Guidelines for HBSJ Contributions

The Historic Brass Society cordially welcomes submissions of articles on a rolling basis for its annually-published peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of the Historic Brass Society. The HBSJ encourages submissions from senior and advanced scholars as well as scholars early in their careers.

Content and Scope
The HBSJ publishes articles based on all historical aspects of brass instruments (music, repertoire, primary literature, performers, performance practice, development, reception, construction, etc.) from antiquity through the present and representing cultivated, vernacular, Western and non-Western traditions. Included in this may be English translations of significant primary sources that shed light on brass instruments and their use. The HBSJ also publishes annotated bibliographies and extended book reviews.

The preferred length of submission for the HBSJ is 4000-6000 words long. Shorter submissions (especially brief reports of discoveries) are also encouraged. Longer submissions may be considered as the necessity of the subject warrants.

The preferred submission format for the HBSJ is in Microsoft Word or in “rich text” format via email attachment to Jeffrey Nussbaum at Authors requiring special accommodation for submissions should email an inquiry to the same address. The president will forward the submission to the journal editor(s) who will contact the author in a timely manner.

Figures and Musical Examples
Accompanying graphics such as photographs, line drawings, etc., must be submitted as camera-ready artwork or graphics files in TIF format at least 300 dpi. Musical examples must be computer-typeset and/or submitted as Finale© files via e-mail attachment. Authors are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining and/or reproducing illustrations, and are further required to furnish proof of permission to reprint for illustrations that are the property of an institution or another individual. The number and size of graphics will be limited by our space requirements.

Style Guidelines
1. Contributors should aim for a concise, fluid style of English presentation that will be accessible to a broad audience of academics, performers, and interested amateurs.
2. Endnotes and bibliographic formats should conform to the guidelines given in The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1993).
3. Musical pitch names and designations should conform to the system given in the New Harvard Dictionary of Music (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986), 640.
4. Authors are requested to place only one character space after every sentence and punctuation mark.

Review and Revision
As a peer-reviewed journal, all articles submitted to the HBSJ will be read anonymously by two or more referees who will advise the Editor and Editorial Board on acceptance or rejection. The HBS reserves the right to edit submissions for style and may return them to the author for extensive revision or retranslation.

Upon the favorable receipt of referee reports, the author will be assigned an editor who may suggest revisions to content, style, and/or format. When the author and editor have reached agreement on all revisions, the editor will send the author a revised copy of the accepted article. At this time any and all final corrections should be made in consultation with the editor. The author will receive one final “proof” typeset as it will be printed in the HBSJ, but the only changes possibly at this point will be corrections of errors made during the typesetting process itself.

Copyright and Publication
Upon acceptance of the article, the author will be asked to sign an agreement, stipulating that the material in the article has not previously been published, that it will not be submitted to another publication in the future without permission of the Editors of the HBSJ, and that the author will work with the Editors in a timely manner to prepare the article for publication. The author will further be asked to agree that while s/he retains copyright to her/his article, s/he grants permission to the Historic Brass Society to reprint the article in print or digital format.