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SEM Announces Ethnomusicology Translations

Friday, December 13, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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The Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) is pleased to announce the creation of Ethnomusicology Translations, a peer-reviewed, open-access online serial for the publication of ethnomusicological literature translated into English. As a central online resource, Ethnomusicology Translations will increase access to the global scope of recent music scholarship and advance ethnomusicology as an international field of research and communication. SEM is partnering with Indiana University Libraries' Scholarly Communications Department to publish Ethnomusicology Translations through its IUScholarWorks Journals platform.

Ethnomusicology Translations will focus on influential articles from journals and edited book collections published during the past 20 years in any language other than English. With the use of Open Journal Systems (OJS) software, SEM will edit, referee, and publish the serial online. Each translated article, along with a headnote, will be published as a serial issue as it becomes available. Articles/issues will be identified by a serial issue number and year of publication, as well as by a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number. Metadata coding of articles will facilitate searches by author, language, topic, or other keyword within the serial itself and via Google and other search engines. Homepages for Ethnomusicology Translations will be maintained at both the IUScholarWorks Journals website ( http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/index/index ) and the SEM website. The project homepage on the SEM website will include brief literature reviews for featured language areas, as well as links to articles.

Ethnomusicology Translations will be directed by an Editorial Committee, chaired by a General Editor and consisting of Advisory Editors, Language Area Editors, and the SEM Executive Director, who will serve as Project Manager and liaison with Indiana University Libraries. The SEM Board will appoint the General Editor and Advisory Editors, while the General Editor will appoint the Language Area Editors in consultation with the Advisory Editors, appropriate SEM Sections/SIGs, and the SEM Board. The Editorial Committee will develop guidelines for the nomination and selection of articles for translation, the clearance of rights and permissions, the recruitment of translators, the preparation and refereeing of translations, the writing of headnotes, copyediting, and publication. SEM will support Ethnomusicology Translations on an ongoing basis through monies raised in its Sound Future Campaign and invested in its Endowment.

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