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rev. 02 February 2009
Tim Koozin


Music Theory Online was launched experimentally in March 1993.  Between then and December 1994, issues 0.1 through 0.11 were published.  its permanent status was marked in January 1995 with the publication of Volume 1.1.  MTO issues typically contain one or two articles, commentaries on articles from previous issues, reviews, notices of job vacancies in the field of music theory, notices of new dissertations (both completed and in progress), announcements of conferences and calls for papers, and correspondence.

MTO is peer reviewed and is indexed in RILM, Music Index, and other periodical indexes.

MTO is accessible free of charge through the World-Wide Web.  MTO subscribers automatically receive special announcements of new issues.

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The Society for Music Theory also publishes the print journal Music Theory Spectrum, which is included in SMT membership. Spectrum is produced by the journals division of the University of California Press.