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  • New Periodicals
  • Nina Mamikunian, Carol Lubkowski, and Darwin F. Scott

This semiannual column selectively lists new periodicals; describes their objectives, formats, and contents; and provides information about special issues; title and format changes, mergers, and cessations. The following resources were frequently consulted when assembling this column: International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP;, Music Index (MI;, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, (RILM;, OCLC Worldcat and Ulrich’s Periodical Directory (, and the Directory of Open Access Journals ( All Web sites were accessed on 17 September 2015 unless otherwise specified.

New Titles

Journal of Music in China. Published irregularly. Volume 5, No. 1 (2015). Print format. ISSN 1092-1710. After a thirteen-year hiatus, the Journal of Music in China has resumed publication. It is published by Music in China, Inc., a U.S.-based non-profit organization whose mission it is to “connect Chinese music scholarship with the world by Chinese-English translation” and to “break down the language barrier for a better exploration, study, and understanding of music in China.” The journal has additional editorial offices at the Music Research Institute of the China Conservatory in Beijing, with a twelve-member advisory board, as well as three honorary committee members.

The journal focuses on ethnomusicology and publishes original articles written in English and English translations of articles originally published in Chinese journals. Original articles are peer-reviewed. Translated articles include a footnote with the original publication information, including the title of the article and the author’s name in Chinese. Throughout the journal, the original Chinese (alongside the English translations and explanations) are given for such things as names, instruments, titles and other words that may not have a direct translation. The resuming issue includes articles such as “Study of Traditional Music in China: an Overview,” “Life Rituals and Individual Music Activities of Blangs,” “Categories and Distributions of Chinese Graphic Music Relics” as well as a section for contemporary music in China and book and disc reviews. Articles are heavily footnoted and there are images and incipits throughout. This issue also includes a compact disc with audiovisual material.

In his congratulatory letter for this issue, professor in Ethnomusicology and Presi -dent of the China Conservatory, Zhao Talimu, notes the success of the first four issues of the journal (1999 – 2002) and that the journal “built a bridge for the cultural exchange in music scholarship between China and the West.” He also notes the “importan[ce] of the interactions with the world” in regards to contemporary Chinese [End Page 584] composers and scholars and recognizes that, through China Conservatory’s partnership with the Journal of Music in China, foreign readers may gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese music and that Chinese music scholarship may better advance.

At the time of this writing, Journal of Music in China is not indexed in RILM, or Ulrich’s, nor is it included in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Nina Mamikunian
California State University, Northridge

Metal Music Studies. (,id=236/). Published three times a year. Volume 1, Numbers 1 and 2 (2015). ISSN 2052-3998 (print) and ISSN 2052-4005 (online). Online and print format. £36 individual print subscription, $160 institutional online subscription, $210 institutional print and online subscription. Inquiries or submissions to Karl Spracklen (Principal Editor) at

Metal Music Studies is the official publication of the International Society of Metal Music Studies, which describes itself as a “new learned society for anyone interested in the academic study of heavy metal”. The aims of the journal, as stated on its page at Intellect Ltd. are to promote the development of metal music studies, to be the focus for research and theory in this multidisciplinary field, to publish high caliber articles, and to be a unique resource for metal music studies. It contains scholarly articles and reviews, with five to nine articles per issue, plus an editorial.

Metal Music Studies is intended for a wide spectrum of readers interested in the genre...


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