Focus and Scope

The Journal of the History of Music Theory and Literature is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal that publishes scholarship relevant to historical writings on music, their authors and sources, with the aim to expand the knowledge about music as an intellectual discipline and in a historical perspective. It is published by the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music) as a companion project to the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (TML) and the related projects hosted by the Center. We welcome submissions falling into three general categories: articles, documents, research notes. Articles are based on original research and present a clear and well-supported thesis contributing new information or interpretation on subjects of interest to the history of music theory and literature, engaging in a dialogue with the existing body of scholarly work. Documents are editions/translations of treatises or of other literary works of historical interest, including archival documents, and are accompanied by substantial scholarly commentaries. Research notes report in a more synthetic manner about a range of topics, including but not limited to the surfacing of new sources or new interpretive work on known ones, especially if carried out with innovative methods. Submissions are welcome from both junior and established scholars working in any relevant discipline either inside or outside the academy. Contributions are selected for publication considering their originality, relevance for the field, quality of research and clarity of presentation. There is no minimum length; rather, focus and conciseness of expression is highly recommended.

Peer Review Process

Double blind peer review

Publication Frequency


Open Access Policy

There is no processing charge requested to publish in this journal, and we provide immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.