Editorial policy

Context Editorial policy

The aim of Context is to provide a forum for the publication of material concerning all aspects of music and to encourage discussion of a broad range of issues. Context is a publication of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and is fully peer-reviewed. It draws on University of Melbourne graduate students to form the Editorial Committee, and an important function of the journal is to make available a forum for the publication of research by graduate students. Context accepts contributions from all sectors of the academic community, however, including academics and independent scholars.

Context publishes papers in the following disciplines: musicology, ethnomusicology, music analysis and theory, music therapy, music education and composition.

It accepts contributions as follows:


  • Articles submitted to Context should contain an element of original research. Preference will be given to articles 4,000–6,000 words in length. See the guidelines for contributors for further information.

Research Reports

  • Music scholars are invited by the committee to contribute reports on current research projects. These are normally 1,000–2,000 words in length.


  • The Editorial Committee invites suitably qualified scholars to review recent books or printed music for Context. Unsolicited reviews may also be considered for publication. Reviews are normally 1,000–2,000 words in length.


  • Interviews with composers or other music practitioners will be solicited from appropriate persons by the Committee. Interviews should be focused and formal in nature, rather than discursive or promotional. They should preferably be conducted in a written format (letter or email) and be of substantial length (up to 4,000 words). Unsolicited interviews may also be considered. Interview subjects should generally be chosen on the basis of having some suitable Australian connection.
  • In association with an interview with a composer, it may be appropriate to include the score of a short work with an accompanying exegesis by the composer.