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Ricardo D. Trimillos, Editor
University of Hawaii
Asian Music, the journal of the Society for Asian Music, is the leading journal devoted to ethnomusicology in Asian music, publishing all aspects of the performing arts of Asia and their cultural context. The journal is owned by the Society for Asian Music and published by the University of Texas Press.
Winter/Spring 2023, 54:1
Remembering My Teachers—Bruno Nettl and Sabri Khan: Society for Asian Music 2022 Keynote Address
by Daniel M. Neuman
Neset Ertas and the Ontologies of Turkey’s Folk Music
by Dave Fossum
The Exceptional Fauziah Gambus: Negotiating Novelty, Piety, and Self-Promotion in an Androcentric Malaysian Musical Scene
by Joe Kinzer
Staging Noh Performance in Contemporary Opera: The Dance of the Shite in Toshio Hosokawa’s The Maiden from the Sea (2017)
by Paulo Brito
On the Threshold between Different Worlds: The Symbolic Role of Gongs in the Final Mortuary Ritual of the Jarai (Central Highlands of Vietnam)
by Vincenzo Della Ratta
Gamelan Girls: Gender, Childhood, and Politics in Balinese Music Ensembles, by Sonja Lynn Downing
reviewed by Meghan Hynson
24 Bars to Kill: Hip Hop, Aspiration, and Japan’s Social Margins, by Andrew B. Armstrong
reviewed by Nate Renner
Ambient Sufism: Ritual Niches and the Social Work of Musical Form, by Richard C. Jankowsky
reviewed by Rachel Colwell
Japon: Le Gagaku/Japan: Gagaku
reviewed by: LeRon James Harrison
Summer/Fall 2022, 53:2
Rethinking the Viruttam in Karnatak Music: Music for Poetry
by Charulatha Mani
Status, Prejudice, and Hierarchical Differences in the Communities of the Urban Burmese Spirit Cult
by Lorenzo Chiarofonte
“Our Divine Ancestor Jesus Christ”: Performing Arts and Catholic Missiology in Bali
by Dustin D. Wiebe
Feeling Time in Indonesian Langgam Jawa
by Andrew McGraw
Book and Media Reviews
Saysay Himig: A Sourcebook on Philippine Music History, 1880–1921, edited by Arwin Q. Tan
Sasay Himig: An Anthology of Transcultural Filipino Music, 1880–1941, edited by Arwin Q. Tan
reviewed by Frederick J. Schenker
Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka, by Garrett M. Field
reviewed by: Eshantha Peiris
Storytime in India: Wedding Songs, Victorian Tales, and the Ethnographic Experience, by Helen Priscilla Myers and Umesh Chandra Pandey
reviewed by: Max Katz
The Music of Malaysia: The Classical, Folk, and Syncretic Traditions, second edition, by Patricia Matusky and Tan Sooi Beng
reviewed by: Raja Iskandar Bin Raja Halid
Vamping the Stage: Female Voices of Asian Modernities, edited by Andrew N Weintraub and Bart Barendregt
reviewed by: Maho A. Ishiguro
Japanese Traditional Music: Songs of People at Work and Play, edited and translated by Naoko Terauchi
reviewed by: Justin R. Hunter
Winter/Spring 2022, 53:1
Affective Hermeneutics: Love, Mugham, and Post-Soviet Azerbaijani Subjectivities
by Polina Dessiatnitchenko
Burmese Buddhist Monks, the Seventh Precept, and Cognitive Dissonance
by Heather MacLachlan
Sonic Benefit: Buddhist Ontologies of Chant and the Supramundane in Bengaluru
by Tom Peterson
Poetic Text and Melodic Text: Text-Setting in Two Song Traditions of Timor
by Philip Yampolsky
Resonances of Chindon-ya, Sounding Space and Sociality in Contemporary Japan, by Marié Abe
reviewed by: Bruno Deschenes
Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology, by Zoe Sherinian
reviewed by: Victoria M. Dalzell
Shamisen Works by Colleen Christina Schmuckal, performed by Tetsuya Nozawa
reviewed by: Marty Regan
Summer/Fall 2021, 52:2
Special Issue: Transregional Politics of Throat-Singing as Cultural Heritage in Inner and Central Asia.
