De musica disserenda - Notes to contributors


De musica disserenda accepts texts written in English, German, French, Italian or Slovenian. The articles should be submitted electronically as Word files (MS Word or RTF format), together with a posted print-out, to the following address:

Institute of Musicology
Novi trg 2
SI – 1000 Ljubljana

The volumes are mostly open to various proposals. However, some of the volumes are thematic and unconnected contributions are in this case included in the following number. For most of the volumes (with the exception of special thematic volumes) the articles can be submitted freely. The deadline for each volume is given on the website of the journal (usually the deadlines are June 30th and December 31st for the volume published in the next half of the year; for double volumes, the deadline for the next-year volume is December 31st).

All the articles intended to be published in De musica disserenda will be peer-reviewed. Two positive reviews are needed for publication.

Authors of the accepted articles will have the opportunity to check two sets of page proofs (one after the peer-review and another in the text-setting stage), which they will receive as PDF files. These must be corrected and returned promptly by mail or e-mail to the editor. In the first proof stage, typographical and factual errors may be changed; in the second proof stage, only minor changes are possible.

Authors should keep the editors informed of any changes of mailing address or e-mail address, in order to ensure prompt delivery of proofs and to facilitate communication.

No autorship fee is payed for the articles appearing in De musica disserenda.

The authors are entitled to two free copies of the publication and to the PDF file of the published article.

An article submitted for publication in De musica disserenda should contain a brief note on the author and his/her contact information; title of the article; a short abstract (30–50 words), prepared in conformity with the RILM guidelines; up to 5 key words; main text of the article; a more comprehensive summary of the article (300–500 words), and a list of bibliography and sources given at the end of the article. Each article which is not written in Slovenian should also contain translations of the title, abstract, key words and summary into English and Slovenian.

The articles submitted to De musica disserenda should contain up to 30,000 characters with spaces (including footnotes and bibliography list). Longer texts are accepted only exceptionally and by prior agreement with the general editor. Text material should be presented in the typeface Times New Roman (font size 12 is recommended) with as little formatting as possible. Special characters (e.g. the letters of the Greek alphabet, time signatures, etc.) should be highlighted in yellow. The entire text should be aligned left.

For music examples, the maximum height of the staff should be 4 mm, and the maximum width 125 mm. Figures should be submitted as separate files in a high-resolution graphic format (preferably EPS) – a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch is required – together with a high-quality printout. The preferred location of all music examples, figures and tables should be clearly indicated in the text, together with their captions and textual underlay. The captions to the music examples etc. must clearly indicate the location of the original, naming the site, archive, library, etc. Permission from the owner of the originals for the publication of reproductions must be obtained by the author and is his/her responsibility.

It is the authors’ responsibility to take care about the language proof of their texts. Translations of the titles, abstracts, key words and summaries into Slovenian can usually be prepared by the members of the editorial board of De musica disserenda, but only by the author’s previous arrangement with the editor of the individual volume. In other cases, the author should provide a professional translation. In each case, the name of the translator should be given.

Authors should use the system of footnotes with a separate bibliography specified by the guidelines given in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010; for the first information, see the website Full detailsare given only in the Bibliography section while footnotes have only shortened citations.

Use “double” quotation marks, with ‘single’ ones within if needed. Italics are used only to indicate the titles of works or words borrowed from another language (e.g. par excellence, as used in an English text). Words or passages given especial emphasis by the author should be distinguished by the use of spaced type.

Copyright notice: Please be careful to ensure that the author and source of any material used are identified sufficiently, and that no material used is subjected to any derogatory treatment. Contributors are responsible for securing permissions for reproducing any material in which they do not hold copyright and which they quote or otherwise use in their work. The authors should also ensure that appropriate acknowledgments concerning the copyright material are included in captions and footnotes. Please note that the permission should be made valid for both printed and online publication. We would appreciate to receive a photocopy of permission(s) for publication from the copyright holder for the material that the authors themselves do not own copyright to.

Publication rights policy: De musica disserenda has a policy of acquiring copyright and exclusive rights as to the content of the accepted articles. Submission of a manuscript for publication will be taken to imply that it is unpublished and not being considered for publication elsewhere. All the author’s moral rights remain with the author, while the author’s material rights to reproduction and distribution in the Republic of Slovenia and elsewhere shall remain with the publisher unless agreed otherwise.


  • A brief note on the author: author’s first and last names, author’s degree (for example, Ph.D, Ms.Sc), author’s institutional affiliation(s), mailing address and e-mail address.
  • Title of the article.
  • A short abstract (30–50 words), prepared in conformity with the RILM guidelines (
  • Up to 5 key words.
  • Main text of the article.
  • A more comprehensive summary of the article (300–500 words).
  • A list of bibliography and sources given at the end of the article.
  • Special captions for each individual music example and/or figure which is intended to be published in the article, together with the examples and figures in the separate files.
  • Translations of the title, abstract, key words and summary into Slovenian, together with the name of the translator


DUTIES OF AUTHORS (from the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement):

Reporting standards: authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention: authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and plagiarism: the authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: an author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. Publication of some kinds of articles (e.g. translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation as the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Acknowledgement of sources: proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

Authorship of the paper: authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and human subjects: if the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subject must always be observed.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: all authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.

Fundamental errors in published works: when an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.