Submitting to Indiana Theory Review

Indiana Theory Review welcomes submitted articles on all aspects of music theory and its subdisciplines, as well as review proposals for recently published books and significant articles in the field.

Submissions are accepted by email (to only, and should follow these guidelines:

  1. Please attach a printable copy of your submission in Portable Document Format (PDF) for submission to reviewers. All figures and other illustrations should be incorporated within the article itself, not attached in an appendix or separate file.
  2. Please also attach a copy of your submission as a Microsoft Word document for use in the editorial process.
  3. All article submissions should be fully anonymized, with all references to the author's name removed from the title page, as well as within the text itself and within all citations. Be sure that all metadata containing your name are also removed from the attached computer files.
  4. The official style specification employed by ITR is The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.
  5. Use footnotes for citations, rather than parenthetical references and reference lists. Please see Chicago Manual of Style Section 14 (Documentation I: Notes and Bibliography). Please note that ITR does not use the "author-date" system outlined in CMoS Section 15.
  6. Authors wishing to submit book and article reviews are encouraged first to send a letter of inquiry, with details regarding the proposed title for review, as well as a summary of the author's expected evaluation of the work. Since book/article reviews are not necessarily subject to peer review, authors should enclose a brief biography, list of previous publications, professional references, or other supporting data about the author's qualifications.
  7. Indiana Theory Review endorses the Society for Music Theory declarations on non-sexist language. Authors are encouraged to use gender-neutral language where gender is irrelevant. Please refer to the Society for Music Theory website for detailed guidelines.
  8. Indiana Theory Review follows the recommendations of the Acoustical Society of America for octave designations (middle C = C4).
  9. It is the author's responsibility as author to secure all copyright privileges for musical excerpts from works not in the public domain, and to pay any required fees for their use. Please supply the editor with a copy of the documents granting permission to reproduce these excerpts.

All works accepted for publication become the sole property of Indiana University under the terms of a standard copyright agreement we require of our authors. Questions regarding the details of this agreement should be directed to the Editor.

Indiana Theory Review publishes replies, rebuttals, and comments pertaining to articles and reviews published here or elsewhere, as well as matters of general concern in the field of music theory. All correspondence of general interest will be considered for inclusion.

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Editor, Indiana Theory Review
Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana 47405

or sent by email to