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Guidelines for Authors

Requirements for Consideration

The aim of Musical Offerings is to provide an opportunity and incentive for undergraduate students to excel in musicological research and writing. Furthermore, the journal provides a means for undergraduates to learn the process of preparing a paper for publication, and to have the opportunity for a published work before they graduate. The scope of Musical Offerings is any document-based or fieldwork-based research in the areas of musicology and ethnomusicology. There are no limits on historical era or geographic region, as long as the paper represents rigorous musicological research. Music must be the main topic of the paper; however, it may have a non-musical central or secondary focus. You can see some of the journal’s most popular articles here.

Anyone who is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at any college or university may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Musical Offerings, provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer). There are no article processing or submission charges.

When submitted, articles must be clear of any identifying information (name, school) to ensure a blind review process. Please note that Musical Offerings uses the footnote-bibliography format recommended by The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

Guidelines for Revision

Once a paper has been through the blind-review process, the author and the editors may proceed based on the recommendations. If accepted for revision, the author will have a period of 45 days to resubmit an article that carefully considers the comments from the reviewers and editors. In addition to any necessary revisions, the article should be checked for citation and grammar accuracy. At that time, the editors may suggest at second revision. While preparing the revision, please see Checklist for Revision for the journal formatting requirements.

Guidelines for Final Submission

Once a paper has been revised and approved by the editors for publication, an electronic version of the article must be submitted as a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or RTF file, which will be converted by the editors to a PDF file upon publication. It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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