Editor Interview: Contemporary Music Review

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: Music related scholarship

Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: Tempo
MIT Press

Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?

A: Milan Kundera
Donna Harraway
Georgina Born
Tia DeNora
Marie Thompson

Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

A: An open and inter-disciplinary approach to music.

Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?

A: Think laterally.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: A good piece of writing with ideas that engage with music in new ways.

Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?

A: Good writing still requires a fastidious approach to scholarly detail.

Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?

A: No.

Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?

A: I read every piece right to the end of the bibliography. You never know.

Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?

A: Each submission is subject to double-blind peer review.

Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?

A: I will read each submission, and with the help of my associate editor will select potential peer reviewers.
Those reviews will eventually be sent to the authors for information and possible revision.
I will then read once again each final submission, and suggest any final edits that seem appropriate.

Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?

A: Publishers should embrace modern technologies, particularly to aid the publication process, and in dissemination of the published work.
However, technology does not provide a complete alternative to careful management of everyone involved in the process.

Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?

A: Editorial guidance depends on the final submission. Sometimes a submission requires a lot of editing to make it work as a piece of writing; sometimes almost none.
The editing process is intended to aid each author to make their work have the clarity and impact they would wish it to have.
Every final submission is copy edited and proofread, references are checked, and permissions for any images or other copyright material are cleared.
The author always has the final say, and is responsible for signing off the proofs. It is essential for authors to read proofs thoroughly: only the author knows what should be printed.

Q: Do you nominate work you've published for any national or international awards?

A: Some work has been nominated for publication awards.