M&A (Music and Anthropology) welcomes contributions from two main fields of research:

  • theoretical and methodological discussion of anthropological approaches to the study of all kinds of music and musical practices;
  • case studies, preferably concerning music of the Mediterranean or connected to Mediterranean cultures.

Authors with questions about the suitability of their articles or research for the journal should submit them to the editors together with a short bio. Articles submitted to M&A should be original works not previously published elsewhere.

Submissions should take advantage of the multimedia capabilities of the World Wide Web, that is use graphics, audio and/or video files and preferably integrate text and multimedia. Text-only manuscripts will be considered inappropriate. A Web article may be conceived in many different ways, for instance as one text arranged in sections and illustrated with images, audio and video examples; or as non-sequential or multiply-branching texts dealing with different aspects of the chosen topic. M&A and Ethnomusicology Online offer examples of multimedia Web style.

All submissions will undergo a peer review process. We encourage also the submission of Cd and Cd-rom reviews, conference reports, dissertation abstracts (400 words or fewer) concerning the primary fields of the journal.

Authors are expected to clear all issues of copyright prior to submitting the article and to submit a detailed statement about all copyright issues with the article.


Authors should send an abstract, including the number and types of multimedia illustrations, to M&A editor Tullia Magrini. The next step is to make submissions available for evaluation by the editors and for peer-review in one of the following ways:

  • text and accompanying media files on the author's local World Wide Web server
  • cd-rom sent by snail mail

Accepted submissions will be prepared in HTML format by the editors, and published on the Web from M&A's server.


Manuscripts should be submitted in RTF or DOC format. They should clearly show the location, content, size and format of multimedia illustrations and include the relative captions. Multimedia files should be submitted with the manuscript whenever possible.

Shorter articles should be contained in a single file with links from a table of contents to individual sections. Longer articles should be divided into smaller files and linked by an opening page. The size of inline graphics files should be kept small. Larger graphics, audio, and video files can be accessed through links in the main text and displayed by auxiliary programs.

Footnotes should be included as endnotes and contained in a separate file.

Links to other Web documents can be included.

Format for Reference:

Berliner, Paul F. 1993. The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Nettl, Bruno. 1989. Blackfoot Musical Thought: Comparative Perspectives. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press.

Feld, Steven. 1990. Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Regev, Motti. 1996. “Musica mizrakhit: Israeli Rock and National Culture in Israel.” Popular Music 15(3): 275-84.

Ricoeur, Paul. 1981. “The Narrative Function.” In Hermeneutics and the Human Sciences, 274-305. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.

Schafer, Roy. 1994. “On Gendered Discourse and Discourse of Gender.” In Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and the Future of Gender, edited by Joseph H. Smith e Afaf M. Mahfouz, 1-21. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Selenick, Laurence (ed.). 1992. Gender in Performance: The Presentation of Difference in the Performing Arts. Hanover and London: University Press of New England.

Seroussi, Edwin. 1998. “De-gendering Jewish music: The Survival of the Judeo-Spanish Folk Song Revisited.” Music and Anthropology 3. <http//www.muspe.unibo.it/period/ma/index/number3/seroussi/ser_0.htm>

---. 2004. Popular Music and Traditional Culture in Israel. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Siegel, Rachel Josefowitz. 1997. “’I Don’t Know Enough’: Jewish Women’s Learned Ignorance.” Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal 1(1). <http://www.utoronto.ca/wjudaism/>

Stokes, Martin. 1994. “Introduction: Ethnicity, Identity, and Music.” In Ethnicity, Identity, and Music: The Musical Construction of Place, edited by Martin Stokes, 1-29. Oxford: Berg.


Graphic files: we prefer jpg files with resolution 200dpi.

Audio files: we prefer mp3 or wma files lasting about 30". Also wav or aif format are fine. Files should be monoaural, 16-bit, 11 kHz frequency.

Video files: maximum size 1 mega. Formats: wmv, avi, mpeg (150 Kbps, 320 x 240 pixel).

If local help is not available, the editors can assist authors with preparing multimedia files.


HTML (HyperText Markup Language), is an evolving standard governing the way hypertext objects are created and displayed in World Wide Web browsers. The standards group that governs HTML is the HTML Working Group within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The group works on an open forum basis and is open to the public. The members of the HTML working group work closely with members of W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium) to standardize issues related to the World.

Internet Explorer , Netscape and others Web browsers home pages help users to find informations on HTML specifications, World Wide Web and Internet itself. Users can take a look at the Document Source feature of these browsers which reveals the HTML markup codes.

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(updated 31 Jan 2005)