Editorial: Introducing the Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval
Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval
The Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (TISMIR) 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 with computational methods. This definition suggests that the words information retrieval are not taken particularly literally in the ISMIR community, who have chosen to preserve the name for continuity.
... ile many ISMIR members think of MIR as music information research (Serra et al., 2013) , or use an equivalent term such as music informatics. But academic pursuits do not confine themselves to disciplinary boundaries, and this is particularly true of the multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary field of MIR. So TISMIR welcomes submissions from researchers working across a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, musicology, cognitive science, library & information science, acoustics and electrical engineering. Within this scope, topics of interest to TISMIR include: • MIR Data and Fundamentals (audio signal processing; symbolic music processing; metadata, tags, linked data and semantic web; lyrics and other textual data, web mining and natural language processing; multimodality) • Cross-Domain Knowledge (representations of music; music acoustics; computational music theory and musicology; music cognition; machine learning & artificial intelligence for music) • Methodology and Impact (corpus creation; annotation methodology; evaluation methodology; legal, social and ethical issues) • 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 Analysis and Processing (sound source separation; music transcription and annotation; optical music recognition; alignment, synchronisation and score following; music summarisation; music synthesis and transformation; fingerprinting; automatic classification; indexing and querying; pattern matching and detection; similarity metrics) • User-centred MIR (user behaviour and modeling; human-computer interaction; user-centered evaluation) • Applications (digital libraries and archives; music retrieval systems; music recommendation and playlist generation; music and health, wellbeing and therapy; music training and education; music composition, performance and production; gaming; 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, providing space for longer, broader and deeper research papers than the conference proceedings allow, and freeing authors from the timing constraints of the annual conference cycle. TISMIR is strongly committed to the principles of Open Science, and 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. In addition, we encourage the publication of dataset papers that present novel efforts in data collection and annotation that have a strong potential impact on the way MIR technologies are exploited and evaluated. The journal also incorporates overview articles that provide a comprehensive review of a broad MIR research problem, a critical evaluation of proposed techniques and/or an analysis of challenges for future research. The journal is published online as a continuous volume throughout the year. 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