Instruction to Contributors


The Finnish Journal of Music Education publishes articles and reviews on the research and practice of music education. The Editorial Board will consider manuscripts written in the following languages: Finnish, English and Swedish. Articles written in a language other than English must include an English summary of maximum length 200 words. The journal uses in-text references (e.g. Soini 2001, 9). The ethical code of FJME does not allow consideration of any articles already published or submitted for publication in other journals or books. Publishing decisions on manuscripts are made by the Editorial Board of FJME. The Articles are blind-reviewed by researchers with relevant topical or methodological expertise.

Please submit your text to the editor(s) by e-mail as an attachment (Word). Further information about submitting contributions is available from the Managing Editor.

The author or authors transfer publishing rights to the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. The Sibelius Academy then has the right to publish the text in printed form and in digital form. Prior to publication, the text must undergo editing as required by the established assessment process for FJME. The University of the Arts Helsinki has the right to transfer limited distribution rights to licensed national and international databases or publishing companies for academic publications (for example, Ebsco, Rilm). This transferred right of publication will not entitle the author(s) to monetary compensation. The author(s) will retain the proprietary rights and the right of use to the text, which will not be limited by the transfer of a parallel right of use. The author(s) warrant that the text (pictures included) does not infringe the copyright of a third party.

Examples of quotes

Hakkarainen, K., Lonka, K. & Lipponen, L. 2000. Tutkiva oppiminen. Porvoo: WSOY.

Richardson, L. 1994. Writing as a method of inquiry. In N. Denzin & Y. Lincoln (eds.) Handbook of Qualitative Research. London: Sage, 516–529.

Soini, T. 2001. Aktiivinen transfer koulutuksen tavoitteena. Psykologia 36, 1–2, 9–17.

Lehtonen, K. 1996. Musiikki, kieli ja kommunikaatio. Mietteitä musiikista ja musiikkiterapiasta. Jyväskylän yliopisto. Musiikkitieteen laitoksen julkaisusarja A. Tutkielmia ja raportteja 17.

Postal addresses

Postal addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of the contributors should be enclosed.

Other remarks

The FJME is a refereed journal. Each Article is blind-reviewed and the required revisions are checked by three referees with relevant topical or methodological expertise. Members of the Editorial Board do not principally act as reviewers (only exceptionally in special cases). The authors are responsible for anonymization of their manuscripts.

The journal wishes to get the reviews app. in a month. However, it may take more time since the reviewers write their comments voluntarily and without extra salary, besides doing their own work. It may take time to find three review readers able to do the review. In addition, vacancies lengthen the time.

When the editors have received all the reviews, they send the reviews to the author who is offered an opportunity to revise the article according to the comments. The revised article is checked by the review readers. If they require more revisions, the author is offered another opportunity to revise the manuscript according to the comments. The new version is checked by the review readers and accepted to be published as an article, or the author may be given an opportunity to publish the text as a report.

The author of an accepted manuscript is given an opportunity to check the lay out version of his/her text. The duration of the publishing process is at least app. a year depending on the release date of the issue, possible themed issues and the duration of the review process.

The authors have to apply the ethical guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity.

The author of an article published in FJME will receive two copies of the issue.

The Finnish Journal of Music Education stores the central data and documents (in paper or digital format) concerning all manuscripts that have been accepted for the review process:

  • As concerns rejected peer-reviewed manuscripts, the recorded data must include the authors’ names and title of the manuscript that are mentioned in the publication proposal as well as the names of the reviewers.
  • As concerns published manuscripts, the recorded data must include at least the authors’ publication proposal, statements issued by the reviewers, and decisions that have been made by the editorial board and sent to the authors regarding the publication.


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