Notes for Contributors


Submissions should be sent to with a subject line clearly indicating a submission for Divergence Press.

Submissions should include:

  • Article title and subtitle (if any)
  • Full name of each author with current institutional affiliation, if any, and contact details
  • Abstract of ca. 100–150 words
  • List of 4–8 keywords
  • Main text and word count—articles should generally be between 3,500 and 5,000 words (not including references)

Document Formats
Articles should be submitted in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file formats, and should be formatted in a manner appropriate for internet publication. Submitted files should include the author’s surname and the article title. (Please do not submit files_using_underscores_instead_of_spaces, as this hinders searching/indexing when we’re trying to find a submitted article by a certain author with a certain title.)

Divergence Press is an online journal, and as such we encourage the use of video, audio, and images, as appropriate. During the review process, we would prefer submissions to contain links to content hosted online (via Dropbox, Google Drive, etc., or to YouTube, Soundcloud, etc.), rather than submission of large audio and video files via email attachments or embedded/saved within the submitted documents.

Media Formats
Video: .mp4, .mv4
Audio: .mp3 (256kbps)
Images: .jpg for raster images / .eps or .pdf for vector images

Placement of media in text should be indicated on a new line with [MEDIA_FORMAT_TITLE].
For example: [VIDEO_MP4_EXAMPLE_03]

It is the responsibility of the author to secure appropriate permissions for the use of any embedded media prior to submission.



  • British English and American English spelling conventions are both acceptable, though please be consistent across the document
  • ‘bar’ or ‘measure’ are both fine, though please be consistent across the document

Formatting, Style, & Usage

  • text should be clearly organised, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings
  • quotations exceeding 40 words should be indented in the text (blockquote)
  • avoid ‘scare quotes’ and unnecessary italicisation
  • please use gender-neutral and gender-inclusive language (e.g. humankind, police officer, chairperson)


  • quotation marks: enclose quoted matter between single quotation marks; use double quotation marks for a quotation within a quotation; curved ‘ ’ “ ” rather than straight quotes
  • punctuation outside quotation marks, ‘like this’.
  • commas: serial/Oxford commas in lists (e.g. 1, 2, and 3)
  • full stop: single space after full stop/period
  • dashes: please use em-dashes—for things like this, particularly if they help clarify sentences that would otherwise have nested commas—and en-dashes (bars 35–42, a north–south connection), as appropriate, rather than hyphens; no spaces before or after dashes
  • hyphens: compound adjectives (twentieth-century music, seven-year-old daughter), awkward doubled vowels (re-elect, e.g. anything that would require a New Yorker diaeresis)
  • forward slashes: no spaces before or after /


  • centuries: the twentieth century; twentieth-century music; (’20th century music’ or ’20th-century music’ are both fine)
  • decades: the 1970s and 80s
  • ranges: 1935–57
  • full dates: day Month year (1 January 2000 and 1st January 2000 are both fine)


  • thousands: 1,000; 10,000
  • words vs digits: zero to ten, then 11, 12, etc. (BUT: always digits in mathematical contexts or bar numbers)
  • ranges: 140–141 is preferred (140–41 is also acceptable; 140–1 isn’t)


  • Sentence capitalisation


  • Inline cues: (‘see Figure 1’ or ‘see figure 1’ are both fine, though the former is preferred)
  • Figure caption: Figure 1 Jane Smith Piece Title bars 1–10. Copyright 1994 Jane Smith Press. Reproduced with permission.
  • Numbering style: 1, 2, etc.


  • Titles: Piece TitleBook Title, ‘Movement Title’ from Piece, ‘Article Title’, Album, ‘Song From Album’ (note the different formatting in the Bibliography, in which italicisation and quotation marks are not used)
  • Possessives: Strauss’ or Strauss’s are both fine, though please be consistent; please use curved rather than straight quotes


  • e.g./i.e. (British convention, with periods but no comma following)
  • USA (not US or U.S.A.)
  • Dr/Mr/Ms
  • Prof.


  • Western / the West in reference to the geographical/cultural region

Foreign languages

  • Please use the capitalisation and punctuation conventions of the quoted/referenced language [e.g. accents on capitals in French, umlauts in German, etc.]
  • the decision to use original or translated piece titles is at the discretion of the author
  • in general, foreign words/terms that aren’t in common English usage should be italicised (alla breve, pianissimo, sul ponticello, etc.)


  • numbered, superscript in text; preferably in square brackets at end
  • please use inline referencing (as below) for citations/quotations; use endnotes only for further contextual information, though these should be used very sparingly
  • footnotes should not be used in the submitted text document; please only use endnotes, which simplifies our editing and uploading process after peer review

Inline references:

  • (Andriessen and Schönberger, 2002, p.166)
  • Endnote numbers go outside of punctuation.1 The only exception is if there are multiple2 endnotes in a single3 sentence.

Bibliography and references

Ginsberg, A. (1996) Selected Poems 1947–1995. New York: Harper Collins.
Heidegger, M. (1935–57) Poetry, Language, Thought. Translated by Albert Hofstadter. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
Holmes, T. (2002) Electronic and Experimental Music. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.

Gann, K. (1993) La Monte Young’s The Well-Tuned Piano. Perspectives of New Music, 31(1), pp. 134–162.

Andriessen, L. and Schönberger, E. (2002) On the conceiving of De Tijd. In Andriessen, L. (2002) The Art of Stealing Time. Todmorden, Lancs.: Arc Music. pp. 155–174.

Online source:
Mela Foundation., n.d. La Monte Young. [Online] Available at: <> [Accessed 7 September 2011].

Pärt, A. (1984) Fratres/Cantus/Fratres/Tabula Rasa. Munich: ECM Records. New Series 1275.

Pärt, A. (1980) Fratres. Vienna: Universal Edition.