Hudební Věda

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Rules of acceptance of contributions and publication of manuscripts

The editors of Hudební věda accept manuscripts in Czech, Slovak, English, German and French languages, in electronic format (*.doc, *.docx), at the email address:

The journal Hudební věda publishes the following types of contributions: scholarly articles, reviews, symposium/conference reports, and further informative texts (e.g., reports on doctoral studies, habilitation and academic appointment processes, polemics, etc.).

Any type of manuscript sent in to the editors must include the author´s name and contact data (email address, phone number, home or workplace address).

The recommended length of a scholarly article ranges from 18,000 to 90,000 characters (i.e., between ten and 50 standard pages of text). The recommended length of reviews ranges from 5,400 to 18,000 characters (i.e., between three and ten standard pages of text).

A scholarly article must be supplemented by a complete bibliography, ideally divided into a list of sources used and relevant literature. The manuscript of a scholarly article should likewise be accompanied by a summary in Czech and English, at the maximum length of 2,300 characters for each version. International contributors are welcome to supply only English-language summaries whose translation into Czech will be taken charge of by the editors. Beyond that, a scholarly article should also be accompanied by an English-language précis whose length should not exceed 1,000 characters, plus a list of key words in English.

In cases where a section of the submitted text has already been previously published, the author shall make the necessary arrangements to obtain the original publisher´s authorization of its publication in Hudební věda.

In cases where a manuscript includes illustrations, photographs, sheet music examples or other types of documents subject to copyright, the author shall obtain authorization of the publication of such items, upon consultation with the editors.

No royalties are paid to authors on their texts published in Hudební věda.



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Scholarly articles submitted for publication in Hudební věda are subjected to double-blinded reviewing, a process which usually takes four weeks, though in certain cases a reviewer may request more time for specialist assessment of a text. The editors reserve the right to reject a submitted text, for reasons related to its form or content, still prior to the initiation of the reviewing process. The purpose of a review is to provide the editors with an expert view concerning the relevance of a manuscript, as well as to supply feedback to the author.

The editors´ decision and the results of the reviewing process are made known to the author by an appointed editor.

Expert readers qualified to review received manuscripts of articles are chosen by the journal´s editors who may consult their choice with individual members of the editorial board specializing in the subject matter dealt with in a given article.

In assessing the scholarly significance of an article, the reviewer follows the instructions specified by the “Assessment review form of the journal Hudební věda”, taking into account notably the following criteria:

Review process results

In the final assessment of a manuscript, the reviewer shall apply one of the following four options:

If both review assessments are affirmative, the article is recommended for publication.

If both review assessments are negative, the article´s publication is rejected under the provisions of the review assessment process.

If at least one of the reviewers requires that a given article should be reworked for new assessment, the article must be reworked and then submitted for a new assessment by the same reviewer.

In case of one review assessment being affirmative and the other negative, a newly appointed third reviewer shall be engaged to make a final decision.

In case of the decision that an article should be reworked, the author is required to do so within the period of one month, unless another deadline has been approved by the editors.

In case of continued doubts springing from the review assessment process about an article´s merit, the final decision on its publication shall be within the competence of the journal´s Editorial Board.

The editors of Hudební věda, in co-ordination with the journal´s Editorial Board, have the exclusive authority to make the definitive decision on a manuscript´s publication or, alternatively, the suspension/exclusion of a given manuscript at any stage of the review assessment process, on the grounds of specified and acknowledgeable reasons. At no stage of the manuscript assessment process do authors obtain a legal claim to the publication of submitted texts.

The review assessment process does not apply for the texts of reviews, symposium/conference reports and texts in the News department.


Upon an article´s approval for publication, the editors shall specify the issue of Hudební věda in which the article will be published. At this point, the text is passed on for language revision.

The editors reserve the right to subject all texts to language revision. Any stylistic and other alterations made during that stage will be cross-checked by the author in the course of proofreading.

After typesetting, contributions are sent to authors for revision in first-stage proofreading. These proofs serve only to correct minor misprints and typing errors, plus small-scale alterations of individual words, while avoiding any substantial interventions in the text, which cannot and will not be taken account by the editors. As a rule, authors proofs are expected to be completed within one week.

After the publication of an article, the author shall receive an electronic copy of their text, plus two copies of the corresponding issue of Hudební věda.

After the publication of a review or a symposium/conference report, the author shall receive an electronic copy of their text, plus one copy of the corresponding issue of Hudební věda.