International Journal of Research in Choral Singing

The Scientific Research Journal of the American Choral Directors Association


The International Journal of Research in Choral Singing publishes refereed research reports that advance knowledge and practice with respect to choral singing, choir sound, choral pedagogy, and related areas. The editorial board welcomes manuscripts that reflect well-executed research employing quantitative, philosophical, historical, or qualitative methodologies. Score studies, choral literature reviews, composer biographies, or purely anecdotal speculations will not be considered.

All quantitative studies must conform to the manuscript style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009). Other studies may use either APA, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Kate L. Turabian, 7th edition, rev. by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb & Joseph M. Williams, 2007), or The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, 2003). Authors may not mix styles within a single manuscript.

Submission of a manuscript for review indicates that the material has not been published previously and is not currently submitted elsewhere for consideration, either wholly or in part. Manuscripts that address previously published material by re-analysis of data in light of new theories or technologies, additional data, or substantial revision will be considered. Article length reports of dissertations or theses, provided the full document has not been published previously in other than institutional or electronic dissertation-thesis databases, will be considered. The author should inform the editor of all such details when submitting the manuscript for review. Data that can be combined meaningfully within a single publication should be presented together.

Piecemeal publication, whereby a single investigation has been broken up into separate manuscripts for no reason other than maximizing the number of potential publications, constitutes a violation of research publication ethics. Manuscripts reporting significant portions of longitudinal or very large scale investigations as they are completed across time do not constitute piecemeal publication. However, authors should inform the editor of this circumstance.

Authors of studies that employ human participants must indicate that they obtained appropriate IRB (Institutional Review Board) permissions.

Please write in succinct, clear English. Limit use of the passive voice. Avoid jargon. Indicate the study's potential implications for or applications to those persons who sing in, work with, or research choirs.

To submit a manuscript, attach it as a document (.doc or .docx) in an email addressed to the editor at The title page should include author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and email address(es). The editorial staff will delete all such information prior to forwarding the manuscript to three members of the IJRCS Editorial Board for blind review. Include an abstract of 200-250 words. Neither the abstract nor the manuscript should contain clues to the author's identity or institutional affiliation. Manuscripts from Editorial Board members undergo the same blind review procedures required for all submissions.

Place tables and figures at the end of the manuscript. Involved tables, graphs, figures, or historical documents may be attached as separate files. Web sites or interactive materials cited or referred to in the body of the manuscript should include current URL addresses.

As applicable, the IJRCS encourages appropriate use of sound or video files that support or illustrate research. Authors must obtain permission from any persons featured to publish author-submitted photographs, audio-video footage, or audio recordings. In order to include any copyrighted materials, authors must submit documentation verifying that they have permission to use such materials.

Please address correspondence concerning editorial matters to Dr. James F. Daugherty, The University of Kansas School of Music, Suite 448 Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045-3103; email:

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