Submissions are reviewed by two independent assessors who may or may not be members of the Editorial Board. Decisions are usually made within four months, but may take longer. The review process will be anonymous and you are asked to avoid identifying yourself in the submission. We accept submission for review only on condition that that the material is not under review elsewhere. Submitted materials will not normally be returned. Potential contributors requiring advice on any aspect of submission should contact the Editor, Katharine Ellis (

Initial Submission

This may be in the form of either email attachment (sent to or hard copy (three copies, printed on one side, sent to Katharine Ellis, Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UK); in the latter case the text should also be supplied on a PC-readable floppy disc. Hard copy is preferred where there is complex non-text material. Please ensure that computer files do not carry your name (for instance, if using Microsoft Word, change the author details under File/Properties/Summary to 'Anon'). Compliance with JRMA house style is not required at this stage, but if you wish to adopt it from the start refer to the JRMA style sheet (PDF). If you intend to include downloadable sound examples, the relevant extracts may be either emailed in mp3 format or supplied on cassette or CD (three copies required); video clips may also be included and should be supplied either as MPEG clips or on a VHS PAL video cassette (three copies required). Bear in mind that not all readers of JRMA have access to the on-line version of the journal; sound or video clips should therefore add value rather than being indispensable to an understanding of the article, and to avoid excessive download times they should be kept as short as possible.

Following Acceptance

Articles which are accepted for publication following review can only be definitely assigned to a particular issue when the following have been received: (1) the article itself, including any requested revisions, in JRMA house style; (2) an abstract of not more than 100 words; and (3) all ancillary materials (illustrations, notated examples, sound files, etc). By this stage it is essential that you have identified and applied for all necessary copyright clearance, as articles cannot go into production until permission letters have been lodged with the Assistant Editor (ideally they should be submitted along with the final copy); for guidance on copyright see the section on Copyright guidance written specifically for JRMA submissions. You should should avoid making your article longer during final revision, and any increase of more than 5% must be specifically approved by the Editor.


Please refer to the JRMA style sheet (PDF). Your attention is particularly drawn to the following: (1) include the first (given) names of all authors of cited material; (2) provide page extents for all cited articles or chapters; (3) first references in footnotes should include a full citation, with subsequent references using a short title, and (4) locations of tables, continuous-tone (halftone) illustrations (called 'Figures' in JRMA), music examples, and other inserted matter should be clearly indicated in the text.

Final Submission

This is required in electronic form (email or PC-readable floppy disc) together with hard copy (two copies), sent to the Editor, Katharine Ellis (see above). Hard copy should be printed on one side only of A4 or 8.5" x 11" paper with margins of at least one inch; it should be unbound and unstapled. All material (including footnotes etc.) should be double-spaced. Footnotes should be presented at the end of the text, and should begin on a new page. Captions for all inserted matter should be supplied on a separate page. We need black-and-white glossy photographs (8" x 5") for all continuous-tone illustrations; colour illustrations may be used in the on-line version, in which case you need to supply separate black-and-white and colour glossies. Music examples should be supplied either on disc or as hard copy on separate pages (not embedded in the text); they will be reset by the publishers in house style.

If supplied on disc, then Score is the preferred form of software. Alternatively, Sibelius or Finale may be submitted. Sound examples will be delivered in mp3 format, and video clips in MPEG format; submission in these formats is preferred, but other formats may be accepted by arrangement with the Editor.


Copy-editing and production is handled through the Assistant Editor, Ian Rumbold (33 Selly Wick Drive, Selly Park, Birmingham B29 7JG; email You must be prepared to respond promptly to copy-editing enquiries; where this does not happen it may be necessary to hold the the article over to a later issue. We require you to read and correct first (page) proofs only, and again rapid return of proofs is essential. Amendments to proofs should be restricted to the correction of factual or typographical errors. Authors of articles will receive 30 free offprints, and reviewers a gratis copy. It is a condition of publication in the journal that authors grant an exclusive licence to the Royal Musical Association. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible.

You may however reuse your material in other publications provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication.