Purpose and Content – CMS Reports component presents comprehensive and detailed discussions of topics, events, or issues that merit extended study and lengthy attention, and are of broad interest to the field of music.
Frequency of Publication – CMS Reports will be released on an irregular basis. Activity will vary, perhaps widely and dramatically, from year to year.
The Editor – After consultation with members of the Board of Editors, the Board of Directors, and other members of The College Music Society, the General Editor of College Music Symposium will make a recommendation or recommendations to the Board of Directors for the position of Editor of the CMS Reports component. The Editor is usually appointed for a three-year term.
Responsibility of the Editor – It shall be the responsibility of the Editor, in consultation with and with the support of the Editorial Board, to (1) develop, solicit, and receive proposals for projects, (2) distribute proposals to the Editorial Board for review, and (3) make final decisions on acceptance of proposals and manuscripts.
Editorial Board – An Editorial Board will consist of members appointed by the General Editor in consultation with the Editor of the CMS Reports component. The disciplines of music will be represented on the Editorial Board, as will three major areas of The College Music Society’s work: professional activities, engagement and outreach, and career development; a balance of representation of these areas will be maintained on the Editorial Board.
Editorial Objectives – The CMS Reports component presents in-depth analysis of the concerns of the music field. Its content consists primarily of formal, refereed collections of articles providing analysis of an issue of broad interest of the music field. The Editor and members of the Editorial Board are encouraged to take an active role in seeking out high-quality contributions.
Editorial Procedures – Review and production of proposals for issues of CMS Reports consist of the following steps:
Proposals – Proposals are submitted to the Editor of the CMS Reports component. Among other details, the proposal (1) identifies the proposed editor and all contributors to the project; (2) contains a clear, concise description of the proposed issue; (3) describes the current status of the project (i.e., how much is currently complete, what has yet to be done); and (4) describes the potential readership or users of the proposed issue. The Editor of the CMS Reports component sends written acknowledgment of each proposal immediately upon receipt..
Editor – Each issue of CMS Reports will have a Text Editor whose responsibilities will include (1) liaison with authors and (2) preparing text for publication. At the discretion of the Editor of CMS Reports, the Text Editor may or may not be the proposer or proposed editor of the project.
Review by the Editorial Board – The Editor of CMS Reports component will submit completed proposals to the Editorial Board for review. Reviewers provide a report to the Editor by an appropriate, agreed-upon time.
Proposal Determination – Based on these reviews, the Editor will approve, reject, or revise the proposal. The Editor makes the final decision to accept or reject the proposal, and to determine the extent of revision needed. The Editor will notify the proposer (and the project's editor, if these are different people), conveying any questions, suggestions, and concerns expressed by the Editorial Board. For approved proposals, production will begin immediately.
Project Completion – Upon completion of a project, the Editor will transmit the completed text file to the Executive Office for publishing to College Music Symposium.