List of Open-Access Music Journals

Click here to access the LOAMJ (now a searchable database)

History

I released the first version of the LOAMJ in 2016 in an effort to provide a single, comprehensive list of open-access journals focusing on music. A second version, incorporated about 100 journal links. The third version (October 2019) is no longer a simple list but a searchable database; it went live with 149 entries.

The current version has 193 entries, of which eight are journalistic or newsletters; the rest are scholarly journals. Twenty-six of the journals are inactive. So there are 159 active open-access scholarly journals in the list.

Contents

The LOAMJ largely contains peer-reviewed academic journals, although several other resources have been posted, including the newsletters of scholarly societies, specialized magazines on musical topics, blogs, and personal websites containing significant scholarly material.

All resources are freely accessible. The database indicates how many years’ worth of material from each journal are posted online. Note that this may or may not be the full run of a journal, and that most journals post between one and four volumes a year. Journals labeled “inactive” show no sign of updating their website or posting new material for at least the last two years. Journals that charge publication fees have this information listed in their “status” column.

Keyword searching

You can search for a specific type of journal by holding CTRL + F. This will bring up a search box, allowing you to search all fields of the database for keywords.

The database has a unique column for languages, so that you can search only for journals in Spanish, German, etc. You can also search by country, or by academic discipline (see below).

Country tags are found in the keyword column. These relate to a journal’s unique focus on the music of a particular country (often the journal’s country of origin, but not always).

Discipline searching

Discipline searching uses the following keywords. I’ve adopted these partly from the descriptions available on each journal’s website, but have also assigned some based on my impression of a journal’s content. I’ve tried to use a limited set of terms, so that users will not have to search separately for “musicology” and “music history,” for example. Similarly, all fields with “studies” commonly included in their names have had this word omitted.

Here are the most commonly used discipline keywords in the database. Note that as this is a database of music journals, any discipline with “music” in its title has been shortened, to simplify recording keeping.

Composition—refers to discussion of active composers with a focus on compositional technique

Composer—a journal focused on a single composer, such as Carl Nielsen Studies

Education—music education at any level

Electronic—electronic media in music, regardless of genre

Ethnomusicology—the discipline of ethnomusicology, and used instead of “world music” in some cases

Folk—for content related to traditional music or orally transmitted musical cultures

History—the discipline known as music history or musicology

Interdisciplinary—a journal which is open to submissions in multiple areas of musical study

Jazz—any aspect of jazz music

Librarianship—a journal focused on issues in music librarianship

Performance—analytical study of music in performance

Popular—any type of popular music

Technology—any type of music technology

Theory—music theory

In addition, keywords related to disciplines outside of music, such as dance, theater, anthropology, etc. are occasionally used.

Indexing

The “Indexes” column states whether a journal is cataloged in a database. I have largely focused on internationally accessible databases such as RILM, ERIH, Latindex, etc.

Errata/corrections

If you are on the editorial staff of one of these journals and would me to revise your journal entry, please be in touch: this is a one-person operation and human error is the most likely the cause of any inaccuracy.

Similarly, if you represent an open-access music journal that isn’t on the list, I would love to hear from you.