Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

IASPM@Journal is the peer-reviewed open-access e-journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, IASPM. Our members are invited to register and publish. When registering as author and reviewer in the journal, please complete your profile by identifying up to six specialist key areas as well as main working languages for review purposes.

As part of an international network, the journal aims to publish research and analysis in the field of popular music studies at both global and local levels. Therefore, the Advisory Board includes representatives of each of the IASPM branches and, although English is the main idiom to ensure global reach, articles may be submitted in any of the official languages of its current branches. Bilingual versions will only be prompted at the end of the reviewing process, when it is certain that a paper is accepted. Nominations for the Advisory Board should be sent to the Editor, Dr Koos Zwaan, Koos[dot]Zwaan[at]inholland[dot]nl

The journal offers the following sections, Articles (based on open submissions); Special Issue; Reviews of Books, DVDs or Scholarly Websites (both open and invited); PhD Thesis Abstracts; IASPM Branch Reports and occasionally invited commentaries.


Section Policies

Articles – Open Section

Research-based articles of up to 8000 words are based on open submissions. Please click here to select a copy of the Open CFP in your preferred language. If a submission is in a language other than English, please provide a 150-word summary in English.

In support of your submission, we select a member from the Editorial Board and, where relevant, a member from the International Advisory Board to enable a bespoke editorial process.

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Book reviews are, normally, between 600-1500 words and in the language of the book under review – if the review is in a language other than English, a 150-word summary in English is expected.

Reviews of books that have not been received by the journal are also welcome, as are reviews of documentary DVDs and scholarly websites. Please keep these reviews to 600 words maximum.

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Pop Music PhD - abstract

Providing an opportunity to announce emerging research, this is a space for open submissions of 350-word thesis abstracts in popular music studies!

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IASPM Branch Reports

IASPM branches are invited to submit an update on their branch activities: What research activities took place in the last 2 years, or so? Any stimulating conference or research seminars? Any major research publications? Perhaps a new scholarship scheme in poplar music studies? We like to hear from you.

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Peer Review Process

All submissions in Articles and Special Edition are assessed by at least 2 (two) well qualified reviewers. Their task is to provide constructive, fair, and timely advice to authors and editor.


Publication Frequency

Journal items are published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents.


Open Access Policy

Providing a scholarly platform for members of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), this journal provides free public access to its content, enabling international knowledge exchange and widenening public impact.

The published work is protected by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.