Submission Guidelines

American Music

Information for Authors and Publishers

Articles should be submitted electronically to the American Music online manuscript submission system. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. To begin, click here to set up your personal account and upload your submission. Your transmitted material will be reviewed as soon as possible.

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Article files should be uploaded in Microsoft Word or rich text format. Please use endnotes instead of footnotes or parenthetical citations. Submitted articles should normally be between 8,000 and 11,000 words in length.

The author's full name, mailing address, and e-mail address should appear only in the cover letter, as submissions are reviewed anonymously. Please ensure that your identity does not appear in running heads, references, or notes. Page numbers should appear at the top right of all pages after page 1. All parts of the article, including endnotes, quotations, song texts, bibliographies and discographies, appendices, and captions for illustrations, must be double spaced, with 1" margins. (Bibliographies are generally only included if they are historical; they should not duplicate bibliographical information in the notes.) Music examples, figures, tables, and illustrations should be combined with the text in a single document. Illustrations and music examples need not be camera-ready. Once an article is accepted, the editor will request that figures and illustrations be sent as separate TIFF image files with image quality of at least 300 dpi. Submissions not conforming with these instructions may be returned to the author for correction prior to consideration. American Music follows the guidelines in the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Since its inception, American Music (1983-) has been published by the University of Illinois Press, which was established in 1918 as a not-for-profit scholarly publisher at the University and is one of the founding members of the Association of American University Presses in 1937.  UIP is ranked as one of the country's larger and more distinguished university presses and publishes works of high quality for scholars, students, and the citizens of the state and beyond.

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