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call for MIRrors special issue, Journal of Intelligent Information Systems
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MIRrors: the past of Music Information Research reflects on its future
Special call for articles for the Journal of Intelligent Information Systems
MIRrors was conceived as a special session of the Conference of the
International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) 2012 and
as a complementary journal special issue, supported by the MIReS
European Project (mires.cc). The aim of both the session and this call
is transforming into knowledge and insights on promising future
research some of those scattered data, algorithms, ideas and findings
generated during the evolution of the Music Information Retrieval field
(especially since the year 2000). We encourage authors to dig into our
past to uncover hidden gems of knowledge that remained unnoticed or that
deserve a new look. Selected articles will be published in a special
issue of the Journal of Intelligent Information Systems published by
Springer (2011 impact factor 0.618). This call is targeting both
extended versions of papers presented at the MIRrors ISMIR 2012 special
session, and original manuscripts. We are looking for original,
challenging or thought-provoking papers that are able to connect the
past with the present and the future of the discipline. Of exceptional
value will be those papers capable of combining quantitative
methodologies to assess or support abstract or conceptual ideas.
Articles should be organized to foster debate, discussion and
self-criticism about MIR topics, methods and achievements.
MIRrors articles should present a personal view, backed up with data,
and taking into account the state-of-the-art for the selected topic.
Typical state-of-the-art reviews, tutorials or white/position papers do
not fit this call, as they tend to focus either only on the past or only
on the future of a particular topic. We are looking for papers
articulating promising novel ideas upon a systematic and exhaustive
revision of the existing MIR legacy.
Potential approaches (but not exhausting the options) for a MIRrors
paper could be:
• Reflecting on why a particular topic has failed, why it is
systematically not improving, and/or why it may be doomed to continue
• Reflecting on negative results that have, or have not, had the proper
impact on MIR research.
• Proposing replication studies, in particular those showing
discrepancies between commonly accepted ideas in the MIR community and
• Retrieving/revisiting some overlooked or scarcely cited papers or
promising idea(s) which potential has not been fully exploited.
• Tracing and explaining the evolution of a given idea through different
editions of ISMIR, using quantitative methodologies for knowledge
mapping and for tracing its evolution.
• Providing a review of the impact of a particular idea on the music or
multimedia information retrieval community.
• Providing a review of the impact of a particular MIR idea/topic on
other conferences or neighboring fields of science (e.g. including
technical reviews in terms of h-index or other quantitative measures).
• Revealing hidden assumptions in the research constructs, patterns or
methodologies that could be hindering some progress in the discipline.
Prospective authors should visit
for information on paper submission formal issues.
Manuscripts should be submitted using the JIIS editorial management
system http://www.editorialmanager.com/jiis/. Please select the
“MIRrors” option when the article type is requested.
Manuscript submission due: November 11, 2012
Review completed January 10, 2012
Revised manuscript due: March 10, 2012
Expected publication: August 2013
Perfecto Herrera-Boyer, Music Technology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
& Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona
Fabien Gouyon, Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto,
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. - Voltaire