Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Scoring: Journal of Film Music, an academic journal published by the Department of Film Music, Faculty of Performing Arts, Institut Seni Indonesia Padangpanjang twice a year. This journal publishes original articles focusing on the results of studies in the field of film music. The coverage of topics in this journal includes:

Music in moving picture; Music in moving pictures; Music, such as movies, TV shows, animations, games and commercials. Music that enhances the overall viewing experience and leaves a lasting impression on the audience.Composition or Arrangement for film music.

History of film music; History from the early days of cinema until now is related to music accompanying visuals, technology, economics, film composers, and systems of collaboration between film composers and the visual world to enhance storytelling.

Theory of Film Music or Analysis; Film Music Theory seeks to analyze and understand the various elements and techniques used in creating film music. It explores how music can evoke certain emotions, create tension, highlight important moments, and develop character. By studying the relationship between music and visuals, as well as the use of leitmotifs and thematic development, analysts can gain insight into the narrative and aesthetic choices made by the filmmaker. This theory allows for a deeper appreciation and understanding of the art of film music.

Music Technology; Music technology refers to the use of technology in the creation, production, and distribution of music. The use of advanced tools for musicians to create, record, and edit music. Digital audio workstations (DAWs), synthesizer software, and virtual instruments have made it easier to create a wide variety of sounds and musical textures. The internet also plays an important role, allowing artists to distribute music directly to audiences via streaming platforms and social media.

Music Studies; The study of music involves the academic exploration of music, history, theory, composition, performance, and cultural significance. An interdisciplinary field that combines elements of musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory, as well as other fields and musical performance. Music studies, a deeper understanding of music as an art form and its role in society. They learn to analyze and interpret musical works, develop their musical skills, and engage with a variety of musical genres and traditions. Music studies can lead to careers in music education, music therapy, music production, performance, and research. It's a field that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and a lifelong appreciation of music.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Some policies in the review of Scoring: Journal of Film Music

1. Reviewers will review any submitted paper.

2. Review process employs Double-blind Review, where the reviewer does not know the author's identity, and the author does not know the reviewer's identity.

3. Reviewers consider the correspondence of title, abstract, discussion (findings), and conclusions in the review process. In addition, reviewers also consider the novelty, scientific impact, and references used in the paper.

The response of the reviewers will be the basis for the Editor to conclude:

1. Accept Submission

2. Revisions Required

3. Resubmit for review

4. Resubmit elsewhere

5. Decline Submission

An article was rejected for publication due to various considerations, including:

1. The article does not fit the scope of the journal.

2. The article does not follow the rules of writing scientific papers or author guidelines.

3. The fundamental methodological errors.

4. The author refuses to make suggestions of improvements provided by the reviewer without a logical basis.

5. There are indications of plagiarism of more than 15%.


Publication Frequency

Scoring: Journal of Film Music published twice annually in June and November.


Open Access Policy

Scoring: Journal of Film Music provides immediate open access to all articles on making research freely available to the public; supports a greater global exchange of knowledge; and invaluable way to maximize the visibility and impact of research, especially in the film music field.

Musica uses CC-BY or The Creative Commons Attribution License.

This means :

The freedom to use and perform the work;
The freedom to study the work and apply the information;



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Publication Ethics

Scoring: Journal of Film Music is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Department of Music, Faculty of Performing Arts, Institut Seni Indonesia Padangpanjang twice a year. This statement clarifies the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this Journal, including the author, the chief editor, the Editorial Board, the peer-reviewer, and the publisher. This statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed Scoring: Journal of Film Music is an essential building block in developing a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It directly reflects the quality of the authors' work and the institutions that support them. Moreover, peer-reviewed articles help and embody the scientific method. It is, therefore, essential to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher, and the society.

ISI Padangpanjang, the publisher of the Journal, takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously, and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint, or additional commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the ISI Press Publisher and Editorial Board will assist in communications with other journals and publishers where this is useful and necessary.

Publication Decisions

The editor of the Journal of Scoring is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the Journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the Journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair Play

An editor evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the author's race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the author's express written consent.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communications with the author, may also assist the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Therefore, they must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Instead, referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that the authors have not cited. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been reported should be accompanied by the appropriate citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper they have personal knowledge of.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be confidential and not used for personal advantage. In addition, reviewers should not consider manuscripts with conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should, in any event, be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works and, if the authors have used the work and words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

An author should not generally publish manuscripts describing the same research in more than one Journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one Journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgment of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have influenced the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed significantly to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures, or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or another substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. In addition, all sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their published work, the author must promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.



Fahmi Marh

Editor in Chief/Journal Manager



Plagiarism Checker

Every submitted paper to Scoring: Journal of Film Music will go through plagiarism checking by Plagiarism Checker


References Management

In writing Citations and Bibliography, editor Musica: Journal of Music suggests authors use the Mendeley Reference Management Software.