Submission Guidelines for Articles
Perspectives offers practical, research-based articles on current topics of interest to anyone who works with young children, pre-birth through age seven. Our readers include music specialists, movement specialists, music therapists, early childhood educators, childcare providers, parents, early intervention specialists, elementary school principals, researchers, teacher educators, students, policy makers, and others.
The mission of Perspectives is to
- provide a network of communication, support, and information among the members of ECMMA;
- encourage teacher development by fostering a free exchange between professionals in the field of music and professionals in the field of early childhood development; and
- advocate for music in early childhood by supporting education of parents, classroom teachers, and administrators
Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts dealing with topics relevant to early childhood music and movement education, such as 1) all phases and areas of music and movement education for young children, 2) best teaching practices for educators, or 3) practice-based research.
By submitting an article to Perspectives, the author acknowledges that the manuscript is not previously published and has not been simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere, in print or online.
The ECMMA Editorial Peer-Review Board, comprised of practicing professionals in early childhood music and movement, referees all manuscripts submitted to Perspectives for publication.
Evaluative criteria for general interest, research-based articles
- Usefulness and relevance to the field of early childhood music and movement
- Consistency with work/research in the field
- Clarity of ideas
- Writing style
- Grammatical construction
Evaluative criteria for research studies
- Design of the research
- Presentation of research purpose and problem(s)
- Sound methodology
- Presentation of results/findings
- Interpretation of results/findings
- Discussion and implications for the profession
Please submit articles written in a clear, concise conversational style and that avoid the use of unnecessary jargon, technical language, and passive voice. The excessive use of long quotations from other sources is strongly discouraged. The content of the article must be consistent with related professional literature. Authors should avoid personal commentary that is not relevant to the current topic or content that promotes a specific person, performing group, institution, or product.
The word count for articles is 800 to 3000 words (excluding references). Each page must be numbered and formatted with 1-inch margins, and the text double-spaced throughout (including references). Submit manuscripts via email as text documents in MS Word (.doc, docx) or similar formats to Dr. Angela Barker, Perspectives Editor.
Submit images (figures, graphs, and pictures) as separate graphic files (.tif, .gif, .bmp, .jpg) and tables as MS Word documents (.doc). Please submit images that are 300 dpi or a minimum of 1 MB. All images and tables must be clearly marked as to their placement in the manuscript.
Authors should follow recommendations in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) for research-based manuscripts. For questions related to publication style or manuscript submission requirements, please contact the Perspectives Editor.
Please include the following with each manuscript submission
A separate page that includes:
- The author’s name, credentials, and affiliation
- Complete contact information with mailing address and email address
- A brief, two-line biographical note (20-25 words)
- Title page
- 150- to 250-word abstract
- A list of keywords: 6 to 10 words
Body of article
- 800-3000 words
- Double-spaced text throughout
- 10- or 12-point font
- Numbered pages
- Complete list of references and/or bibliography (APA format, double-spaced)
Audio and Video
The web-based version of Perspectives (www.ecmma.org) is capable of supporting audio and video clips with online articles. Contact the Perspectives Editor for information on recommended file formats.
Authors are responsible for obtaining all releases and/or permissions necessary for the use and electronic dissemination of photographs and copyrighted materials in Perspectives. An author’s use of photographs of children or of children’s drawings requires signed parental consent forms. Authors of articles that use tables, figures, and images from other copyrighted sources must provide documentation verifying that permission has been obtained. Contact the Perspectives Editor to request appropriate forms or to ask questions about releases and permissions.