Guidelines for Authors

As a refereed scholarly journal, Intersections: A Canadian Journal of Music welcomes articles on any aspect of music research or criticism. Authors who wish to have an article considered for publication should send a copy electronically to the Editors-in-chief. Books and recordings for review should be sent to the Review Editor. Articles may not be submitted simultaneously to another publication. The following guidelines are offered:

  1. The text should be submitted as an electronic file (as an attachment, in Word Perfect, Word or RTF formats). More specific information is available from the Editor-in-chief.
  2. A summary of the article (no more than 100 words, included in the same file as the article) and a biographical note (no more than 75 words, in a separate file) are required. The abstract should be written in a form suitable for inclusion in the Abstracts of Music Literature (RILM). Helpful suggestions for the writing of an abstract will be found on the RILM Web site (
  3. Since Intersections has a policy of blind peer review, information identifying the author should appear only in the accompanying e‑mail, not in the article file.
  4. Intersections generally follows the author‑date system and the recommendations of the Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed., 2017). In order to avoid too many footnotes, purely bibliographic references should appear according to the author‑date system in the text, between parentheses, with the full source cited in the reference list at the end of the article. These text citations include only the last name of the author, the year of publication and the specific page or section, if needed. A comma is placed between the date and the page, but not between the name and the date, e.g.: (Beckwith 1997, 62). The customary form of bibliographical data in the reference list is illustrated in the following examples:
    • Books: Cook, Nicholas, and Mark Everist, ed. 1999. Rethinking Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Chapters: Cook, Nicholas. 1999. “Analyzing Performance and Performing Analysis”. In Rethinking Music, ed. Nicholas Cook and Mark Everist, 239–61. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Articles: Beckwith, John. 1997. “‘Ruptures?’: qu’en aurait pensé Garant?”. Les cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique 1, nos. 1–2 (December): 59–64. Note: In the reference list, the specific pagination is required for chapters in books and articles.
  5. Foreign‑language quotations should be translated into English in the article. The original should be reproduced in the notes. When the author believes that a foreign‑language quotation should be put directly in the text, the English translation should then be placed in the note.
  6. Musical examples in electronic format (EPS, TIF, JPG, PDF) and high‑quality glossy illustrations (if possible in electronic format) must be supplied separately with an indication of where they should be inserted in the text. The author has the responsibility of obtaining permissions for the use of copyrighted materials. Captions should include full identification of the example or illustration and all necessary credits or acknowledgements.
  7. Books and recordings for review : Make sure to provide complete reference information of the work that would be review, including ISBN and the total number of pages.

Nota bene — The journal reserves the right to accept or reject any text that is submitted. It is desirable to keep a copy of the submitted work. The journal is not responsible for publishing delays. Published text only binds the responsibility of their authors.


Intersections obtains and maintains the copyright on the content of the journal. The journal requires that authors formally assign all rights to Intersections when an article is published, including the right to copyright and the right to grant permission to reprint the article in various forms, and any revenue that may be generated from those reprints.

Authors can deposit their final, peer-reviewed manuscript into an institutional or disciplinary repository that will make the manuscript freely accessible immediately after its publication. Intersections is a digital open-access journal that complies with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.

Peer review process

The journal follows a double-blind peer review process, according to accepted practice. Submissions are made by prospective authors directly to the Editor-in-chief, (English or French, as appropriate), who review them to determine their general appropriateness for the journal and worthiness for peer review. The Editor then solicit potential reviewers, each of them recognized experts in the field in question. When the editors lack the expertise to determine appropriate potential reviewers themselves, members of the Editorial Board and other recognized experts are consulted for suggestions; all suggested reviewers are then vetted by the editors before being solicited for a review. When accord cannot be reached by the two reviewers, the Editor either seeks a third reviewer or else asks the advice of a member of the Editorial Board in breaking a tie.


All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.


All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Ethical considerations

When in doubt about any aspect of the ethics of manuscript submission, the author should contact the Editor, who will make the final decision in consultation with Editorial committee members. In all cases, authors should disclose any circumstances about which there may be questions.