Instructions for Authors

Online Submission

Registration and verification of your name are required to submit items online and to check the status of your current submissions. Please login and create a new submission by clicking on the [New Article] button on your My Articles page. By submitting an article for publication, you confirm that you are the main author of the manuscript.

If you prefer email submission: Please contact the editorial team to make a submission.

Categories of papers

Research article:

Conventional research papers; free in length but at least 3000 words; appropriate references, hyperlinks, figures, tables, and supplemental research material (if available). Authors considering an article exceeding 15,000 words are asked to contact an editor regarding topic and proposed length.

Discussion paper:

Preferably provocative and/or inventive contributions aimed at stimulating scholarly discussion; usually 1000–5000 words, unless otherwise agreed upon, and appropriate references. Authors considering a discussion paper are asked to contact the editorial team regarding the topic.

Media review:

Comprehensive review of newly published scholarly books or other relevant types (including digital resources such as DVDs or software); at least 1500 words.


Non-English submissions will not be considered. If English is not your first language, you are asked to arrange for language editing and proofreading prior to submission. If you need such a service, we can put you in contact with a qualified freelance editor. Please note that edited manuscripts will still undergo peer review.


All research articles and discussion papers have to be supplied with a structured abstract. The abstract describes the purpose, value, approach, and results of the article. It usually has 150–350 words (the maximum is 500).

Manuscript requirements

Submit form

Please complete the electronic submit form to categorize your text and provide all necessary information. Your name and affiliation are copied automatically. Make sure prior to submission that your profile page contains current information regarding your affiliation. Please add any details regarding co-authors and external research funding. Insert the abstract and choose five to ten relevant keywords to label the principal topics of your paper. You can also skip the submit form at the beginning and complete it later.

Microsoft Word DOCX file

  • In order to upload an existing file, the paper must be saved in Microsoft Word DOCX format (Word 2007 or newer).
  • Please use the following Microsoft Word standard styles: headlines 1 to 3, footnotes or endnotes, and quotes. Do not manually format text in boldface or resize the font to create a headline. Do not manually indent standard text to label quotes, as the formatting will be overwritten during the import. Use the corresponding style to ensure that the quote is converted correctly.
  • The MusAu import of DOCX files ignores every manually specified font, font size, font color, and indent. Footnotes are automatically converted to endnotes. All fonts (including symbol fonts such as Symbol standard, Windings, and the Bach musicological font) are converted to the MusAu standard font.
  • MusAu is compatible with the Unicode standard. If your text contains special symbols, use the corresponding Unicode character (if possible), or otherwise insert a PNG icon of your symbol after the import.
  • Standard text formatting (bold, italic, underline, strikeout, superscript and subscript, alignment), tables, lists (numbered and unnumbered), hyperlinks, and Unicode characters are supported.
  • Please check your article after import. You are free to continue editing it online.

Online editing

  • MusAu provides a web based text editor allowing you to write or modify your articles online.
  • Please use justified text.
  • You can insert standard image files and attach any supplemental material.
  • You may edit the HTML source code to further format your text or add special functions. It is possible to embed media types like YouTube and Vimeo video clips, Adobe and Shockwave Flash objects, SoundCloud audio, Wikimedia files or PDF documents (through Google Viewer).
  • HTML form fields, external CSS style sheets and JavaScript are not allowed.
  • If you absolutely require various font colors, you have to manually change them with the HTML editor.
  • The HTML editor allows authors to paste any special symbol (e.g., musical symbols) as data URI everywhere in the text. For instance, you can convert any font character to PNG (using a free tool like FontForge) or small image file and paste it in XHTML-Base64 format (you might need a Base64 image encoder) in the editor. Please use the lowest reasonable Bitrate (2 or 4) for such icons. Examples: , , , , , etc.

Cover picture

All MusAu papers are published with a cover picture. This usually is an image in your article or a newly uploaded picture. Authors are recommended to find an individual image for their paper. If you do not have a suitable figure in your article, you may upload a new picture or choose from the standard images provided by MusAu. Book reviews normally use a picture of the book cover.


