Music Analysis

Cover image for Vol. 35 Issue 2

Edited By: William Drabkin

Online ISSN: 1468-2249

Author Guidelines

Information for contributors

Style Guide for music examples
Contributor information and style sheet

  • MUSA has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts for online manuscript submission and peer review. From now on all submissions to the journal should be submitted at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user id and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assiatance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page.

  • If you cannot submit online please contact Senior Editorial Assistant Emily Brown ( Wiley-Blackwell Ltd.

  • Electronic submission (formatted in Word, with the filename extension ".doc") is preferred; if hard copy is to be sent, please submit your manuscript in duplicate, printed in 1.5 lined spacing and single-sided. An abstract of 150-200 words should follow the references. Musical examples can at this stage be submitted in .pdf format or as hard copy.

  • Please submit a short autobiographical note about yourself. This needs to uploaded as a separate document, not included in your main document.

  • Endnotes should be numbered manually in sequence and referred to by superscriptions in the text. Do not generate these automatically using Word software.

  • In a contribution with no endnotes, sources should be cited within the text in the form (Schenker 1979, p. 23) and an alphabetical bibliography of all references should follow the text.

  • Citations of books, articles and other published works should follow a style evident in recent issues of the journal. A style sheet is available for clarification.

  • Where a quotation in the original language (i.e. other than English) is considered essential, a translation with a record of its source should also be given.

  • Contributors should use verbal terms within the text for the designation of , and pitch notations.

  • Music examples, figures and tables should be supplied on separate sheets, numbered in sequence and referred to in the text in the form: Ex. 1 or Exs. 2 and 3; Fig. 1 or Figs. 2 and 3;Table 1 or Tables 2 and 3. A separate list of captions should be provided.

  • Music examples and other graphics should, if possible, be supplied as Encapsulated PostScript® files, or in another machine-readable form (such as PostScript, Tiff, Gif or other Bitmap format) by arrangement with the Editor. If this is not feasible, the journal will normally undertake to set material as required.

  • British spellings and terminology should be used throughout (e.g. bar, crotchet, metre, perfect cadence); please use -ise, -isation, etc. in preference to -ize, -ization, etc. Other preferred forms include the following: acknowledgement, bar line, double bar, focused, interpretative, interval class, judgement, neighbour note, neoclassical, note (not tone), pitch class, postmodern, premise, set class, tempi, third progression, towards (not toward), Ursatz, Urlinie, voice-leading.Two-letter abbreviations of the names of American states should be used where necessary (e.g. MA, NY).

  • Set-class names should normally follow the usage established in Allen Forte, The Structure of Atonal Music (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973). Where prime and inverse forms of set-classes are distinguished, the suffixes A and B should be used respectively (e.g. 3–11A for the set-class of minor triads). Pitch-class integer notation should use the numbers 10 and 11 rather than letter-name alternatives.

  • Conventional titles of musical works should not be italicised (or underlined) if in normal English usage; proper names and foreign titles should be (e.g. Sonata Op. 111, but Konzertstück,The Turn of the Screw and Fidelio).

  • Capitalisation should be maximised in English titles of musical works, books, etc. (e.g. The Structure of Atonal Music); capitalisation of foreign-language titles should follow the custom of the language concerned.

  • Authors are responsible for supplying written evidence of copyright permission with respect to the reproduction of music examples and similar materials. It will expedite the processing of your contribution if any necessary agreements with copyright holders have already been sought when material is submitted to the journal.

Authors may subsequently reprint their contributions in collections of their own work without fee to the journal provided (i) that such reprinting does not involve photographic or other similar means of reproduction of the joumal’s typography, and (ii) that appropriate acknowledgement is made to the journal. A condition of publication in the journal is that contributor licenses to the journal, in the person of the publisher, the right to administer the reprinting, anthology, translation aad other subsidiary tights in the contribution. Half of the fees in all such subsidiary rights, except for reproduction of the journal’s typography, will be paid to the contributor.

Exclusive Licence Form
Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Exclusive Licence Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. 

Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright  in such cases does not need to  be assigned.  After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various medium/circumstances (please see the form for further details).

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the Exclusive Licence Form
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Exclusive Licence Form to sign. The terms and conditions of the Exclusive Licence Form can be previewed below:

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Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements
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Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found here. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.