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Authors’ guidelines & editorial process


What to send?

Articles should be submitted electronically to the journal’s email addresses: and any other address eventually mentioned in the call for papers.

Submitting an article implies that it only contains original, non-published material, that is not simultaneously being submitted to another journal or any type of publication, online or not.

Proposals can be of any of the following types:

  • research articles: the syntheses or the results of a significant and original research (25.000 to 35.000 characters maximum, including bibliography and spaces).

  • Shorter versions of this type of submissions are also welcome (15.000 characters maximum);

  • technical communications: tests and proposals of new methods (12.000 characters maximum, spaces included);

  • book reviews (6.000 characters maximum, spaces included)

IASPM French branch prize

Volume! Publishes the winner of the “young researcher prize”, awarded to an original article written by a young (PhD, Masters) French-speaking student. More details here.

Language & Translation

Papers can be submitted in English or French. The editors will decide whether, if accepted, the paper will be translated for publication. If the author has contacts of his/her own for an eventual translation, he/she should mention it to the editors.


File attachments should be in Word 2004 (.doc not .docx).


  • Times New Roman,

  • 12 pts,

  • 11 for quotes in separate paragraphs, indented

  • justified paragraphs,

  • no indentation,

  • 1,5 spacing,

  • no double word wraps, except when changing subheadings.

Various typographic guidelines

  • language: please be consistent with British English / American English etc. spelling (-ise / -ize, -our / -or etc.);

  • quotations:

    • use curly quotation marks (“ ” and ‘ ’ for inner quotes);

    • long quotes in a separate paragraph, indented, size 11, no quotation marks;

  • ellipses: […] for skipped elements in quotes;

  • dashes: spaced en-dashes;

  • hyphenation: avoid it;

  • double spaces: none after full stops;

  • decades: 1870s, 1970s, without an apostrophe;

  • centuries: xixth c. (small caps, exponent, undividable space);

  • musical genres: rock‘n’roll, rhythm‘n’blues, r‘n’b (check apostrophes, no upper-cases);


Authors must also send:

  • a short biography;

As well as, for papers, not book reviews:

  • an abstract (100 to 200 words), if possible translated into French,

  • 5 to 10 key words, if possible in French and English (please conform them to our lists of key words to avoid small variates, English here, French here) as well as

  • the list of artists (musicians, bands, composers, writers, filmmakers etc.) analyzed (not just mentioned),

  • musical genres analyzed in the article,

  • a geographical index and a chronological one.

The author's full name, mailing address, and e-mail address should appear only in the cover letter, as submissions are reviewed anonymously.


Illustrations should be sent in separate files, in TIFF or EPS formats, in high resolution (300 dpi), and sent with reproduction authorizations, when necessary.

Bibliographical references

In-text bibliographical references

  • Single author: (Jones 1776: 37);

  • two authors: (Smith & Doe 1968b: 34-45);

  • multiple (>2) authors (Black et al. 2011: 34 sqq.).

Please limit footnotes.


Please note the small caps, the presence or absence of commas, etc.


  • Smith John & Doe Luke (1955), Pop Rock Anthology, New York, Publisher, 345 p.

Edited collection:

  • Smith John & Doe Luke (eds), (1955), Pop Rock Anthology, New York, Publisher, 345 p.

Paper in an edited collection:

  • Rutger William (1955), “Techno Music and Authenticity”, in John Smith & Luke Doe (eds), Pop Rock Anthology, New York, Publisher, 322-344.

Paper in an academic journal:

  • White William (1955), “Techno Music and Authenticity”, Journal of Electronic Music Studies, vol. 3, n° 2, 322-344.

Online article from a periodical:

  • Black Nancy (2011), “Gnawa”, New York Times, 20 November, online: [13 March 2012].


Albums – as well as references to novels, movies, documentaries and so forth – should be put at the end of the bibliography, under a separate title (“discography”).


  • Sepultura (1993), Chaos A.D. [CD], New York, Roadrunner Records, CEK 57458.

Song from an album

  • Sepultura (1993), “Refuse/Resist”, on Chaos A.D. [CD], New York, Roadrunner Records, CEK 57458.


After being screened a first time by Volume’s editors (and the editor of any special issue) the articles submitted are then peer-reviewed by two “blind” reviewers, members of the editorial board or specialists of the article’s topic, discipline or method, Upon reception of the reviews, the editors can accept the article without any changes, or suggest small changes, major changes, or reject it.

The review/comments are sent to the author, who has has two months to accomplish any changes asked by the reviewers and/or the editorial board. If the changes asked are major, a second turn of peer-reviewing may be considered by the editors. Authors must send a one-page report indicating the changes made, and referring to the reviewers’ suggestions.

Licence of rights

The authors are not paid for their contributions to Volume! They will receive one copy of the issue their article is published in.

They grant the Éditions Mélanie Seteun a tacit license of rights for all types of publications (for instance, paper and electronic), as Volume! posts articles on its website and on virtual portals in France ( and and beyond (RILM Abstracts with Full Text). Upon request by the authors, a formal licence of rights can be signed by both parties.

Any money received from the selling of paper or virtual versions of individual articles is systematically used for the sole purpose of Volume! and the Éditions Mélanie Seteun publishing association, which is a non-profit organization.

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