SMT-V Submission Guidelines

SMT-V seeks video submissions showcasing original research or demonstrating an original pedagogical approach. The medium of video offers unique opportunities for the communication of theoretical ideas through the integration of images, spoken word, performance, musical scores, recorded audio, and/or animated visualizations. We are particularly interested in topics that will be well served by video presentation and have the potential to engage both specialists within the field and interested viewers outside the music theory community.


Videos should communicate content as concisely and directly as possible.

Review of submissions

Submissions will be evaluated in two stages. Authors will first submit an abstract of no more than 100 words, a script of spoken text, and either a slideshow or storyboard that clearly indicates visual content. These materials will be sent to peer evaluators for anonymous double-blind review. Submitting full videos at this stage may compromise the blind review process, and will be returned to their authors. If reviewers request substantive revisions, these will be completed during the first stage. Once the proposal is accepted, authors will be asked to submit a full video, which will be circulated among members of the editorial board for open peer review. It is possible that minor edits will be requested during the second stage, but as video editing can be a time consuming process we hope to avoid multiple rounds of post-production edits. Final publication decisions will be based on the finished video’s content and the use of the medium.

Stage I: Script, and slideshow or storyboard

Stage I submissions should include:

  • An abstract of no more than 100 words.
  • A list of 3-5 keywords that will make your video easier to find through search.
  • Document(s) indicating musical, visual, and spoken content.
    • For screencast-style videos:
      • Submit a slideshow using Powerpoint or Keynote software using widescreen aspect ratio. Slideshows in standard ratio will be returned to authors for reformatting. Please do not include voiceover at this point, as it may compromise blind review.
      • A script of spoken text, submitted as a word or .pdf file, correlated with individual slides.
    • For videos consisting of live presentation, demonstration, or performance, submit a storyboard. A storyboard should convey the full content of your submission and provide a detailed script, indication of the visual design, examples, scores, and/or written descriptions of audio. See our Resources section for more information on creating storyboards, examples, downloadable templates, and apps.
    • If your video will mix screencast style and live action, send materials in both formats.
  • A bibliography formatted according to the “author-date” system of the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). Since content will ultimately be presented orally, citations of previous work should be incorporated into the main script as naturally as possible. Your written bibliography will appear at the end of the video, rendered by our editors in house style.

Since scripts, slideshows, and storyboards will be subject to blind review, we ask that you remove any identifying information, such as name, institutional affiliation, images of the author’s face, or the sound of the author’s voice.

Stage II: Video submission

Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will be asked to produce a full video. Submit your video as a recorded slideshow in Keynote or Powerpoint software or as an .mp4 file. We will create a title sequence and add a bibliography at the end in our house style. If you are submitting a recorded slideshow, we will render it into video for you. If submitting an .mp4 file, make sure your video uses a widescreen aspect ratio and conforms to Vimeo’s compression guidelines:

If you are new to producing your own video, here are some suggestions:

  • Using a USB microphone will significantly improve the quality of recording. A computer’s built-in microphone often adds distortion and noise.
  • Try to speak in a natural, extemporaneous manner rather than merely reading your script word-for-word.
  • If you choose to include footage of yourself speaking, make eye contact with the camera, and avoid light reflections on your glasses.
  • Stabilize the camera by resting it on a surface or tripod.
  • Each individual shot should be not less than 5 seconds long. Shorter shots create jumpy footage that can be difficult to track.

See our Resources section for more information on recording slideshows and on video production. In addition, many schools have Media Services departments who can assist you with creating your video.

Video hosting

Videos will be hosted on Vimeo and linked to the SMT-V archive. Please familiarize yourself with Vimeo’s terms and conditions:


As you prepare your submission, you are encouraged to peruse our list of resources pertaining to recording slideshows, video production, and storyboarding, available here.

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