approval to Publish. By submitting a manuscript, authors are automatically granting Empirical Musicology Review the right to publish the submitted item as is. The author or authors retain copyright ownership, but grant an irrevocable right for the Knowledge Bank to archive and render publically accessible the submitted item in perpetuity. Authors should not submit manuscripts that they do not want published.

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 the 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 will be 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.

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.


Submitting authors are assessed a publication fee of $50 (U.S.) Since the journal does not sell subscriptions, the publication fee helps offset web-hosting, archiving, and other expenses. At the discretion of the Editor, this fee may be waived for students, the unemployed, and scholars from newly developing countries.

In conjunction with the "Knowledge Bank" project, the Ohio State University Library undertakes to ensure electronic availability of all scholarship published by EMR in perpetutity.

With acceptance of a submission, a check or money order payable to "OSU Library" should be sent to:

The Library,
1858 Neil Avenue Mall,
The Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH 43210 U.S.A.
Please annotate the check "Empirical Musicology Review."


Submissions should be submitted in one for the following formats:

  1. Research Article. This is an article that reports original empirical research pertaining to any aspect of music.
  2. Working Paper. This is an article that reports original empirical research that might be regarded as preliminary or ongoing. The work might be more speculative in nature. Working papers are typically not published without at least one published Commentary.
  3. Brief Report.
  4. Commentary.
  5. Rebuttal.
  6. Book Review.
  7. Communication. Correspondence Equivalent to "Letter to the Editor."
  8. Announcement.
  9. Data sets. Scholars are encouraged to make available data sets, measurements, observations, or other information as archived data sets.

Contact Us

Correspondence regarding submissions, reviews, or journal policy should be addressed to The Editor, Dr. David Butler, editor@emusicology.org.

Technical questions regarding the EMR web site should be addressed to The Information Technology Manager, P. Douglas Reeder, manager@emusicology.org or reeder.29@osu.edu.

Manuscript submissions should be uploaded using the EMR's automated attendant, http://emusicology.org/submissions

Please note that all e-mail correspondence addressed to the journal is archived, and may be made available to future scholars.

This document is available at http://csml.som.ohio-state.edu/EMR/info.html