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Author Guidelines

General considerations

The style of your submission should be loosely modeled on what Dan Cohen calls the "blessay," or blog-essay. Blessays engage serious ideas and scholarly literature using a clear, readable style. Referring to exemplars on BLDGBLOG and The Atlantic Magazine's website, Cohen observes that the blessay "uses the apparatus of the web more than the apparatus of the journal, e.g., links rather than footnotes. Where helpful, [it] uses supplementary evidence from images, audio, and video—elements that are often missing or flattened in print." Blessays may freely incorporate links to websites, blogs, Wikipedia, newspaper and magazine articles, YouTube, IMSLP, Spotify, Storify, books in the Open Library, or journal databases.

While we take inspiration from and keep many aspects of the blessay format, Engaging Students will use author-date citations (which will allow readers to more easily find material in the event of broken links or website changes). When possible, please link the citation, allowing for an ease of reference with minimal disruption to the text.

For more information and details see our style guide.

Publication and Review process

Engaging Students uses an anonymous process, where essays are provisionally accepted and then move on to a peer-editing stage. After it is submitted, your essay will go through an anonymous-peer review. If your article is provisionally accepted, it will move to the collaborative editing stage in Google docs (we will ask you to share it with the Engaging Students Google account, so that we will then be able to assign reviewers to edit your essay).

It is very important that you are electronically available to work on your essay during the editing window (please see volume announcement for details). During this time, please keep an eye on your email as well as the document itself for comments from the reviewers, who will work with you to improve your essay—both to bring it in line with the style of the volume and to assist with clarity and flow for a greater communicative impact. When you receive a comment, please respond to the comment and/or revise the essay in light of your discussion with your reviewer(s). When you are satisfied that the issue raised by the reviewer has been resolved, mark the comment as resolved. (It will disappear, but will still be accessible in the document history if you want to revisit it later.)

While this interactive process takes more time and effort for the authors, we have found the peer-editing stage to be helpful and successful in past volumes. While we envision the submission-to-publishing process will be smooth, the editorial board reserves the right to decline essays at the end of the peer-revision process if they do not reach the desired standard during the course of the peer-editing. Final acceptance/rejection notifications will come via email.

If you have any questions, please contact Carla Colletti or Philip Duker.


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (for any questions related to this, please contact the editors).
  2. The submission uses the essay template [forthcoming] and follows directions about font, styles, and examples. As a reminder, all figures and examples should be "in-line" as part of the PDF document. There is an option for submitting supplemental material if you have a separate document that needs to be uploaded.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. The submission document type is a PDF (if your essay is provisionally accepted, we will be collaboratively editing it in Google docs. If you have never done so, you may want to become familiar with the program.
  5. No identifying information is included in your submission and the instructions in Ensuring an Anonymous Review have been followed.
  6. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  7. To comply with the terms of the publisher's Crossref membership, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) must be included with references when they are available. To check for DOIs, you can use the Free DOI Lookup form on the Crossref website. By checking the box, you assert that you have included DOIs where applicable.

Copyright Notice

This Author Agreement for Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy ("Agreement") is entered into by and between The Ohio State University, on behalf of its University Libraries ("Publisher") and the author ("Author").

For good and valuable consideration, Publisher and Author agree as follows:

1.  Author hereby grants to Publisher the right to publish, reproduce, distribute, translate, transmit and display his/her submitted work and an abstract thereof ("Work") in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy in whole or in part and in all formats and all media. Author also hereby grants to Publisher the right for Publisher to enter into agreements with third parties that grant such third parties any or all of the rights that Author has granted to Publisher herein. The aforementioned rights may include the rights necessary to index and abstract the Work.  The Author agrees that any subsequent publication of the Work will credit Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy as the site of first publication and provide a link to the Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy website. This Agreement is subject to the terms and expectations outlined on the Publisher's website (

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Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, to allow for certain types of reuse without permission. By submitting this agreement, the Author agrees to apply a CC BY 4.0 license to the Work upon publication.


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