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Submission Guidelines

JMT welcomes submissions in all areas of music theory. Our mission is to present music-theoretical research that has significant applications in the analysis of music or the history of music theory or that engages issues in the broader domain of music scholarship.

Submission guidelines and procedures. Submissions accepted for publication must conform to the JMT style sheet.

Size. We prefer pieces of moderate length: 5,000–10,000 words, including notes.

Spacing. Double-space the entire text, notes and references.

Citations. JMT uses in-text parenthetical citations, following the author-date style of reference detailed in The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition, and the style sheet. When citing three or fewer works, use in-text parenthetical citations. Footnotes, positioned at the bottom of the page, should be reserved for discursive notes, or for citations with more than three items. Introduce such "omnibus" citations with a discursive annotation more substantial than "In this connection, see . . ." or the like.

Graphics. Place all graphic supplements, including musical examples, tables, and figures, in the text, or between pages of text, rather than at the end. Each supplementary item should be clearly and uniquely labeled. Our preference is that you refer to each supplementary item as "example X," where X is a sequential number. You may also distinguish between examples, tables, and figures, with items in each category ordered sequentially.

Anonymity. Authors are responsible for ensuring blind review by not identifying themselves in their manuscripts. When referring to your own work in a way that might betray your identity, replace your name, and any other obvious clues to identity, with an anonymous placeholder such as "Author." The author's name and contact information should appear only on a cover sheet, which will be retained by the JMT office and not circulated to readers.

Submission address. Send the submission as a PDF to

Review process. All submissions are reviewed anonymously by qualified researchers. Decisions are normally made within six months of manuscript delivery.

Manuscript submission for accepted articles. Authors of accepted articles will be required to provide copy in one of the following formats: plain text, RTF, or Microsoft Word. Special typefaces, mathematical type, or in-text graphics must be prepared in consultation with the editor. Matters of style are referred to The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition, as modified by our style sheet, which governs musical terms and specifies our citation style.

Copyright issues. JMT requires that authors assign their copyright to the journal once an article has been accepted. We cannot consider articles that are under review with other publications or publishers in any form, nor will we grant permission to reprint an article in a book within a year of publication in JMT. Authors are responsible for securing permission for reprinting copyrighted material quoted or otherwise used in their work.

All inquiries about JMT's content and editorial policies may be made to the editor at

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