Review Guidelines

The Online Trombone Journal is seeking new literature and recording reviews authors. Reviews will be of literature and recordings received by the OTJ from publishers, performers and music labels. For physical media, the reviewer will be able to keep the review item. For items where digital access is provided it is expected that the reviewer may store a copy for themselves but will not distribute the digital items.

Potential authors should have previous writing experience at the graduate level or equivalent professional experience. Those interested in writing reviews for the OTJ are encouraged to contact us for more information.

Writing a review: Thoroughly read/listen to/watch the item for review. Begin the review with a summary (3-5 sentences) of the item - laying out the main points that will be expounded upon through the review. Highlight the characteristics that make the literature/recording unique or exemplary. Where appropriate, use specific examples (page or measure numbers, timings of a track, etc...) that support your opinion. While it is fair to mention areas for improvement or future consideration, avoid harsh or negative language in a review. For items that have glaring issues, in lieu of publishing a negative review the OTJ policy is to not publish that review.

Some general points to address in a review are: what is the goal or purpose of the literature/recording, who is the intended audience or who would find this item most useful, what makes this item unique or standout, is there other literature or recordings that complement this item?

Sending Items for Review

Performers, composers and publishers that have original creative products they would like to have reviewed can either send contact us with links to materials in electronic form or send printed/physical media via postal mail to:

Online Trombone Journal Reviews
c/o Richard Human
P.O. Box 5426
Mississippi State, MS 39762

The Online Trombone Journal team will select a reviewer for your creative product. Our goal is to publish reviews within 30-45 days of receiving the item(s). Note: we encourage reviewers to select 2-3 sound clips from recordings, or a musical excerpt from literature, for inclusion with the review. If you do not wish to have these added to the review please let us know at the time of material submission. Content creators (composers, publishers and performers) have ultimate right of refusal over the use of their content.