CSAM Publication Policy
The CSAM publishes a modest number of monographs and scores in addition to its bi-annual newsletter, CSAM Review, and annual peer-reviewed journal, Australasian Music Research. These publications reflect the Centre's mission of promoting the scholarly study and understanding of music in Australia, in all its diversity
Publication in the CSAM Review is generally by invitation of the editor, but authors who wish to contribute a feature article or review of a recent publication about music in Australia are encouraged to contact the Centre with their proposal.
Australasian Music Research, the Centre's annual peer-reviewed journal, was founded by Dr Royston Gustavson in 1996. The contents of AMR are determined by the editor, who is generally appointed on a volume-by-volume basis by the Centre Management Committee. The Centre is also open to proposals from editors who are interested in an issue of AMR wholly given over to a particular theme, with contributors of their own choosing. Volume 5 for example, edited by Professor Malcolm Gillies and Dr Mark Carroll, is a Percy Grainger issue. Where a volume on a particular theme is proposed, the Centre will be able to confirm an undertaking to publish only after draft contents of the proposed volume have been considered by the Management Committee or its nominees.
All editors of AMR, whether or not the volume has a special theme, must be guided by at least two referees in assessing and editing each individual article or other item (in accordance with DEST requirements) before publication in AMR. The Centre reserves the right to select one reader per article or other item.
For details of how to submit individual items to AMR, please see the AMR Guidelines for Contributors. Prospective editors of future volumes of AMR are invited to write to the Centre Management Committee of the CSAM.
The Centre is interested primarily in publishing scholarly editions of rare or previously unpublished, historic Australian music and proposals are invited from editors interested in publishing with the Centre. Currently the Centre has two series: Historic Australian Opera and Historic Australian Art Song, with plans to introduce a series of chamber works. Music editions are generally produced in low-cost, wiro-bound volumes. Contributing editors will eventually need to provide music in computer-typeset copy; if this is impossible then they must fund the cost of typesetting, though this can be organized in-house.
Assessment of proposals for quality and potential sales will be made by general editors Kerry Murphy and Jennifer Hill, but they will be guided by specialist advisers. For example soprano Merlyn Quaife is specialist adviser for the Art Song series. For details of how to prepare and submit a music publishing proposal please contact the Centre Coordinator for "Guidelines for Music Editors".
Monographs & Research Tools
While the Centre is not a commercial publisher (for DEST purposes), it is interested in occasional publishing of a limited number of scholarly monographs. All proposals will need to bring a subsidy sufficient to minimise the risk of financial loss to the Centre and will be refereed by subject specialists of the Centre's choosing.
The Centre has a history of publishing research tools, and is committed to publishing further titles in this area. A print series of Australian Resources in Music History began in December 2001 with A Franz Holford Miscellany, including his Middle See. Proposals consistent with this series are welcome and will be refereed by experts of the Centre's choosing.
For proposals regarding the publication of monographs or research aids, please contact the Centre Coordinator.
Date Created: 7 Feb 2005