Submitting Articles

Submissions are welcome from academics working within a Higher Education environment, independent scholars, composers and musicians. Although the online environment provides scope for work of varying length, text-based work will normally be between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length.

Usually, a submission will be peer-reviewed by one member of the Board and other one reader with specialist knowledge of the field.

Scottish Music Review accepts submission of material for consideration that

It is a condition of the acceptance by the editors of a submission for publication that the publisher acquires automatically exclusive rights to first publication throughout the world. Copyright will remain with the author(s).

Material for consideration should be sent to the Editor, Professor David J. Smith, by email (d.j.smith@abdn-ac-uk — change - to .), or using Dropbox if the submission includes large files. The postal address is:

Scottish Music Review
Department of Music, University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building, King's College
AB24 5UA
Scotland UK


Please ensure that you follow academic conventions in acknowledging the work of others, and that you have obtained all necessary permissions for copyright material used.

The journal is free to access, and is not a commercial operation.

Submission: Option 1

Text may be submitted in Microsoft Word format without using styles, or in RTF or WordPerfect format. References should be inserted as endnotes; any recognisable citation style, if used consistently, is acceptable provided that it includes full information about each item.

Music examples, illustrations, figures, tables, and audio/video should be sent as separate files; indicate clearly where they should be inserted into the article.

Music examples should be submitted as high-resolution PDF files with embedded fonts or high-resolution 1200dpi TIF files, and should be accompanied by the original music files.

Graphics, audio and video should be provided in any standard file format.

Submission: Option 2

Articles are typeset in XeLaTeX so alternatively authors may opt to typeset their own work.

Everything you need can be had from the SMR GitHub page using the command

   git clone

If you only use the LaTeX suite infrequently, or do not have the necessary software to clone the git, you may download a zipped archive which, unpacked, creates a folder with an empty SMR paper. The folder will be called "SMR_Submission". The empty paper looks like this, and it is created by XeLaTeX from the file empty.tex. Use your preferred LaTeX editor to create your document.

We have also produced a guidance document for authors in the form of an extended "cheat sheet" — this is not an introduction to XeLaTeX (although some documents useful in that regard are referenced). You can view or download it from here.