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Norwegian Journal of Musicology

Studia Musicologica Norvegica (establ. 1968) is a peer-reviewed journal and the primary forum for the publication of musicological research in Norway. Submissions employing historical, analytical, anthropological and sociological approaches are welcomed, as are those discussing broader historiographical and aesthetic issues.

The editorial board accepts articles following academic standards for consideration through a refereed process. Articles may be submitted in English or Norwegian.

The journal is published by Universitetsforlaget in collaboration with the Norwegian Musicological Society and with support from Nasjonalt tidsskriftkonsortium for humaniora og samfunnsvitenskap.

From 2017, the journal will be published open access.

All research articles that are considered relevant for publication in the journal are reviewed by at least two anonymous academic referees with no ties to the author. In addition, the article is reviewed by the journal's editorial board and the final decision regarding publication of the article is made by the Editor-in-Chief. The journal practices "double blind" peer review, whereby both reviewers and the author remain anonymous to each other.

The journal does not ask for any fees for assessment or publication.

The journal is covered by the following indexing and discovery services:
  • Google Scholar
  • Primo Central Index (Ex Libris) / Oria
  • The Summon Service (ProQuest)
  • Ebsco Discovery Services
  • WorldCat Lokal (OCLC)
All content in this journal is also exported to Portico, a preservation archive that safeguards perpetual access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections.

The journal is authorized as a publication channel on level 1 in NSD – Norwegian Centre for Research Data (for Norway and Sweden), in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Authorization list for serials (Denmark), and in Publication Forum (Finland).

Kai Arne Hansen associate professor, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Hilde Blix professor, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway
Petter Dyndahl professor, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Jørgen Langdalen professor, Kristiania University College

Email: kai.hansen@inn.no

Studia Musicologica Norvegica
att.: Kai Arne Hansen
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Postbox 400

(Applies from Vol. 43, 2017)

Studia Musicologica Norvegica is a scholarly journal with open access, with no subscription charges or registration restrictions. All content is freely available online.

As an author for this journal, you retain copyright and publishing rights to your own article without restrictions, and you grant any third party the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of your article in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.



Studia Musicologica Norvegica (The Norwegian Journal of Musicology) is a peer-reviewed journal and the primary forum for the publication of musicological research in Norway. Submissions employing analytical, hermeneutical, historical and sociological approaches are welcomed, as are those discussing broader historiographical and music-theoretical issues.

The journal is published under the Creative Commonc license CC-BY-NC


Before you submit your manuscript, we ask you to read the guidelines closely, and ensure:
  • all info about the author is included
  • the number of characters does not exceed the limits stated underneath
  • notes and references complies with the authors guidelines
  • abstract and keywords in English is included
All manuscripts submitted to the Studia Musicologica Norvegica should be sent as an attachement to studiamusicologicanorvegica@gmail.com.


Manuscripts submitted to the journal may not be published or under review for publication elsewhere. Only manuscripts that follow the format and content listed below will be considered by the editorial staff.

The editorial board accepts articles for consideration through a refereed process. All articles and reviews should be submitted electronically in Word or RTF format with suffixes .doc or .rtf. 

Articles may be submitted in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or English. Articles should normally be between 5000 and 8000 words, including notes and references. Articles written in English should use British spelling and musical terminology rather than the American equivalent (i.e. “bar” instead of “measure” and “crotchet” instead of “quarter note”.)

Submitted manuscripts should contain the following:
  • Title
  • Abstract: Provide a brief abstract of 100 to 150 words
  • 3–4 keywords
  • The manuscript
  • Notes should be numerical and organized as footnotes
  • Literature references in alphabetical order
In separate documents:
  • Numbered figures and table (each one at a separate side)
  • Figures and music examples should be provided in a form suitable for direct reproduction. Photographs should be well-contrasted black and white prints.
  • Title page: Submit a separate title page with the following information: title, author(s) information (institution), date, number of words, and acknowledgements. 


SMN uses the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual Style B (Author-Date System) for citation and referencing. Detailed referencing instructions are available here: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.

Identify all sources within the text, using the author-date system as described in The Chicago Manual of style. Citations in the text must agree exactly with the list of references. All sources that appear in the one place must appear in the other.


References should always include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ​​if applicable. A DOI should be a clickable URL, inserted at the end of the reference in the literature list. If you are unsure of the DOI for a given reference, or whether a DOI for the reference is available, you can search for title, author name, etc. at http://search.crossref.org/.


All figures and tables in the manuscript must be allowed published. If someone other than the author has made a figure or table, the name of the source should be stated in the text. The author is responsible for obtaining the permission to use earlier published illustrations. Placing of figures and tables in the text should be marked in the manuscript: [table / figure 1 about here].

Each table/figure should be numbered and editable in Microsoft Word. Title of table is placed above and title of figure below.

Score References

Bar numbers should be referred to in the form: “b. 1”, “bb. 5-8.” Rehearsal figures should be referred to in the form “Rehearsal 1”, “Letters A–B”. Bar references between rehearsal figures should use the form “Rehearsal 1+2” (denoting the second bar of Rehearsal 1). For recordings use timings whenever possible.

Note Names

Accidentals should be indicated by the conventional signs, not words: C♯, D♭, A♮. Precise pitch should be indicated as: C2 C1 C c cc2 c3, whereby cis middle C.


Use single quotations marks and double quotation marks for quotes within quotes. Punctuation is placed outside the closing quotation mark. Quotations of more than approximately fifty words should be indented and typed double-spaced without quotation marks.


Numerals under 100 should normally be spelt out, except in the case of bar numbers, pages, work numbers (String Quartet No. 2) and sums of money.


Dates should be given in the following form: 20 March 1968; 1970­–1980; the forties; 1990s.


The editorial board ensures that content published in the journal maintains a high scholarly standard and complies with international ethical standards for academic publishing. The journal complies with the guidelines formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Proof correction

Authors receive their proofs for correction on the understanding that they undertake to return the proofs within the specified deadline.  In the final proofs, only corrections attributed to printing errors are permitted. Any other changes marked will be adjusted at the discretion of the editorial board and publisher. For more detailed information, see www.universitetsforlaget.no/studmus.


The journal uses double blind reviewing of manuscripts. Manuscripts must therefore be anonymized by the author(s). Front side and information about the author(s) must be given in a separate document. All explicit self-references should be anonymized.


The journal is published under the Creative Commonc license CC-BY-NC

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