Guidelines for Contributors to Music in Art

Submissions. Music in Art includes original scholarly articles on music iconography and the relationship between music and art. Preferred language of articles is English; articles in French, Italian, Spanish, or German will be also considered. Papers should be written in clear and grammatically correct language. Submissions (including papers earlier presented at conferences) will be read by two referees who will evaluate the quality and originality of the manuscript, and asses the validity of research methodologies and procedures. Their recommendations will determine whether or not a paper is accepted for the publication. Author warrants that the submitted contribution has not been previously published elsewhere in whole or in part and that no agreement to publish is outstanding. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, to The Editor at the Research Center for Music Iconography, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309.

Quotations in languages other than that of the article should be in the main text giving in a translation with the original text provided in a footnote.

Abstract & autobiographical note. Regardless of the language of the article, the author is responsible for providing an English-language summary (250–300 words) and an autobiographical note (not longer than 80 words). The summary—written in a declarative rather than descriptive style—must state directly the key findings and give the content of the essay.

Illustrations should be provided in the highest quality, in TIFF or JPEG formats, in a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. Xerox copies of photographs or low-resolution images taken from the Internet are absolutely unacceptable. Drawings and sketches have to be provided camera-ready. Preferred font for text in sketches is BookAntiqua. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish each of their illustrations or music examples. Editor or publisher cannot be made responsible for any infringement of copyright. Authors should provide the editorial office with the licensing agreements. Each caption must include the name of the collection where the original is held and its inventory number. Captions should be in the following format:

1. Claude Gallée (called Claude Lorrain), “Landscape with Psyche outside the Palace of Cupid” (“The Enchanted Castle”; 1664). Oil on canvas, 87.1 × 151.3 cm. London, National Gallery, bought with contributions from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund, 1981, NG6471.

2. Roman altar. Woodcut in: Hieroglyphica by Johannes Pierus Valerianus (Basel, 1567). Libr. XLVII, cap. 1, p. 500.

Names of institutions should be provided in the original language.

Bibliographic references. It is desirable that the endnote number is included at the end of the sentence, following the punctuation marks. References for publications in non-roman writing systems need to be provided bilingually with both the original version and its transliteration to roman alphabet. The style sheet for Asian languages should follow the practices of the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. Bibliographic references should follow the following format:

1 Joan Rimmer, “Medieval Instrumental Dance Music”, Music & Letters LXXII/1 (February 1991), 61-68.

2 Cristina Santarelli, Iconografia musicale nei musei torinesi. Le Chevalier Errant: Studi sulla musical degli Antichi Stati Sabaudi e del Piemonte 3 (Lucca: Libreria Musicale Italiana, 2003), 102.

3 Daniel Heartz, “A 15th-Century Ballo”, Aspects of Medieval and Renaissance Music: A Birthday Offering to Gustave Reese, ed. by Jan LaRue (New York: Pendragon Press, 1978), 359-375.

4 Guojia jiliang zongju 國家計量總局, Zhongguo gudai du liang heng tuji 中國古代度量衡圖集 (Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe 文物出版社, 1984), pl. 56-62.

Authors should pay attention to: (1) include the first (given) names of all authors of cited material; (2) provide page extents for all cited articles or chapters; and (3) provide for the first reference in footnotes a full citation, with subsequent references using a short title.

Reviews. The journal includes reviews of books and exhibitions. Publishers are encouraged to send to the editor review copies of books. Organizers of music-related exhibitions should send catalogues for a review, and if possible the press kit prepared for the exhibition.

Letters to the editor. Letters to the editors and any other type of interaction of readers with the content of articles are encouraged. Authors of criticized material will have an opportunity to responds. The editor reserves the right to publish letters in excerpted form and to edit them for concision and clarity.

In its policies, the Editor and the Editorial Board follow the code of conduct and best practices recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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