ISSN 2158-5296


The editors of Analytical Approaches to World Music welcome submissions that engage the analytical, theoretical, and cultural aspects of the panoply of world musical traditions. These may take the form of articles of moderate length (approximately 5000–12,000 words), as well as shorter essays, research notes, interviews, editorials, reviews, or any other innovative mode of scholarly discourse. We particularly encourage submissions that take full advantage of our online format by including sound files, video clips, photos, animations, interactive examples and hyperlinks.

Every submission is evaluated by two readers; in cases resulting in a split decision, an evaluation by a third reader is employed to break the tie. The review process typically lasts approximately three months, however, mitigating factors may increase or decrease this duration accordingly.

Submissions should conform to the following guidelines:

1. Manuscripts submitted to AAWM should not have been published elsewhere, nor should they simultaneously be under review or scheduled for publication in another journal, book, etc. Furthermore, if an author submits a paper to AAWM that is based on material closely related to that in other published or submitted papers or books, the author should explain the relationships among them in a cover letter to the editors.

2. All manuscripts and supporting files, as well as an abstract of 250-400 words should be submitted electronically to

3. Manuscripts must be in English and observe United States conventions of usage, spelling, and punctuation. This journal maintains the principles of gender-neutral discourse and the editors thus request authors and reviewers to adhere to these practices. AAWM has adopted a set of guidelines developed by the Society for Music Theory (SMT), which may be found at

4. Manuscripts must be submitted as MS Word (.doc or .docx) files. All text, including footnotes, quotations, song texts, references cited, indented material, and captions for illustrations, should be double-spaced. Files submitted with single line or one-and-a-half line spacing will not be accepted. The main body of the text should be typed in a 12-point font. Please leave 1.5" margins on all sides, with only the left-hand margin justified. Authors should employ footnotes rather than endnotes.

5. In order to maintain the integrity of the blind review process, authors should refrain from using any self-identifying information in any submitted files and documents

6. All citations should employ the author-date system as set forth in Chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). For examples of the correct formatting of citations and bibliography entries, please refer to the "Author-Date" section of the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide and to recent issues of AAWM.

7. Acknowledgments should be presented in a separate paragraph following the main body of the text.

8. All graphical figures such as maps, photographs, music scores, software screenshots, and other visual material should be submitted in the text document AND as separate files, ideally in one .zip container. File names of separate graphics must match their figure number and caption in the text document (e.g., figure1_map_Africa.tif, figure2_transcription_song1.eps). COLOR and GREY SCALE images should have a minimum of 300dpi, related to their targeted size in the document, and should preferably be in the Tagged Image File format (.tif) or in Bitmap Image File (.bmp) without compression. Joint Photographic Experts Group format (.jpg) is also possible, but less preferred. LINE ART, i.e., true BLACK-AND-WHITE graphics (e.g., transcriptions and scores; for grey scale see above!) should be in a vector format such as Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg) or Postscript (.ps, .eps). If a vector format is not available, the bitmap resolution should be 1200dpi related to the targeted size of the image in the document.

9. If work is accepted for publication, contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to include any copyrighted material that falls outside the doctrine of fair use.

10. AAWM can accommodate most common media file formats, including MP3, WAV, AVI, MPG, MP4, WMV, MOV, etc. Authors should contact the editors regarding the use of other less common formats.


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