Author Guidelines

Submission Format

Document Template

Submissions must be in the form of a LaTeX-generated PDF document or a Word document. Please use this template for LaTeX submissions or this template for Word submissions.

Please submit any MP3 sound files and MP4 video files as a single compressed folder (either ZIP or RAR format is acceptable). If the size of the sound files exceeds the capacity of your email system, please contact Steven Jan, Co-Editor, at, to arrange file transfer.

House Style

Please adhere to the Journal's House Style, and see "On the ontological category of computer-generated music scores" (JCMS, Volume 1, Issue 2) and "Taking the models back to music practice: Evaluating generative transcription models built using deep learning" (JCMS, Volume 2, Issue 1) for examples. Conforming to our House Style in your first submission will expedite production if your article is accepted.

Ensuring Blind Review

Authors should avoid explicit reference to their names and their published work in any part of the version submitted for review.

Text Preparation

Sections and Subsections

The body of the article should be divided into sections. Sections should be numbered sequentially (e.g., 1. Introduction, 2. Background). A paper should have at most two levels of nested sections (i.e., subsections and sub-subsections). Nested sections should also be numbered sequentially (e.g., 2.1 Algorithmic composers, 2.1.1 Systems based on generative grammars).

Figures, Tables and Multimedia Files

Figures and tables should be numbered sequentially using a short explanatory caption (e.g., "Table 1: Approaches used in algorithmic composition", "Figure 1: Example of melody generated by the system"). Sound files (MP3 format) and video files (MP4 format) should also be numbered sequentially. If not related to a figure, they also require a descriptive caption (e.g., "Excerpt 1: Example of rhythmic pattern generated by the system").


Authors whose submissions present or discuss specific music-creative systems are strongly encouraged to incorporate a systematic evaluation of these systems (or to offer a rationalisation of why evaluation is not possible or necessary). Ideally, this evaluation would be conducted under a formal framework, such as the SPECS model (Jordanous, A.K. (2012). Evaluating computational creativity: A standardised procedure for evaluating creative systems and its application [Doctoral dissertation, University of Sussex]. Sussex Research Online.,_Anna_Katerina.pdf. See also Eigenfeldt, A., Burnett, A., & Pasquier, P. (2012). Evaluating musical metacreation in a live performance context. In Maher, M.L., Hammond, K., Pease, A., Pérez y Pérez, R., Ventura D, & Wiggins, G. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Computational Creativity (pp. 140144). University College Dublin. Authors may use other evaluation frameworks, including those they have developed themselves.


Citation Style

Please use the American Psychological Association Citation Style, Seventh Edition (APA7), only. Sources cited within the text should appear in a section labelled "References", positioned at the end of the manuscript. Detailed information on the APA7 style can be found on the APA Style website.


Footnotes (not endnotes) should be employed to expand on points stated in the body of the text and to provide discursive asides. Footnote reference numbers should be placed at the end of a sentence or clause, after the comma or full stop.

 To Request Information

If you would like advice on the suitability of a manuscript for publication with JCMS, or any other information, please contact Steven Jan, Co-Editor, at