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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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • All examples, with the exception of tables, are labeled as "Figures" (i.e. Figure 1, Figure 2, etc).
  1. Your primary submission file should be a Microsoft Word document. If possible, please incorporate all figures and other illustrations in this document, within the body of the article (i.e. not as an appendix).
  2. If you cannot include figures in the Word document, please create a Portable Document Format (pdf) version with the figures included in the body of the article and attach it as a supplemental file.
  3. All examples, with the exception of tables, should be labeled as "Figures" (i.e. Figure 1, Figure 2, etc). 
  4. All files submitted should be fully anonymized, with all references to the author's name removed from the title page, as well as within the text itself and within all citations. Be sure that all metadata containing your name are also removed from the attached computer files.
  5. The official style specification employed by ITR is The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.
  6. Use footnotes for citations rather than parenthetical references, and include a bibliography as well. Please see Chicago Manual of Style Section 14 (Documentation I: Notes and Bibliography). Please note that ITR does not use the "author-date" system outlined in CMoS Section 15.
  7. Submitted articles should be between 5,000–12,000 words in length.
  8. Authors may choose to submit a manuscript as an "analytical essay." ITR defines "analytical essay" as "a submission shorter in length or narrower in scope than a standard article, but that nonetheless contributes to existing scholarship on the repertoire at hand." Like articles, analytical essays go through a process of double-blind peer review. Authors may choose to submit their work as either an article or analytical essay, but reviewers reserve the right to recommend that the text be published as one or the other, even if it does not match the author’s initial preference. If a preference is not indicated, the submission will first be considered for publication as an article.
  9. Authors wishing to submit book and article reviews are encouraged first to send a letter of inquiry, with details regarding the proposed title for review, as well as a summary of the author's expected evaluation of the work. Since book/article reviews are not necessarily subject to peer review, authors should enclose a brief biography, list of previous publications, professional references, or other supporting data about the author's qualifications.
  10. Indiana Theory Review endorses the Society for Music Theory declarations on non-sexist language. Authors are encouraged to use gender-neutral language where gender is irrelevant. Please refer to the Society for Music Theory website for detailed guidelines.
  11. Indiana Theory Review follows the recommendations of the Acoustical Society of America for octave designations (middle C = C4).
  12. It is the author's responsibility to secure all copyright privileges for musical excerpts from works not in the public domain, and to pay any required fees for their use. Additionally, ITR will send Indiana University Press’s Permissions Agreement for Use of Music, Art, and Illustrations form to the copyright owner(s) if/when a submission is accepted for publication.