Journal of the Violin Society of America

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Publications of the Violin Society of America

The VSA has two main publications:

  • The Journal of the Violin Society of America (JVSA)
  • The Scroll, a new magazine-style publication
Journal of the Violin Society of America

Established in 1976 under the editorship of Professor Albert Mell, Queens College, The Journal of the Violin Society of America is recognized as the outstanding periodical of its kind. Contents include articles on all aspects of bowed stringed instruments, auctions and appraisals, history of the violin and performers, playing technique and performance practice, making and restoration, tools, varnish, wood, graduation and acoustics. The Journal of the Violin Society of America is published as a PDF accessible through the VSA website, one or two times each year, and past issues are available at A limited number of back issues as bound copies may be ordered based on availability, read below.

VSA Journal – Proceedings Issues

In the past, the VSA published transcribed verbatim presentations from our annual meetings.  As the meetings have grown in size the challenges of delivering content in this fashion to the membership have grown.  Consequently, presenters at our meetings will now be asked to provide a written transcript of their presentation in order to be considered for publication.  We will no longer publish a formal transcribed Proceedings issue but instead offer the choice of being considered for publication in the Scroll or the JVSA Papers.

VSA Journal - Papers

JVSA Papers was created as a result of the merger of the Catgut Acoustical Society and the Violin Society of America.  Under the terms of the merger the VSA agreed to publish a scholarly, peer-reviewed publication as a replacement for the now defunct Journal of the Catgut Acoustical Society (JCAS).  The original mandate of JCAS was the acoustics of musical instruments.  As JVSA Papers this has been expanded but not limited to include scholarly work on:

  • Acoustics
  • Historical Research
  • Instrument Design
  • Materials
  • Restoration and Conservation

Information for submissions to VSA Papers

Articles submitted to VSA Papers should be 2,000-6,000 words and in electronic format only.  All articles submitted for JVSA Papers are peer reviewed.

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The Scroll

The Scroll is the membership magazine for the VSA.  It is a venue for VSA members to share ideas, research, and news. Each issue of The Scroll will include articles on a broad array of subjects of interest to violin makers, historians, violin dealers, and stringed-instrument musicians.

Information for submissions for The Scroll 

Articles submitted for The Scroll should be 500 to 2,500 words. We're looking for articles concerning all aspects of string instrument making, including building and repair techniques, history, care and maintenance, shop and personality profiles and the business of running a shop.

Electronic submission of articles and supporting materials required, as Microsoft Word compatible documents for manuscripts/text, and high resolution jpg or png files for photos and images, and/or high resolution PDF files for tables and other examples.  

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Ordering Back Issues of Journal of the Violin Society of America

Members may review back issues through the Online Journals of the Violin Society of America.

Bound copies of these back issues are in stock:

  • Vol. XIX, No. 2 – Proceedings of the 2003 Convention
  • Vol. XX, No. 1 – Proceedings of the 2004 Convention/Competition, Part 1
  • Vol. XX, No. 3 – Proceedings of the 2004 Convention/Competition, Part 2
  • Vol. XXI, No. 1 – VSA Papers
  • Vol. XXI, No. 2 – Proceedings of the 2005 Convention
  • Vol. XXII, No. 2 - Proceedings of the 2006 Convention
  • Vol. XXIII, No. 1 - Proceedings of the 2007 Convention
  • Vol. XXIII, No. 2 - Proceedings of the 2008 Convention, Part 1
  • Vol. XXIII, No. 3 - Proceedings of the 2008 Convention, Part 2

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The VSA office may have other Back Issues. If interested please contact the office at and notify us which ones you are interested in. Review the Table of Contents to determine which to order.  

CAS Publications

The Catgut Acoustical Society merged with the VSA in 2004. Back issues of all the CAS Newsletters and Journals are all still available, as are the 3 volumes of Acoustics for the Violin Maker.

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