All Submissions should be made through the Sonic Scope submission portal
As Sonic Scope’s primary focus is highlighting student voices, all contributing authors should be currently studying at undergraduate, postgraduate, or doctorate level, or have graduated from their studies within the last two years.
Submissions should not have been published elsewhere, or currently be under consideration by another journal.
All written work should be submitted as a Word document and be formatted with double line spacing, page numbers, and continuous line numbering. Practical submissions should be submitted as a permanent download link, e.g. Dropbox or Google drive.
To ensure the integrity of the peer review process, all submission files should be completely anonymous and the name of any contributor(s) should not appear anywhere in the work.
All written submissions must be between 3,000 and 12,000 words with a 100-200 word abstract.
Audiovisual works must be no longer than 30 minutes and must be accompanied by a 2,000-8,000 word commentary with a 100-200 word abstract.
This commentary should outline the contributor(s) creative decisions and intentions, provide a critical and theoretical engagement with the work, and contextualise it within the wider landscape of the relevant field of study.
Video essays that include a commentary as a part of their media do not need to submit a written commentary. In this instance only an abstract, bibliography, and media citations are necessary.
.jpeg, .png, .svg, .webp, or .gif with a caption clearly stating the image source and credit where applicable.
.mp3, .wav, or .ogg files of up to 30-minutes (see audiovisual guidelines). Caption clearly stating the audio source and credit where applicable.
Soundcloud links may be embedded within the text submission. For audio created by the author, please provide a permanent download link to the file.
.mp4 of up to 30-minutes (see audiovisual submission guidelines). Captions clearly stating the video source and credit where applicable.
YouTube/Vimeo links may be embedded within the text submission. For videos created by the author, please provide a permanent download link to the .mp4.
Permission to use third party media and material is the responsibility of the author.
All in-text citations must be formatted in accordance with Chicago Manual of Style’s ‘Notes and Bibliography’ style, including both a “Bibliography” and “Media Cited” section.
Please note that the above guidelines are subject to change at the Editor’s discretion. As such, please be sure to check the Submission Guide prior to submission to ensure the work follows Sonic Scope's guidelines.
If you have any questions regarding submissions please contact the Editors at: [email protected]
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or author. This is in accordance with the DOAJ definition of open access.
All articles are available to access for free as online formats (html, or PDF).
All articles are available for free and open access with no embargo period post-publication.
There are no author charges for submission, review, processing, and publication with Sonic Scope. Authors are free to withdraw articles after submission for no fee.
All submissions are assessed by the editors to deem its suitability for the journal.
Suitable submissions are sent for double-blind peer review. Reviewers’ comments will then be returned to the author, who will then have the opportunity to revise their submission in accordance with these comments.
Following revision, submissions will be assessed again to ensure it meets expectations or whether further amendments are necessary.
Following the peer review stage, selected works will undergo subediting by the Editors. The work will then be sent back to the author for their approval of any changes made.
This journal follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) best practice guidelines for editing and publication. As such, it is expected that all parties, including editors, authors, and reviewers, adhere to these same guidelines throughout their involvement with the journal.
This journal will consider conflicts of interest, or competing interests in line with COPE’s Conflicts of Interest / Competing Interests guidelines.
Discussion surrounding each article is to be undertaken below the article in the comment section on PubPub.
To make a formal request for article correction, please refer to our Complaints and Appeals guidelines.
This journal is non-profit and offers no author fees, subscriptions, advertising, reprints. Additionally it receives no monetary support from either institution or organisation.
This is an open access journal, meaning all content is freely available licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0).
Users are free to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to full texts of articles in this journal without seeking prior permission from either publisher or author.
Authors are to retain copyright and publishing rights of their paper and related media with no restrictions.
Authors are to retain intellectual property for all work published on Sonic Scope.
In the interest of transparent and reproducible research, we encourage authors to outline their methodology, study design, sources used, and their selection procedures where possible. We also expect authors to cite the material and data used in their research alongside their literature review.
Authors are encouraged to make the evidence underpinning their findings to readers by way of a dedicated repository (see Archiving Policy).
All articles published under Sonic Scope are deposited in three encrypted hard drives held in secure locations. In the event that the journal goes out of print, these articles will remain freely accessible upon request via email at [email protected].
To appeal an editorial decision, or make a complaint, please contact Calum and Regan at [email protected] with your reason for appeal or complaint.
Appeals will be reviewed by an Editor who did not review your manuscript and media. The final decision will be made by the Editor and Editorial Board.