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Focus and Scope

Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval publishes novel scientific research in the field of music information retrieval (MIR), an interdisciplinary research area concerned with processing, analysing, organising and accessing music information. We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, musicology, cognitive science, library & information science and electrical engineering.

Topics of interest include:

  • MIR Data and Fundamentals (audio signal processing; symbolic music processing; metadata, linked data and semantic web; social tags and user generated data; natural language processing, text and web mining; multimodal approaches to MIR)
  • Methodology of MIR (methodological issues and philosophical foundations; evaluation methodology; corpus creation; legal, social and ethical issues)
  • Domain Knowledge (representation of musical knowledge; music perception and cognition; computational musicology)
  • Musical Features and Properties (melody and motives; harmony, chords and tonality; rhythm, beat and tempo; structure, segmentation and form; timbre, instrumentation and voice; musical style and genre; musical affect, emotion and mood; expression and performative aspects of music)
  • Music Information Processing (sound source separation; music transcription and annotation; optical music recognition; alignment and score following; music summarisation; music synthesis and transformation; fingerprinting; automatic classification; indexing and querying; pattern matching and detection; similarity metrics)
  • Applications (user behaviour and modelling; user interfaces and interaction; digital libraries and archives; music retrieval systems; music recommendation and playlist generation; music and health, wellbeing and therapy; music training and education; MIR applications in music composition, performance and production; music and gaming; MIR in business and marketing)

TISMIR was established to complement the widely cited ISMIR conference proceedings and provide a vehicle for the dissemination of the highest quality and most substantial scientific research in MIR. TISMIR retains the Open Access model of the ISMIR Conference proceedings, providing rapid access, free of charge, to all journal content. In order to encourage reproducibility of the published research papers, we provide facilities for archiving the software and data used in the research. To avoid excessive cost to the authors or their institutions, TISMIR is published in electronic-only format.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Proposals for special collections of articles are welcomed. Such articles will be published as part of a normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Journals are indexed by the following services:

In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please contact us or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2021 volume:

Submissions received144
Reviews requested2250
Reviews received3172
Total Rejections423
...of which, Desk rejects52
Acceptance rate751%
Time from submission to publication8249 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.



Since the first ISMIR Conference in 2000, the field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) has been maturing and growing, supported by a vibrant community of academic, industrial and artistic researchers. In response to this growth, the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) was established (incorporated in Canada on July 4, 2008). The conference series had previously been run by a Steering Committee. After 17 years of successful ISMIR conferences, the ISMIR Board, with the support of the Society, completed the planning to launch a journal, the Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR), to complement the widely cited ISMIR conference proceedings and provide a vehicle for the dissemination of the highest quality and most substantial scientific research of the wider ISMIR community. In setting up the journal, the Board considered the following factors to be important: (1) to retain the Open Access model of the Conference proceedings; (2) to encourage reproducibility of the published research papers by providing facilities for archiving the software and data used in the research; (3) not to incur excessive cost to the authors or their institutions. Finding a publisher, Ubiquity Press, who shared these values, an agreement was signed to launch the journal in early 2017. The journal was established by a committee consisting of Simon Dixon (Queen Mary University of London), Emilia Gómez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Anja Volk (Universiteit Utrecht) with the support of the ISMIR board under Fabien Gouyon (Pandora). Simon Dixon, Emilia Gómez and Anja Volk were chosen to head the editorial board for its first term.

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