1. Authors are advised to consult recent copies of Music & Letters to ascertain the suitability of their material for the journal. We publish articles on a wide range of topics, ranging from antiquity to the present day and embracing musics from classical, popular, and world traditions; the journal has a particular reputation for encouraging fruitful dialogue between musicology and other disciplines. The journal does not impose a strict word limit on submissions, but published articles generally range from c.8,000 to c.15,000 words. Authors are encouraged to contact the Music & Letters editorial office if they need to seek advice on the suitability of their material for the journal prior to submission, preferably by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The editors may also be contacted by post at the following address: The Editors Music & Letters Editorial Office Faculty of Music 11 West Road Cambridge CB3 9DP 2. The Editors consider all submissions in as timely a manner as possible; contributors will, however, understand that the reviewing process can take some time. Music & Letters operates a two-stage double-blind reviewing process: manuscripts are initially assessed by the editors, and may be rejected at this stage where they are found to be unsuitable for the journal. In this case, feedback will be provided to authors to explain the decision that has been made. All other submissions are sent to external readers following this initial assessment; the editors’ decision is then made on the basis of the expert reports provided by readers, which are made available to authors. Note that the editors’ decision must be regarded as final. 3. All submissions must follow the Music & Letters Style Guide for Authors, which can be downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/ml/pages/Style_Guide. The Editors reserve the right to return submissions that do not conform to these guidelines. 4. Initial submissions must include a main text file and an abstract of c.150 words. Where it is required, illustrative material may include music examples, tables, plates, and figures. These should be placed in separate files and identified by captions. Captions should also be written out in full in a separate file. The abbreviations Ex. and Exx. are used for examples, Fig. and Figs. for diagrams, and Pl. and Pll. for plates. An author biography of c.50 words is required for any article that is accepted. 5. It is important to consider carefully the number of music examples, tables, plates, and figures required, and the restrictions on the way in which these can be presented in the journal. All illustrative material must serve a specific purpose within the argument of the submission. Note also that it is the author’s responsibility to secure and pay for permission to reproduce any material in copyright, and that this must be done in a timely manner as soon as a submission is accepted. While the editors try to be sympathetic to complex manuscripts, we reserve the right not to consider for publication material that is poorly presented or that is unsuited to our format. INSTRUCTIONS FOR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 1. Manuscripts must be submitted online. Once the manuscript has been prepared according to the instructions above it should be uploaded to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ml. 2. Since Music & Letters conducts double-blind peer reviews, submissions should include no identifying author information; the author’s name should not appear anywhere in the submission, including in the footnotes, or in any supplementary files. A separate title page (designated as Title Page) should be uploaded with author details and any acknowledgements. 3. The main manuscript should be prepared using a word-processing program such as Word, and saved as a .docx or .rtf file, designated as ‘Main Document’. All files in these formats will be automatically converted to .pdf format upon submission. 4. Any supplementary material that is to be submitted for review, such as tables, plates, music examples, and figures, should also be uploaded. A word-processing program may be used for these, as for the Main Document, but other file types, such as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, may also be used. We prefer, but do not require, music examples to be set in Sibelius. When naming files, simple file names should be used, avoiding special characters and spaces. The file names must have the correct suffix, e.g. .doc, .docx, .rtf, as appropriate. 5. At the time of submission, plates and figures may be submitted at low-quality resolution. However, if the article is accepted for publication, plates and figures will need to be resupplied at publication-quality resolution, using applications capable of generating high-resolution .tif or .jpg files (1200 dpi for line drawings and 300 dpi for colour and half-tone artwork). For information on preparing plates and figures for publication, see http://cpc.cadmus.com/da. 6. The online submission software will automatically create a single .pdf file containing the main text, supplementary files, and reduced-resolution versions of any figures that have been submitted. This document will be used when the manuscript undergoes peer review. The submitted files will appear in this .pdf sequentially, as specified on the submission page. There will be an opportunity to enter figure/plate captions and to check the .pdf file prior to final submission. © The Author(s) (2018). Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/about_us/legal/notices)
Music and Letters – Oxford University Press
Published: May 15, 2018
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