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American Choral Directors Association

IJRCS Submission Guidelines

The International Journal of Research in Choral Singing publishes refereed research reports that advance knowledge and practice with respect to choral singing, choir sound, choral pedagogy, and related areas. The editorial board welcomes manuscripts that reflect well-executed research employing quantitative, philosophical, historical, or qualitative methodologies. Reviews of empirical research[1], meta-analyses, etc. will also be considered for publication. Score studies, reviews of choral music, composer biographies, or purely anecdotal speculations will not be considered.

All quantitative studies must conform to the manuscript style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009). Other studies may use either APA, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Kate L. Turabian, 7th edition, rev. by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb & Joseph M. Williams, 2007), or The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, 2003). Authors may not mix styles within a single manuscript.

Submission of a manuscript for review indicates that the material has not been published previously in any form and is not currently submitted elsewhere for consideration, either wholly or in part. Manuscripts that address previously published material by re-analysis of data in light of new theories or technologies, additional data, or substantial revision will be considered. Article length reports of dissertations or theses, provided the full document has not been published previously in other than institutional or electronic dissertation-thesis databases, will be considered. The author should inform the editor of all such details when submitting the manuscript for review. Manuscripts are typically 20-25 pages in length, but longer articles will be considered when warranted by methodology or scope of the study at the discretion of the editor/editorial committee.

Data that can be combined meaningfully within a single publication should be presented together. Piecemeal publication, whereby a single investigation has been divided into separate manuscripts for no reason other than maximizing the number of potential publications, constitutes a violation of research publication ethics. Manuscripts reporting significant portions of longitudinal or very large-scale investigations as they are completed across time do not constitute piecemeal publication. However, authors should inform the editor of this circumstance. Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the editor in advance of submission.

Authors of studies that employ human participants must include a statement in the methods section of the manuscript certifying that they obtained appropriate IRB (Institutional Review Board) permissions.

Please write in succinct, clear English. Limit use of the passive voice. Avoid jargon. Indicate the study's potential implications for or applications to those persons who sing in, work with, or research choirs.

To submit a manuscript, attach it as a document (.doc or .docx) in an email addressed to the editor at ijrcs@acda.org. The title page should include author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and email address(es). The editorial staff will delete all such information prior to forwarding the manuscript to three reviewers for blind review. Your manuscript should include an abstract of 200-250 words. Neither the abstract nor the main text of the manuscript should contain clues to the author's identity or institutional affiliation. Manuscripts from Editorial Board members undergo the same blind review procedures required for all submissions.

Place tables and figures at the end of the manuscript. Longer or more complex tables, graphs, figures, or historical documents may be attached as separate files for supplemental material. Web sites or interactive materials cited or referred to in the body of the manuscript should include current URL addresses.

As applicable, the IJRCS encourages appropriate use of sound or video files that support or illustrate research. In order for such supporting materials to be included, authors must obtain permission from any persons featured to publish author-submitted photographs, audio-video footage, or audio recordings. In order to include any copyrighted materials, authors must submit documentation verifying that they have permission to use such materials. If the author wishes to incorporate multi-media files as supplemental material, those files should be included with the manuscript at the time of submission.

Please address correspondence concerning editorial matters to Steven M. Demorest at ijrcs@acda.org

The Review Process: The Editor screens all manuscripts submitted to the IJRCS to determine if they meet the minimum criteria for submission. Acceptable articles are then sent out to a minimum of three reviewers chosen by the editor for blind review. The reviewers may be chosen from both the editorial board and outside experts as determined by the editor. Acceptance for publication is determined by a combination of the reviewers’ comments and the editor’s judgment. Manuscripts may be rejected outright, returned to the author(s) with requests for revision or further clarification, or accepted as is. Requests for revision are not a guarantee of eventual publication. Authors can expect to hear feedback from the Editorial Board within sixty (60) days of submission. After sixty days, authors who have not received feedback may feel free to contact the Editor to inquire about manuscript status.

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For editorial matters and submissions, please contact Dr. Steven M. Demorest at ijrcs@acda.org.



[1] Reviews of research should strive to do more than simply summarize research in a given area. Minimally a successful review of research should: 1) identify a purpose for the review – why this area of research is important; 2) critically evaluate the quality of the work under review; 3) help the reader to understand how a topic has been explored methodologically and theoretically; and 4) identify specific areas of need and directions for future research. Reviews can also be used to point to new theoretical directions for research based on an assessment of empirical findings.

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