Administrative Handbook



The MLA Index and Bibliography Series comprises a set of bibliographies, indexes, checklists, discographies and other types of guides to music and music literature. All areas of music study are covered, including popular music, American music, historical bibliography, new musicology, ethnomusicology and projects with potential to reach the broader musical public. The series is co-published with A-R Editions, Inc.


The editor of the MLA Index and Bibliography Series is responsible for the acquiring and editing of all titles published in the series; the editor receives and solicits manuscripts and consults with appropriate readers in the selection of manuscripts for publication. Upon the submission being approved by A-R Editions, the President signs the publication contract.  The editor oversees the final editing of the manuscripts prior to publication. The publisher oversees the publication and distribution process for each volume.  The publisher notifies the Administrative Officer of all publishing dates in advance, so that the Business Office and the Publicity & Outreach Officer may prepare for distribution and advertising. The editor submits three reports to the President each year: the Annual Report (see section VI.D.7.), due prior to the Annual Meeting; a Spring report, due prior to the Board’s Spring meeting (usually May); and a Fall report, due prior to the Board’s Fall meeting (usually September) and sends copies to the chair of the Publications Committee. The editor serves as a member of MLA’s Publications Committee and receives a per-title honorarium. (rev. 2/2009) (rev. 3/2014)