Being ignorant to the existence of the Open Access journals in general, I was pleasantly surprised as I began to investigate them. One of the first discoveries I made was the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). This non-profit organization was launched in 2003 at the Lund University in Sweden. The DOAJ’s mission statement is “DOAJ’s mission is to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language. DOAJ will work with editors, publishers, and journal owners to help them understand the value of best practice publishing and standards and apply those to their own operations. DOAJ is committed to being 100% independent and maintaining all of its services and metadata as free to use or reuse for everyone.”… all quite commendable. I found the search function of the DOAJ web site to be extremely user friendly and powerful. With their 12,000+ journals, it is a powerful resource that serves a necessary function. I consider myself fortunate to have been exposed to it.
For search criteria, I input “Visual Music Composition”. With a little digging I found an excellent paper that I will definitely quote in the written portion of my dissertation. The title is “Composing Visual Music: Visual Music Practice at the Intersection of Technology, Audio-visual Rhythms and Human Traces”. Throughout the informative paper Michel Chion, a French film theorist, was quoted. Though I have not met him we are active in similar circles and I found his statements quite apropos to my work.
The journal that this article was published in is called, “Body, Space, and Technology (BST), which was also extremely interesting. Their focus and scope statement follows; “Body, Space & Technology (BST) is a leading journal of contemporary artistic practice and research and joined the OLH platform in Summer 2017. Since it launched in 2000, BST has built a strong reputation for scholarly quality and innovation, as well as fostering a global academic community around its published content. BST publishes research into artistic practice that engages with digital technologies, particularly as these relate to bodily interaction and creativity, and in multi-disciplinary perspectives. “ They publish their journals through the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)… another avenue of investigation. Both OLH and BST seem to be very focused upon the free distribution of the knowledge they publish. This will be an excellent resource for my academic work.
This exercise has been an excellent one that has led me into many new areas of research. I will use it for many years to come.