Keyboard Perspectives

Information for Authors


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.

Manuscript Preparation

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 and Images

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.

Guidelines for Images
Keyboard Perspectives encourages the use of interesting and relevant illustrations. While photocopies are acceptable for first review, once accepted for publication all graphics files need to be resubmitted in high resolution formats. Compressed formats like JPEG or PDF are not acceptable. Publication is contingent on authors supplying graphics files with the required specifications.

Basic requirements: Photographic images should be submitted as raster files (TIFF or PNG) with a resolution of 300 dpi at 4 inches x 5 inches (or better). Music notation, diagrams, and other line-art should be submitted as vector files (EPS or SVG), with a resolution of 600 dpi at 4 inches x 5 inches (or better).

Further recommendations: The resolution of an image decreases as it is resized to a larger dimension. As such, 2 inch x 2.5 inch image at 300 dpi will only be 150dpi when resized to 4 inches x 5 inches. On the other hand, an 8 inch x 10 inch image needs only to be 150 dpi, since it will be 300 dpi when reduced to 4 inches x 5 inches.

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.

Permissions and Copyrights

It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission for illustrations and musical examples.