The Journal of Popular Music Studies is an interdisciplinary journal covering a wide range of approaches to popular music. Submissions are not limited to any disciplinary, methodological, or theoretical approach. Each submission is considered by external specialist reviewers familiar with the specific topic of the essay as well as the field of popular music studies. In every case, preference will be given to manuscripts that are challenging and original as well as clearly and persuasively written.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, use the new ScholarOne submission system. Be prepared to include a short abstract with your submission. In the manuscript itself, please do not include any information that would identify you as author. Each manuscript page should be numbered and contain an abbreviated title. References should follow the Chicago manual of style.

Manuscripts may range from a minimum of 5,000 words to a maximum of 7,500 words, including notes and bibliography.  Authors wishing to submit manuscripts below or exceeding these guidelines must consult with the editor prior to submission.  Music transcriptions, song lyrics, photographs, tables, and other graphics can be included with an indication of placement in the text. Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions for all copyrighted materials.

Questions about non-article pieces, including reviews (of books, music, videos, Web sites, and so on), and queries about other features (roundtables, creative work, pedagogical essays, etc.) should be directed to

References in Articles
We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here.

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here.

There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size.

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged promptly, and authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection in a timely fashion. The Editor receives manuscripts with the understanding that they have not been published previously and that they have not been submitted for publication consideration elsewhere. It is requested that the author confirm this fact in writing when transmitting the manuscript for publication consideration.