Submission guidelines and Reviewing rules

Contemporary Musicology accepts original articles covering all fields of musicological research. Submissions must not have been published elsewhere, nor should they be under consideration by any other journal while under review at Contemporary Musicology.


Basic requirements:

  • languages – Russian and English;
  • submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words including text and notes;
  • documents should be submitted in Microsoft Word (e.g., file formats .doc or .docx;
  • margins should be: top, 2 cm; left, 3 cm; bottom, 2 cm; right 1.5 cm;
  • font should be 14-point Times New Roman (12-point Times New Roman for footnotes);
  • line spacing should be 1.5;
  • paragraph indention should be 1.5 cm (use indentation and not tabs or spaces);
  • text should be justified on the right and left sides (full justification), without hyphenation;
  • for original titles of works of art or musical and literary compositions, French double-angle quotes should be used for citations («…»). Within citations English double quotes (curly) should be used (“…”);
  • references to bibliographic sources should be formatted in the text in square brackets, e.g., [3, 45], where the first number is the serial number of the publication in the bibliographic list (see: Bibliography) and the second (in italics) is the page number;
  • use footnotes and not endnotes.



1) An alphabetically arranged bibliography should appear at the end of the article. Please indicate authors, titles, dates of publication, and publishing houses, as well as relevant page numbers. Feel free to browse our journal for examples of bibliographic entries.

2) As a separate file you may wish to send a separate list of manuscript sources and scores.



1) Illustrations (musical examples, reproductions of paintings, photographs, etc.) must be sent separately in .pdf or .jpg format (resolution from 300 to 600 dpi).

2) Each file with an illustration should be captioned in the format:

Serial number. Author. Name, year of creation


  1. J. Lange. Unfinished portrait of W.A. Mozart, 1782

In musical examples, please include the title, movement, the section of the work if necessary.


  1. L. van Beethoven. Symphony No. 3. I. Allegro con brio, main theme (fragment)

Illustrations themselves should not contain signatures.

3) In the body of the text please cross reference all illustrations:

– for musical examples: (example 6) or (see example 6);

– for other illustrations: (illustration 1) or (see illustration 1).

4) For each illustration, you must specify the resource from which it is borrowed (museum, private collection, archive, private photo archive, book, website with URL address, etc.). For musical examples, if the examples are not self produced, it is sufficient to indicate a music edition or manuscript source in the list of literature.



Along with the article please send an abstract in Russian (if possible) and English. Requirements for the abstract:

1) the abstract should be 200–300 words in length;

2) the abstract should contain the article’s most important information;

3) the abstract’s approximate structure should be:

first paragraph –subject and methodology;

second paragraph – summary of the article;

third paragraph – scientific novelty and conclusions.



In addition to the text of the article and the abstract, the author must also send:

– 5–10 keywords;

– biographical information: full name, residential address, e-mail, place of employment (full name and address), position, academic degree, academic title;

– photo in .tiff or .jpg format (resolution from 300 to 600 dpi).


Materials sent without observing the above requirements shall not considered.

No payment is collected for publication, nor shall any author receive payment for publication

Materials for publication should be sent to the editor at:


Each article sent to the editorial office of Contemporary Musicology is subject to independent peer review.


Peer Review Process


  1. The Editorial Staff carries out an initial internal review of the article to identify its originality, its suitability to the journal and any given theme of a particular issue, and whether the article follows the submission guidelines. If the editorial review is negative, the article is not accepted for publication. If the editorial review is positive, the manuscript is sent out to external reviewers.

The initial review is carried out within 15 days from the moment the article is received by the Editorial Staff. Authors will be notified about publication or rejection within 10 days of the editorial decision.

  1. External review is carried out by highly qualified experts. The reviewers may be members of the Editorial Board of the journal or other invited specialists. The purpose of the external review is to evaluate the article’s topicality, academic novelty, effectiveness of methodology, theoretical and practical value, comprehensiveness of the bibliography, and the exposition of the material. The review will contain one of the following conclusions:
  • the article is recommended for publication;
  • the article can be published after its revised by the author, taking into account the comments of the reviewer;
  • the article is not recommended for publication.

External review is carried out within 30 days from the moment the editorial staff receives the manuscript. Authors will be notified of the conclusions of the external review within 10 days from the moment the editorial staff receives these conclusions.

  1. A repeat review process will take place in the following cases:
  • if the author disagrees with the comments of the first reviewer, as well as with a negative review;
  • if the content of the article is controversial and requires a second opinion from different specialists.

In the case of a repeat negative review, the article will not be accepted for publication.

  1. External review is carried out anonymously: the editorial board will not disclose the personal information of authors to reviewers nor vice versa (see: Ethics).
  2. The reviews are kept in the editorial office for five years and can be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation if the editorial office receives a relevant inquiry.