Information for contributors

Fontes artis musicae welcomes submissions of articles on topics relevant to the purposes of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML), particularly in the area of international music librarianship and documentation, bibliography, audio-visual materials, and musicology.

Submission of articles. Articles may be submitted via e-mail attachment to the Editor at any time for consideration, and must be in one of the three official languages of the Association: French, German, or English. The article should be double-spaced, in a font size no smaller than 12 point, and with margins of at least one inch (2.5 cm), with an indent at the beginning of each paragraph. All pages should be numbered. In general, articles are 5,000 to 7,500 words in length. Authors should supply footnotes, charts, tables, illustrations and captions on separate pages. A brief author note should appear as the first (unnumbered) note. The author(s) should supply an abstract for the article of no more than 250 words.  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" (20 x 25 cm) 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.


Persons wishing to write reviews of music and/or books on music 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.

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