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Submissions to the Yearbook for Traditional Music


Essays offered for publication should represent the author’s original research, not previously published and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions should be 8,000 words at maximum (including footnotes and bibliography) and be in the hands of the general editor or guest editor(s) by 1 January of the year in which publication is anticipated. All submissions are initially assessed by the editor. If felt to be suitable, they will then be passed on to referees, whose recommendations, along with the availability of space and an essay’s agreement with the overall plan for a given issue, determine whether a paper is accepted.

Authors are encouraged to send their submissions as early as possible to the General Editor:
Lee Tong Soon
Department of Music
Lehigh University
420 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA

Editorial Assistant:
Luo Ai Mei (Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan)

Submissions intended for a volume for which a guest editor has been appointed should be sent to that guest editor (visit for more information).

Review materials

Books, periodicals, and other printed material for review should be sent to the Book Review Editor:
Tasaw Hsin-chun Lu
R2513, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica
128 Sinica Rd., Sec.2, Nankang District, Taipei 11529
Taiwan, R.O.C.

Audio recordings for review should be sent to the Audio Review Editor:
Anna Yates-Lu
College of Music, Seoul National University
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826
South Korea

Films and videos for review should be sent to the Film/Video Review Editor:
Giorgio Biancorosso
Department of Music, University of Hong Kong
11/F Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong

Links to multimedia sites appropriate for review should be sent to the Multimedia Review Editor:
Lonán Ó Briain
Department of Music, University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
United Kingdom

Do not send the review materials to the general editor or to the ICTM Secretariat as we may not be able to forward them.

Submission format

All manuscripts must be in English and should be sent in Microsoft Word formats (.doc or .docx) as an email attachment. A printed copy of the submission might also be requested by the general editor, but should not initially be sent.

Please use 12 pt Times New Roman font, with double-spaced, left-aligned paragraphs. Italicize all occurrences of non-English words. Subheadings should be bold and on separate lines from the main text. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively with arabic numerals throughout the paper, using the footnote feature of your word processor. In-text citations use the author-date system of referencing (e.g., Dibura 1981), with full bibliographic references listed at the end of the paper. The list of references should contain bibliographic details, including the full name of all authors and editors. Please consult the style used in the current Yearbook and the Chicago Manual of Style. A detailed submission guideline may be downloaded from the ICTM website at:

Illustrations (photographs, diagrams, music and dance notations, maps, etc.) should be provided as separate computer files — they should not be included in the file containing the article’s text. Computer files of photographs and maps should be supplied in both greyscale and colour (if applicable), saved in JPEG or TIFF format, minimally at 300 dpi when at 100% size. Diagrams, line drawings, and musical examples should be supplied as black-and-white bitmap files in TIFF format at 1000 dpi at 100% size.

The maximum dimensions of all illustrations are 19 cm height × 11.6 cm width, but they will very likely be reduced during layout. All illustrations and tables should be numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance in the paper and labelled “Figures” (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2). Please provide captions for all figures; the submission should also contain in-text references to all figures. If illustrations cannot be provided as computer files, the hard copy supplied should be suitable for scanning and publication. In such cases, the hard copy must have figure numbers written in pencil on the reverse side. Authors are responsible for obtaining appropriate permissions for the use of any illustrations that are not their own creations. For more information about images, please visit .

All manuscripts must be accompanied by an English abstract of less than a hundred words and a brief biography of the author of no more than seventy words. Authors are also encouraged to supply a one-page summary of their article in the language of the subject matter, to be printed with their paper. A glossary of non-English terms should accompany the submission whenever appropriate (please refer to the latest volume for examples).

Authors whose papers are accepted for publication are encouraged to make use of the Cambridge Core to upload materials meant to supplement printed articles in the journal. Authors are encouraged to make available for downloading any recordings of the music and dance discussed in their articles. The general editor welcomes discussion over such details.

Members/subscribers of the International Council for Traditional Music in good standing receive a free copy of the Yearbook for Traditional Music.


The policy of Yearbook for Traditional Music is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant the International Council for Traditional 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.

Last updated September 2021