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Author Guidelines

Instructions to Contributors

All submissions should be well written with minimal grammatical, sentence structure, or organization problems and contain unambiguous, relevant, and supported content. Manuscript should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009). Please write in clear and readable English, limit the use of passive voice, and avoid excessive words. Manuscripts should be approximately 20 pages, including abstract, figures, drawings, tables, and references. In accordance with the Code of Ethics, submitting a manuscript indicates that it has not been published previously and is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, either in its entirety or in part.

Reports of Original Research

Authors should be especially clear in reporting their purpose, procedures, and conclusions. They should suggest implications for and applications to the profession. It is expected that original research will serve as models of well executed methodology rooted in a rigorous adherence to a stated research paradigm. All submitted research articles must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009).

Articles that Synthesize and Discuss Issues Pertaining to a Research Topic Relevant to and that will Enhance Knowledge of Music Teaching and Learning

Manuscripts should concern timely and significant topics. These papers will be evaluated for whether the author has contributed to the profession’s knowledge by providing new insights, drawing inferences and/or developing a synthesis, in contrast to simply providing a summary of extant research.

 

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

    Text is double-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. All pages are numbered in sequence, starting with the title page. First line of each paragraph is indented. References start on a separate page.
  4. Writing Style

    • There is continuity in words, concepts, and thematic development from the opening statement to the conclusion.
    • Punctuation is not overused or underused
    • A tone and style have been selected that reflects your involvement with the research.
    • Manuscriptisfree of redundancy and wordiness
  5. Title and Abstract:

    • Title 12 words or less
    • Abstract is approximately 150 to 250 words,and is a concise descriptive summary of the information contained in the manuscript
  6. Headings and Paragraphs

    • Organizational structure clear, logical and precise
    • Appropriate formatting is used for the level of the heading
    • Headings of the same level appear in the same format
    • Paragraphs are longer than a single sentence but not longer than one manuscript page
  7. References

    • Are cited both in text and in the reference list
    • Text citations and reference list entries agree both in spelling and in date
    • Journal titles in the reference list are spelled out fully
    • References (both in the parenthetical text citations and in the reference list) are ordered alphabetically by the authors’ surnames
    • Inclusive page numbers for all articles or chapters in books are provided in the reference list
  8. Tables and Figures

    • Every table column, including the stub column, has a heading
    • When giving percentages: calculations for "N" and "n" values, and column totals correct
    • Vertical table rules been omitted
    • Tables are correctly referred to in text
    • The elements in the figures are large enough to remain legible after the figure has been reduced to the width of a journal column or page
    • Lettering in a figure is no smaller than 8 points and no larger than 14 points
    • The figures have been prepared at a resolution sufficient to produce a high-quality image
    • All figures are numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals
    • Figures and tables mentioned in the text are numbered in the order in which they are mentioned
 

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