Cradle of Drone-Overtone and Timbre-Centered Music: Cultural Landscapes of the Indigenous Peoples of the Altai Mountain Range and Its Neighboring Areas
by Carole Pegg
Propriety, Property, and Heritage in the Performance of Mongol Khöömii
by Andrew Colwell
Gifts of the Sygytchy-Sons: Tethering Melodies to Land, Kin, and Life Engery at the Khöömei Ovaa, Tyva Republic
by Robert O. Beahrs
Khöömii, World Lists, and the Question of Representation
by Johanni Curtet
Khöömii, Chooryn Duu, and Dissonant Heritage in Inner Mongolia, China
by Charlotte D’Evelyn
(Re)Claiming a Vocal Vernacular: Revival and Modernization in Kömei in Contemporary Kazakh Music
by Saida Daukeyeva
Khöömei and Heritage: An Afterword
by Theodore Levin
Khöömei—Ambassador to the World: An Afterword
by Valentina Süzükei, translated by Sean Quirk
Winter/Spring 2021, 52:1
Coptic Chant and Maqam: The Modal Heritage of a Liturgical Tradition
by Nicholas Ragheb
The Classical Khayal and Marathi Popular Music: Unpacking Music Genres and Categories in Maharashtra, India
by Aditi Deo
Emergence of an Ecumene: Transnational Encounters in South Indian Carnatic Music
by Rajeswari Ranganathan
Tuning “American Gamelan”: Transforming Javanese Gamelan Tunings in North America
by Jay M. Arms
Melancholic Modalities: Affect, Islam, and Turkish Classical Musicians by Denise Gill
Makamsiz: Individualization of Traditional Music on the Eve of Kemalist Turkey by Martin Greve
reviewed by Dave Fossum
Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form by Katherine In-Young Lee
reviewed by: Donna Lee Kwon
Flot Suspendu (Suspended Flow) by Véronique Piron
reviewed by: Garrett Groesbeck
Asian Music welcomes articles on all aspects of the performing arts of Asia. The journal is refereed; all articles receive consideration by at least two readers. Contributors of essays will receive 2 copies of the issue in which their essay appears. Subscriptions to the journal are available in print and electronic formats. Online access is available through Project Muse and JSTOR (archive).
Preferred length is 10,000–12,000 words. Manuscripts in Word format (at least Word 97 or newer) should be made to conform to Asian Music style and should be submitted electronically in two files—an original version and a masked version for reviewing purposes. If the article is accepted for publication, the editors will request a revised file in Word and in pdf. We can duplicate nearly any diacritical.
Submit articles to Ricardo Trimillos (Editor) [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Book and Media Reviews
Submit review copies of print publications to Randal Baier (Book Review Editor) [email@example.com], 319 Ann Arbor St., Manchester MI 48158 USA.
Submit review copies of sound-recordings and videos to Anne Prescott (Media Review Editor) [firstname.lastname@example.org], 4 Maine Ave., Easthampton, MA, 01027 USA.
Peer-Review Process and Publication Ethics
Articles submitted to Asian Music are initially reviewed by the editor(s), who determine whether the manuscript will be sent to outside reviewers. If chosen for review, the manuscript is then evaluated in a double-blind process by at least two and usually three outside reviewers, including members of the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board and/or other experts in relevant fields as selected by the editors. This peer-review process is designed to ensure that Asian Music publishes only original, accurate, and timely articles that contribute new knowledge, insights, or valuable perspectives to our discipline.
Reviewers play a vital role in ensuring the quality of papers published in the journal.
Questions addressed by reviewers include:
- Is the topic within the scope of the journal?
- Is the topic significant or sufficiently interesting to warrant publication?
- Is the scholarship adequately documented and is relevant literature reviewed?
- Are the research aims and any methodological choices made by author clear and justified?
- Is the article well organized and clearly written?
Reviewers make one of three recommendations: acceptance, conditional acceptance with revision, rejection. Reviewers are asked to include comments explaining the recommendation to provide authors with suitable feedback to improve the article. Our aim is to create a constructive process that benefits the journal and the authors while respecting the time and efforts of all volunteer reviewers.
We understand that the timeliness of decisions and publication is a major concern of authors. The typical manuscript is reviewed by one of the editors and sent out to reviewers within a couple of weeks after submission. Reviewers typically have six weeks to prepare their review (a second round of reviews may be solicited if the initial reviewers disagree). Then a couple of weeks are typically required to reconcile reviewer comments (and identify any significant copyediting issues for papers that were accepted or accepted with slight revisions). Thus, it is quite possible that an author could hear back in less than three months from the time of submission. However, the realities of the peer-review process sometimes extend our timeline. You will receive a response as expeditiously as possible. If you are seeking publication for a tenure packet, please allow for ample review time and let us know this is a consideration. Authors receive the reviewers’ comments and are often asked to revise the manuscript in line with the reviewers’ and/or editor’s suggestions. If the revised article is accepted for publication, the editor then determines the journal issue in which it will appear. Authors can help speed the process by ensuring they follow the submission requirements and, if accepted, addressing the reviewers comments and any copy-editing requirements in a timely fashion.
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Allegations of Misconduct
The Editorial office of Asian Music follows (currently in the process of applying for COPE acceptance) the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) regarding allegations of potential research or publication misconduct. When a credible allegation is made the editorial staff will gather relevant documentation and then give the author(s) an opportunity to respond. The editors may request additional information from the author(s) to help verify the originality and/or the veracity of the work. The editorial staff may also seek advice from relevant experts, including Advisory Board members and The University of Texas Press.
The editorial office will reject submitted work in instances where plagiarized content is found in a manuscript. Any material found to include plagiarized content or fraudulent results post-publication will be retracted, and upon investigation, an expression of concern may be issued.
