1. Prospective contributors should acquaint themselves with the content and ethos of SAMUS before sending submissions by reading previous volumes. SAMUS: South African Music Studies is accredited with the South African Department of Education and its contents/Abstracts are supplied to databases worldwide. All articles are peer-reviewed. Articles may be rejected if they are lacking in rigour or incorrectly formatted, even before being sent for review; reasons for their rejection will be clearly given. Only one submission at a time per author will be considered.

2. Articles for consideration should in the first instance be sent electronically to the editor via together with contact details (author’s physical address, telephone number, fax and e-mail), a 200-word Summary (summary of article), a 50-word Abstract for RILM Abstracts (summary of findings), and a 50-word by-line, and the completed Author’s Declaration Form (see also below).

3. Articles should preferably be no less than 4,000 and no more than 12,000 words.

4. Please contact the editor by e-mail at concerning items you wish to have reviewed or the submission of conference reports.

5. Articles should be typed in Microsoft Word using 1.5 spacing for the text and single spacing for indented quotes (5 lines or longer), left-aligned, font 12 point Times New Roman. Short quotes, heightened words, and quotes within quotes should all use single quotation marks. Authors should consult SAMUS 28 and SAMUS 29 for other matters of style formatting.

6. The name of the author must not appear on submissions. Authors should remove their identity from the electronic file. (Search Word’s Help for ‘Remove personal information’). A separate file must contain the author’s name, date, full contact details, and the title of the submission.

7. A submission may be in any one of the eleven official languages of South Africa, but must be accompanied by a Summary in English. The Abstract must be in English.

8. All submissions must be accompanied by a copy of the Author’s Declaration Form, available electronically on the SASRIM website (

9. Brief citations should be used in the text (in brackets) with punctuation outside the bracket, and a List of Sources giving full citation details at the end of the article.

10. Explanatory footnotes should be kept to a minimum and placed at the foot of the page using the ‘Insert Footnote’ function in MS Word. They must not be typed into the text.

11. The names of authors referred to in the text (not in the references) should include the forename upon first mention, and thereafter surname only. Full forenames should be given in the List of Sources, which should also include (only) one city/town of publication and the name of the publisher.

12. Illustrations (Fig.) and musical examples (Ex.) must be sent electronically as separate JPEG or TIFF files accompanying a submission. They must be clearly labelled (e.g., ‘Ex. 1’, ‘Ex. 2’, ‘Fig. 1’, ‘Fig. 2’), and there must be a reference to them in the text (e.g., ‘insert Ex. 2’). All illustrations and musical examples must have a caption below, followed by the name of the copyright holder and the words ‘used with permission’.

13. Authors must obtain written permission from copyright holders for the use of all illustrations, musical examples, and any other material held under copyright, and pay for this permission where necessary. The South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) is not responsible for paying for copyrighted material or for any legal costs arising from copyright infringement.

14. The Editor reserves the right to make language and punctuation changes and other amendments, about which the author will be kept informed.

15. The South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) will hold the copyright of any article that is accepted for publication. Anyone applying for permission to use material published in SAMUS should contact the Secretary of SASRIM by e-mail at

16. We may require a subvention (page fees) from authors of articles to cover printing costs. Potential contributors who do not have access to institutional funding for this expense may apply to the Editor for exemption from this requirement.

Journal Identifiers

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