Keyboard Perspectives is a peer-reviewed journal and welcomes scholarly articles of approximately 5,000–8,000 words pertaining to the music and culture of the keyboard. Potential fields of inquiry include (but are not limited to): performance practice, the analysis and interpretation of keyboard music, the restoration of historical instruments, technologies of the keyboard and the function of keyboard music in larger social and cultural contexts; of special interest, additionally, are interdisciplinary studies incorporating art, literature, and other fields of inquiry. While the orientation of the journal is “historical,” its scope is by no means restricted to the music or instruments of the distant past: 20th- and 21st-century topics are strongly encouraged. The journal seeks to represent the whole spectrum of keyboard instruments, including clavichord, harpsichord, organ, fortepiano, modern piano, as well as lesser-known keyed instruments. The goal of the journal is to foster a rich and lively forum for scholars, performers, instrument-builders and amateurs of the keyboard.
Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx). All text, including footnotes, citations, extracts and captions, should be double-spaced.
Please include a cover letter that includes your name, the title of your paper and your contact information. Since the publication process can take time, be sure to indicate the best way you can be reached both now and in the near future.
Accepted articles will also require a short abstract, done in conformity with the RILM guidelines and an author bio (roughly 100 words).
All materials should be submitted electronically to:
Editor-in-Chief, Keyboard Perspectives
The journal takes American English as its standard and follows the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Please be sure to include accompanying translations for all foreign-language texts (as well as the original texts themselves).
Musical examples should be legible and clearly annotated. If you have used the Sibelius program to prepare your examples, please include those files with your submission.
Keyboard Perspectives encourages the use of interesting and relevant illustrations. While photocopies are acceptable for first review, in the final version all graphics need to be high resolution: photographs should be 300 dpi at the size they will appear in the journal (about 4 inches x 5 inches). This means an 8 inch x 10 inch image needs to be at least 150 dpi, since it will be 300 dpi when reduced to 4 x 5. On the other hand, a 2 x 3 image at 300 dpi cannot be expanded to 4 x 6 since its initial dpi is too low. Line art, including musical notation, should be double the dpi (600 dpi at 4 x 5) or submitted in a vector format (e.g., EPS).
Please provide captions for all musical examples, illustrations, and tables describing the graphic and citing its source. If the image is being reproduced by permission, indicate the permission-granting institution.
It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission for illustrations and musical examples.