Readers, reviewers, and editors can contact the editors about any suspicions of plagiarism by sending email to the editorial staff.
The final decision on a submitted manuscript is made by the editor(s). This decision is communicated to the corresponding author via email. The decision can be one of the following: accept, conditional acceptance after major revisions, reject and encourage resubmission, and reject. If the author(s) find something in the review materials or in the editors’ decision letter that is unclear or inconsistent, they may contact the editorial office for clarification.
An appeal process has been established to allow authors an opportunity to appeal the editor’s decision only when the latter is affected by factual or procedural errors. Perceived fairness of the decision does not constitute grounds for appeal. Authors appealing the editor’s decision should submit a letter of appeal to the editorial office within 30 days of receiving the decision email. The letter of appeal should describe the errors and provide a detailed demonstration that those errors were material to the editor’s decision.
The author’s appeal is allowed to override earlier decisions by the editors only when new information germane to the original review decision is presented. The author’s protest alone is not sufficient to affect the editors’ decision.
Conflicts of Interest
A conflict of interest occurs when an existing relationship (personal, financial, contractual, political, professional, religious, or otherwise) is perceived to impact the objectivity in presenting, reviewing, or publishing a piece of work. The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) states in its Guidelines on Good Publication Practice (2003) that “Conflicts of interest arise when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests that are not fully apparent and that may influence their judgments on what is published. They have been described as those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived.”
Conflicts involving reviewers
Reviewers are expected to exclude themselves from evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest. All information obtained in the reviewing process should be treated as confidential and not used for personal advantage.
Conflicts involving authors
The journal requires all prospective authors to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that are directly related to the work submitted for publication and that could impact the objectivity and/or integrity of a publication. Authors must identify and disclose any conflict of interest at the time of submission. If there is no conflict of interest, please state “The author(s) declare no conflict of interest.” For works authored by several scholars, the corresponding author shall review this policy with contributing authors to disclose all conflicts of interest collectively.
If a study was sponsored/funded in its entity or in some part (the design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, manuscript preparation, etc.), the role of the sponsor/funder should be stated as well. If no funding has been received, the author(s) should state “The author(s) declare no financial support for the research reported in this article.”
Failure to disclose conflicts of interest may result in a rejection of a submitted work. If a conflict of interest is discovered after the work has been published, the editor will communicate the incident to the readers by publishing a notice. Anyone who suspects an undisclosed conflict of interest in the work that has been published or is under consideration by the journal should contact the editorial staff.
Conflicts involving editors
Submissions authored by the current editors of the journal will be handled by a guest editor who will oversee the review process and the final decision on the manuscript in question.
The list of authors should accurately reflect who contributed to the work presented. All individuals listed as authors should meet the following qualifying criteria:
- contributed substantially to conceptualization, design, data collection, analysis, and/or interpretation of the findings AND
- contributed to drafting or revising of the manuscript AND
- approved the final version of the manuscript for publication AND
- agreed to accept responsibility for all aspects of the work including its accuracy and integrity.
Contributions for those who do not meet the authorship criteria should be attributed in the Acknowledgement section. It is expected that authors include a general acknowledgement where their work has received substantial intellectual and technical help, including in the writing and editing of the manuscript.
Order and disambiguation of names
Any change to the list of authors or its ordering is expected to be agreed upon by all persons involved, including those whose names have been removed from the list. Any changes in authorship should be communicated in the letter to the editor. The editorial office encourages authors to take measures and remove potential ambiguity around personal names by using appropriate tools (e.g., ORCID) that provide unique digital identifiers.
The corresponding author
The corresponding author is expected to act on behalf of all co-authors and communicate with the editorial office during the review process. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that all co-authors have seen and approve of the final version of the manuscript and have agreed to its publication.
Submit questions to Ricardo Trimillos (Editor) [email@example.com].
The copy and organization of this section were developed using COPE standards, and Information & Culture Journal at University of Texas Press.
Society | Support
For information about the Society of Asian Music please use the link below.
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Sales from subscriptions to Asian Music, supports the Society of Asian Music and the production costs of the journal.
Editorial Advisory Board
The Editorial Advisory Board consisting of experts in the several areas of the study of Asian music shall be appointed by the Society for Asian Music Board Members, upon the recommendation of the Journal Editor.
Terms of the Editorial Advisory Board: 5 years (with the possibility of renewal).
Lei Ouyang, Skidmore College
Andrew Killick, University of Sheffield
Gavin Douglas, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Tan Sooi Beng, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Stephen Slawek, University of Texas at Austin
Michael Frishkopf, University of Alberta
Scott Marcus, University of California, Santa Barbara
Stephen Blum, City University of New York
Peter Marsh, California State University, East Bay
Christi-Anne Castro, University of Michigan
Deborah Wong, University of California, Riverside
Asian Music is indexed and/or abstracted in the AHCI, Current Contents, IBR (International Bibliography of Book Reviews), IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature), IIMP, MAG, MLA, The Music Index, Musici, and RILM.
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