• Journal of Music Theory

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    Current Volume: 63
    Frequency: Two issues annually
    ISSN: 0022-2909
    e-ISSN: 1941-7497

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  • Editorial Office:
    Journal of Music Theory
    Department of Music
    Yale University
    P.O. Box 208310
    New Haven, CT 06520-8310
    203-432-2983 (fax)

    Patrick McCreless, Yale University

    Associate Editors:
    Richard Cohn
    Daniel Harrison
    Ian Quinn

    Assistant Editor:
    Andrew Jones

  • JMT welcomes submissions in all areas of music theory. Our mission is to present music-theoretical research that has significant applications in the analysis of music or the history of music theory or that engages issues in the broader domain of music scholarship.

    Submission guidelines and procedures. Submissions accepted for publication must conform to the JMT style sheet.

    Size. We prefer pieces of moderate length: 5,000–10,000 words, including notes.

    Spacing. Double-space the entire text, notes and references.

    Citations. JMT uses in-text parenthetical citations, following the author-date style of reference detailed in The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition, and the style sheet. When citing three or fewer works, use in-text parenthetical citations. Footnotes, positioned at the bottom of the page, should be reserved for discursive notes, or for citations with more than three items. Introduce such "omnibus" citations with a discursive annotation more substantial than "In this connection, see . . ." or the like.

    Graphics. Place all graphic supplements, including musical examples, tables, and figures, in the text, or between pages of text, rather than at the end. Each supplementary item should be clearly and uniquely labeled. Our preference is that you refer to each supplementary item as "example X," where X is a sequential number. You may also distinguish between examples, tables, and figures, with items in each category ordered sequentially.

    Anonymity. Authors are responsible for ensuring blind review by not identifying themselves in their manuscripts. When referring to your own work in a way that might betray your identity, replace your name, and any other obvious clues to identity, with an anonymous placeholder such as "Author." The author's name and contact information should appear only on a cover sheet, which will be retained by the JMT office and not circulated to readers.

    Submission address. Send the submission as a PDF to jmt.editor@yale.edu.

    Review process. All submissions are reviewed anonymously by qualified researchers. Decisions are normally made within six months of manuscript delivery.

    Manuscript submission for accepted articles. Authors of accepted articles will be required to provide copy in one of the following formats: plain text, RTF, or Microsoft Word. Special typefaces, mathematical type, or in-text graphics must be prepared in consultation with the editor. Matters of style are referred to The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition, as modified by our style sheet, which governs musical terms and specifies our citation style.

    Copyright issues. JMT requires that authors assign their copyright to the journal once an article has been accepted. We cannot consider articles that are under review with other publications or publishers in any form, nor will we grant permission to reprint an article in a book within a year of publication in JMT. Authors are responsible for securing permission for reprinting copyrighted material quoted or otherwise used in their work.

    All inquiries about JMT's content and editorial policies may be made to the editor at jmt.editor@yale.edu.

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  • Description

    Founded by David Kraehenbuehl at Yale University in 1957, the Journal of Music Theory is the oldest music-theory journal published in the United States and has been a cornerstone in music theory’s emergence as a research field in North America since the 1960s. The journal is edited by a consortium of music-theory faculty at Yale, where it is housed in the Department of Music.

    The Journal of Music Theory fosters conceptual and technical innovations in abstract, systematic musical thought and cultivates the historical study of musical concepts and compositional techniques. The journal publishes research with important and broad applications in the analysis of music and the history of music theory as well as theoretical or metatheoretical work that engages and stimulates ongoing discourse in the field. While remaining true to its original structuralist outlook, the journal also addresses the influences of philosophy, mathematics, computer science, cognitive sciences, and anthropology on music theory.

    Abstractors and Indexers:

    Indexed/abstracted in the following: Academic Search Alumni Edition, Academic Search Complete, Academic Search Elite, Academic Search Premier, ArticleFirst, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Current Contents—Arts and Humanities, ERIH PLUS, IBZ Online, International Index to Music Periodicals, Magazines for Libraries, Music Index, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies, Scopus, TOC Premier, Ulrichsweb.

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