De musica disserenda

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De musica disserenda is an international academic journal for musicology, which has been edited and published twice a year by the Institute of Musicology at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) since 2005. Each volume of the journal is edited by one of the members of the Editorial Board, in cooperation with the international Advisory Board. The contributions are published in Slovenian, English, German, French or Italian, with summaries in Slovenian or English language.

The journal De musica disserenda covers the entire field of musicology and accepts contributions on historical and systematic musicology. It also puts a lot of weight on interdisciplinary approaches to music research. Its main focus lies, however, in the less researched earlier music, especially subjects connected with musical heritage of today’s Slovenia and a wider territory once closely connected with its geographical area. Most welcome are also subjects connected to past musical culture of other European countries.

De musica disserenda aims at academic as well as wider readership: music historians, performers and also music lovers.

JOURNAL HISTORY: The idea of an international musicological journal was born in 2005, at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Institute of musicology at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The focus of the journal was to lie especially in the research of earlier musical heritage of Slovenia that is also central within the research policy of the institute itself. Since then fifteen volumes of De musica disserenda have been published, forming altogether a significant contribution to the Slovenian and international musicology. With its special care for quality and new musicological discoveries De musica disserenda has brought up a wide range of topics and researches of music covering the time from the medieval period to the 21st century. One volume per year is open for submissions, and another one is usually intended to be a special thematic volume, bringing new insights and discoveries in certain topics and fields of music.
The topics that have been regularly included into the journal are those concerning medieval plainchant and its notation; analysis of music sources, and presentation of archival materials as well as secondary sources from the territory of today’s Slovenia and other countries; researches on musical life, pedagogy and performance in the past; contributions on different composers, their life and work as well as on the reception of their works; researches on the activity of different music institutions; and many different interdisciplinary articles, connecting music with history, cultural history, philosophy, sociology and other disciplines.

Among the until today published thematic volumes there were volumes II/2 and III/1 which contained dissertations on functional and autonomous in music. Volume III/2 was dedicated to the newest research on life and music of Iacobus Handl – Gallus. Volume IV/1 contained articles on medieval liturgical music and its notation. Volume V/1 brought the articles concerning the connection between notation and music interpretation. Volume VI/1 presented the until today most relevant knowledge on music on the territory of today’s Slovenia from the Middle Ages to the modern times. The volume VIII/1 contained the articles on Dragotin Cvetko and his contribution to development of musicology as scientific discipline in Slovenia and in former Yugoslavia, and it also addressed the questions of music historiographies in the 20th century in general. The 2014 thematic volume (X/1) was dedicated to the composer Giuseppe Tartini, while the double volume XI/1-2 deals with Itineraries of Musical Manuscripts and Prints in Early Modern Europe.

De musica disserenda comes out in printed and electronic versions. All articles are available in pdf format in the section Contetns as well as in the national DLib database and in the OJS (Open Journal System).

REVIEW POLICY: All the articles intended to be published in De musica disserenda are peer-reviewed. Two positive reviews are needed for publication. The review process is anonymous – two reviewers receive an article without the author’s name, and the author receives two reviews without the reviewers’ names. The editors reserve the right to make corrections and other amendments about which the author will be kept informed.

SUBMISSIONS: De musica disserenda accepts texts written in English, German, French, Italian or Slovenian. The articles should be submitted to the Institute of Musicology. 

For most of the volumes (with the exception of special thematic volumes) the articles can be submitted freely. The deadlines for submissions are June 30th and December 31st for the volume published in the next half of the year; for double volumes, the deadline for the next-year volume is December 31st.

An article submitted for publication in De musica disserenda should contain a brief note on the author and his/her contact information; title of the article; a short abstract; up to 5 key words; main text of the article; a more comprehensive summary of the article, and a list of bibliography and sources given at the end of the article.

After the article is accepted for publication two sets of page proofs (one after the peer-review and another in the text-setting stage) are sent to the author.

No autorship fee is payed for the articles appearing in De musica disserenda.

The authors are entitled to two free copies of the publication and to the PDF file of the published article.




The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed musicological journal De musica disserenda is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. It is therefore necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the editor (and the editorial board), the peer reviewer and the publisher.

The Institute of Musicology ZRC SAZU as publisher of the journal De musica disserenda takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the Institute of Musicology and the editorial board of De musica disserenda will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.

Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and on existing Elsevier policies.

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