The annual reports of the Zentralredaktion are status reports, primarily intended to report on the expenditure of funds provided by the project financers. At the request of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, they are very formalized and are to provide an overview of the development of the project as a whole. The short texts that describe the projects always remain the same. Results specific to each year are integrated into the document. In this way, it is possible to gain a quick overview of the project and its achievements.
The annual reports are published in the yearly publication of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, as well as in the international academic journals Fontes Artis Musicae (IAML) and Acta Musicologica (IMS).