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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Length:
    Peer-reviewed articles should not exceed 60,000 characters (with spaces, including footnotes and bibliography).
    Conference papers and articles for the Miscellanea section should not exceed 30,000 characters (with spaces, including footnotes and bibliography).
    Book/CD reviews should not exceed 5,000 characters (with spaces).
  • Font and spacing:
    The preferred font is Times New Roman, 12 pt, single line spacing.
    Do not insert additional line(s) between paragraphs.
    Use the Tab key to indent the first line of each paragraph (except the first paragraph following a heading or sub-heading or quotation).
    Do not use full capitals for emphasis; use italics.
    Please avoid excessive formatting.
    Please also submit any graphic files or tables separately, and also submit the complete paper as a PDF with graphics included.
  • Quotations:
    Up to 3 lines: include in body of text, between quotation marks.
    Over 3 lines: left-right indent 1.5cm, without quotation marks.
    Use double quotation marks (“...”) for all quotations within the text, and single quotation marks only for a quotation inside the quotation (“... ‘...’ ...”). Quotations should not be in italics within quotation marks.
  • Names and spelling:
    Names of institutions should be written without translation, such as Burgtheater or the Musée d'Orsay or the Teatro alla Scala. Translation into English should follow the original name of an institution in languages other than German, French or Italian, for instance: Srpsko crkveno pevačko društvo u Pančevu (Serbian Church Choral Society in Pančevo), or the Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre). The same procedure should be applied to the titles of compositions.

    Give the full name for all mentioned persons in your paper (e.g., Dobri Hristov, rather than D. Hristov). For transliteration of names, institutions, publications, etc., from Slavic languages, please use the system applicable in the context of your paper. ISOCM has adopted a policy of variable transliteration according to context and nationality of author; however, please also give the original Cyrillic spelling in case of doubt. Transliteration from Greek will be standardized by the editors according to a version of the system adopted by Grove.

    Spell out the names of centuries, for instance: nineteenth century. Elide numbers consistently to the shortest pronounceable form (281–3, except for the group ‘10–19’ in each hundred: ‘116–19’ not ‘116–9’, ‘210–11’ not ‘210–1’); years should be elided in the text (1924–5) but given in full in titles, subtitles and chapter titles (1924–1925).

    Liturgical terminology: please used transliterated Greek terms for this; thus, “kontakion” rather than “kondak”, etc. Such terms do not need to be italicized. The names of liturgical books should be capitalized; thus, “Horologion”, “Heirmologion”, as should names of chant repertories – “Znamenny”, “Demestvenny”.

    Abbreviations such as “Fr” for “Father” and “St” for “Saint”, in which the last letter of the abbreviation is that of the full word, should have no full stop after them, whereas “Rev.” for “Reverend”, etc., should. Use Cf. (instead of ‘to compare’).

    Other points of style: Second World War (not World War II), Cold War. Omit ‘p./pp.’ before page numbers. Use U.K. spelling style with “–ize” word endings.
  • Footnotes:
    Times New Roman, 10 pt, single space line. Please follow carefully the Chicago Manual of Style (Notes and Bibliography system, basics available here: The titles of books, journals and periodicals should be in the original language, as they have been published, and do not need to be translated into English.
  • Format:
    The text should be submitted in .doc or .docx file format. A copy of the text (can include author’s stylistic formatting) should also be submitted as a .pdf file. We will try to accommodate special typographical needs, but we ask you to please try not to make a lot of extra work for the editors. If you wish to have formatting that we feel is too complex, we will notify you and attempt to come to a satisfactory compromise.
  • Examples:
    Music examples, tables, plates and appendices should be clearly marked with the author’s name and the example numbers. For the layout, the places of the illustrations should be indicated with ”[Illustration 1 here]”.

    Digital formats: Illustrations should be submitted in PDF, JPEG, TIFF, or EPS format. Tables can be submitted as separate .doc, .docx files. Scores created with Sibelius can be sent as .sib files, otherwise notation files should be submitted in EPS or PDF format.
  • Bibliography:
    At the end of the article, the author should include a Bibliography. It should be in alphabetical order, following the Chicago Manual of Style (Notes and Bibliography system, The titles of books, journals and periodicals should be in the original language, as they have been published, and do not need to be translated into English. It is also possible to place bibliography written in letters other than Latin (e.g., Cyrillic, Greek) in a separate section.
  • Summary and keywords:
    The manuscript should be accompanied with an English summary of 1,000–2,500 characters (with spaces). The author should also provide 3–5 keywords that characterize the article.
  • Personal details (concerns peer-reviewed articles only):
    In view of the anonymity of the reviewing process, please avoid personal indications in the article text (for example, references to your own publications in ways other than recommended in the footnote / bibliography guidelines).

Author Guidelines

The Journal has two submission deadlines every year. Please submit your manuscript by 31 December, if you wish it to be published in May of the coming year (e.g. 31 December 2019 –> May 2020). Submit it by 31 May, if you wish it to be published in November of the same year (e.g. 31 May 2020 –> November 2020).

The proposal must be an original manuscript that has not been published earlier or submitted for review in another publishing forum. The Editorial Board only accepts manuscripts that comply with the editorial guidelines of the journal. The author is responsible for having the permission to use material taken from a copyrighted source.

Submitting an article for peer review? 

Peer-reviewed articles should address a clearly defined research question/task, which is formulated in the introduction, analyzed and discussed in the following chapters, and evaluated in the conclusion. Please provide sufficient information about the sources, methods, theoretical background of the research, and the current status of research on the topic. Please consider the originality of your article: does it offer new information, a new perspective, to the topic? Does it complement existing research?

Submitting a conference paper?

Conference papers are based on a paper (or a poster) presented at a scientific conference (organized by ISOCM or some other instance). Please revise your paper so that it is logically constructed (introduction with a basic research task, analysis/discussion, conclusion) and understandable to a wider audience. Please provide sufficient references (in footnotes) and a bibliography.

Submitting another type of article (not presented at a conference)?

It is possible to submit an article that is not intended for peer review or not based on a conference paper. Such articles will be published in the Miscellanea section of the Journal. The article may be, for example, a survey or overview of a chosen topic, or an introduction to a chant manuscript or chant book or composition(s) with a short analysis and/or a transcript of its content, or a glossary, or a description of an archival collection, etc.

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