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3/2/2016 » 3/5/2016
MLA Annual Conference 2016

8/5/2016 » 8/6/2016
Joint West Coast Chapter Meeting


Notes: Information for Contributors

Notes welcomes submissions of interesting, informative, and well-written articles in the areas of music librarianship, music bibliography, the music trade, and discography, and on certain aspects of music history.

Submission of articles and reviews

Articles should be submitted in electronic form via e-mail attachment. Manuscripts must be double spaced throughout and with 1½" margins on 8½" x 11" paper. The font should be Times New Roman and the size 12 point. All pages should be numbered. Authors should supply footnotes, charts, tables, illustrations, and legends on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. A brief author note should appear as the first (unnumbered) note. At the end of the article, a no more than 250-word abstract should be provided by the author. Manuscripts are first read by the editor for general suitability. They are then sent to one or more readers for further review and comment using a double-blind review process. Once a decision has been reached, the editor will tell the author whether the paper is accepted for publication and, if so, under what conditions. All accepted manuscripts are edited to insure clarity of presentation and consistency of style.

Illustrations and permissions

Illustrations should be submitted electronically when possible. Submit illustrations at size (i.e., 100%) as an electronic file. Illustrations should be in Quark Xpress, Photoshop eps or tiff, Adobe Illustrator eps, or Acrobat PDF format (full application version; the free version downloaded from the Internet does not import into Quark). When fonts are part of the image, include both screen and printer versions of fonts. Fonts must be PostScript, not TrueType. Scans must be at 300 dpi for grayscale images and 1200 dpi for line art. Hardcopy illustrations are best reproduced from 8" x 10" glossy black-and-white photographs; high-quality photocopies may be accepted. Photocopies are adequate for first review. Legends should be double spaced on a separate sheet accompanying the illustrations. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint illustrations, examples, song texts, and similar material. All necessary credits and acknowledgments should be included in the legends.


The accuracy of citations, including names, titles, dates, page numbers, and quotations, is the responsibility of the author. All information should be carefully verified before a contribution is submitted.


Notes follows, in its prose sections, The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, as well as the ongoing Notes Style Sheet. Footnote citations and bibliography entries should conform to the "humanities style" described in chapter 16 of The Chicago Manual of Style. Musicians' names follow the form and spelling used in Library of Congress Authorities at: Exceptions are listed under "Words, Names, and Phrases" in the Notes Style Sheet. Other words are spelled according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Notes does not allow masculine pronouns to be applied generically (nor are "he/she," "his or her," and similar constructions accepted). For pitch designations, use the system: C2C1C c c1c2c3, with middle C as c.


Persons wishing to review music, books on music, or periodicals, or to write discographic essays, are invited to send a curriculum vitae and a statement delineating their special areas of interest and competence to the appropriate editors. Unsolicited reviews are not accepted. Manuscript copy for reviews should conform to the guidelines specified by each review editor. Reviews are edited for style and are generally not returned for their authors' approval prior to publication.