Guide for Authors




General Requirements
Manuscript Formatting
The Sequence of Reviewing and Publishing
List of References
Copyright Notice

General Requirements to the Manuscripts

The Journal of Moscow Conservatory accepts for publication manuscripts never published before (which includes being published in electronic form) as well as reviews of scientific, music and bibliographical editions.

The articles published in the Journal of Moscow Conservatory cover all the fields of research concerning musicology.

The quantity of symbols in the text of the paper is to be from 20 to 40 thousand, including spaces and bibliographical references; the quantity of music examples and illustrations is not to exceed 10. Due to the specifics of the matter in the paper, it is possible to exceed the required amount of one of the components (text, music examples, illustrations) at the expense of the rest components.

The reference list (References) containing not less than 10 sources is to be attached to the paper. We recommend formatting references according to the Chicago Author-Date referencing style (see details in Chapters 14 and 15 of The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition).

The authors are also to present the following information:

1. Full name, residential address, e-mail (to be published), ORCID id, place of employment (full name and address), position, academic degree, academic title;
2. Сapsule biography (up to 1000 symbols);
3. Keywords in Russian and in English;
4. Abstract (up to 300 words).
5. UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) index, which should reflect in detail the research area (see:

The papers and the accompanying materials are accepted on this site and via e-mail ( The file name is to consist of the author’s name (e. g. Ivanov.docx, Schultz.doc, Right.rtf). The text of the paper as well as the accompanying text materials are to be sent in one file. The music examples, illustrations, diagrams are to be sent in separate files (the name of each file consists of the author’s name and the number of the illustration, e. g. Ivanov_1.mus, Schultz _4.jpg).

Manuscript Formatting

The text is to be typed using Microsoft Word (file formats .doc, .docx, .rtf). The font is Times New Roman (type size 12 or 14). The line spacing is single or one-and-a-half. The paragraph indention is 1.25 cm. The paragraph alignment is across the width without division of words.

  • For text highlighting italics and interspace are to be used. Underlining and semibold type are not allowed. Using of spacebar is not allowed for interspace.
  • For dash (—) one should use [Ctrl+Alt+minus] key combination; for ‘short dash’ being placed between numerals one should use [Ctrl+minus] key combination.
  • Footnotes containing annotations are to be paginal, numeration is to be through.

References to the sources are to be given in the text in the form of numerals enclosed in square parentheses which indicate the number of the source according to the bibliographic list given after the text of the paper. The editions in the bibliographic list are placed in alphabetical order. It is obligatory to indicate the publishing house as well as the total number of pages (for monographs), numbers of pages in collections and journals (for articles).

Music examples are to be sent in the form of separate file in .mus, .sib, .ly formats; illustrations are to be in .tiff, .jpg (300 dpi resolution), .pdf, .eps formats. Tables and diagrams are to be presented in the form of separate files in .doc, .docx, .xsl, .xsls formats.

The reference to an example/illustration in the text of the article is given in parentheses in separate paragraph.

(Example 1)
(Illustration 3)

In case the submitted manuscript is not conform to the requirements, the Editorial Board retains the right of denying the publication without consideration by the reviewers.

The Sequence of Reviewing and Publishing of the Papers

1. Submitted manuscripts are delivered to the Editorial Board for initial screening. The time for consideration is up to 30 days. The manuscript may be rejected without reviewing in the following cases: the paper does not fit the journal’s scope; insufficient or exceeded volume; lack of references, abstract, or keywords; non-compliance with the rules of text formatting; careless or inconsistent presentation; a number of grammar errors; as well as plagiarism or incorrect borrowing. Should the article be rejected after initial screening, a notice will be sent to the authors in writing.

2. After submission, all materials must be sent for review to the acknowledged experts within the same field of research.

3. Reviewing is carried out anonymously by two independent experts (double-blind peer review process). Reviews are stored by the publisher and by the Editorial Board within the next 5 years.

4. The reviewers make a recommendation to the Editorial Board whether the manuscript should be rejected or accepted (with or without revisions). The Editorial Board considers all the feedback from peer reviewers and makes an informed decision to accept or reject the manuscript.

5. The time for reviewing is up to 60 days.

6. In the case of major revisions required, the revised manuscript is to be sent to the same experts for a second round of peer review.

7. The Editorial Board delivers to the authors of the submitted manuscript the review copies or a reasoned refusal.

8. After the positive decision, the Author(s) and the Publisher sign a licensing agreement.

9. Publication in the journal is free of charge for all the authors.

List of References

Examples of Reference List Entries
(Borrowed from The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition)

1. Hetherington, Marc J., and Thomas J. Rudolph. 2015. Why Washington Won’t Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2. Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. 1988. Love in the Time of Cholera. Translated by Edith Grossman. London: Cape.

