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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published (including within conference proceedings) nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Manuscripts submitted to be published as Feature Articles must be between 6000-9000 words in length (including endnotes, captions and references). They must also include a 150 word maximum abstract. If exceeding 9000 words, submitted manuscripts will be returned to authors.

Author Guidelines

Before submitting, all authors must download and read the Dancecult Style Guide (aka "the DSG").

The flow of a typical peer-reviewed piece, from initial submission to publication:

  1. An author submits an article to the journal, or is contacted by an editor to write an article.
  2. The article is forwarded by email to the editor(s).
  3. The editor(s) initiate the peer review process.
  4. Comments on the article are submitted to the editor(s), who then assign one of four evaluations to the article:
    1. Accept for publication as submitted
    2. Accept with minor revisions
    3. Revise and resubmit (no need for re-review)
    4. Revise and resubmit (must be re-reviewed)
    5. Reject for publication
  5. Following outcome A or B the submisson is accepted with / without the requirement for revisions. Following outcome C the author must resubmit for review. Following outcome D, the author must resubmit for re-review. And following outcome E the paper is rejected for publication.
  6. The article is copyedited for formatting, style, spelling and grammar. Where possible, a proof copy is provided to the author.
  7. The article is published in the designated issue of Dancecult.

Please note. Editors screen submissions to ensure manuscripts are relevant to and match the scope of Dancecult, fulfill section protocols (e.g. word limit), meet basic English standards (e.g. grammar, spelling and syntax) and conform to scholarly expectations (e.g. structure, referencing, furthering the advancement of knowledge). Editors maintain the right to reject submissions not complying with any of these basic protocols, requirements, and expectations. It is essential that authors read the Dancecult Style Guide (DSG) carefully before submitting. Submissions that do not comply with the DSG may be returned upon submission. Final acceptance for publication relies on author DSG compliance.

Feature Articles

Feature Articles are 6000-9000 words (including endnotes, captions and bibliography). Must include a 150 word abstract.


This section features foreign-language articles, selected for their quality and contribution to EDMC scholarship, in translation into English. While it is currently beyond the logistical capacities of Dancecult to provide peer-reviewing, editing, and the publication of articles in multiple foreign languages, this new translation project promises to introduce prominent and ground-breaking foreign-language EDMC scholarship to a wider readership, while also increasing the international exposure of non-Anglophone scholars. The articles to be translated for this section are usually selected by the Foreign Languages Editor (FLE), in consultation with the Executive Editor; nonetheless, the FLE will gladly accept suggestions of articles to consider for translation. Contact the FLE by email.

From the Floor

Our "From The Floor" section hosts imaginative submissions reviewed by Dancecult editors (that is, submissions are not typically subject to blind peer-review). Submissions include field reports, mini-ethnographies, photo-essays and interviews. Pieces for this section should be between 750-2500 words in length. Rather than written in the style of an article with formal analysis and many citations, FTF pieces are more conversational or blog-like in style, and may consist of experimental and creative reportage styles across the field of EDM. They may include substantive multimedia components.


Book, screen, conference, festival and exhibition reviews relating to electronic music and dance culture studies (1500 words maximum). For reviewing ideas and suggestions, contact Reviews Editor Anita Jóri:

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