Peer Review Process

The terms/concepts and chapters in the handbook undergo a rigorous three-step peer-review process that involves all contributing authors to the handbook as well as two external reviewers: Mag.a Melanie Unseld (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) and Prof. Dr. Julio Mendívil (University of Vienna).


In the first stage, an author is paired with two respondents —ideally from different disciplines such as musicology, ethnomusicology, history, sociology, anthropology, and music education. After the author has written the initial text, both respondents provide comments and feedback according to which the author revises and amends the initial text. 

These revised texts are submitted for review at regular workshops attended by all authors and the external reviewers (at least three workshops for the duration of the project to cover all texts). During these regular workshops, authors and reviewers discuss these texts in an open peer-review process, after which the authors again revise their initial texts. 


The last step of the peer-review process pertains to the additional, individualized feedback given by the external reviewers to all authors (after the workshop).