3. Adams, Henry. 1930. Letters of Henry Adams, 1858–1891. Edited by Worthington Chauncey Ford. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

4. Soltes, Ori Z., ed. 1999. Georgia: Art and Civilization through the Ages. London: Philip Wilson.

5. Schechter, Harold, and Kurt Brown, comps. 2011. Killer Verse: Poems of Murder and Mayhem. London: Everyman Paperback Classics.

6. Silverstein, Theodore, trans. 1974. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

7. University of Chicago Press. 2017. The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

8. Tillich, Paul. 1951–63. Systematic Theology. 3 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

9. Hayek, F. A. 2011. The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition. Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Vol. 17 of The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, edited by Bruce Caldwell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988–.

10. Grove, John. 2015. “Calhoun and Conservative Reform.” American Political Thought 4, no. 2 (March): 203–27.

11. Lamont, Michele, Jason Kaufman, and Michael Moody. 2000. “The Best of the Brightest: Definitions of the Ideal Self among Prize-Winning Students.” Sociological Forum 15, no. 2 (June): 187–224.

12. Meyerovitch, Eva. 1959. “The Gnostic Manuscripts of Upper Egypt.” Diogenes, no. 25, 84–117.

13. Gould, Glenn. 1984. “Streisand as Schwarzkopf.” In The Glenn Gould Reader, edited by Tim Page, 308–11. New York: Vintage Books.

14. Alliance for Linguistic Diversity. n.d. “Balkan Romani.” Endangered Languages. Accessed April 6, 2016.

15. Diaz, Junot. 2016. “Always surprises my students when I tell them that the ‘real’ medieval was more diverse than the fake ones most of us consume.” Facebook, February 24, 2016.

16. Mazrim, Robert F. 2011. At Home in the Illinois Country: French Colonial Domestic Site Archaeology in the Midwest, 1730-1800. Studies in Illinois Archaeology 9. Urbana: Illinois State Archaeological Survey.

Examples of Reference List Entries Using Transliteration from Cyrillic into Latin

The recommended transliteration system is BGN
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17. Andreeva, Ekaterina M. 2004. “Muzey ‘antikov’ Imperatorskoy Akademii khudozhestv. Istoriya sobraniya i ego rol’ v razvitii khudozhestvennogo obrazovaniya v Rossii vo vtoroy polovine XVIII — pervoy polovine XIX vekov [Museum of Antiques of the Imperial Academy of Arts. The History of the Collection and Its Role in the Development of Art Education in Russia in the Second Half of the 18th — First Half of the 19th Centuries],” vol. 1. Ph.D. diss., Repin St. Petersburg State Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. (In Russian).

18. Beethoven, Ludwig van. 2011. 1787–1811. Vol. 1 of Betkhoven. Pis’ma [Beethoven. Letters]. 2nd edition. Edited by Natan L. Fishman and Larissa V. Kirillina, translated by Lyudmila S. Tovaleva and Natan L. Fishman. Moscow: Muzyka. (In Russian).

19. Kostomarov, Nikolay I., ed. 1875. Bumagi knyazya N. V. Repnina za vremya upravleniya ego Litvoyu (gody s 1794 po 1796) [Papers of Prince N. V. Repnin during His Rule over Lithuania (from 1794 to 1796)]. Sbornik Imperatorskogo Russkogo istoricheskogo obshchestva [Miscellany of the Imperial Russian Historical Society], vol. 16. St. Petersburg: Maykov. (In Russian).

20. Kurukin, Igor’ V. 2015. “Platon Zubov — «Ministr vsekh chastey pravleniya»: Favoritizm na iskhode XVIII stoletiya [Platon Zubov — ‘Minister of All Parts of the Government’: Favoritism at the End of the 18th Century].” Quaestio Rossica, no. 3/2015: 200–26. (In Russian).

21. Kirillina, Larissa V. 2021. “Andrey Kirillovich Razumovsky as a Patron of Fine Arts. Some Materials of his Letters of the 1790s from the Archive of the Foreign Policy of the Russian Empire.” Nauchnyy vestnik Moskovskoy konservatorii / Journal of Moscow Conservatory 12, no. 1 (March): 138–65. (In Russian).

22. Tchaikovsky, Modest I. 1900. Zhizn’ Petra Il’icha Chaykovskogo [The Life of P. I. Tchaikovsky], vol. 1. Moscow and Leipzig: P. Yurgenson. (In Russian). Available at:; (accessed May 29, 2021).

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish in this journal agree to the following:
1. Authors retain copyright of the work and provide the Journal of Moscow Conservatory right of its first publication.
2. The authors retain the right to enter into certain contractual agreements relating to the non-exclusive distribution of the work in the version published here (e.g., publish it as part of a collected papers or a collective monograph), with reference to its original publication in the Journal of Moscow Conservatory.
3. The authors have the right to post their work on the Internet (e.g., on a personal website) prior to and during the review process, as this may lead to a productive discussion and a large number of references to the publication.