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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The author acknowledges that our publisher requires the final submission to be in Microsoft Word format. Initial submissions need not be, but must be converted prior to publication.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

VSA Papers

The VSA Papers is the authoritative forum for the publication of original peer-reviewed research furthering the advancement of the art and science of bowed stringed instruments. This statement is to be construed broadly, allowing topics including but not limited to acoustics, construction methodology, and history. In order to make the publication process as timely as possible, and to keep authors apprised of the status of their submissions, the articles are published online only, in the order in which the peer review process is completed. The online system facilitates the review process, record-keeping, and dissemination of the articles.

Article Requirements

Articles must be the original work of the authors, written in correct English. They must not have been published elsewhere, except for translations into English of work not restricted by copyright. Authors are required to consent to the VSA's copyright agreement. Funding supporting the research should be acknowledged.

The article should add to the existing body of work on the subject in a meaningful way. Presentation of the main ideas in an article should be clear and accessible to the general VSA reader. Articles assuming significant background knowledge must include sufficient references to help an interested reader work through the paper. References should be listed in the manner prescribed by the Chicago Manual of Style.

Articles may be submitted in any widely-used electronic format, but authors should be aware at the outset that the printer requires that the final version be in Microsoft Word format. Graphics should be clear, informative, and of sufficiently high resolution for printing. They should be referenced from the text where appropriate.

Review Process

Peer review serves to establish the credibility, novelty, and originality of the submitted work. The review process is supervised by the administrative editor (, and should typically take no more than ten weeks, including a minor update made by the authors.

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