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Submittal information


Before you decide to submit your article, please take a look at our release form. By submitting your article, you agree to sign this form if your article is accepted.

We do not normally consider articles that have already been published in English, and we cannot consider articles that are currently submitted for possible publication elsewhere.

Please do not submit your doctoral thesis unless it’s revised, made more concise, leaves out material that knowledgeable readers already know (such as a literature review to prove you know it), and you are convinced that it has something new to the universe of ideas. You should read articles that PNM has published—there are a great variety of them.

Please submit the entire document—text and graphics—as a .pdf file by email. If it is accepted, we will then need text and graphics as described below. If none of these are possible for you, please contact us.

The format for style in footnotes, bibliographies, and other matter should follow one of those described by the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, or see any recent issue of Perspectives of New Music).

Please submit your article to the address indicated on our contacts list.

Final Text Formats

Once a text has been accepted for publication, we will require the following. All files may be sent as email attachments (singly or zipped) or via a download site to our production address.
  1. All copyright clearances, as specified on our release form.
  2. A signed copy of our release form.
  3. The article text (no graphics), notes, and bibliography in one of the below formats.
  4. The article graphics in one of the below formats.
  5. A separate file containing captions including any required copyright notices.
  6. A PDF copy of the entire article to be used as a reference copy for typesetting decisions.*
  7. Your bio. (50–100 words is typical.)
Text formats:

We can accept any of the following formats: OpenOffice (.odt) (preferred), Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please convert LaTeX files to one of the above formats before submitting.

Graphics formats:

For graphics, please submit a 600dpi image in one of the following formats: .TIF/.TIFF (preferred), .EPS, .PDF, .JPG/.JPEG, .PNG. We are also able to accept Finale (.MUS) and Sibelius (.SIB) files.

* Be advised that you need not spend time on the exact placement of your examples in your text document, as we have to re-size and reposition everything to fit our page size. We use OpenOffice software for typesetting. We will try to honor any requests for special formats integral to the meaning of your text, but by sending us your text, you agree that our decisions in matters of house style and format will be definitive.

Calls for Papers

Please see "Submittal information" regarding doctoral theses.

Active Younger Composers

Starting with Volume 51 in 2013, we are looking for material about younger composers around the world who are actively concertizing. Age is not so important, though we want to be sure to include younger composers; activity is more important.

Multi-Media Art and Music

Many contemporary art installations include sound or music, and much contemporary music is produced in some multi-media environment. Articles exploring this territory are welcome.

Uncharted Territories

Perspectives is always especially interested in writings that are in some way not like anything else we have published before—about people who make music who have not been discussed before in our pages, or about some music that is new to us but important to the writer, or in general, exploring musical phenomena which have up to now not been given notice in our pages.

Mathematical Modeling

We welcome submissions which use mathematics to model aspects of music in new and powerful ways which may prove useful or inspirational for artistic creation. We also welcome reflections on what the musical usefulness of mathematical methods might be.

Collaboration and Improvisation

The Editors would like to see submissions about recent artistic collaborations, and about the improvisational process—musicians with musicians, musicians with dancers and choreographers, musicians with painters and sculptors, and so on. We are especially interested in articles which illuminate new or strangely successful modes of working together, or which describe artistic results of a particularly stimulating nature.

New Music of Mexico

We are looking for submissions dealing with new and experimental music in Mexico, and the vibrant new music scene throughout Latin America generally.


The contemporary Western art music world is increasingly involved in hybridization with the musics of other traditions and cultures, and with various genres of popular music. The layers and degrees of commercialization are increasingly complex, and the relations between commercial and artistic motivations for music-making are dynamic and often ambiguous. We continue to encourage submissions to Perspectives of New Music which expose and explore this world.

Last update: 2020 May 24
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