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.

Length

Videos should communicate content as concisely and directly as possible.

Review of submissions

Submissions will be evaluated in two stages. Authors will first submit a proposal that will be sent to peer evaluators for anonymous double-blind review. Full videos submitted at this stage will be returned to their authors. Acceptance of this proposal after double-blind review would mean that the author would be invited to produce a video, which would be subject to an open, collaborative review process before being accepted for publication.

Stage I: PDF Proposal

The author’s initial submission should take the form of a PDF that includes an abstract of no more than 500 words, and back matter of no more than 4 additional pages that complements the abstract with notation, images, tables, bibliography, and so forth. No other files should accompany the proposal.

Stage II: Video submission

Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will be asked to produce a full video in conjunction with guidance and assessment from selected members of the Editorial Board. The final video should be either a recorded slideshow in Keynote or Powerpoint software or 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: https://vimeo.com/help/compression

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: http://vimeo.com/terms

Resources

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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