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The Journal of the Society for American Music

Instructions for Authors

Articles should be uploaded as a Word document and submitted through the ScholarOne system, by logging into: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/j-sam.

Only the cover letter should include your name, mailing address, and e-mail address. The submission itself should be anonymous throughout the text and notes. Articles should range from 5,000 to 10,000 words (excluding notes). Longer articles will be considered but may be edited for length. The submission should use 12-point type and be double-spaced with one-inch margins.

Open Access Policies Please visit Open Access Publishing at Cambridge Core for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

English Language Editing Services Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specializing in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Please see the Language Services page for more information. Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

The Journal of the Society for American Music employs humanities style for citations. JSAM follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Use footnotes for explanatory notes that need not appear in the main body of the article. Provide a complete list of works cited and a separate discography if appropriate. All musical examples, figures, tables, and appendices should be numbered and contain a caption, and the text should indicate by use of a callout, e.g., <FIG. 1 ABOUT HERE>, where each item should be placed. Callouts should be placed on a new line after the paragraph where the figure or example is mentioned. A separate list of all captions should be included. Electronic images may be embedded in the Word document or sent as low-resolution jpegs; if the article is accepted, high-resolution images or camera ready copy will be required. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material for which they do not hold copyright and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgments are included in their typescript. The cost of permissions and of reproducing color illustrations will be the responsibility of the author. Charges apply for all color figures that appear in the print version of the journal. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in color in the online version only, or whether they should appear in color online and in the print version. There is no charge for including colour figures in the online version of the journal. If you request color figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

Copyright The policy of JSAM is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant the Society for American Music a licence to publish their work. In the case of gold open access articles this is a non-exclusive licence. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to publish the article without this. Please download the appropriate publishing agreement here .

For open access articles, the form also sets out the Creative Commons licence under which the article is made available to end users: a fundamental principle of open access is that content should not simply be accessible but should also be freely re-usable. Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) by default. This means that the article is freely available to read, copy and redistribute, and can also be adapted (users can “remix, transform, and build upon” the work) for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, as long as proper attribution is given. Authors can, in the publishing agreement form, choose a different kind of Creative Commons license (including those prohibiting non-commercial and derivative use) if they prefer.

JSAM does not consider articles that are being considered for publication in another journal.

For additional information on preparing submissions, please visit or to download a current PDF copy of the complete Instructions for Contributors.

Last updated March 2021