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TRANS-Transcultural Music Review publishes original research articles in the field of ethnomusicology, broadly defined. Neither the content of the manuscript nor the main arguments and conclusions should have been previously published. The articles undergoing the review process cannot be submitted to or being evaluated by another journal.

The deadline for submitting original manuscripts is September 30.

TRANS-Transcultural Music Review is a peer-reviewed journal. The manuscript is read first by the editorial board, who determines if it is of sufficient interest to proceed further. If that is the case, the manuscript is sent to outside referees who send written evaluations and sometimes suggestions for revision. The editorial board may reject the manuscript, encourage suggestions or accept it substantially as is. The editor will forward the referees evaluations along with the final decision to the authors. The volume will be published on the journal's web page in September.

Book reviews ordinarily are solicited by the book review editor, for whom authors will receive instructions. The journal does not publishes reviews of books that have been published more than five years ago.

All contributions must comply with the SIBE's "Manifesto of ethnomusicologist responsibilities". All content is published under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Generic Creative Commons license.

Before submitting a manuscript we encourage to read carefully the journal's editorial norms.


All manuscripts go through two evaluation processes: an internal evaluation and a "double-blind" peer-reviewed one. The former is carried on by the editorial board. It assesses the observance of the editorial norms, the adequacy to the journal's scope and the quality of the writing. The specific criteria for the internal evaluation are:

The interest and relevance of the topic addressed.

The formulation of a clear hypothesis and/or research question.

Succinctness in the presentation of the argument(s) and the development of the hypothesis.

Adequacy of the critical apparatus (bibliographic notes and references) to the topic and research problem.

Quality of writing in both academic uses and protocols, as well as in adequate grammar and style. A poor level of writing will be reason enough to reject the article.

If the editorial board considers the manuscript of sufficient interest, it is sent to outside referees for a "double-blind" peer-reviewed evaluation. TRANS asks the outside reviewers to consider the following items in their evaluations:

Interest and development of the research problem.

Innovative ideas and data.

Contribution to the scholarly community.

Organization and clarity of presentation.

Quality of argument (involving appropriate use of language).

Documentation and empirical foundation.

Adequacy of bibliography and notes.

Adequate use of TRANS editorial norms.

The external reviewers might make other remarks they consider appropriate. The editor will forward the referee's evaluations (anonymously) to the author.



1. Manuscripts should be sent as .doc or .docx to or

2. Articles should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words, including notes and references. Book reviews should be no longer than 4,000 words. Font: Arial. Size: 12 pts. Spacing 1.5.

3. Book reviews must include the book's information as follows: John Shepherd y Peter Wicke. Music and Cultural Theory. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1997. 230 pp. ISBN: 0-7456-0864-7.

4. Manuscripts can be in Spanish, English or Portuguese. Articles written in French or Italian may be also considered.

5. Articles should include an abstract of no more than 150 words and three keywords (both written in the original language of the article and in English). Authors can provide a full version of the article in a different language.

6. Authors must include their current institutional affiliation after their name and provide a resume no longer than five lines.

7. Acknowledgements are to be presented in a separate paragraph, thusly labeled, at the end of the text. Authors are encouraged to include their email adresses in the Acknowledgements.

8. The notes will be included at the bottom of each page, with a lower type font (10 pts.).

9. Any quotes or references to specific texts should follow by the corresponding reference. References are carried within the text following the author-date system, as in (Morris 1971: 287-294). Quotations should be included within quotation marks if they do not occupy more than three lines. Otherwise write them in a separate paragraph in a single space paragraph and 10 pts letter size without quotation marks.

10. Quotations should be translated to the language of the article. If necessary, original quotations can be included verbatim in a footnote.

11. The bibliographical references should be included at the end of the work, in alphabetical order. Books that were not cited or mentioned in the text should not be included.

12. Reference models:

Blacking, John. 1995. How Musical Is Man?. Washington: University of Washington Press.

Journal Article:
During, Jean. 1982. "Revelation and spiritual audition in Islam". The World of Music 24(3): 68-84.

Article in a collective work:
Idel, Moshe. 1997. "Conceptualizations of Music in Jewish Mysticism". En Enchanting Powers. Music in the World's Religions, ed. Lawrence E. Sullivan, 159-188. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Article or collective book, three authors:
Balaban, Mira; Ebciogulu, Kemal y Laske, Otto (eds.). 1992. Understanding Music with Al: Perspectives on Music Cognition. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Article or collective book, more than three authors:
Borofsky, Robert et al. 2001. ÒWhen: A Conversation about Culture." American Anthropologist 103 (2): 432-446.

Author as editor:
Nettl, Bruno (ed.). 1998. In the Course of Performance: Studies in the World of Musical Improvisation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

On line resources:
Nattiez, Jean Jaques. 1995. ÒEl pasado anterior. Tiempo, estructuras y creación musical colectiva. A propósito de Lévi-Strauss y el etnomusicólogo Brailoiu". Trans 1 [Access: 22 de febrero de 2005].

One author's several works:
Bouissac, Paul. 1976a. Circus and Culture: A Semiotic Approach. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.____1976b. The "golden legend" of semiotics. Semiotica 17(4): 371-382.

13. Audiovisual and record references should appear on separate lists. They will follow the formats listed below. However, authors can add information they consider necessary for the precise identification of the source:

Manolín, El médico de la salsa. 1994. Una aventura Loca. Caribe.

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash. 2001. Dir. Eric Idle y Gary Weis. DVD. Rhino Video.

14. References to records and/or audiovisual material should contain enough information within the article's body text or in a footnote so that readers can identify them in the reference list.

15. All graphics, pictures and musical examples should be as separate files in jpg format. Each should be mentioned in the body of the text with notations made as to their location in the manuscript.

TRANS - Revista Transcultural de Música