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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The submitting author further guarantees that any attachments submitted including any sound files are legally and ethically suitable for open access and indemnifies the editors and editorial board against any subsequent legal action or dispute based on any aspect of copyright or ethical consent in any of their submitted material. The submitting author also confirms that any fieldwork data used in the publication or additional audio files has been obtained using rigorous ethical consent from other participants in their research. 

    This also extends to fieldwork where we expect that individual contributing authors have adhered to the best practice in ethical fieldwork, a useful example of which can be found at the Society for Ethnomusicology’s website, SEM Position Statement on Ethics (Fieldwork).

  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, all files are suitably anonymised as described in submission information.

Author Guidelines


  • A submitted manuscript will only be considered for publication if it is submitted via the journal’s online submission system.

  • Manuscripts must be prepared according to the Instructions for Authors, and using the submission guidance below.

  • Manuscripts must be submitted in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect format. Any images should be JPEG or PNG format, and should be embedded in the manuscript.

  • Other media submissions should be discussed with the Journal Editors or Guest Editor(s), as appropriate, prior to submission.
  • A submission cannot be considered if it has been published in English - or is under consideration for publication - elsewhere.



The following are the types of submission normally considered for publication by the Journal. If you would like to make a submission that does not meet the descriptions given below, you are encouraged to contact the Journal Editors or Guest Editor(s) to discuss the options for your proposed submission.

Articles must be of no more than 8,000 words (including title, abstract, and reference list), and should present and discuss the findings of substantial and original research, not published in English elsewhere. These are peer-reviewed journal articles.

Policy and briefing short papers must be of no more than 2,000 words (including title, abstract, and reference list), and should provide brief commentary on a specific, topical development in the field of cultural policy as it relates to traditional arts practice, or national updates on innovative or notable practices in traditional arts from around the world. These are not peer-reviewed, but are reviewed by the editor.

Editorials take the form of short opinion pieces, and are authored by a member of the Editorial team, to introduce or summarise a particular area of discussion relevant to the Journal’s focus and scope. These must be no more than 2,000 words (including title, abstract, and reference list). These are not peer-reviewed articles.

All manuscripts should be submitted in English: both British and American spelling conventions are acceptable, so long as the author uses either one of these conventions consistently.

 The IJTA is a Gold Open Access Journal and as such fulfills all necessary open access requirements for bodies such as the UK Research Councils. A published article in this journal will satisfy the open access requirement of most scholarly associations, and indeed this commitment to open access is one of the founding motivations of the journal itself. We ask therefore that authors ideally use the IJTA-published version of their paper as the version of record for any institutional open access compliance. We will not prevent authors publishing pre-print copies of their paper in their own institutional repository but only at the point of ‘formal acceptance’, which is generally after the manuscript has undergone review and any and all recommended editorial changes have been completed to the satisfaction of the journal editors. It is worth noting however, that because the journal qualifies as a Gold Open Access Journal, that no further action would be needed by indvidual authors in order to satisfy national research funding organisations once the paper has been published.




Submissions to the Journal must use the Harvard referencing system. This includes the application of in-text citations and a full bibliographical reference list at the end of the article. All - and only - items cited in the text should be referenced in full in the references list. The simultaneous, in-text citation of multiple items should be arranged by date (oldest first) and then alphabetically if there is more than one reference for a particular year. In-text citations should consist of the author’s last name, year of publication and page(s); the latter two elements will always appear in parentheses:


Bohlman (2004, p. 25)  | (Bohlman, 2004, p. 25)

Keil and Feld (1994, p. 54) | (Keil and Feld, 1994, p. 54)


Where there are more than two authors:

Valentine et al. (2009) | (Valentine et al., 2009)


Where authors of multiple cited works share a last name:

(Cook, J.C., 1999) as opposed to (Cook, N., 1999)


Where multiple publications by a single author in a single year are cited:

(PRS for Music Foundation, 2011a) as opposed to (PRS for Music Foundation, 2011b) [these are then listed with a/b indentifiers - assigned alphabetically by title - in the references list]


The references in the reference list should then be formatted in the following way:

Article in Scholarly Print Journal:

Author's surname, forename. (Year of publication) Title of the article. Title of the Journal,

Volume/Part, firstpage-lastpage.


Article in Electronic Journal:

Author's surname, forename. (Year of publication) Title of Article. Title of the Journal [online], Volume/part, <URL> [accessed day/month/year].


Article in Newspaper:

Author’s surname, forename. (Year of publication) Title of the Article. Newspaper, day/month/year, p. page.



Author's surname, forename. (Year of publication) Title of publication (Edition or Series statement, if required). Place of publication: publisher.


Book Chapter:

Author's surname, forename. (Year of publication) Title of chapter. In: Editor's Initial. Surname (ed.) Title of book. Edition statement. Place of publication: Publisher. pp. Page numbers.



Author's name. (Year of publication) Title. Type and level of award. Awarding body.



Author/editor's name, or [W.A]. (Year of publication) Title [online]. Place of publication: Publisher <URL> [accessed day/month/year].


Where appropriate, articles should also include a discography. This should be located after the reference list, and references should be formatted as follows:


Composer/artist surname, Initial. (Year) Title of work. Performers names [if different from composer/artist]. Format. Record company. Catalogue no.


Sound files can be submitted as part of the submission process, these must be submitted as attachments and must be in a commonly used compressed audio format such as mp3 and must not be excessively large (e.g. >100MB). Reference each sound recording from the text as Audio Example 1, Audio Example 2, etc.



These should be inserted into the manuscript at the time of preparation, and should be of manageable file size. They should also be of appropriate size to be viewed in both on-screen and printed form. Tables and figures should be given clear, descriptive titles, and should be referred to in the body of text.



To anonymise your files for submission, please ensure that the text has had the authors' names removed. If you or another author is cited, please use the substitute in place of your name"Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. Please also ensure that your or any other authors' names have been removed from the document's properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu. To anonymize your manuscript for double blind peer review, follow these instructions.

Ensure there is no author information in the metadata of any of the files submitted (e.g., in Word see: https://bit.ly/201IdX7; in Adobe see: Adobe advice on anoymizing pdfs). Remove identifying names in the acknowledgments, grant funding details, or any other author-related information. Similarly, do the same for the properties of sound files you are submitting and consider whether there might be identifying audio in the files you are submitting. Check the figures for appearance of any author names.



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