Submission Guidelines and Policies

Submission Deadline for Spring Publication: March 12, 2010.
Spring Publication Date: June 4, 2010.

The Ohio State Online Music Journal (OSOM) welcomes articles by graduate music students at The Ohio State University in all areas of musical scholarship, including history, criticism, analysis, and performance practice, as well as reviews of recently published books in the field. OSOM also publishes replies, rebuttals, and comments pertaining to articles and reviews published here or elsewhere, as well as matters of general concern in the field of music. Contributions will be judged on originality, relevance, and clarity of writing. Submissions should be sent in electronic form (as attachments to an e-mail message) to

All submissions should include:

  1. The text of the article (see below)
  2. Figures, tables, and musical examples (see below)
  3. A one- or two-paragraph abstract
  4. A list of suggested keywords (e.g. Schenkerian analysis, bassoon technology, Ein Musikalischer Spaß)
  5. Contact information (full name, e-mail, telephone, and postal address)

OSOM encourages articles that take advantage of the opportunities provided by OSOM's electronic format. Possible technologies include:

Article Length. OSOM accepts articles of all lengths.

Review Process. The Journal does not use a blind review process, but promises fair consideration for each submission.

Republication. Items published in OSOM may be reproduced by the author(s) provided the following statement is included:

This article was [first published/based on an article first published] in The Ohio State Online Music Journal [Volume #, Issue #] ([Year]), [URL].

Questions concerning OSOM's Submission Guidelines and Policies should be addressed to the Editor (

Preparing Submissions

OSOM is published in HTML format. Other formats, such as PDF, may be used when necessary.

Text Documents

Your text documents (including tables, etc.) must be readable by Microsoft Word. If you use a program other than Word, please send the document as an .rtf (rich text format) file, which preserves most formatting. To make sure that your text can be read, please do not use program-specific fonts (e.g. Petrucci, Bach, etc.).

Image Files

Images sent in electronic form should be in a commonly used format (e.g. JPEG, GIF, TIFF, etc.). Please do not send files in Finale, Sibelius, or other music notation formats. If images are not embedded within the text file, be sure to clearly indicate where images should appear.

Musical Excerpts and Diagrams

All copyright privileges for musical excerpts from works not in the public domain must be secured by the author, and any fees are the author's responsibility. A copy of the document granting permission must be provided to the Editor. Long musical examples should be avoided when possible.

Document Style

In most matters, OSOM follows the latest edition of Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research, Papers, Theses, and Dissertations for standards of style and form. The use of footnotes, rather than parenthetical references and reference lists, is preferred for citations.

For most musical matters, consult James R. Cowdery's How to Write about Music: The RILM Manual of Style and D. Kern Holoman's Writing about Music.