Reviewing rules

Each article sent to the editorial office of Contemporary Musicology is subject to independent peer review.


Peer Review Process


  1. The Editorial Staff carries out an initial internal review of the article to identify its originality, its suitability to the journal and any given theme of a particular issue, and whether the article follows the submission guidelines. If the editorial review is negative, the article is not accepted for publication. If the editorial review is positive, the manuscript is sent out to external reviewers.

The initial review is carried out within 15 days from the moment the article is received by the Editorial Staff. Authors will be notified about publication or rejection within 10 days of the editorial decision.

  1. External review is carried out by highly qualified experts. The reviewers may be members of the Editorial Board of the journal or other invited specialists. The purpose of the external review is to evaluate the article’s topicality, academic novelty, effectiveness of methodology, theoretical and practical value, comprehensiveness of the bibliography, and the exposition of the material. The review will contain one of the following conclusions:
  • the article is recommended for publication;
  • the article can be published after its revised by the author, taking into account the comments of the reviewer;
  • the article is not recommended for publication.

External review is carried out within 30 days from the moment the editorial staff receives the manuscript. Authors will be notified of the conclusions of the external review within 10 days from the moment the editorial staff receives these conclusions.

  1. A repeat review process will take place in the following cases:
  • if the author disagrees with the comments of the first reviewer, as well as with a negative review;
  • if the content of the article is controversial and requires a second opinion from different specialists.

In the case of a repeat negative review, the article will not be accepted for publication.

  1. External review is carried out anonymously: the editorial board will not disclose the personal information of authors to reviewers nor vice versa (see: Ethics).
  2. The reviews are kept in the editorial office for five years and can be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation if the editorial office receives a relevant inquiry.