Journal of Popular Music Studies

Cover image for Vol. 27 Issue 3

Edited By: Gayle Wald and Oliver Wang

Online ISSN: 1533-1598

Author Guidelines

Journal of Popular Music Studies is an interdisciplinary journal covering a wide range of approaches to popular music. Submissions are not limited to any disciplinary, methodological, or theoretical approach. Each submission is considered by external specialist reviewers familiar with the specific topic of the essay as well as the field of popular music studies. In every case, preference will be given to manuscripts that are challenging and original as well as clearly and persuasively written.

Journal of Popular Music Studies will be published in online-only format effective with the 2016 volume. This is a proactive move towards reducing the environmental impact caused by the production and distribution of printed journal copies and will allow the journal to invest in further digital development. Published articles will continue to be disseminated quickly through the journal’s network of indexing services. Articles will also continue to be discoverable through popular search engines such as Google. All color images will now be reproduced digitally and published free of charge.

Submission Guidelines

To submit a manuscript for consideration, send an electronic copy with a title page including name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address; please do not include any information that would identify you as author in the body of the manuscript. Each manuscript page should be numbered and contain an abbreviated title. References should follow The MLA Style Manual, 2nd ed. (New York: MLA, 1998). Please send submissions via our ScholarOne system []. Book review-related queries should go to our Books Editor, David Suisman at All other questions about the journal, including queries about non-article content (roundtables, creative work, pedagogical essays, et. al.) should be directed to

Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced with at least one-inch margins on each side. Manuscripts may range from a minimum of 5,000 words to a maximum of 7,500 words, including notes and bibliography.  Authors wishing to submit manuscripts below or exceeding these guidelines must consult with the editor prior to submission.  Music transcriptions, song lyrics, photographs, tables, and other graphics can be included with an indication of placement in the text. Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions for all copyrighted materials.

References in Articles
We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

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There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged promptly, and authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection in a timely fashion. The Editor receives manuscripts with the understanding that they have not been published previously and that they have not been submitted for publication consideration elsewhere. It is requested that the author confirm this fact in writing when transmitting the manuscript for publication consideration.

A statement giving the publisher a Copyright Transfer Agreement  to publish the manuscript will be required for manuscripts that are accepted for publication. The Editor will supply the necessary form for this copyright license or it can be downloaded here: ( All manuscripts submitted for publication consideration become the property of the publisher and cannot be returned to authors unless special arrangements are made with the Editor. The corresponding author will receive one complimentary copy of the issue in which the article appears and will also receive a complimentary PDF.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see
Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:
Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.