Folk Music Journal is published annually in December. The content is decided at a meeting held thirteen months before publication. In some cases submissions are returned for revision and reconsideration at a subsequent meeting; or, for lack of space, may be held over for a year despite acceptance.
Reviews and other matter are dealt with in a shorter timescale over eleven months.
Material received between September and March can be circulated to the Board for preliminary assessment, so that any comments made can be taken into account before a full assessment is made and decisions taken in November.
|March||Any articles received circulated to Board for preliminary feedback|
|April||Board consider articles|
|May||Board's comments returned to authors with invitation to submit revised version in September|
|September||All articles received circulated to Board|
|October||Board consider articles|
|November||Editorial Board meeting: decisions made on articles and other content (reviews, obituary)|
|December||Results (acceptance, rejection, revision) communicated to authors; instruction to provide final copy in March|
|March||Final articles sent to Editor|
|April||Articles prepared for printing|
|May||Articles sent for printing|
|June||Reviews etc. sent to Editor; article proofs arrive and sent to authors|
|July||Article proofs returned to Editor and to printer; reviews etc. sent for printing; cover commissioned|
|August||Review etc. proofs arrive and sent to authors; second article proofs arrive|
|September||Review etc. proofs and second article proofs returned to printer, cover artwork delivered; final matter prepared and sent for printing|
|October||Final proofs arrive and returned|
|November||Printing and delivery|
|December||Publication and distribution|