How to Submit Content to Echo

Please see below for submission information and formatting guidelines for articles, reviews, Primary Sources, and our blog. Additional information on accepted media formats and copyright can be found here.


Echo: A Music-Centered Journal invites contributions about music and musical experiences from all disciplines. Contributions may address music from any historical, geographic, or cultural moment, and we welcome submissions that take advantage of the multimedia capabilities of our journal’s online format.

Articles should be between 5,000-10,000 words in length and contain a clear, original argument.  Please do not submit full-length theses or dissertations.  We strongly recommend that authors consider supporting their argument with media examples, whether image, sound, video, or another format.  Hyperlinking to external supporting information is also encouraged.  Preference may be given to articles that maximize the capabilities of the online medium.

All articles published by Echo go through a rigorous, two-round, blind peer-review process.

Submission Format

Please send submissions as e-mail attachments to echojour[at] Preferably, submissions should be formatted in Microsoft Word or another word processor as a .doc or .docx file. To submit Web-ready images, sounds, or video clips, you may include them as separately attached items in your e-mail submission. You may also prepare your document and all accompanying media files on your own local web server or file hosting service (e.g. Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive) and supply us with the URL to your site via e-mail.

Alternatively, a single hard copy of all necessary materials can be sent to:

Echo: A Music-Centered Journal
Department of Musicology
University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA Box 951623
Los Angeles, CA 90095

If you wish to include images, sound, or video in your submission but do not have the capability to convert them into the below computer formats, Echo can provide assistance with image scanning, sound conversion, and video capturing/editing. Accepted submissions will be prepared in HTML format by Echo editors in consultation with the author.

If you are submitting an article, please also include an abstract of no more than 300 words. All articles should follow The Chicago Manual of Style and include both endnotes and a bibliography. A style sheet is available should you require more specific formatting instructions.


Reviews are usually solicited, but Echo does accept unsolicited reviews, which will go through a regular submissions process. Prospective authors should contact Echo with the topic or item for review before sending an article. Please see our list of “Items Received” for possible books and other materials for review. Items not on this list may be reviewed pending approval.

Submission Format

We prefer reviewers to send submissions as e-mail attachments directly to our reviews editor at echojour[at] Reviews for Echo are typically 1500-2000 words in length, though they can be longer pending editorial approval. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word and include the bibliographic information of the book as follows:

The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity. By Raymond Knapp. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006 [xxi, 361 pp., ISBN: 9780691126135, $32.95]. Musical examples, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, companion website.


Contributions to our Primary Sources series are welcome; we invite submissions of original material useful to scholars that would not normally fall under the heading of “article” or “review,” such as interviews, translations, and digital archival projects not available elsewhere. Long-form video (e.g. interviews, lectures, demonstrations) and audio content (e.g. performances, podcasts) are also of interest to us, provided it has not been made available through other platforms. If your submission falls into this category, please contact the editors at echojour[at] for more information.


Our blog is a space where scholars can engage informally with topics of interest in the form of thought pieces, interviews, concert reviews, and more. Please contact the blog editor at echojour[at] with potential post ideas and submissions.


Media Formats

We accept the following media formats:

  • Sound files: “raw” audio files, AIFF (Apple), or WAV (Windows)
  • Video files: FLV or MP4

Please indicate the placement of the image/audio/video clip in your document by referencing the exact file name and file type. Echo prefers short audio/video examples — long enough to make a point but concise enough to be convenient to readers with slower Internet connections. Ideally, sound and video examples may be up to 30 seconds in length; however, these times are negotiable in certain cases. For any such issues and other technical questions, please contact the editors at echojour[at]

Copyright and Permissions

Echo: A Music-Centered Journal is a proud supporter of Open Access scholarship.  All Echo authors retain the copyright to their work.  Click here to read more about Open Access at the Scholarly Publication and Research Coalition (SPARC) website.

In the event that an article is accepted for publication, it is the sole responsibility of the contributor to secure permission to reproduce any copyrighted material (photographs, drawings, recorded sound, video, musical scores, etc.)  The use of any copyrighted material on the basis of fair use or parody will be evaluated by the journal editors on a case-by-case basis. Authors with concerns about copyright are advised to contact the editors at echojour[at] with any questions.

Please note: articles and reviews published in Echo may not be reprinted without the author’s permission.  Media produced by the Echo editorial board for the purpose of advancing the journal’s content and design should not be re-used without the journal’s permission.  The journal copyright is held by the Regents of the University of California.