Review Process

The review process at Nordic Research in Music Education is double blind. The editorial team alone determine whether submissions are to be published, independent of the publisher, NOASP – Cappelen Damm Akademisk. The decision to accept or reject a paper is based on comments from at least two reviewers.

Before the beginning of the refereeing process, manuscripts go through screening by Editors. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected directly by the Editors if judged to be out of scope for the Journal, or if scholarly or linguistically sub-standard.

Manuscripts that have successfully gone through the screening stage are then sent out for review through the webbased editoral system.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the academic and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality, quality and relevance.

After the peer review process, the editorial team will make the final decision regarding acceptance/rejection of the manuscript. The editor-in-chief is accountable for the quality of editorial decisions.

Should a member of a journal’s editorial team submit a manuscript to the journal, a co-editor will be assigned to take charge of the entire review process and act as editor for that particular paper. Alternatively, the co-editor may assign an external trusted expert. The person acting as editor will be named as responsible editor of the article, indicating that the editor who submitted the paper has had nothing to do with the handling of this particular article.

It is the responsibility of the editor-in-chief to appoint guest editors of special issues. Guest editors are informed that the practices outlined above also apply to guest editors.

Peer reviewers are expected to disclose any conflicting interests, and personal, professional, or financial interests that may be seen as leading the reviewer to gain from reviewing a manuscript.