Aims and scope

Rast Musicology Journal (Rast) is a regional refereed journal which draws its contributions from a wide community of researchers. The main focus of the Rast is firmly the analysis of Turkish music including Turkic world, eastern and Islamic civilization. Additionally, RAST provides a forum for cross-cultural investigations and discussions relating to all areas of musicology. Furthermore, Rast is a multidisciplinary journal devoted to issues and practices in music research. The main contributors of RAST are musicologists, professionals musicians, music educators, social scientists and specialists from the other scientific disciplines such as medicine, literature, law, history, public health, ethnography, culture, philosophy, sociology, and psychology. The journal is concerned with the dissemination of ideas relating to practical and theoretical developments in the field.

The aims of RAST are:
  • To publish original, well-designed, peer-reviewed research on issues in Musicology.
  • To underline the importance of evidence-based research in changing practices.
  • To present a forum for discussing current issues in music research.  
  • While research on all types of music researches is encouraged, one special research interest of this journal is in the analysis of Turkish music including Turkic world, eastern and Islamic civilization music.
  • To provide review articles on topics of major importance in a systematic perspective of musicology.

Peer Review Policy

 All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.

Peer review

RAST  is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double-blind peer-reviewed by anonymous expert referees. Find out more about what to expect during peer review and read our guidance on publishing ethics.

What is peer review, and what do you need to know as an author?

Step 1: Editor assessment
Peer review follows a number of stages, beginning with submitting your article to a journal. At this first stage, the journal editor will decide if it’s suitable for the journal, asking questions such as:

  • Has the author followed the journal’s guidelines?
  • Is this the right journal for this article?
  • Will the journal’s readers find it interesting and useful?

The editor might reject the article immediately, but otherwise, it will move to the next stage, and into peer review.

Step 2: Peer review
The editor will find and contact two or three other researchers or academics who are experts in your field. They will be asked to read your article and advise the editor whether to publish your paper in that journal.

So what are they looking for? This depends on the subject area, but they will be checking:

  • your work is original or new;
  • your study design and methodology are appropriate and described so that others could replicate what you’ve done;
  • you’ve presented your results clearly and appropriately;
  • your conclusions are reliable and significant;
  • the work is of a high enough standard to be published in the journal.

Ethics checklist

Before you submit, make sure:

  • You’ve read the journal’s instructions for authors, and checked and followed any instructions regarding data sets, ethics approval, or statements.
  • All authors have been named on the paper and the online submission form.
  • All material has been referenced in the text clearly and thoroughly.
  • Data has been carefully checked and any supplemental data required by the journal included.
  • Any relevant interests have been declared to the journal.
  • You’ve obtained (written) permission to reuse any figures, tables, and data sets.
  • You’ve only submitted the paper to one journal at a time.
  • You’ve notified all the co-authors that the paper has been submitted.