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Journal Remit

Durham Undergraduate Research in Music & Science (DURMS) publishes empirical and theoretical papers by undergraduate students at Durham University that stand at the intersection of music and science. This work fits within such interdisciplinary fields as music psychology, empirical musicology, and computational musicology.

Submissions to this journal may be work that has been previously completed for relevant undergraduate modules (e.g. Music and Science, Psychology of Music, dissertations), which can be submitted to DURMS after such work has been submitted for course credit and assessed. Any work that has achieved a mark of II(i) (60+) or higher is eligible to be submitted to DURMS. Authors should be sure to revise the submission in line with the coursework marker’s feedback before submitting to DURMS, and work that achieved a mark of less than 70 should be accompanied by a Response Letter in which the author states how the marker’s feedback has been addressed to improve the quality of the work for publication. New work that has not previously been submitted as coursework and that will not be submitted for future coursework may also be considered in certain cases (e.g. independent research projects, book reviews).

All accepted submissions will be published in an Open Access, online format.

Guidelines for Authors

Format: All submissions must be made within the DURMS paper template, which can be found here.

Language: All submissions should be written in British English.

Length: The maximum length for submissions is 5,500 words (excluding Abstract and References). Shorter submissions are also welcome, and the submission length will depend on the type of project. An abstract of no more than 200 words is also required.

Referencing: A consistent referencing style is required throughout the submission. This can be either 1) the author-date system as described in the Music Departmental referencing guidelines, or 2) American Psychological Association (APA) style (6th edition).

Tables: All tables should be clearly labelled as Table 1, Table 2, etc. with a brief title above that describes the contents (e.g. Table 1. Mean Scores on Pitch Memory Test by Age Group). All tables should be referred to within the written text of the paper. See example Table in the DURMS template.

Figures: All figures should be clearly labelled as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. with a brief caption below that describes the contents (e.g. Figure 1. Mean Scores on Pitch Memory Test by Age Group). All figures should be referred to within the written text of the paper. See example Figure in the DURMS template.

Headings: Appropriate headings (e.g. Method, Results) and subheadings (e.g. Design, Participants) should be included to demarcate the structure of the paper, as appropriate to the paper format.

Peer Review: All submissions will be reviewed by the editor and editorial team. The assumption is that before submission to DURMS the author will have addressed any queries or weaknesses outlined in the feedback from the marker for the original assignment. Therefore, the submission should already be of a standard acceptable for publication in an undergraduate research journal at the point of submission and the editorial team will provide only light feedback, primarily to ensure there are no inconsistencies in the style and formatting of the work.


Submission portal now open

Deadline for final submissions: 1 September 2018

Feedback on submissions from the editorial board: September-October 2018

Publication: October-November 2018


To submit to DURMS, send an email to Kelly Jakubowski (kelly.jakubowski@durham.ac.uk) with your article as a Word Document (formatted using the template above) and Response Letter (if needed) attached.


Contact the Editor, Dr Kelly Jakubowski, at kelly.jakubowski@durham.ac.uk