Early Keyboard Journal welcomes informative, engaging, well written, thoroughly researched, and appropriately documented articles related to the music, performance practices, social contexts, and organology of keyboard instruments of all types to about 1850. Submissions are reviewed by the Editor in consultation with appropriate members of the Editorial Board or occasional guest referees. Articles should have original content and, except in extraordinary circumstances, must not have been published previously in either printed or electronic form. Submissions should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  1. Articles to be considered for publication should be submitted to the Editor at the address below. All materials should be sent in the form of electronic files, preferably as e-mail attachments. Large files may be sent via regular mail on electronic media such as CD, DVD, or flash drive. For initial evaluation an article may be sent as a Word file (doc or docx) or pdf with illustrations, musical examples, tables, etc., interpolated within the text, but final submissions must conform to the standards summarized below.
  2. Text material should be sent as Word files (doc or docx), with page size 8.5 by 11 inches, one- inch margins on all sides, Times New Roman (or similar) 12-point font, double-spacing, and justification only at the left. Insert only one space (not two!) between sentences, after colons, etc. Indent the first line of each paragraph; do not insert a blank line or extra space before or after paragraphs. Use endnotes, not footnotes (although final layouts for publication will use the latter). Indicate within the text the locations of illustrations, musical examples, tables, etc., but do not insert these into the text.
  3. Follow the example of articles in the most recent issue of EKJ for bibliographic style, which should, in general, conform to the guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2010), chapter 14. The first reference to a work in the endnotes should give a full citation; further references should be abbreviated to the author’s surname and short title. References to internet resources should include dates of access. Articles should be followed by a list of works cited, divided, when appropriate, into primary and secondary sources, manuscripts, music editions, etc.
  4. Figures, that is, photographic illustrations, line drawings, graphs, facsimiles of scores or documents, etc., should be furnished as high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) digital files (tiff or jpg) in black and white only. Captions for figures should be compiled into a separate Word file.
  5. Musical examples should be prepared in Finale, Sibelius, or a similar program but should be submitted as individual digital files of high-resolution images (pdf, tiff, or jpg). Captions for musical examples should be compiled into a separate Word file.
  6. Tables, headed by their number and title or caption, should be furnished as individual Word files.
  7. For pitch designations, use the system CC C c c1 c2 c3 c4, with middle C as c1. For pitch classes, i.e., notes not in any particular octave, use italic capitals (e.g., C). Do not use symbols for sharps, flats, or naturals. Write out the word, as, for example, d-sharp2 or A-flat.
  8. The article should include a short abstract conforming to RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) guidelines, available at
  9. The author should submit a brief biography (up to 200 words).
  10. Permission citations and/or photo credits must be included in the captions of copyrighted materials. Copies of permissions should be sent to the Editor within two months of a manuscript’s acceptance for publication. Payment of any fees for the use of copyrighted materials is the author’s responsibility.

Submissions of articles should be sent to:
John Koster
Editor, Early Keyboard Journal
National Music Museum
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069



Materials considered for review include books on early keyboard topics and editions of early keyboard music. Preference is given to scholarly books and music editions of scholarly significance, but important early-keyboard publications of general interest to the readership will also be considered. Copies of publications for review should be sent to the Editor at the address above.