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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The article text should be typed, double-spaced (including explanatory endnotes, quotations, song texts, Reference List, and captions for figures and illustrations) and submitted as an attached electronic file (Word format). Quotations longer than three lines should be separate and indented on the left side of the page. Articles in the Journal are normally between 6,500 and 8,500 words.

  • As each article is assessed by two anonymous referees, information identifying the author should appear only in the e-mail message to the Editor.

  • Please format your submission according to the journal's style guide
  • Authors should provide an abstract of the article (up to 100 words) as well as a biographical note (not more than 70 words), typed and double-spaced in separate files accompanying the article.

  • Musical Figures, Graphics, and Tables should be supplied in separate files with explicit indication of where they should be inserted in the article text. All Figures, Graphics, and Tables should carry complete captions, including full identification of the item and all necessary credits and acknowledgements. The author of the article is responsible for obtaining permissions for the use of copyrighted materials, as well as permissions of other materials, where appropriate.

    Photographic Images (acceptable files are jpegs or tiffs).  All photographic images should be at least 200dpi (dots per inch) resolution at full print size, though 300dpi is best.  For example, if you open your image in a photo-editing program and check the "image size" dialogue box, it will show the height and width dimensions in inches/centimetres and the dpi resolution.  Because the journal generally prints images at full width, the width of the image should be greater than 5" at 200-300dpi.  Many digital cameras take images at 72dpi but with much greater print dimensions.  Most photo-editing programs will adjust these relative to one-another, so if you change the resolution to 300dpi, the height and width dimensions should change and show what size it will print at that resolution.  When in doubt, if an image is 1MB or above in size, it is fine.  Note that you cannot simply artificially enlarge an image that is too low resolution.
    Diagrams, Notation and Line Art (acceptable files are PDF and EPS files).  All tables, graphs, text-based art, maps, and notation should be supplied in PDF or EPS format (what is called "vector" format) to preserve the clarity of the lines when printing.  Exceptions to this are jpeg or tiff files that are supplied in 1200dpi (dot per inch) resolution at full print size.  Generally programs that are used to create diagrams, notation, maps, and other text and line art use vectors, and will have saving or export options in pdf and eps format.

Author Guidelines

At this time the journal’s online registration and submission system is not activated. Please submit your manuscript as an email attachment (Word or RTF) to

The article submission should not have been previously published, nor be currently under review with another journal.

Submission Process

A manuscript is assessed first by the Journal editor, who determines if it is of sufficient interest to proceed to the next step, which is to send the manuscript to two external referees. The referees write evaluations and recommendations, sometimes with suggestions for revisions. These assessments are sent to the editor who either rejects the manuscript, postpones a decision while suggesting revisions, or accepts the manuscript in its present state. The referees' assessments and recommendations are forwarded anonymously to the manuscript's author or summarized by the editor, along with the editor's decisions.

The review process normally takes between four and five months.

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