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Authors’ guidelines and editorial process

Submission guidelines

Transposition: Music and social sciences publishes original articles written in French or English. As a reflection of the openness of musicology, the journal also wishes to encourage other social sciences disciplines to take an interest in the field of music. Every issue will focus on a specific topic enabling dialogue between different fields.

Transposition is composed of four types of contributions:

  • in-depth articles on the topic (45,000 to 70,000 characters),

  • case studies on the topic (20,000 to 45,000 characters),

  • interviews with researchers,

  • book reviews (5,000 to 10,000 characters).

Contributions outside the selected topic are also welcome. Only articles in French or English will be accepted.

Articles must be sent in electronic format to the editorial board at the address below at least three months before the on-line publication of the relevant issue. To be published, submissions must conform to the following guidelines:

I. Articles must be sent in text files (.doc) as well as in PDF format. Illustrative examples (musical figures, images, etc.) should appear separately as additional accompanying files in JPG format.

II. Articles must be accompanied by the author’s contact details (last name, first name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number). Images must be accompanied by their exact references and adhere to copyright requirements.

III. Articles must be accompanied by a summary in French (maximum 2,000 characters), a bio of the author, with bibliographical information (maximum 1,000 characters), and a list of keywords.

IV. Writing standards:

1) Articles must be written in Times 12, line spacing 1.5.

2) The article must be between 45,000 and 70,000 characters (spaces, punctuation and footnotes included).

3) A case study must be between 20,000 and 45,000 characters (spaces, punctuation and footnotes included).

4) A book review must be between 5,000 and 10,000 characters (spaces, punctuation and footnotes included).

5) Footnotes are to be presented in continuous numbering at the bottom of the pages.

6) Long quotations are to be presented without quotation marks, in reduced body, left indentation (1,25 cm), no right indentation, and preceded and followed by a line break.

7) The article must be uni-lingual, either in French or in English. Quotations in other languages should be translated in the article and appear in their original version in a footnote.

8) Musical examples and illustrations will be continuously numbered and followed by a legend. Their references in the body of the text will be precisely indicated by a mention of the kind: (see ex. 1)

9) The levels of titles are: 1. Bold; 2. Italics; 3. Roman.

10) The bibliographical references will follow the models hereinafter:

LAST NAME OF THE AUTHOR, First name, Title, city of publication, publisher, year of publication, pagination.

LAST NAME OF THE AUTHOR, First name, "Title of the article", in NAME OF THE EDITOR, First name (ed.), Title of the work, city of publication, publisher, year of the publication, pagination.

LAST NAME OF THE AUTHOR, First name, "Title of the article", in Name of the journal, Vol., No , Year, pagination.

11) Sound recording reference:

LAST NAME OF THE AUTHOR, First name, Title of the work. Interpreters. Label and number of the disk, "Title of the disk" [if necessary].

Editorial process

Article selection is performed in two steps:

  • A first reading by at least two members of the editorial board.

  • A reading of the final text by at least one member of the scientific committee.

Articles are given to the readers anonymously.

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