Please use the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), using notes (the "author-date" style is not accepted). A bibliography is not required. We strongly recommend the use of reference management software such as Endnote or Citavi. We also recommend consulting Kate L. Turabian. Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Text formatting

  • Please use justified text, American spelling and provided styles (see above, chap. Manuscript requirements).
  • Abbreviations according to CMS: anon., b., ca., cf. [confer], c.f. [cantus firmus], chap., col., d., ed., e.g., et al., fig., fol., i.e., m. (pl. mm.), MS (pl. MSS), n.d., no., op., p. (pl. pp.), pl. (pl. no.), repr., rev., sec., supp., trans. Spell out months. Use standard abbreviations for work catalogues (BVW 1080, Hob. XXI:2, D 960, K. 426, MH 832, WAB 108 etc.).
  • Dashes: Use the en-dash to indicate a continuous range: 1737–1806, pp. 36–47, mm. 1–10. Use unspaced em-dashes. Do not abbreviate numbers (when specifying page numbers or years). Please write out all digits.
  • Measure numbers: Use the abbreviated forms "m." and  "mm." To indicate a specific beat within a measure, use a period to separate the measure number from beat: m. 3.1, m. 5.2–4, mm. 7.4–8.2.
  • Numbers: As a general rule, spell out single numbers from one to one hundred (using a hyphen between two words: "twenty-four") as well as round numbers ("thousand") and centuries ("nineteenth century"). Use numerals for years, dates, pages, measures, opus numbers, and for a series of numbers. Write out note and interval values ("quarter note," "fifth").
  • Quotation marks: Use double quotation marks ("...") generally and single quotation marks ('...') for a quotation inside a quotation.
  • Protected spaces: Use protected (hard) spaces before page, chapter, and measure numbers, work catalogue and archival numbers, and prior to "major," "minor," "sharp," "flat," and "natural."
  • Capitalization: Capitalize all key and pitch-class names (e.g., F minor, F sharp), historical eras (e.g., Baroque). Musical genres (in the broadest sense) are capitalized only when used as a title (e.g., Toccata in D minor, Sonata no. 27, Offertorium in F major, Mozart's Te Deum K. 141).
  • Italicization: Individual title of all works (including short works) that are not based on a genre name (e.g., Das Veilchen, Die schöne Müllerin, Le nozze di Figaro). Exceptions are made when the title is identical to the incipit (see next point).
  • Incipits should be set in quotation marks (if they are not identical to a genre name), also when the incipit is identical to a song title (e.g., the duet "Là ci darem la mano" from Don Giovanni, "Im wunderschoenen Monat Mai" from Dichterliebe).
  • For all other text formatting questions, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Figures and images

All figures and tables should be legible, numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, and supplied with a short legend for explanation. The text should refer explicitly to the figures. You may set an internal hyperlink using the HTML edit mode. Please use high resolution graphics and scale them down in the editor for an appropriate size. The use of colors is preferred.
The MusAu journal software provides standard table styles which authors are asked to use. However, the HTML edit mode allows further formatting and modification. The DOCX import function will automatically apply the standard styles.

Supplementary material

We welcome any supplementary data that is submitted for publication if it adds value to the article. It may even be the key material (such as, for instance, a first-time list a of a composer's works in XLS format). However, any supplement should not be crucial for understanding the article. Please refer directly to the supplement somewhere in the article and insert a hyperlink to it.
You may upload any adequate and common file format, such as PDF, JPG, DOCX, XLSX, MID, MP3, SIB, MUS, etc. The file format should be as common as possible to enable a majority of readers to open it. If possible, always use the newest format version (e.g., XLSX instead of XLS, etc.). For visual attachments, please provide a corresponding PDF file of the data too. We also ask for scores to be submitted in original SIB/MUS/CAP and PDF and MusicXML formats.
Recommended file formats: PDF (PDF/A), HTML, JPG, TIFF, GIF, SIB, MUS, CAP, MusicXML, MP3, TEI, MEI. We would not recommend (but do accept) WPD, DOC, XLS, PPT, AAC, WMA, OGG, MOV, 3GP, MMAP, and BMP. Macros and compressed files (ZIP, RAR) are not accepted. Executable files (EXE) are not permitted, unless you are the author.
Please note that supplementary material will not be edited. Authors are responsible for ensuring that it will be displayed correctly.

Upon acceptance of the manuscript, all materials reprinted or adapted from other sources must be accompanied by a statement from the corresponding archive/library management, copyright holder, author, and/or publisher granting permission for reproduction in MusAu under CC-BY license!


MusAu expects authors to adhere to the highest standards of publication ethics. Authors are directed to the COPE international standards for authors. In particular, the following practices are not accepted:

  • Misrepresentation, i.e., fabrication or falsification of data,
  • Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism (text recycling) of the author's own work in whole or in part. Duplication of data that has previously been published in another language than English is not necessarily considered redundant, but should be clearly indicated.
  • Misappropriation of other peoples' work,
  • Copyright infringement.

 Upon manuscript submission, all authors confirm...

  • that the article or its contents have not been submitted simultaneously to another journal,
  • that the article has not been accepted for publication or published before,
  • that the article's publication under a CC-BY license has been approved by all co-authors and all copyright owners that may be concerned by the publication.

Further information

Any correspondence, queries, or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial team.