Submission Guidelines for Index & Bibliography Series


  • Proposals should explain the topic, scope, methodology, and purpose of the publication, taking into account the criteria for evaluation under "Review" below.
  • Include a generous selection of sample entries from each list and index that will be included in the final publication, including entries that illustrate variant or problematic entries.


  • Include an abstract describing the content and function of the work.
  • Style should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style,16th edition. Follow chapter 14, "Documentation I: Notes and Bibliography," for bibliographic citations.


Proposals and manuscripts will be evaluated by the editor (and in most cases by external reviewers) using the following criteria:

  • Access: Are the guidelines for use of the work sensible and clearly defined?
  • Accuracy: Is the text free of errors of content and style?
  • Annotations: Is the length and content of annotations consistent throughout the work?
  • Audience: Who will be using the work? Is it of narrow or broad interest?
  • Clarity: Are preface, introduction, and explanations written clearly and succinctly?
  • Longevity: What is the lifespan of the work?
  • Relevance: How does this work compare with others of its type, coverage, or area?
  • Treatment: Is the topic appropriately defined and developed?


Submit proposals and manuscripts as MS-Word, Rich Text Format, or Open Document Format files to:

Richard Griscom
Editor, MLA Index and Bibliography Series


Music Library Association 1600 Aspen Commons Suite 100 Middleton, WI 53562

608-831-8200 FAX
About MLA

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.