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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.

  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (if submitting an article, in other words), the instructions in the Author Guidelines have been followed. These instructions require the separation of the author's name, contact information, and biographical notes from the manuscript and removing author identification from the properties of the manuscript file.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Journal of Jazz Studies (JJS) is dedicated to publishing leading-edge research on jazz, broadly defined, from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to musicology, ethnomusicology, history, cultural studies, music theory, technical analysis, biography, oral history, and criticism. JJS welcomes submissions from performers and independent scholars as well as affiliated scholars. All manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s website (user registration required, see above).


  1. Articles should be comprehensible and accessible to a broad, musically literate jazz audience, not just to other specialists within the writer’s sub-field.
  2. Articles must not be submitted to other journals while under consideration by JJS.
  3. Manuscripts should be double spaced with one-inch margins, using 12-point font, and must be submitted in Microsoft Word file format.
  4. Manuscripts must adhere to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Citations should be formatted as footnotes and follow Chicago notes and bibliography guidelines.
  5. Except for foreign-language quotations, manuscripts must be in English, using American musical terminology, spelling, and punctuation. Gender-neutral language and pronouns should be used whenever possible and appropriate. In keeping with recent trends in scholarship and guidance from the Chicago Manual of Style, the Journal of Jazz Studies recommends the usage of a capital B in Black when it refers to racial and ethnic identity.
  6. Music examples, complex tables, photographs, and other graphics should each be submitted as a separate file. The manuscript should include references indicating where to place each graphic. If possible, initial manuscript submissions should also include these visual elements embeded in the word doc to facilitate peer review.
  7. Image files must be high-resolution and presentable for publication; authors should take into account that each image and its caption have to fit within a page frame of 5 X 8 inches (12.5 X 20 cm). Image files must be in a format intended for images, such as TIFF, GIF, PNG, JPEG, or PDF.
  8. A one-paragraph abstract of no more than 300 words must be included along with the submission (as a separate MS word file).
  9. Authors should append a two- or three-sentence biographical note. The author’s name, contact information, and biographical note should be submitted as a separate document from the manuscript, so that the manuscript can be sent to reviewers without identifying the author.
  10. Authors alone are responsible for the contents of their articles and for obtaining permission for use of material under copyright protection.


If you have any questions about formatting or the submission process, please contact the journal’s managing editor, Sean Lorre (

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