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Author guidelines, peer review and publication ethics

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Updated: 17 May 2024

Article types

Transposition welcome submissions of original articles, either in English or French, for its special issues. Submissions are encouraged from both established and young scholar scholars. Transposition also welcome submissions of review articles and book reviews in English, French or Spanish.

Note to publishers:
The Editorial Board of 
Transposition understands the difficult situation publishers have to face since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we would like to be able to continue providing our reviewers the best conditions for their valuable work. Therefore, we only accept paper copies for reviews, unless the reviewer has expressed a preference for any other format.

Peer review

Manuscripts are evaluated using double-blind peer review by at least two members of the Transposition’s editorial board and one member of its scientific committee. Authors are required to warrant that they are submitting their original work for first publication in Transposition and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Publication ethics

Transposition’s editors will be guided by COPE’s guidelines when handling research misconduct, authorship disputes and post publication debates, as well as when considering retracting, issuing expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in the journal.

Authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence content and the interpretation of the results in their manuscript. Furthermore, all sources of financial support for the research should be disclosed. In cases of alleged or proven research misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism the editors will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of a correction statement or the retraction of the affected work.

Creative Commons and Copyright

Transposition promotes open access research. All articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY-SA 4.0), and indexed in the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Authors hold the copyright and retain publishing rights without restrictions. The content of the articles published by Transposition is open, free, without embargo period, and without submission or publication fees for authors or their institutions. Authors are free to self-archive preprint, postprint and published version of their articles (pdf) on an open access archive platform, provided that they link this version to the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) when available, or to the URL of publication on

Transposition’s policies in Sherpa:

Style Guide

Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Article length

As a general rule, and unless otherwise specified by the editors of the issue in question, articles should be between 50,000 and 75,000 characters in length (including spaces and notes). Review articles should be up to 50,000 characters, interviews 30,000 characters and book reviews 10,000 characters in length (including spaces and notes).

Language and typography

  • The article must be unilingual, in either English or French.

  • Quotations in languages other than that of the article should be translated in the body text and appear in their original language in the footnotes.

    • 1 In French, a non-breaking space precedes the characters ; : ! ?
      In English, the footnote number i
    • 2 For example, in an English text, only the first word and proper nouns of the title of French publ (...)

    The article must comply with all typographic conventions of the chosen language,1 with the exception of bibliographical references, which will follow the conventions of their origin.2

  • Whether or not to use inclusive (nonsexist) language is left to the author’s discretion, but whatever choice is made must be applied consistently.

File format of text and images

  • The article must be submitted in text format (.doc or .odt).

  • The place for an illustration in the text (between two paragraphs) must contain only the corresponding caption; the illustrations themselves are to be sent separately in .jpg format, with the same sequential numbering as in the text.

  • Cross-references to illustrations in the body text will use the form “see ill. 1”.

  • Illustrations must be accompanied by their accurate references and comply with applicable requirements in terms of copyright and right of personal portrayal.

  • Accompanying audio or audiovisual files can only be included via reference, in the footnotes, to the corresponding documents hosted on an external website, in which case authors are asked to be diligent in ensuring that the hyperlinks will remain valid over time.

Abstract, keywords, biography, and contact information

The following will be submitted in a separate document:

  • An abstract (maximum of 2000 characters, including spaces).

  • A list of keywords. Authors are strongly encouraged to provide a translation of the keywords, given their knowledge of the linguistic conventions in their (inter)disciplinary field.

  • An author bio / bibliographical notice (maximum of 1000 characters, including spaces), written in complete sentences (i.e. not a list).

  • The author’s contact information (last name, first name, postal address, email address, and telephone number), which will be kept confidential.

Text formatting

  • Please avoid any formatting other than what is listed below.

  • The texts must be written in Times 12, justified, with 1.5 line spacing and a 0.42 cm (12 pt) space beneath paragraphs.

  • Notes are presented as footnotes, with sequential numbering (Times 10).

  • Bibliographical references are indicated in footnotes, not in the body text.

  • Subtitles are not numbered, and are “highlighted” only with the following typography: Bold (level 1); Italic (level 2).

  • Long quotations are presented without quotation marks, in smaller font (Times 10) with left indentation (1.26 cm [36 pt]) and no indentation on the right.

  • Illustration captions (Times 10) are centred and use the following form: [Ill. 1: name of illustration.]. When applicable, the illustration’s complete reference is indicated in a footnote.

  • Non-breaking spaces are to be used systematically where necessary (notably next to ?, !, « », in French, and in cases such as p. 123, vol. 5, no. 8).


Last name First name, Title of Publication, city of publication, publisher, year of publication, p. [pp.] ??-??.

Last name First name, “Title of Chapter”, Last name First name (ed.), Title of Publication, city of publication, publisher, year of publication, p. [pp.] ??-??.

Last name First name, “Title of Article”, Name of Periodical, vol. x, no. x, year, p. [pp.] ??-??. DOI: [when available]

Name of musicians or ensemble, “Name of Track” (track x), Album Title, label, record number, year.

Except in the specific case of Ibid., a short form will be used (rather than op. cit.) for the second occurrence of a reference and thereafter:

Last name, Short Form of Publication Title, p. [pp.] ??-??.

Last name, “Short Form of Article or Chapter Title”, p. [pp.] ??-??.

For a reissue or translation, indicate the year of 1st publication in the original language, in brackets:

Adorno Theodor W., Philosophie de la nouvelle musique, Paris, Gallimard, 1962 [1948].

For reference to a resource available only on line, provide the link followed by the access date: (https://urloftheresource, consulted [or “accessed”] on 31 March 2018).

For a two-part title (Title: Subtitle, or “Title: Subtitle”), always use a colon as a separator (not a period or a dash), regardless of the separator used in the original publication.


1 In French, a non-breaking space precedes the characters ; : ! ?
In English, the footnote number is placed after punctuation; in French, it is placed before.
Quotation marks differ between the languages:
“in English”; « in French » (including for bibliographical references). For quotation marks inside a quotation: “this way in English”; « this “way” in French ».

2 For example, in an English text, only the first word and proper nouns of the title of French publications must begin with capitals (sentence case).

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