Journal of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction

Submission Guidelines


About the Journal of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction

For more information, please see Journal of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Journal of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (JATMI) provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted and the submission has not been published in any other journal or publication.

Authors of accepted articles who have never been a member of ATMI will receive a year membership in ATMI.

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General Submission Rules

The Journal of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction is the official journal of ATMI. JATMI primarily publishes full-length and brief reports of original research but also publishes methodological, review, and theoretical articles at all levels and across genres such as education, theory/composition, musicology, performance and music production, and music technology and music industry. Peer-reviewed, JATMI welcomes contributions from educators, researchers and practitioners who are working with technologies in primary, secondary, and tertiary music education settings as well as unique learning populations. Research should follow academically sanctioned methodology: experimental, case study, ethnographic, or historical.

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Blind Review

All manuscripts are submitted to a blind peer-review process.

All submissions are blind peer reviewed by at least two editorial board members, and typically undergo revision until the final decision is made. Receiving a revise and resubmit decision does not mean that the manuscript will be published. Therefore, authors must ensure they are submitting a manuscript that contains no clues to author(s) identity. This includes, but is not limited to, information on the title page, text within the body of the manuscript, as well as citations that may reveal author identity.

Information about the authors will be listed on the Cover sheet which is to be submitted with the article, but as a separate document.

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Ethical Guidelines

Authors are expected to follow ethical guidelines and are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Submitted manuscripts must be original work.
  • The manuscript should not be simultaneously submitted to any other publication.
  • The manuscript should not have been published previously in any other publication either in substantially similar forms or with similar content.
  • If human subjects were used, the research should adhere to Institutional Review Board requirements (IRB).
  • All references to authors and institutions must be removed from the manuscript to ensure a blind review.

If you have concerns about the submission terms, please contact the editor.

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Accepted Articles

If an article is accepted, the authors will be asked to sign an agreement/send an email agreeing to the terms of publication (see Appendix A). Then the authors will be asked to finalize all edits through the editors on the timeline noted in the acceptance letter and any continued correspondence.

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Formatting Requirements


Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically (in one attachment) in Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx) and PDF format. Please use the Submit Article link to submit articles.

Articles will be published in PDF format initially as well as web based or Epub formats.

APA Style

In preparing manuscripts, authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Authors should use APA Publication Manual guidelines for nondiscriminatory language regarding gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities and age or any other language that results in stereotyping and bias.

Manuscripts should follow the guidelines given below. Manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines will be returned.

Cover Sheet

A cover sheet with the following information should accompany the manuscript:

  • contact information of all authors (address, phone, email, title, affiliation),
  • title of the article,
  • short bio for each person submitting (250 words),
  • links to author websites/social media
  • keywords for the manuscript for indexing purposes.


Total word count should be no more than 4000 words, all inclusive; longer articles considered at discretion of editorial committee.

Title and Running Title

The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the article. All subsequent pages should include a running head and page number at the top of the page. The title on the title page should match the title that is on the cover sheet and the title on the submission portal.


Following APA style, the abstract should provide a concise summary of the manuscript. It should contain the main research topic, research questions, information on participants and methodological procedures, results and implications written in a paragraph format. The abstract should be no more than 200 words.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be in-line with the text of the manuscript. The tables and figures should be labeled as indicated in the APA style guide. Tables and figures should be used to illustrate information in the text, not duplicate information.

Pictures and Graphics

For the final submission of the manuscript, all pictures and graphics should be provided in separate files and in high resolution.

Audio and Video

Provide links to any audio and video files in the text of your manuscript for the submission process. If accepted for publication, you will be asked to send the audio and video in mp4 format.


References should be included in the submitted manuscript, and should follow the formatting style provided in the APA Publication Manual. Authors should check to ensure all citations are provided in the reference list and that all references are complete.


APA guidelines for internal citations should be followed.

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ATMI holds the copyright for the journal itself. Each article is copyrighted by the individual author(s) and licensed/distributed under a Creative Commons – Attribution – Share-alike– Non-Commercial license.

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Hot to submit your article

To submit an article to JATMI, follow the steps outlined below.

1. From the journal’s homepage, click the Submit Article link in the sidebar. You will be prompted to log in with an email address and password. (If you don’t have a bepress account, you will need to create one.)

2. Submission Instructions appear first. Information required for submission and other important guidelines are outlined. Click Continue.

3. The Submission Agreement appears next. You must click Accept to continue.

4. Confirm your contact information. Click Continue.

5. If applicable, enter co-authors as follows:

  • Enter co-author’s email address, and click Add author. If you do not have an email address or do not want emails sent to the author regarding the status of the manuscript, click Add author and leave the email address field blank. We would prefer that all authors have an email address indicated.
  • Next, enter the co-author’s name and affiliation. Click Add to list of authors. Repeat these steps for each co-author.
  • A drop-down menu next to each author’s name allows you to re-order the authors. Delete authors by clicking the Delete button next to the name. To edit an author’s name or affiliation, click the Edit button next to the name.

6. If the names and affiliations of the authors are entered exactly as they should appear on the published manuscript, click Continue.

7. Complete the submission form and then press Submit. More on the submission guidelines are found on the ATMI website. The submission form fields include:

  • Article title: Please enter as you want it to appear in the journal
  • Short Title: This is the running title you put in your document. Limit: 65 characters.
  • Keywords: Indicate keywords that would help in finding your article with a search engine.
  • Discipline: Enter one or more disciplines from the list provided. Music can be found under Arts & Humanities -> Music
  • Document type: Choose from the list of types provided (article, book review, technology review, response to article, video presentation). Accepted articles will appear in the journal under these titles.
  • Abstract: Following APA style, the abstract should provide a concise summary of the manuscript. It should contain the main research topic, research questions, information on participants and methodological procedures, results and implications written in a paragraph format. The abstract should be no more than 200 words.
  • Cover page footnote: leave blank
  • Full text submission: upload your article here. Please upload the article in Microsoft Word format.
  • Cover letter: Upload the JATMI submission cover sheet.

8. You will then view an on-screen message, confirming that your submission is complete. You can preview the submission, make corrections, and upload associated files (e.g., sound files, associated video files). Supplemental files will display by default upon publication.

9. When finished, click Log out. The submission is now complete.

As soon as the manuscript is submitted, an email will notify the editor(s) of the submission, and the editorial process begins.

To review your submissions, you can go to the JATMI website and click on “My Account” in the footer.

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VOL Journals: General Terms and Conditions of Use

The publisher of this journal is in a partnership with UT VOL Journals, the Volunteer Open-Access, Library-hosted Journals of the University of Tennessee Libraries. Users of the website, services, and/or software(s) affiliated with VOL Journals agree not to misuse the website, services, or software(s) in any way. Users also agree to abide by The University of Tennessee System Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources policy.

To seek an exception to the above terms, or if you have questions on rights or re-use, please contact the journal editors.

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