International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Guidelines on Publications

These Guidelines are intended for those who consider publishing volumes under the auspices of the International Council for Traditional Music.

General provisions

Any publications resulting from the activities of the Council and not published directly by the Secretariat, including but not limited to ICTM Colloquia, ICTM Study Group Symposia and websites, and meetings of National and Regional Committees, shall be governed by these Guidelines.

These Guidelines concern both printed and electronic publications, regardless of their contents, length, language, or editorial procedures.

The editor or one of the editors of the envisioned publication shall communicate with the Secretariat at least three times:

  • For the first time prior to the start of the editing process, to provide and receive the basic necessary information,
  • For the second time after the completion of the editing process, but prior to printing or to launching of the electronic publication, to receive formal approval. The Secretariat shall either grant the approval or request specific improvements from the editor/s within a period not longer than two weeks after receiving the document.
  • For the third time after the launching of the publication, to provide the Secretariat with a copy for the ICTM archive. This copy will also be used for the short presentation of the publication in the Bulletin of the ICTM

Whenever possible, publications should be double-blind refereed (anonymity of author to referee and referee to author). This is important in many places for publications to be counted for purposes of promotion of the individual and assessment of the standing of the Department, School, Faculty, Institute or University to which the author belongs. An exception to this may be the publication of the Proceedings of a Symposium, Colloquium or other meeting when all papers are published without selection.

Usage of ICTM logo

The ICTM logo shall be featured prominently on the publication, if possible on the front cover and on the title/first page.

The Secretariat shall provide the necessary files to the editor/s.

Ratified in July 2014 (Astana).