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To get some idea of whether you would like to work with us here are some details and how you have to present a review:-

1. We do not pay a fee to our reviewers; neither do we pay expenses. You do, however, keep the CD/DVD/Book provided you review it. You are not usually allocated discs to review but you receive a list of available discs from Len Mullenger from which you make a selection. Rob Barnett may send you additional surprise discs that he has received. We expect the review inside three weeks.

2. Reviews should be AT LEAST 300 words long. We do not accept brief, capsule
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3. Layout for the heading is detailed and must follow the accepted format (take a look at a few reviews on the site).This can be very irksome to some people who have to list in great detail the contents of each anthology CD they review. In many cases the text can be captured from company websites but it MUST be formatted to follow our specific heading pattern and style.

4. Reviews are to be sent to Rob Barnett in Word format and scans of the cover of the discs must be attached. Reviews are submitted to

and at the same time to

Please remember to send to the backup address as well as we do sometimes lose reviews in the process of editing and preparing for the web.

5. The subject line of your covering email must identify the CD by surname of composer, title of one piece, one artist and label. That helps us choose discs for the daily presentation

6. One review per email - helps us keep track. Similarly each scan should come separately.

7. We happily carry multiple reviews of the same disc. The fact that you see a review (even several) onsite of a disc we have given you does not mean that you do not need to write a review - we still need YOUR review. Multiple reviews usually appear in separate months.

8. Reviews should wherever possible include comparison (usually in broad terms) with other recordings whether deleted or not and in the case of music that may be unfamiliar some description of style and who else it sounds like (can make for crass comparisons but it gives some guideline and encouragement to explore).

9. Reviews should avoid high technical levels of musical analysis - be literate, accurate, lively but always accessible. We can amend reviews without further reference to you - substance is rarely changed but layout, spelling, grammar, errors, endless sentences, clarification, cliches and hordes of brackets are often adjusted/culled. We have no time to engage in getting drafts of reviews approved by the writers.

10. Reviews are to be submitted to Rob Barnett as Word attachments - He is prepared to consider alternatives but please discuss and agree with him first.

11. Reviewers are free to write for other review sites as well as MusicWeb International but must not duplicate reviews of discs sourced from MusicWeb. It is expensive sending discs out - averages at over £2 a disc - so reviews of MusicWeb-sourced discs must remain exclusive to MusicWeb. However some reviewers have their own sites and blogs. After MusicWeb have published their review they may then publish it on their own site with a statement that it first appeared on MusicWeb International and with a link back to MusicWeb International

12. Initially you may have to review the discs we want you to review rather than ones you might necessarily have wanted to review, although we will, as time goes by, try to accommodate your expertise and music preferences. Reviewers need to be willing general practitioners prepared to take on the less popular discs. Very soon after you start you will begin receiving lists of discs available for review. You email Len Mullenger with a request for the discs you would like to review. Bear in mind that the lists go out to some 50-60 volunteer reviewers (about 30 are writing at any one time). Len strikes the best compromise possible but older hands and those who are especially productive and reliable are given preference. New reviewers need to work an apprenticeship with less desirable discs before they can stand much of a chance of reviewing the more 'popular' discs.

Bear in mind that we are not full-timers and yet we place some 10 reviews on site every working day. There is a break over Christmas and New Year.

In general reviews appear on-site within a couple of weeks of being submitted. Occasionally they will take longer.

We need willing reviewers who are prepared to work to help us keep up with the growing influx of CDs. All CDs sent out to reviewers must be either reviewed or returned to Len.

Reviewers can drop us at any time although must return to us any discs unreviewed that have been allocated to them. We can at any time drop reviewers and unreviewed discs must be returned to us.

If any questions please feel free to ask Rob Barnett.

Do let Rob Barnett or Len Mullenger know whether you are interested and if so please send your postal address. It's probably more enjoyable than the above might suggest. When you reply please indicate your musical preferences and background .

All best wishes

Rob Barnett Classical Editor

Len Mullenger Founder MusicWeb International

Plagiarism
As anyone who moves in academic circles will be aware, plagiarism has become a major problem particularly with the ease of cut-and-paste from anything on the Internet. We must avoid any such criticism of the material posted by MusicWeb. We have had a couple of instances which I hope were dealt with sensitively. I also occasionally receive notification from reviewers where they feel other sites have plagiarised their work. You may not be aware that we do have a number of franchising arrangements where other sites such as Archiv Music and Classicsonline are entitled to reproduce our reviews and the labels themselves are free to use our reviews on their own websites. But that is not plagiarism, which is the passing off of someone else's work as your own.

CD booklets, concert programmes, books and newspaper articles are valuable sources of information to reviewers. Where such sources are used it is best to make it absolutely clear by quoting exactly what was in the original and then giving an attribution. The use of quotation marks or italics is also useful. Such quotations should also not be a major part of the review. You might also use phrases such as 'I am indebted to Joe Bloggs for his informative programme notes'

Avoid re-phrasing any 'borrowed' material as it then looks as if you are trying to pass off what is copyright material as your own.

Record labels put out press releases with the direct intention that the material may be used by reviewers. This is what you see if you look up a disc on a site such as MDT that I often provide links to when offering discs for review. Other people can see this as well and would soon detect if it had been used in a review in a non-attributed way.

Some reviewers do tend to quote from other reviews such as Gramophone as if that legitimised their own review. I think we should do this as little as possible. Our readers want to know what we think not what Gramophone thinks.

You may, however, use the disc details you find on MDT and other sites to produce headers. This has been produced by the record label specifically for this purpose.

Be assured I am just covering our backs here so don't take this general reminder as criticism. I just feel it's timely to bring this to everyone's attention.

Meantime do keep up the good work. I appreciate the effort and creativity that goes into your reviews. Keep them coming.

Len Mullenger


 

 


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