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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. Upload submissions to the journal's online peer-review site at at

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, seventeenth edition, and the JMT style sheet.

Graphics. Position all graphic supplements as part of the running text, and refer to them as "examples," numbered serially.

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 will not be circulated to readers.

Review process. All submissions are reviewed anonymously by qualified researchers. The adjudication process, from receipt to initial decision, typically ranges from three to six months, with an average of four months.

Manuscript submission for accepted articles. 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, seventeenth 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 managing editor at

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