About

 

Focus and Scope

INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology is an international peer reviewed journal dealing with topical issues in contemporary art music, visual and performing arts, and technology. The journal encourages interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches and innovative views on these subjects, aiming to create a platform for communicating new ideas and theoretical and artistic impulses.

INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art, and Technology publishes original papers that have not been published previously. INSAM Journal is structured in four sections: The Main Theme, Beyond the Main Theme, Reviews, and Interviews. Only The Main Theme section is predefined by the main topic; in other sections, we welcome contributions related to contemporary art and media theory, art music, performing and visual arts, technology.

The journal is relevant to academic and freelance researchers, theorists and curators with an interest in music, art and technology practices from the positions of scientific fields, theoretical approaches, platforms and schools of thought that encompass musicology, art theory, performance studies, poststructuralism, deconstruction, theoretical psychoanalysis, neo- and post-marxism, philosophy, aesthetics, cultural studies, media studies, biopolitics, new phenomenology, etc.

The Journal is issued semi-annually (in July and December) in open access electronic form.

Contributions to journal shall be submitted in English (preferably) or Bosnian, with obligatory summaries in English language (if the main text of the study is Bosnian).

 

Section Policies

Main Topic
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Beyond the Main Topic
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Interviews
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Reviews
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Open Access Policy

INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology is an open access journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) 4.0 International License.

The journal does not charge any fees at submission, reviewing, and production stages.

 

Editorial Responsibilities

The Editor-in-Chief and appropriate members of Editorial Board are responsible for deciding which articles submitted to INSAM Journal will be published. The Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board are guided by the INSAM Journal Editorial Policy and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to decide not to publish submitted manuscripts in case it is found that they do not meet relevant standards concerning the content and formal aspects. The Editor of the Editorial Assistant will inform the authors whether the manuscript is accepted for external peer-review process within 15 days from the date of the manuscript submission.

The Editor-in-Chief and members of Editorial Board must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles they consider for publication. If an Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, the selection of reviewers and all decisions on the paper shall be made by the Editor-in-Chief.

The Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board shall evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.

The Editors must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the express written consent of the authors. The information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.

The Editorial Team will take all reasonable measures to ensure that the reviewers remain anonymous to the authors before, during and after the evaluation process and the authors remain anonymous to reviewers until the end of the review procedure.

The Editorial Team can invite individual contributor to collaboration as a Guest Issue Editor of Journal in its entirety or of one section of the Journal. In that case, final selection of articles will be determined with the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board. Guest Issue Editor is an expert in a specific field of research and proposes a special topic of issue. A special topic of issue focuses on a specific area of research that has a broad appeal and falls within the aims and scopes of the Journal. It provides an excellent opportunity to review a particular theme, examine previously unaddressed aspects, propose and develop new approaches, exchange perspectives and encourage new lines of research.

Author’s Responsibilities

Authors warrant that their manuscript is their original work, that it has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Parallel submission of the same paper to another journal constitutes misconduct and eliminates the manuscript from consideration by INSAM Journal.

The Authors also warrant that the manuscript is not and will not be published elsewhere (after the publication in INSAM Journal) in any language without the consent of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board.

In case a submitted manuscript is a result of a research project, or its previous version has been presented at a conference in the form of an oral presentation (under the same or similar title), detailed information about the project, the conference, etc. shall be provided in the first footnote of the paper, marked with an asterisk *. A paper that has already been published in another journal cannot be reprinted in INSAM Journal.

It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to INSAM Journal are written with ethical standards in mind. Authors affirm that the article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of third parties. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

 

REPORTING STANDARDS

A submitted manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit reviewers and, subsequently, readers to verify the claims presented in it. The deliberate presentation of false claims is a violation of ethical standards.

Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public.

Authors wishing to include figures, tables or other materials that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s). Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Book reviews and technical papers should be accurate and they should present an objective perspective.

AUTHORSHIP

Authors must make sure that all only contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors. If persons other than authors were involved in important aspects of the research project and the preparation of the manuscript, their contribution should be acknowledged in a footnote or the Acknowledgments section.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SOURCES

Authors are required to properly cite sources that have significantly influenced their research and their manuscript. Information received in a private conversation or correspondence with third parties, in reviewing project applications, manuscripts and similar materials, must not be used without the express written consent of the information source.

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism, where someone assumes another’s ideas, words, or other creative expression as one’s own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.

 

Plagiarism includes the following:

  • Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author’s work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, using quotation marks);
  • Copying analysis, equations, figures or tables from someone else’s paper without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original author or the copyright holder.

 

Please note that all submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism.

Any paper which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and its author will be prohibited from publishing papers in INSAM Journal in the following 5 (five) years.

In case plagiarism is discovered in a paper that has already been published by the journal, it will be retracted in accordance with the procedure described below under Retraction policy, and authors will be prohibited from publishing papers in INSAM Journal in the following 5 (five) years.

Conflict of interest

Authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might have influenced the presented results or their interpretation.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal Editor or publisher and cooperate with the Editor to retract or correct the paper.

By submitting a manuscript the authors agree to abide by the INSAM Journal’s Editorial Policies.

Peer Review

When a manuscript is submitted to the INSAM Journal, it undergoes an initial prescreening by Editor-in-Chief and appropriate members of the Editorial Board in order to determine whether or not the paper fits the scope of the journal. In that process, the Editorial Team is guided by the INSAM Journal Editorial Policy: Editorial Responsibilities.

