Call for Articles

Submissions that match the special field of this journal are welcome. THEORIA accepts articles (studies, essays) on the following topics:
- The entire field of the history of Western Music Theory of any time period, including interdisciplinary studies
- Aspects of influence or interrelationships between Non-Western Music Theory and Western Music Theory
- Commented editions and translations of hardly accessible or yet unpublished source texts on Music Theory or on topics related to Music Theory
- Analytical studies of music of any time period that apply or critically discuss new methods of analysis
- Analytical discussions of recent compositions (after 1980)
- Review articles of books related to the history of Music Theory and Analysis.
All submissions will be peer reviewed for their scholarly quality, clarity and originality. Only high-level professional research materials will be considered. PhD candidates in the related disciplines are particularly encouraged to submit articles.
First send an abstract (300 words max.) and short biographical information by e-mail. If this is accepted, you will be asked to submit your text. It must be the final and complete text ready for publication, sent as Word for Windows file. You should attach all music examples and illustrations, tables etc. separately. The format and bibliographical citations should follow the guidelines as shown below.
Please send all submissions and editorial inquiries by e-mail to the editor, Frank Heidlberger:

Article Formatting Guidelines


Please send in your final version as a WORD file.

Use 12pt times new roman regular throughout. Mark quotes clearly with “…”

For title, subtitles, section titles: use 12 pt times new roman only (no all cap!).

Use double line spacing only.

Use footnotes, using the footnote function of WORD, numbered 1, 2, 3…

Do not use any formatting:

- no extra spacing between paragraphs

- no second space after a period. WORD does this sometimes automatically. Make sure this is switched off.

- no “tab,” no indentation, no “hanging paragraphs.”

- place extended quotes (more than three separate lines) as a separate paragraph (“…” only, no other formatting. They will be formatted with extra indentation by the layout manager.

- no hyphenation.

- no bold, no all cap words (unless mandated by a quote, and explained in a footnote commentary).

- you can use single-word italics in quotes – in exceptional cases you can use italics in the main text in order to pronounce a word in comparison to other terms.

- no special characters. If you need special characters, for analytical explanations, or foreign source texts, for instance, please provide the font set, along with your article.

For lists in the main text, please use the “table” function of WORD.



For bibliographical references in the main text or in footnotes, please use the [author date] system, thus:

(Butt 2010, 15), i.e. no “page” or “p.”

In the appendix, please provide a reference list, with bibliographic entries like this:

Butt, John. 2010. Bach's Dialogue with Modernity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.



In the main text, mark positions of Illustrations/examples clearly, such as

[[EXAMPLE 1b somewhere HERE]]

Provide each example separately, as pdf, jpg, or tiff file, minimum 300dpi, greyscale, or black and white only.

Make sure that scans are horizontally aligned correctly (even with horizontal text line, not “tilted”).



Contact the editor: in case you have any questions or special layout needs.