Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy

Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy

Formatting Guidelines for Authors of Accepted Articles

General Considerations

  • The main text of the article, including the abstract, should be in Microsoft Word. Remove any examples, figures, illustrations, tables, etc., but leave in the captions and include text that says “INSERT EXAMPLE X ABOUT HERE.”
  • Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Specific formatting requirements are listed below.
  • Each example, table, figure, illustration, etc. should be sent as a separate camera-ready .pdf. Name the .pdf the name of the example, figure, table, etc. (e.g., Example_1.pdf), but do not include the caption with the example/figure itself — the caption will be in the main text file.
  • If you are using figures, examples, or artwork from copyright material, you are responsible for acquiring permission to reprint. Please begin this process immediately and send me documentation of the permission agreement as soon as you have received it.
  • Include a brief abstract of your paper if you have not already done so (ca. 150 words).
  • Please provide us with a brief (< 100 word) biography.

Manuscript layout

  • Double-space everything—text, indented quotations, captions, notes, etc.
  • Do not justify margins.
  • Number all pages consecutively.
  • Leave one (1) blank space following periods, colons, or semicolons.
  • Do not split or hyphenate words at ends of lines.
  • Use spell check prior to final submission.
  • Do not embed your examples/figures/artwork/graphics in the word processing file. Include these as individual separate files, one file per example or figure.
  • Section headings should contain a brief description of what follows (with or without Roman numeral), rather than just a Roman numeral on its own.


  • Use the hyphen symbol (-) only for hyphenated compounds.
  • Use the en-dash ( – ) for spans (e.g., 3–5, mm.41–56, 1997–8), groupings or sequential groupings (e.g., pc 5–6–8, B–E–F, I–V–I), Forte numbers (e.g., 4–17), and minus signs.
  • Use the em-dash (—) only for sudden breaks in thought—like this—or end-of-sentence explanations, clarifications, or elaborations. No space should appear before or after the em-dash.
  • Punctuation placement (see Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, 6.8-9):
    ✓ “text.”
    ✓ “text,”
    ✓ “text”;
    ✓ “text”:
  • Question marks appear inside quotations only when they are part of what is quoted.
  • For inline quotations: “blah blah blah” (00). (Punctuation appears after the parenthetical reference).
  • Commas in listed elements: A, B, and C. Not: A, B and C.
  • Ellipses (11: 51–61):
    ✓ Separate from surrounding text with one space: xx … xx.
    ✓ Do not use at beginning or end of quoted passage.
    ✓ Use three dots for omissions within sentences, four dots for those which elide a sentence ending with subsequent text.
  • Do not use nested parentheses. Instead, use brackets inside of parentheses.
  • Other

    • Use italics to indicate italicization. Underlining will be typeset as underlining unless you specify otherwise. Bold will be typeset as bold unless you specify otherwise.
    • Use the same font for everything (including title, subtitles, notes, etc.), unless you require special formatting, in which case indicate as much.
    • In your body text, indicate sharp signs with a “ƒ” character (option-F on a Mac; on PC use “Insert: Symbol”).
    • In your body text, indicate natural signs with a “∂” character (option-D on a Mac; on PC use “Insert: Symbol”).
    • In your body text, indicate flat signs with a “ß” character (option-S on a Mac; on PC use “Insert: Symbol”).
    • Use bold underline to call out the first instance of each example to assist in typesetting (i.e. “As shown in Example 6,…”).

    Musical Issues

    • Octave designations are made according to ASA methods, using subscripted numerals: C1 C2 C3 C4 [= middle C] C5 C6 C7 C8.
    • Use “m.” and “mm.” (never bar[s]), except at the beginning of a sentence (in which case spell out “Measure” or “Measures”). Use one space after the period in both abbreviations.
    • Tn TnI (“n” down 2, 7 pt. = standard subscript treatment).
    • In labels (e.g., A A´), distinguish between an apostrophe (’) and a prime (´).
    • Use superscript for a single figured bass symbol (i.e., I6).
    • Use “A” and “B” for pcs 10 and 11.
    • Tempo indications: Initial capital, roman. Allegro, Andante, etc.
    • Italicize titles, except for generic titles of musical works (Sonata in C major) and songs (“Der Erlkönig”).
    • Sonata op. 10 [predicate…] (no comma); Sonata, op. 10, no. 1, [predicate…] (set off “no.” with commas); Sonata in D major, op. 10, no. 1 (set off “op.” with commas). (8.201-5)
    • Italicize most foreign musical terms, when used as in a score (“the allegro at m. 12,” but “the Allegro of the Eighth Symphony”).
    • Italicize titles of paintings and recordings.


    • Label all illustrations with the term “Example” (always capitalized). Do not use “Figure,” “Table,” “Chart,” etc.
    • References to examples in text: Example 00 (not example 00 or Ex. 00 or ex. 00).
    • Number the examples consecutively.
    • For subdivided examples, the letter designation should come immediately after the number, and the letter designators must never appear alone—e.g., “As shown in Examples 16a and 16b…”.
    • HOWEVER: examples should be subdivided only when the resulting subdivisions are really components of a larger diagram—i.e., not able to stand on their own. Subdivisions that can stand alone or which require their own complete, lengthy caption (as occurs when subcaptions contain excerpts from different pieces or by different composers) should be reorganized as autonomous examples.
    • Use lower-case references to examples in text without number (e.g., “As seen in the example.”)
    • All examples and figures should be submitted as vector graphics (Adobe Illustrator), or as 1200dpi TIFFs; individual .pdfs are also acceptable.
    • Please make every caption conform to the following format:
      Example 00. Liszt, “Das Veilchen,” mm. 11-17
      [period after example number; one space after period; only first letter, proper names, and titles of musical works capitalized in caption text.]

    Citation Style

    • For footnotes, standard MS Word footnote formatting is acceptable.
    • Please standardize note citation formats. The system is explained thoroughly in the Chicago Manual of Style, fifteenth edition, Chapter 16.
    • In-text citations should appear at the end of a sentence, not after the subject (i.e., “President Nugent has declared that all theorists should arm themselves (1991, 180)” and not “President Nugent (1991, 180) has declared….”)
    • For translations of historical texts, please use the following format:
      ✓ Schenker, Heinrich. [1930] 1997. The Masterwork in Music, Vol. 3 [Das Meisterwerk in der Musik]. Ed. William Drabkin. Trans. Ian Bent. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
      ✓ HOWEVER: the in-text citation should include only the author and year of the translation [i.e., “Schenker (1997).”]

    Submission Guidelines

    • Please obtain clearance to reproduce copyrighted materials and forward permission letter(s) to the editor as soon as possible.
    • Final versions of articles should be uploaded to the JMTP site in MS Word format. Examples should be sent as individual PDF files.