Savart Journal

The Savart Journal is a multidisciplinary open access online micro journal featuring peer reviewed research articles and research notes on all aspects of the science and technology of stringed musical instruments, bowed and plucked. Full text of all articles is available for all readers. Readers do not need to register or login to view articles. Articles are published continuously as they are received and reviewed.


The journal is named after and inspired by the work of 19th century French physicist Felix Savart, an early researcher in the acoustics of stringed musical instruments. The Savart Journal is made available through the efforts of volunteer editorial and review staffs.

Savart Journal

Call for Papers

Submissions of research articles on all aspects of the science and technology of stringed musical instruments are requested for the Savart Journal. Topics include instrument acoustics, psychoacoustics, preference testing, general physics of stringed musical instruments, geometry and proportion of instruments, manufacturing technology, stringed instrument music synthesis, etc. Research on materials, including finishing materials and adhesives is also appropriate for the journal. These are just a few examples of topics appropriate for the journal. All topics in science and technology as applied to bowed and/or plucked stringed musical instruments are suitable for inclusion.



Firefox 54.0 drops PDF plugin support

Please note that displaying SJ articles right in the SJ web pages is no longer supported in Firefox. Articles can still be downloaded and/or viewed using any PDF viewer. It is unknown if this is temporary or if Firefox will include embedded PDF support in the future. Although we have no input into Firefox features, the journal apologizes for any inconvenience. Again, all SJ articles are viewable and downloadable, just not embedded in our website pages.  
Posted: 2017-07-08

Subjects needed for online listening experiments


From the study administrators:

"Many prized woods that have traditionally been used for the back/side plates of the acoustic guitar are rare and from unsustainable sources. For this reason it is important to understand the impact that the choice of wood used for the back/side plates of an acoustic guitar has on its perceived sound. We’re conducting two online “blind” tests investigating this issue. Both tests use recordings of six steel-string acoustic guitars built to be as similar as possible except for the woods used for the back/side plates. The first test involves rating each guitar on a series of perceptual attributes. The second test measures the ability of listeners to discriminate between pairs of guitars using an ABX methodology. We invite readers of the Savart Journal to take part in these tests which are available online at the following URL:"

Posted: 2017-07-08
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