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The ACDA-PA board has chosen to create one print edition of the POLYPHONY journal each year in addition to providing regular content on the website. A call for articles will be posted online, through social media, and via e-mail. Submissions can be made by clicking the button above. Deadline for article submissions is March 31, 2016.

Submissions Form

The following guidelines are designed to assist those interested in submitting articles for publication in POLYPHONY:

* ALL accepted submissions will go through an editing and proofing process to align with ACDA national's Choral Journal style.

Choral Journal Style Guide
Choral Journal Endnotes Style Guide
Articles not conforming to the guidelines may be returned for revision.

Articles submitted for review should be concise and contain primarily new or original information or research relevant to the choral art. This is not meant to exclude a fresh and creative approach to standard materials.

Approximate word count lengths

Feature article: 500-800
Column Article: 300-500

Text Advertisement of Events: 50-100 words with a maximum of 150 with a small graphic image/logo (business advertisements follow separate guidelines)

The author should use a writing style that is direct and easily understood. Extremes of academic stuffiness, research terminology, vague generalities, and overworked educational jargon should be avoided. The final draft should be carefully proofread and free of grammatical errors. Quotations should be brief and should not make up the majority of the material. Referenced material should be indicated by superscript and cited in endnotes, which should be numbered consecutively and formatted in the style of Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations.

All footnotes should be converted to endnotes before submission and pages should be numbered.
For articles with musical examples/figures, placement of musical figures should be indicated within the body of the article (i.e., “Figure 1”). Permission of copyright owner should be given underneath each musical example (e.g., copyright year, publisher, and a reprint permission statement). The article is not complete until the author has obtained all necessary copyright permissions.

All articles submitted are subject to a review by at least 2 members of the POLYPHONY editorial board. Articles are accepted for publication when board members determine that the article contains information that pertains directly to the general interests of the ACDA-PA membership.

Expanded criteria for acceptance are:
Articles on topics of local or regional interest.

Article offers new knowledge of or insight into the topic. Articles that rely heavily on secondary sources are seldom judged to offer new knowledge. For example, extensive citations from New Grove articles are usually rejected. A compilation of widely scattered secondary sources, however, might effectively demonstrate a new hypothesis.

Article will challenge readers’ thinking.

Material is timely. Anniversaries of composers or choral events offer timely opportunities for articles.

Premise is well defined, supported, and developed. The purpose of the article should be clear. The author should supply convincing evidence to support the thesis.

Scope is appropriate: neither too narrow nor too broad. An example of too broad a scope would be an article that introduced a composer, presented biographical information in detail, and then compared all the composer's cantatas point-for-point with the cantatas of Telemann and Bach. Such an article could be made appropriate in scope by reducing the biographical material to a paragraph or two that discussed aspects of the composer’s life and works that were important to the present study. Works relevant to the thesis could then be selected for analysis.

Information is precise, accurate, and well documented. Sometimes writers use vague, subjective adjectives to describe musical elements (e.g., a "wonderful" melody or "beautiful" harmonies or "fine" orchestration). Precise, objective descriptions are more effective at convincing readers that the work is wonderful, beautiful, or fine.

Article is well written and material flows in an easily read narrative style.

Most of the ideas seem to be the author’s, and quotes enhance the article. Secondary-source quotes offering analytical descriptions of scores are not as strong as original musical insights, unless the source of the citation has special significance. Analyses that take a “road-map” approach to the score by simply listing all musical events as they occur cause readers to lose interest.

Material is not readily available in other publications. If a topic has been covered in a recent book or journal that overlaps Choral Journal readership, it is assumed that readers who are interested in that topic will find that material. Material that may be considered common knowledge by some may be new to nascent conductors and, if originally presented in a new context, can prove valuable.

Submissions may not promote a company, person, product, institution, performing organization, or choral program. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the editorial board if it deems the preceding to be of unique and regional importance to the field.

POLYPHONY will publish articles and interviews on the local stage. Interview questions need to go beyond just personal references and include insight into the interviewee’s thoughts on choral music that will be applicable for a wide range of readers.