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The American Musical Instrument Society


AMIS Journal

AMIS Journal


The AMIS Journal welcomes articles representing original research on topics of interest to scholars, collectors, curators, and performers. These subjects concern the construction, history, sociology, and conservation of instruments, and questions of performance practice related to particular instruments. Contributions must consist of new, previously unpublished material or original interpretations. Articles may be submitted in languages other than English, but it is the author’s responsibility to provide an English translation if the article is accepted for publication.

To be considered for publication in the Journal, an article should be submitted to:

Dr. Allison Alcorn -

The deadline is October 31 preceding the calendar year of publication, but manuscripts are welcome at any time; if the next issue is already filled, they will be considered for a later issue. Upon receipt, the article is reviewed by members of the editorial board and sometimes also by outside readers with expertise in its particular subject area before a decision is made to accept it. Thereafter, the editor will work closely with the author in all matters relating to information, accuracy, and content. Decisions concerning style and presentation will be made by the editor.

The American Musical Instrument Society offers an annual grant of up to $750 to help defray the costs of preparing an article appropriate for publication in the Journal.

In preparing manuscripts for submission, the following guidelines should be observed:

If photographs and diagrams are submitted as hard copy, each one should be on a separate page, with small items glued to a blank white sheet. Photographs should be clear glossy prints, preferably black-and-white although color prints are also acceptable. (There may be an additional charge for conversion from slides or other transparencies.) Diagrams must be of draftsman quality and camera-ready.

Final electronic format for photographs and diagrams must conform to the publisher’s technical specifications, which may be consulted on line at Briefly, this means it should be in an appropriate format, such as Quark Express, Photoshop EPS or TIFF, Adobe Illustrator EPS, Acrobat PDF, or JPG files. Scans should be at 300 dpi for grayscale images and a minimum of 900 to 1200 dpi for line art. Each art file should contain only one art example, comprising a single page; captions should be supplied as part of the article’s text and not included with the art files.

List figure captions on a separate page or pages and include complete source information for all illustrations, such as location and institution, inventory number, and credits for photographers and previous publishers.

After an article is accepted, the author will supply an electronic copy of the text, preferably in Microsoft Word as an e-mail attachment or through the Journal's Dropbox, incorporating revisions made since the original submission. If a word processing program other than Microsoft Word is used, a version in RTF should also be included.

Book Reviews. The Journal reviews books on subjects concerning the construction, history, sociology, and conservation of instruments, and questions of performance practice related to particular instruments. Reviews are ordinarily between 750 and 1000 words long, but length is negotiable. Reviewers normally receive a copy of the book reviewed. Suggestions of books for review or of possible new reviewers are always welcome. Reviews are normally solicited by the review editor. Those interested in reviewing books are invited to write to: Albert Rice, 495 St. Augustine Ave., Claremont, CA 91711.

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