Journal of Sound and Music in Games is accepting submissions for review and possible publication in its inaugural volumes.

Journal of Sound and Music in Games (JSMG) is a peer-reviewed journal that presents high-quality research concerning all areas of music and/or sound in games. It serves a diverse community of readers and authors, encompassing industry practitioners alongside scholars from disciplinary perspectives including anthropology, computer science, media/game studies, philosophy, psychology and sociology, as well as musicology. JSMG is the only journal exclusively dedicated to this subject and provides a meeting point for professionals and academics from any tradition to advance knowledge of music and sound in this important medium.

Though JSMG primarily focuses on video games, the journal welcomes studies of music and/or sound in any form of game (for example, sports games, historical games predating video games, and so on).

JSMG publishes original research articles, supplemented by a range of other content, including review articles surveying important subjects, reviews of pertinent books and games, communications with responses, and interviews. The journal will also occasionally present topically themed special issues.

As the journal of the Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games, JSMG acts as a lively forum for the presentation and dissemination of knowledge, uniting theory and practice in this domain of musical-sonic activity.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Players’ perception of game sound or music
  • Music education and game technologies
  • Audio in VR contexts
  • Algorithmic/generative music
  • Game audio beyond the game
  • Game songs in Western and non-Western cultures
  • Game structures and gamificaiton in art music
  • Online and offline game music fan cultures
  • Musical genres, topics and tropes in video games
  • Preserving and representing the history of game music
  • Game sound and identity

JSMG is also interested in receiving short-form essays addressing insights and perspectives from industry practitioners on various topics, including sound or music implementation in games.

For more information and submission instructions, please visit or email the editors at

Editorial Team

Stephen Baysted, University of Chichester

Associate Editors
Elizabeth Medina-Gray, Ithaca College
Timothy Summers, Royal Holloway, University of London

The complete JSMG Editorial Board can be accessed here.