Content and Mode of Publication of the ZGMTH

Founded in 2003, the Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie (ZGMTH; Journal of the German-Speaking Society of Music Theory) is currently the only primarily German language periodical that deals mainly with music theory and is for the use of professionals in the field as well as anyone interested in music-theoretical issues. The ZGMTH provides an international forum for scholarly discourse. The journal stands for a differentiated music theory, in which systematic and historical approaches are both studied and their interconnections explored. Therefore, the ZGMTH provides ample publication opportunities for up-to-date theorizing as well as discussion of historical primary sources. There is also space for the discussion of pedagogic issues and reviews of new publications in music theory and musicology. Reports on music theory events and events in related fields have been published in the ZGMTH up until volume 12/2 (2015); since July 2016, these reports have been published exclusively on the GMTH website under the category Veranstaltungsberichte (Event Reports).
The ZGMTH appears as an online Open Access publication, where themed and non-themed issues alternate irregularly. Since 2012, there have been two issues published annually. Before this, two or three issues per year were released. The texts mostly appear in German (with English abstracts) and occasionally in English. All publications are available online in HTML-format and can additionally be downloaded as a PDF file. From 2003 to 2017, a printed edition of the ZGMTH has been published by Georg Olms Verlag in a version which is identical to the PDFs available online. There are sometimes special issues added in online and/or printed format.

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The printed versions of the ZGMTHʼs volumes 1 to 14 (2003–2017) are published by Georg Olms Verlag. From volume 15 (2018) on, the ZGMTH appears as an online journal exclusively.

Open Access

The ZGMTH abides by the guidelines of Open Access according to the Berlin Declaration of 22/3/2003. In doing so, the ZGMTH commits itself to the two following basic requirements of an Open Access Publication (see the English version of the Berlin Declaration):

  1. The author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship […], as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.

  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in an appropriate standard electronic format is deposited (and thus published) in at least one online repository using suitable technical standards (such as the Open Archive definitions) that is supported and maintained by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving.

ZGMTH-publications are available in HTML- and PDF-format and are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY) (

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