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Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS)

The Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS), the world’s foremost jazz archive and research facility, has launched the Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS), a scholarly publication available in open access format and free online.

JJS is also pleased to presentts a new editorial board, listed below.

JJS is a continuation of the IJS print journal, Annual Review of Jazz Studies (ARJS), now defunct.

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JJS is hosted online by the Rutgers University Libraries, using Open Journal Systems software. The Institute of Jazz Studies is a special collection of the John Cotton Dana Library on the Rutgers-Newark campus, and its wide array of collections and public programs serve the Rutgers and Newark communities, students at many other institutions, and scholars in jazz and related fields worldwide.

JJS is dedicated to the entire range of jazz studies—from technical analyses to oral history to cultural interpretation—and welcomes submissions from performers and unaffiliated scholars as well as academic scholars. Submission guidelines are available at the website. In the journal’s rigorous “double blind” peer-review procedure, all articles are relayed anonymously to at least two qualified outside reviewers, whose commentary is relayed anonymously back to authors.



Current JJS volume:
Journal of Jazz Studies:
Vol. 10, No. 2, 2014

JJS Archive

Sample from a previous volume:
Journal of Jazz Studies:
Vol. 9, No. 2, 2013
winter: 2013-2014



Garibaldi to Syncopation: Bruto Giannini and the Curious Case of Scott Joplin’s Magnetic Rag - pp 107-177
Marcello Piras
Was Bix Beiderbecke Poisoned by the Federal Government? - pp 178-185
Randall Sandke
The Night I Became a Jazz Musician - pp 186-189
Bill Kirchner
Starting with the ABC and HR of It: A Conversation on the State of Jazz Education with Five Renowned Jazz Educators - pp 190-214
Jerry Tolson

Book Reviews

Giving Discographers Their Due - pp 215-230
Ed Berger


Editorial Board

The editors of JJS are Edward Berger, Henry Martin, and Dan Morgenstern; the managing editor is Jeffrey S. McMillan and the associate editor is Dan Faulk.


Annual Review of Jazz Studies, which began in 1981, was itself a continuation of the Journal of Jazz Studies, which ran from 1973 to 1979. The name changes were dictated by frequency of publication: ARJS was published annually, while JJS was and will be published twice a year.

The online Journal of Jazz Studies continues and expands upon the tradition of the original JJS/ARJS as the longest running English-language scholarly jazz journal. Contributors to JJS/ARJS over the years include Douglas Henry Daniels, Krin Gabbard, Max Harrison, John Edward Hasse, Irving Louis Horowitz, Lawrence Kart, William Howland Kenney, Barry Kernfeld, Frank Kofsky, Neil Leonard, Dan Morgenstern, Lewis Porter, Brian Priestley, Ronald Radano, Robert Reisner, Loren Schoenberg, Richard Sudhalter, Ron Welburn, and Martin Williams, along with musicians such as David Liebman, Randy Sandke, and Joe Wilder.

The Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS) is an open-access online journal, which is peer reviewed and published by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Addressed to specialists and fans alike, JJS provides a forum for the ever-expanding range and depth of jazz scholarship, from technical analyses to oral history to bibliography to cultural interpretation. open-access format, without any sacrifice in quality control.

The editors and editorial board also stand behind the principle that unpaid scholarly work belongs in the public realm. Publishers of academic print journals generally receive free product and free editing—both indirectly subsidized by taxpayers—and then charge libraries whatever the market will bear. The open access movement has been steadily gaining momentum, and 10% to 15% of peer-reviewed journals are now open-access.

Open access also offers technological advantages over print publication. Articles can incorporate online links, reader responses, and author updates. Online publication will eventually facilitate multimedia—clicking music examples to hear music clips, for example. In the short term, JJS articles will be available only as downloadable PDF files that maintain the professional layout of a print journal..

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