About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS), formerly the Annual Review of Jazz Studies, is published by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Addressed to jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike, JJS provides a forum for the ever-expanding range and depth of jazz scholarship, drawing from a broad range of methodological approaches.

Peer Review Process

JJS has a "double blind" peer-review process, by which all published research articles are refereed by at least two outside reviewers, who are recruited on the basis of expertise and impartiality. Their commentary is relayed anonymously to authors.

The decision to send a submission to peer review is at the discretion of the editorial staff.

Proposals and submissions for our "The Bridge" section of the journal (oral histories, media essays/reviews, creative works, practitioner/industry perspectives, etc) will be evaluated by the editorial staff, but are not subject to the double blind peer-review process. 

Submissions will be acknowledged as soon as they are received. Within two to four weeks of a submission, the editors will inform authors as to whether peer review will be initiated. If a submission is chosen for peer review, the editors will do their best to ensure that the peer review process is completed—and a final decision on publication is relayed to the author—within two to four months. Authors should feel free to contact managing editor Sean Lorre (sjlorre@mgsa.rutgers.edu) for more information or updates on the progress of manuscripts through the peer review process.

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS) is published twice yearly, in spring and fall.

The first issue of JJS was dated October 1973. JJS was published twice yearly through 1979, at which point it became an annual publication, changing its name to the Annual Review of Jazz Studies (ARJS). In 2011, ARJS became an open-access online journal and resumed its former name, Journal of Jazz Studies. The last print issue of JJS was vol. 6, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 1979), so the first online issue was vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 2011).

Open Access Policy

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access.

About the Institute of Jazz Studies

The Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS) is published by the Institute of Jazz Studies.

The Institute of Jazz Studies of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is a unique research facility and archival collection, the foremost of its kind. IJS was founded in 1952 by Marshall Stearns (1908–1966), a pioneer jazz scholar, professor of medieval English literature at Hunter College, and author of two essential jazz books: The Story of Jazz and Jazz Dance. In 1966 Rutgers was chosen as the collection's permanent home. IJS is located on the Newark campus of Rutgers University and is a part of the John Cotton Dana Library of the Rutgers University Libraries.

IJS aims to preserve and further jazz in all its facets. The archival collection, which has more than quintupled in size since coming to Rutgers, consists of more than 100,000 sound recordings in all formats, from phonograph cylinders and piano rolls to CDs and DVDs; more than 6,000 books on jazz and related subjects, including discographies, bibliographies, and dissertations; comprehensive holdings in jazz periodicals from all over the world; extensive vertical files on individuals and selected topics; and large holdings of photographs, sheet music, scores, arrangements, realia, and memorabilia.

IJS serves a broad range of users, from students, teachers, researchers, and authors to musicians, media, record companies, libraries, archives, arts agencies, and jazz organizations. For further information on IJS and its programs and activities, write to:

The Institute of Jazz Studies

John Cotton Dana Library

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

185 University Avenue

Newark, NJ 07102

or visit the IJS website at https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/newark/visit-study/institute-jazz-studies. The website features digital exhibits, an online tour of the facilities, and a schedule of the Jazz Research Round Table, a monthly IJS forum for presentations by jazz scholars.

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