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Organised Sound

Aims and Scope

Organised Sound is a fully peer-reviewed scholarly journal focusing on the rapidly developing methods and issues arising from the use of contemporary technology in fields such as multimedia, performance art, sound sculpture and electroacoustic composition. It is a forum for music scholars, composers, performers, computer specialists, mathematicians and engineers to share the results of their research as they affect musical issues. Young researchers will be particularly encouraged. Contributors of accepted articles are encouraged to submit accompanying sound examples and other multimedia material for inclusion in the DVD that will accompany the journal annually.


Submission of a paper to Organised Sound is held to imply that it represents an original contribution not previously published and that it is not being considered elsewhere. Papers are reviewed by at least two referees.

Papers should be submitted by email to

Leigh Landy

Organised Sound

De Montfort University,

Clephan Building

Leicester LE1 9BH, UK.


Papers should not normally exceed 7,000 words and should be preceded by an abstract of approximately 200 words.

Please contact the editor if you have sound or movie examples. See further information concerning sound and movie examples below, including maximum durations and format instructions.

Open Access Policies Please visit Open Access Publishing at Cambridge Core for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Manuscript requirements

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the editors as Word files. The journal initials OS and 6 characters of the author surname should be used as the file name, plus .doc, e.g OSjones.doc would be a typical file name.

Where Mac files are submitted these should be .rtf files and similarly OSjones.rtf should be the file name.

Only final material should be submitted; no draft material is accepted. The author affiliation, full postal address and email address to which proofs should be sent should start the file. The contributor should keep a back-up file.

Illustrations should be submitted as individual eps or tif files in separate files from the text and labelled similarly JonesF3.eps, etc. No author graphics programs can be handled. Colour files should not be submitted; the journal uses only black and white reproductions and all colour images should be converted to black and white before submission to check that all features are present when colour is not used. Very large files can be zipped. The normal reproduction of halftones for printing is at 300dpi and line artwork at 1200dpi. Low resolution illustrations may be rejected by the editor.

Please note that it is each author’s sole responsibility to gain copyright permission for images, sound and movie examples.

Sound Examples should be submitted using the .m4a file format. There is no prescribed maxima for the total duration of sound examples.

Movie Examples should be submitted using the .m4v file format. There is no prescribed maxima for the total duration of movie examples.

Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and presented using Word footnote not endnote facility. Note indicators in the text should follow punctuation.

Bibliographical references should be given in parentheses in standard author-date form in the body of the text: (Lee and Devore 1968: 236). When a work is written by three or more authors, all names should be given in the first citation: (Fraser, Brown and Smith 1989). In subsequent citations, the first name only should be given with et al. added. A group of references within the text should be date ordered, the earliest first.

A complete list of references cited, arranged alphabetically by author's surname, should be typed double-spaced at the end of the article. The reference list should contain all the items mentioned in the text, and only those items. Contributors are asked to standardise on basic conventions:

  • make all journal numbers arabic
  • do not use pp. before page numbers if the volume number is also given
  • make the titles of published works italic (not bold) by underlining or using an appropriate word processor font
  • do not use inverted commas around chapter titles in edited books, journal articles, and the titles of unpublished dissertations
  • elide page numbers to the shortest pronounceable form: 56-7, 281-3, but 215-16.
  • include an 'accessed on' date when a specific article has been cited, but not for general websites (e.g.

Examples of references:

Book, chapter in edited book, article, online article, unattributed website, attributed website, proceedings article, score.

Weidenaar, R. H. 1995. Magic Music from the Telharmonium. Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press.

Varèse, E. 1936. New Instruments and New Music. In E. Schwartz and B. Childs (eds.) Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music. New York: Norton, 1967.

Davies, H. 1996. A History of Sampling. Organised Sound 1(1): 3–11.

Martin, B. 2014. The Thing about Listening is… Compositional Approaches and Inspiration Using Spoken Word, Field Recordings and Electroacoustic Techniques. eContact! 16(2). (accessed 29 August 2016).

ElectroAcoustic Resource Site (EARS). 2002.

Kunst, J. 1986. Social Cognitions and Musical Emotions.

Young, J. 2002. The Interaction of Sound Identities in Electroacoustic Music. Proceedings of the 2002 International Computer Music Conference. Göteborg/San Francisco: ICMA, 342–8.

Sciarrino. S. 1992. Perseo e Andromeda. Milan: Ricordi, score 135358.

Example of a discography entry:

Smalley, D. 1992. Wind Chimes (1987). On Impacts intérieurs. Montreal: Empreintes Digitales, IMED-9209-CD.

Punctuation should follow standard British practice. Single quotation marks should be used with double reserved for quotations within quotations. Punctuation that is not part of the quoted material should be outside closing quotation marks, as should footnote indicators. Longer quotation should be indented left without quotation marks and double spaced. Prose citations should be in English unless the original is of particular importance, unpublished or inaccessible, in which case the original should be follow by a translation in square brackets.

Contractions and acronyms should have no full points (Dr, DAT), but abbreviations and their plurals should retain them (vol., vols., ed., eds.).

Tables should be clearly laid out on separate pages, numbered consecutively, and designed to fit the printed page. Vertical lines should not be used and horizontal lines should be used only at the top and bottom of the table and below column headings.

Captions should be on a separate page, double spaced. Indicate in square brackets in the typescript, or in the margin, approximately where in the text tables and illustrations should fall.

Subheadings should be typed with prefatory numbers indicating the level of importance, 1, 1.1, 1.1.1. No more than three levels of subheading should normally be used.

Quotations. Single inverted commas should be used except for quotations within quotations, which should have double inverted commas. Longer quotations of more than 60 words, or quotations which are of particular importance or the focus of your discussion, should be set off from the text with an extra line of space above and below, and typed without inverted commas.

Spelling. The journal employs British English spelling conventions.

Idiomatic English. We welcome and encourage submissions from non-native speakers of English. However, every effort should be made by non-native speakers of English to have their final draft checked by a colleague who is a native speaker of English. Manuscripts may be sent back to the author(s) if serious language deficiencies remain in the text.

We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Please see the Language Services page for more information. Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.


First proofs may be read and corrected by contributors provided that they can guarantee to return the corrected proofs, by airmail when appropriate, within four days of receipt. Contributors should correct printers' errors but not introduce new or different material at this stage.


Contributors will receive a PDF offprint of their submission.

Revised 1st December 2017