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Author Guidelines

JJS is dedicated to the entire range of jazz studies, including musicology, history, cultural interpretation, music theory, technical analysis, biography, oral history, criticism, and interdisciplinary studies. JJS welcomes submissions from performers and unaffiliated scholars as well as academic scholars.
Submissions can be emailed directly to managing editor Jeffery S. McMillan at

1. As a general rule, articles should be comprehensible 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. Except for foreign-language quotations, manuscripts must be in English.

4. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word.

5. Authors should append a two- or three-sentence biographical note. The author’s name, contact information, and biographical note should be separate from the manuscript, so that the manuscript can be sent to reviewers without identifying the author.

6. Footnotes must follow either of the two documentation styles in chapters 16 and 17 of The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th or 16th edition.

7. Music examples, complex tables, photographs, and other graphics should each be submitted as a separate file, and the text should indicate where to place each graphic.

8. 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.

9. A one-paragraph abstract must be included along with the submission.

10. Authors alone are responsible for the contents of their articles and for obtaining permission for use of material under copyright protection.


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.

  1. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (if submitting an article, in other words), the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  2. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Copyright Notice

By submitting a paper to Journal of Jazz Studies (either by uploading it here or sending it directly to the editors), I agree to the ENTIRE Journal of Jazz Studies Author's Agreement below:


The journal JOURNAL OF JAZZ STUDIES (JJS) accepts exclusive submissions of original manuscripts that have not been previously published and are not forthcoming in print or online in a scholarly journal, book, or other publishing format. When submitting, Authors agree not to submit a manuscript for electronic or print publication in another journal until JJS decides to accept or reject it, or until the Author withdraws this submission.


Authors own the copyright to their articles. The authors have, however, consented to the following provisions associated with their copyright:

1. Authors grant JJS the right to publish and archive their articles for an unlimited time and to make their articles available to readers (see item 2 below) on the World Wide Web, or through whatever medium JJS determines is best to accomplish its purposes, whether the medium is now known or developed in the future.

2. Authors agree that JJS is an open access journal made available by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 United StatesLicense (read the full license legal code). Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their articles, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, distribute, and/or copy or quote articles in JJS so long as the original authors and source are cited, and the use is noncommercial. *Permission is required only for commercial or other uses not permitted by the Creative Commons license.*

3. To help maintain the distinctive nature of JJS and the tradition of scholarly publications, for one year from the date of initial publication in JJS, authors are encouraged not to publish their article in any other scholarly journal, print or online—either open access or non-open-access.

4. Authors agree to let JJS use their articles to create compilations for sale that consist of selected articles from JJS journal for the sole purpose of financially supporting the continuing publication of JJS.

5. Authors agree to let JJS provide articles to document delivery services and abstracting indexing services.


1. The First Author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the data, facts, references, and copyediting in his or her submission and for securing co-author agreement to the terms of JJS "Copyright" policy above and all other journal policies.

2. Authors are responsible for obtaining the proper permissions to use material, INCLUDING ALL ILLUSTRATIONS in their articles for which they do not own copyright and which is not covered by Fair Use.

3. All authors warrant that an article contains no material which violates any copyright belonging to any third party, or which is defamatory, an invasion of privacy, or otherwise illegal.

4. Authors shall indemnify and hold JJS, the Rutgers University Libraries, the Institute of Jazz Studies, the New Jersey Department of State, and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey harmless from any claims that a manuscript and/or an article infringes a third party's copyright or contains inaccurate, defamatory, or otherwise unlawful material or constitutes an invasion of privacy.

Creative Commons License

Unless otherwise noted, all articles in this journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 Unported License.


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The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to informs readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.