The mission of New Directions is to provide a space for the music education community to discuss, debate and engage with one another–to provide a sort of “Town Hall” forum for the exchange of ideas and a clearinghouse for the conversations about the questions that fuel our growth as a profession.
New Directions will be a different sort of journal, in that we won’t require submissions to follow a predetermined format or length, or limit submissions to formal reports of research projects. Rather, we will encourage the submission of a more diverse array of scholarly work, including policy briefs, curriculum studies, pedagogical and conducting analyses, position statements and collaborative writing, as well as reports of research of any methodological paradigm or design. In so doing we hope to re-conceptualize the notion of scholarship in our discipline in a broader and more inclusive fashion.
Therefore, New Directions will establish no limitations with respect to method, design or format for submissions; indeed, we are strongly committed to encouraging submissions in alternative presentation formats, the use of audio and video material, and non-linear, non-hierarchical structures, such as web pages or sites, slide shows, and other alternative formats.
New Directions will also encourage a kinder, more supportive approach to the review process. Our review process will be guided by the following propositions:
The approach to the editorial review process described above should represent an empowering, invigorating experience for all concerned. We should hope for nothing less for our colleagues who bravely submit their work for peer review.