GENERAL NOTES ON COVERAGE


RILM Abstracts with Full Text (RAFT) was launched in December 2016. Some of the journals in RAFT are titles the committees have traditionally covered.

To avoid duplication and additional steps in the processing of the RAFT text files in the International Office, please refrain from accessing any journal in the RAFT project. You can tell if a journal is in RAFT by using the lookup function at http://www.rilm.org/fulltext/, or click Show all Journals and scroll down. This page is updated periodically.

The RAFT system is complex and involves collaboration with publishers and a scanning firm, as well as EBSCO. Multiple levels of processing are necessary, so these journals will not be online as quickly as they may have been in the past. Your patience is appreciated. Please be in touch with your committee liaison if you have questions or concerns about a RAFT journal published in your country.

Scope guidelines are available at: http://www.rilm.org/scope/

The growth of interdisciplinary and international journals, conferences, and collaborative publications over the past decade is raising the bar for RILM. Not only can these sources be difficult to identify – generally, we find them via bibliographies or reviews – but there is no simple/time-efficient/completely equitable way to divide the work between committees.

We are aware that much of this material is covered via national music bibliography projects or union catalogues. Even so, such records are of significant value to RILM. The goal is a one-stop-shopping model in which users all over the world can find related material quickly and easily.

Annual tallies are based on TLAs/user initials, not the country code in the record. It is therefore possible to receive credit for any record you access, no matter where it was published.

Here are some situations you may encounter.


Q: The content of the journal issue or collection is entirely or partially musical. It was published in my country, but most of the content is by scholars from elsewhere. What do I do?

A: If possible, please access all RILM-appropriate content. If you are working from a bibliography and do not have access to the full issue/collection, check to see if the citations are available online through a union catalogue, or if there is a table of contents online. If either is true, but you are not able to make all of the accessions due to time constraints, please contact your committee liaison to alert him/her to the availability of this material.


Q: The journal issue or collection is entirely or partially musical, but it was not published in my country. Some of the content is by scholars from my country. What do I do?

A: If the source is a journal that does not appear on the relevant committee’s page at http://www.rilm.org/globalNetwork/index.php, please access the entire issue if you are able. If you are working from a bibliography and do not have access to the full issue/collection, check to see if the citations are available online through a union catalogue, or if there is a table of contents online. If either is true, but you are not able to make all of the accessions due to time constraints, please contact your committee liaison to alert him/her to the availability of this material.


Q: I have a review from a journal in my country of a monograph or collection not published in my country. The main record is not in iBis2, so I cannot attach the review. What do I do?

A: It is desirable that we consistently include reviews, especially from core and secondary journals. If possible, please access the main record, matching the country code to the imprint, and attach the review. If you are unable to do this due to time constraints or lack of authoritative documentation on the item reviewed, contact your committee liaison. Provide the full review citation information and such details as are available to you. If the journal is online, please include the DOI/URL for the review.