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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • I certify that I have obtained all necessary Copyrights and permissions, and that the copyright holders are properly acknowledged in the submitted item.
  • I certify that the submitted item is not being considered by any other Journal.
  • I certify that the submitted item is an original work, never published before.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

We accept submissions focusing on a wide variety of perspectives from many disciplines within the musicological field, encouraging interdisciplinary approaches. We accept contributions from institutions and independent scholars worldwide written in Scandinavian (Norwegian, Swedish and Danish), Anglophone  (both British and American) or German languages. The author must be consistent throughout the text and follow the grammatical standards of the chosen language. We use anonymous, international peer reviewers.

Given that NTM online is an electronic publication, the author is given the technological advantage to integrate texts, sounds, videos and graphics into their scholarly presentation. We also welcome traditional text based manuscripts. If there are matters to discuss regarding the technological possibilities, please contact the Chief Editor.

We also accept submissions of shorter texts, such as discussions, reviews, conference reports and commentaries. We will at occasions also present scholarly work produced by University of Agder’s staff and Research Fellows.

Articles presented in the Journal are regulated by rules found in ‘Avtale om normalkontrakt for utgivelse av litterære verk i tidsskrift av 13. mars 2006’ between The Norwegian Publishers Association, The Norwegian Non-fiction Writers And Translators Association (NFF) and LINO. The agreement can be read at

Submitted papers must be original works, which have not previously been published in any form elsewhere. A paper can only be considered by one journal at the time; the author must declare that the submission is only being considered by NTM online. Manuscripts should be sent electronically to, with the words “Submission to NTM online” included in the subject line.

All submitted works will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability. All contributions should follow the CUDOS-norms.

The text must not exceed 8,000 words (including references) and must be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx). The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript, but in a separate document (see below in this paragraph) Images should be placed in-line the document and attached as separate files (EPS, TIFF, or JPG; 300 dpi). All images, examples and tables must have proper captions. The submission must also include a separate document containing the author’s name (as it should appear in the publication), address, phonenumber, email, the title of the work (both title and subtitle) and the author’s affiliation. Furthemore, the author must include an abstract in English ranging 50–150 words and 4–6 keywords. Please also include a short biography in English of up to 100 words.

Submissions should use proper hierarchies according to Microsoft Word standards, i.e. the title should be Heading 1, headings should be Heading 2, sub-headings should be Heading 3. We do not encourage Heading 4 to be utilised. This will make the process easier to us when typesetting the publication. We use the fonts Helvetica Neue for headings and Georgia (12 pts.; 1.5 spacing) for body text.

All writing should be fully referenced when appropriate, according to the APA 6th manual of style (see: Both British and American English are accepted, but the author must select one of them (both in regards to punctuation and spelling) and be consistent throughout the entire writing. We also accept writing in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and German, but please note that this will affect the impact of the said writing (writing in English will obviously reach a greater audience). The journal maintains the right to edit the text when necessary, in dialogue with the author.

All contributing authors must have their writing copy-edited, and checked for language and grammar prior to submission. The journal can suggest language editors if needed, but the financial issues are to be solved by the author.

The author is solely responsible for obtaining all necessary copyrights and permissions for all used images, examples and tables; and for acknowledging copyright holders properly in the submitted work. NTM online does not accept responsibility for obtaining copyrights and permissions; the implications of any copyright breach will fall on the author. For more info regarding these issues, see: Authors of published works assign their copyright to University of Agder.

NTM online reserves the right to change the Author Guidelines at any time.

If the author should have any questions beyond what has been addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact the Chief Editor.