Journal of Popular Music Studies

Cover image for Vol. 28 Issue 4

Edited By: Oliver Wang and Diane Pecknold

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.

We are happy to announce that Journal of Popular Music Studies is now part of the Wiley Early View service. Articles will now be published online in advance of their appearance in an issue. These articles are fully peer reviewed, edited and complete – they only lack page numbers and volume/issue details – and are considered fully published from the date they first appear online. This date is shown with the article in the online table of contents. Because Early View articles are considered fully complete, please bear in mind that changes cannot be made to an article after the online publication date even if it is still yet to appear in an issue.

The articles are available as full text HTML and/or PDF and can be cited as references by using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers. For more information on DOIs, please click here. To view all the articles currently available, please visit the journal homepage and simply click on the “Early View” option under Find Issues. Please note that this link will not be visible if there are not any Early View papers available. On publication in an issue, the article will be removed from the Early View area and will appear instead in the relevant online issue, complete with page numbers and volume/issue details. No other changes will be made.

The implementation of Early View for Journal of Popular Music Studies represents our commitment to get manuscripts available to view to the community as quickly as possible, reducing time to publication considerably without sacrificing quality or completeness. This service gives authors more control over the time to publication of their articles, as it is more dependent upon how quickly they return the final version of their article. Authors are encouraged to return final versions of articles as soon as possible to take full advantage of this service

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. 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

List all sources in the reference list alphabetically by name. In text citations should follow the author-date method. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.

References are styled according to the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.

Journal article:
Phelps, L. (1996). Discriminative validity of the WRAML with ADHD and LD children. Psychology in the Schools, 33, 5-12.

Book edition:
Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.

References should refer only to material listed within the text.


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.


This journal now uses eLocators. For more information, please visit the Author Services eLocator page here.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

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 copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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.