Directions to contributors


The Journal of Musicology welcomes articles in all areas of musical scholarship, including history, criticism, analysis, performance practice, and archival research. JM does not regularly publish reviews, but does invite proposals for review essays on important books, music editions and conference reports. JM cannot consider articles that have been published elsewhere or those that are are currently under consideration by another journal. The Journal promises an unbiased reading of submissions.

In most matters, JM follows A Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Chicago, 2003).  For more information on house style, see our Brief Style Guide.  See below for guidelines on electronic text and image preparation and submission.

Submissions should be sent in electronic form (as attachments  to an e-mail message) to Each submission should include

Questions may be addressed to

Please note that JM attempts to acknowledge every submission within one or two working days. If you have sent us something (especially with large attachments) but have not promptly received an e-mail note in reply, it is possible that your message went astray. We would welcome a brief follow-up note of inquiry (without attachments) after a few days--otherwise we will not know that you have attempted to send us your submission.

If necessary, the full text of the article, abstract and supporting materials may be sent on a 3.5-inch diskette or CD-ROM (see the suggestions below) accompanied by a complete paper copy that includes any musical examples, diagrams and illustrations. (Macintosh users, please note that if a 3.5-inch diskette is used, it must be in PC format.) The address is

Journal of Musicology
c/o A. Mero
3409 S. Tulip Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47403 USA

Guidelines, preferences and suggestions for electronic submission

Text documents

Your text documents (including tables, etc.) must be readable by Microsoft Word for Windows.  If you use a program other than Word (.doc, .docx), please send the document both in the file format of your program (.wpd or other format) and as an .rtf (rich text format) file using the Save As command. See the Brief Style Guide for criteria for presenting note names, musical symbols, and other special characters in your text.

Image files

Images sent in electronic form should be in a commonly used format.  JPEG, compressed TIFF, or Adobe PDF formats are preferred. Black and white images at 300dpi are sufficient for submission. Please do not send files in Finale or other music notation programs for the initial submission.  If you are producing examples in Finale, note that it allows you to export images in a variety of formats, including JPEG and TIFF, and to use the Graphics Tool to select examples and Export them.  The resulting lower quality is not a problem for the review process.

Sending files

When sending files--even as e-mail attachments--please do not encode or compress your documents with programs like WinZip or Stuffit. Diskettes, if you send them, should be in PC format (note that most Macs will read and save to PC formatted disks). If you submit a disk or CD-ROM please enclose it in protective packaging.