DMO is a peer-reviewed journal that is open to all music researchers.
At the same time, the journal has a non-peer reviewed section that enables the publication of working papers, discussion threads, small articles and conference contributions, reports on the Danish research environment, and surveys of musicological theses.

Contribution forms
DMO publishes research in and about music, and comprises, but is not restricted to, the following areas:.

  • Music history, Musicology and Popular Musicology, Music Anthropology, Music Technology and so on
  • Empirical findings or theoretical reflections
  • Essays that address specific problems in musicology and that deal with appropriate theory
  • Articles that critically debate a specific musicological field and its current status
  • Articles that focus on applied musicology, for example, music education, music psychology, music and other media, and music for treatment and therapy

Main contributions to DMO are subject to a blind peer-review process (see below). Contributions for the non-peer reviewed section are assessed exclusively by the editors. Only rarely do we publish reviews.

The DMO editors welcome contributions in both categories.

Submission of contributions
Contributions should be emailed to Tore Tvarnø Lind ( as an attachment in Word format (doc or docx) using the supplied template (see below). Pictures, figures etc. are allowed as part of the contribution but have to be submitted separately in the highest possible resolution.

Templates and writing style
DMO uses the citation and bibliographic style Author-Date described in The Chicago Manual of Style Online that can be downloaded from: (NB: Click on Author-Date)
Please note that this is a change in style used in DMO as of 2016.

Further guidelines for formatting and design of contributions are found in the template below. The template is in Word-format and it presents DMO guidelines and a number of preset paragraph styles (the paragraph menu can be opened on Windows with Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S and on Mac with Alt+Cmd+Shift+S).

download the template here

The title page is for the information of the editors only. Please, indicate the category of the contribution: peer review or non-peer review).

Contributions undergoing peer review must be anonymized. In references to earlier work of the author, the name of the author should be replaced with 'AUTHOR'.

DMO publishes contributions in Danish, English, German, Swedish, and Norwegian. The author is responsible for the proofreading of non-Danish texts and this should be carried out by a professional or native speaker.

Articles should not exceed 70,000 characters (including spaces). A specific request should be made to the editor if you wish to publish a larger contribution. All articles should be accompanied by an abstract (up to 10 lines) in English. Authors must certify that all copyrighted material is reproduced with permission from the copyright holders.

Editing Process
The typical editorial process is divided into four phases:

  1. The editorial board decides whether the contribution should go to peer review. If the contribution is rejected at this stage, the board will write a short review to the author.
  2. The contribution will be reviewed in a blind peer review process (if the article is submitted to be published within DMO's peer reviewed section). This typically takes between 1-2 months.
  3. If the article is approved for publication, the reviewer’s comments are forwarded, after which the content and substance of the article is revised, as facilitated by discussions between the author and the DMO editor.
  4. Once the revised content has been agreed upon, the language is corrected, again facilitated by an exchange between author and editor. The final responsibility for the inclusion of agreed changes, the proofreading, correction of references and notes etc. lies with the author. At this stage, significant change to the content is no longer possible.
  5. Following the acceptance of language corrections, the setup and formatting of images and diagrams are dealt with, after which the article will be sent back to the author to be proofread. After final approval by the DMO editorial board, the article is published.

The editing process will make use of the ‘track changes’ function in Word. It is assumed that authors are familiar with this function.

Special issues
Proposal for special issues should be addressed to Mads Walther-Hansen ( and must be accompanied by 1-2 pages of brief description of content (subject matter, editor(s), contributors, overview of proposed contributions, etc.).

If DMO’s editorial board approves the proposal, a member of the board will be appointed as contact person for the editor(s) of the special issue.

DMO’s editorial board will typically approve a list of peer reviewers for the special issue. Guest editors compile this list and it must be accompanied by written consent from the peer reviewers. Moreover, the completed special issue (inc. preface) must be approved by DMO’s editorial board after the editorial process and before the special issue is sent for layout. The editing process - in terms of content and language - is the responsibility of guest editors. Questions may be directed to the appointed contact person in DMO's editorial board. This contact person is responsible for coordinating with the graphic designer during the final setup, but the responsibility for the subsequent final proofreading lies with the guest editors. Likewise, the responsibility for employment and payment of graphic designers or any form of consultant lies with the guest editors.