Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article for consideration, provided they are the copyright owner or are authorized by the copyright owner(s) to submit the article.

How to Submit

Prospective contributors to Soundboard Scholar are welcome to contact the general editor (sbs@guitarfoundation.org), Jonathan Leathwood, with any questions prior to submission.

To submit an article for consideration:

  1. Click “Submit Article”
  2. If you do not already have a Bepress account, click “Sign Up” to create an account. If you already have an account, click “Log In.” We apologize for the inconvenience of having to create an account, but please be assured that doing so will provide you a more efficient experience overall.
  3. Once logged in, review the submission steps on the “Submit Article” page, and click “continue.”
  4. Review and accept the Article Submission Agreement
  5. Provide information about yourself and click “continue”
  6. Provide information about any coauthors. If there are no coauthors, verify that your email address is correct and click “continue”
  7. On the “Upload Your Manuscript and Related Items” page, fill out the information fields (article title, abstract, etc), then upload your full article text by selecting one of the file upload/import options under the heading “Full Text of Submission.”
  8. Click “Submit.” Completing the upload may take some time. Please only click the “Submit” button once.

Once submitted, the article (hereafter, the Work) will be read by the general editor and two other editorial board members. If appropriate, the Work will be passed on to double-blind peer-review, explained below.


Soundboard Scholar invites submissions at any time. Articles will be published on the journal website as soon as they are ready, with each issue closed at the end of the calendar year.


There is no minimum or maximum length. Articles in Soundboard Scholar usually run between six and eleven thousand words.

Style and Formatting

Articles are accepted on the strength of their content and originality, not on their adherence to style or formatting guidelines. Formatting the Work according to our specifications below will expedite the publication process:

Articles should be submitted in Word format. Include an abstract of 100–300 words: this will be used when soliciting peer reviewers.

The formatting of the Work should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (2017). Its conventions are summarized in such websites as the Purdue Online Writing Lab. A summary in PDF is available here.

For references, use the Notes and Bibliography system (not Author-Date): see The Chicago Manual of Style, chapter 14.

Musical examples can be sent in any format, including handwritten.

Peer Review

  1. When preparing the Work for blind review, either the author or the editor will remove the author’s name. The general editor will then pass the work on for peer review.
  2. The referees will read the Work, evaluating its methodology, credibility, originality, and significance, and report their findings back to the general editor. Their responses will be submitted as written comments under one of three headings:
    1. Acceptable to publish.
    2. Acceptable to publish, provided that the following clarifications or revisions are made […]
    3. Not acceptable for the following reasons […]
  3. The general editor will relay the results of the peer review to the author without disclosing the names of the reviewers. If appropriate, the editor will work with the author to address any needed revisions.
  4. Resubmission of the Work:
    1. If the “clarifications or revisions” (2.2) are relatively minor, the editor will work with the author to see that they are incorporated into the final draft of the Work. The latter will be sent to the general editor with an accompanying letter from the author explaining how the referees’ concerns were addressed.
    2. If the clarifications or revisions are considerable, the editor may send the revised version for further review. The general editor may also take the paper out of consideration for the forthcoming issue of the journal, and for it be resubmitted for the issue following.


Foreign-language research articles in English translation are welcome and expected. In some cases, we may be able to undertake the translation ourselves.

Reviews of Research-Oriented Books, Scores, Recordings, Media, & Websites

Reviews submitted to this journal will be editorially reviewed, not peer reviewed. We currently have two Review Editors, according to what type of material is being considered.

Books & Scores

Scholarly books & scores (printed and published) should be mailed to:

Richard Long, Editor
10905 Ridgedale Rd., Temple Terrace, FL 33617


Scholarly recordings and AV media should be sent to:

Ellwood Colahan, Editor
Music and Performing Arts Librarian, Newman Center 440,
University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80208

Please contact this editor also with proposals to review research-oriented websites.


Upon successful completion of the peer review process, the general editor will arrange for publication of the title in a forthcoming Soundboard Scholar.

By submitting an article to be published in Soundboard Scholar, the author agrees that the approved English version of the article is to appear solely in Soundboard Scholar, and said article is not to be published in English in any other journal or forum, either in print or via electronic media of any sort. Please review our Policies for additional information.