Submission Guidelines

The Choral Scholar welcomes articles in English on topics relating to choral music. The primary focus of the journal is music research, but scholars from all fields are encouraged to submit relevant articles. The Choral Scholar will also publish reviews of books, recordings, and musical scores.

Please note the following guidelines:

  • articles should be approximately 4,000–10,000 words in length (although submissions of greater or lesser length may be considered as well)
  • rights to (re-)publish all copyrighted materials must be obtained and available (in written form) on demand
  • it is the sole responsibility of the submitting author to obtain said rights
  • use standard American English spellings, musical terminology, and grammatical conventions
  • all images, tables, graphs, charts, and musical examples should be included within the document and clearly labeled
  • musical examples may be produced with computer typesetting programs (such as Finale or Sibelius) or written out by hand

[Please note that The Choral Scholar reserves the right to re-scan any submitted image, or to re-typeset any submitted tables, graphs, charts, or musical examples.]

  • articles may have endnotes or footnotes, though final publication will use footnotes
  • for matters of style and grammar, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., and to the following:
    • double-spaced
    • 12-pt Times, Times New Roman, or Courier
    • flush-left, unjustified text ("ragged-right")
    • place all references in footnotes (or endnotes), rather than within the text
    • for the spelling and alphabetization of composers' names, refer to the current edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  • please prepare a brief abstract, suitable for publication, done in conformity with RILM guidelines, and a list of works cited, following Chicago Manual of Style bibliography guidelines.

Submission procedure:

  • articles, abstracts, and lists of cited works should be prepared in either Word (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf or .rtfd) format with either footnotes or endnotes
  • any audio files should be in .mp3 format
  • the file name for the article should be the article title, or some reasonable portion thereof
  • the file name for the abstract should be the article's file name with "_abs" added to the end
  • the file name for the list of cited works should be the article's file name with "_bib" added to the end
  • email your files (as attachments) to submissions@ncco-usa.org along with a cover email that includes
    • your full name
    • the full title of your submission
    • institutional affiliation (where appropriate)
    • postal address
    • phone number
    • any other pertinent contact information
  • To preserve the anonymity of the review process, the author's name should appear only in the accompanying email. Authors should avoid identifying themselves within the submission itself (title page, header, notes, etc.).
  • contributors should expect to receive an acknowledgment of receipt within one week of submission
  • it is the intent of the editorial board to notify contributors with a final decision within 3 months of submission

Please feel free to contact us the_choral_scholar@ncco-usa.org if you are unable to submit your article electronically.

Technical considerations that will
facilitate the publication process:

  • images should be available as separate files (preferably in TIFF format) with a resolution of at least 300 ppi, or as scannable media
  • musical examples may be produced with computer typesetting programs (such as Finale or Sibelius), or written out by hand
  • electronic musical examples should be available as separate files in native Finale or Sibelius format (.mus / .sib)
  • other formats may be accepted by the typesetter on a case-by-case basis

[Please note that The Choral Scholar reserves the right to re-scan any submitted image, or to re-typeset any submitted tables, graphs, charts, or musical examples.]