Ethnomusicology Review Submission Guidelines

Ethnomusicology Review is a peer-reviewed online Open Access journal. We publish interdisciplinary music research in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, and other languages on a case-by-case basis. Our online format allows authors to rethink how they use media to present their argument and data, moving beyond the constraints of print journals. We encourage submissions that make use of video, audio, color photographs, and interactive media.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Submissions

Our call for papers has been announced for Volume 23! The submission deadline is March 23, 2020.


What to Submit


- Not more than 8000 words

- A brief (one paragraph) abstract, must be in English

- Optional: a brief (one paragraph) biographical sketch and photo of the author

- An Author Agreement Form (available for download at bottom of this page)


Video/Audio essays

- For video, please submit in .flv format.

- For audio, please submit in .mp3 format.

- A brief (one paragraph) abstract, must be in English

- Optional: a brief (one paragraph) biographical sketch and photo of the author

- An Author Agreement Form (available for download at the bottom of this page)



- Email submissions to

- Send text electronically as Word (.doc) documents.

- Format submissions in compliance with previous issues of Ethnomusicology Review.

- Bibliographies should use the Author-Date style used by this journal and the journal Ethnomusicology by the Society for Ethnomusicology. See past volumes for guidance.

- Send digital images in JPG, TIFF, PNG or other widely compatible formats.

- Send musical examples in MP3 format.


Authors must include any instructions pertaining to:

- Placement of images and audio examples, and their captions

- Special characters or fonts required


Authors retain all copyrights but grant exlusive use of their material for six (6) months, and non-exlusive use thereafter. There is no cost for publication. Details are specified in the Author Agreement.


Peer Review Process for Submissions

Submissions will be first reviewed by an editor who will decide whether they are of sufficient quality to proceed with the review process. The editors reserve the right to immediately reject or request immediate revisions of submissions that do not adhere to the requirements listed above. Manuscripts will be read by two or three referees, one familiar with the author’s topic or area and another who can provide an “outside” perspective. Referees will consist of, at minimum, one Advisory Board member and one Editorial Board member. See the current issue for a list of active Advisory and Editorial board members.

Ethnomusicology Review operates on an annual publication schedule with the submission deadline for Fall publication usually coming in late January or early February. The time between submission and publication allows for full peer review and any revisions, and is generally a much faster turnaround than other peer-reviewed journals. The editors will notify authors about the status of their submission via email within 60 days after its reception. If the submission has been accepted for publication, we will send preliminary comments for any suggested revisions. In the interest of time, we ask that authors return their edited text, audio and video examples, and digital images electronically within 30 days of notification of acceptance. Some authors whose pieces are not initially accepted for publication will be given the suggestion to "revise and resubmit." This suggestion is literal and we will review resubmissions after revisions or improvements are made.

Authors will receive a link to the copyedited version of their piece for final proofreading before it goes “live” on the journal's website.


Sounding Board Submissions

The Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board currently comprises six thematically organized columns, each curated by an Ethnomusicology Review editor. Typical submissions include book and media reviews, editorials, essays, video and audio presentations, and news pertinent to our field. Sounding Board submissions do not go through the double-blind peer-review process typical of our annual journal volume, and we encourage submissions based on preliminary research, rich descriptions of fieldwork experiences, or pieces that pose problems or questions. However, submissions should follow professional norms of intellectual discourse (e.g., appropriate language and citation of sources). Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; to propose or submit a piece to the Sounding Board, please contact one of the column curators or any of the Ethnomusicology Review editorial staff.


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