If the Editor-in-Chief and appropriate members of Editorial Board establish that the manuscript meets the journal’s minimum standards for publication, the paper will then undergo the external peer-review process. The Editor-in-Chief or the Editorial Assistent will inform the authors whether the manuscript is accepted for external peer-review process within 15 days from the date of the manuscript submission.

Peer-review process usually takes 2–4 weeks

The peer review process is anonymous.

There are two reviewers per article. Every manuscript is evaluated by two independent experts on the subject matter.

The choice of reviewers is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief and the Guest-Editor(s) of The Main Theme section. The Editors and the Editorial Staff take all reasonable measures to ensure that the reviewers remain anonymous to the authors before, during and after the evaluation process and the authors remain anonymous to reviewers until the end of the review procedure. In the peer-review process, every reviewer is guided by the Editorial Policy: Reviewers’ Responsibilities and Editorial Policy: Peer-Review Form. All of the reviewers of a paper act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities. If the decisions of the two reviewers are not the same (accept/reject), the Editor may assign additional reviewers.

The reviewers must be knowledgeable about the subject area of the manuscript; they must not be from the authors’ own institution and they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors. The Editorial team shall ensure reasonable quality control for the reviews. With respect to reviewers whose reviews are convincingly questioned by authors, special attention will be paid to ensure that the reviews are objective and high in academic standard. When there is any doubt with regard to the objectivity of the reviews or quality of the review, additional reviewers will be assigned.

In the main review phase, the Editor sends submitted papers to two experts in the field. The reviewers’ evaluation form contains a checklist in order to help referees cover all aspects that can decide the fate of a submission. In the final section of the evaluation form, the reviewers must include observations and suggestions aimed at improving the submitted manuscript; these are sent to authors, without the names of the reviewers.

Authors are advised to avoid the formulations in the text that could reveal their identity to the reviewers. The Editor guarantees that all personal data of the author (notably the name and the affiliation) will be removed from the manuscript before sending it to the reviewers, and that all reasonable measures will be taken to ensure that the identity of the author remains unknown to the reviewers until the completion of the peer review process.

All of the reviewers of a paper act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities. In case that the reviewers’ opinions are again not in accord, the Editor-in-Chief, together with the Guest Editor of The Main Theme section or with the Editorial Board makes his final decision without consultations with additional reviewers.

During the review process Editor may require authors to provide additional information (including raw data) if they are necessary for the evaluation of the scholarly merit of the manuscript. These materials shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.

The reviewers are not paid for their work.

Reviewer’s Responsabilities

Reviewers are required to provide written, competent and unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the manuscript.

The reviewers assess manuscript for the compliance with the profile of the journal, the relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods, the originality and scientific relevance of information presented in the manuscript, the presentation style and scholarly apparatus.

Reviewers should alert the Editor to any well-founded suspicions or the knowledge of possible violations of ethical standards by the authors. Reviewers should recognize relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors and alert the Editor to substantial similarities between a reviewed manuscript and any manuscript published or under consideration for publication elsewhere, in the event they are aware of such. Reviewers should also alert the Editor to a parallel submission of the same paper to another journal, in the event they are aware of such.

Reviewers must not have conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor without delay.

Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. reviewers must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the express written consent of the authors. The information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.

 

PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR

Anyone may inform the editors and/or Editorial Staff at any time of suspected unethical behavior or any type of misconduct by giving the necessary information/evidence to start an investigation.

Investigation

  • Editor-in-Chief will make a decision regarding the initiation of an investigation with the purpose to check the factual evidence.
  • During an investigation, any evidence should be treated as strictly confidential and only made available to those strictly involved in investigating.
  • The accused will always be given the chance to respond to any charges made against them.
  • If it is judged at the end of the investigation that misconduct has occurred, then it will be classified as either minor or serious.

Minor misconduct

Minor misconduct will be dealt directly with those involved without involving any other parties, e.g.:

  • Communicating to authors/reviewers whenever a minor issue involving misunderstanding or misapplication of academic standards has occurred.
  • A warning letter to an author or reviewer regarding fairly minor misconduct.

Major misconduct

The Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Editorial Board, and, when appropriate, further consultation with a small group of experts should make any decision regarding the course of action to be taken using the evidence available. The possible outcomes are as follows (these can be used separately or jointly):

  • Publication of a formal announcement or editorial describing the misconduct.
  • Informing the author’s (or reviewer’s) head of department or employer of any misconduct by means of a formal letter.
  • The formal, announced retraction of publications from the journal in accordance with the Retraction Policy (see below).
  • A ban on submissions from an individual for a defined period.
  • Referring a case to a professional organization or legal authority for further investigation and action.

When dealing with unethical behavior, the Editorial Staff will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

 

Retraction Policy

Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or any major misconduct require retraction of an article. Occasionally a retraction can be used to correct errors in submission or publication. The main reason for withdrawal or retraction is to correct the mistake while preserving the integrity of science; it is not to punish the author.

Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has been adopted for article retraction by INSAM Journal: in the electronic version of the retraction note, a link is made to the original article. In the electronic version of the original article, a link is made to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted. The original article is retained unchanged; save for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”

 

Disclaimer

The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the Editors. The authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in the articles. Publisher shall have no liability in the event of issuance of any claims for damages. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation