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Policies

Contents

  • Who May Submit?
  • Editorial and Publishing Process
  • Open Access and Copyright
  • General Terms and Conditions of Use
  • Who May Submit?

    YJMR is pleased to review submissions from both independent and institutionally affiliated scholars contributing new, rigorously researched articles conforming to the highest academic standards. All manuscripts will be considered based on intellectual content without regard to the sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status as a protected veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression of the author(s).

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    Editorial and Publishing Process

    At the time of submission, authors must represent and warrant that submitted manuscripts have not been published elsewhere, are not currently under review elsewhere, have been submitted with the full knowledge of their institutional home (if any), and are not infringing of copyright or other rights of third parties.

    Once a manuscript has been determined to be of sufficient academic rigor and relevance to YJMR's mission, it will be run through plagiarism detection software in order to maintain a reputable publishing climate. Authors will be contacted if there is any question; otherwise the editors will initiate the double-blind peer-review process, during which authors and reviewers remain anonymous. Authors will receive email notification once reviewers agree on one of the following possible outcomes for the article:

  • Accept article: Article is accepted for publication exactly as it is (no modifications required).
  • Accept article with minor revisions: Article is accepted, assuming the author makes minor revisions as requested by the reviewer/editor.
  • Major revisions required for acceptance: The content of the article is not suitable for publication without major revisions. The author is invited to make the changes suggested by the editor and reviewers and submit a revision.
  • Reject article: The article is rejected as not being eligible for publication in the journal.

  • If YJMR agrees to publish the article, its author will retain copyright to the article for the full term of the copyright, all renewals, and extensions.

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    Open Access and Copyright

    In keeping with the practices first outlined at the Budapest Open Access Initiative on February 12, 2002, YJMR is delighted to champion the open access cause by making the full text of all articles freely available without charge to users or their institutions. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author—provided they completely and accurately identify the original articles' author(s), citation details, and publisher.

    YJMR is supported and published by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. The YJMR editors and reviewers are committed to making scholarship of superior quality fully accessible to readers and scholars all around the world, regardless of institutional affiliation or financial resources.

    Authors can seek publication in YJMR with the utmost confidence, knowing their scholarship is being protected, preserved, and distributed in accordance with best practices in open access scholarly publishing. For more information on the history of the open access movement, please peruse any of the following links: an Open Access Overview created by open access advocate Peter Suber, the Budapest Open Access Initiative 2012, and the Open Access Directory, which is hosted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.

    We at YJMR believe that the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0) license best supports the current aims of open access scholarly publishing. We have elected this particular license as the standard, pre-loaded license for YJMR author submissions on the recommendation of elite open access publishing associations such as the Open Access Scholarly Publishers' Association (OASPA), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

    However, given the relative youth of the open access movement and differences of opinion regarding its licensing practices, we understand that authors may prefer a more restricted license to be affixed to their work. When submitting an article, authors will have the opportunity to select the license that best suits their needs from a drop-down menu. Note that in all citations YJMR must be identified as the original publisher of the work.


    Which license is right for me? For help deciding, see creativecommons.org/choose.

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    General Terms and Conditions of Use

    The failure of the Yale Journal of Music & Religion (YJMR) to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between the Yale Journal of Music & Religion and the author(s) regarding submission of the article.

    Those seeking an exception or who have questions about use should contact the editors.

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