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Guidelines for Writers Submitting to eContact!

The Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s online journal for electroacoustic practices

Please read the following text carefully before beginning to prepare your submission, and review it again before sending your submission.

  1. Formatting Guidelines:
    General | Hyperlinks | Images
  2. Permissions and References:
    The Author’s Responsibility | Internet References | Bibliography and References | Examples of Bibliographical Entries
  3. Preparing and Sending Your Submission:
    Materials to Include as Attachments | Information to Include in the Body of the Email

1. Formatting


Provide your article as an MS Word document (from our template) using only the styles found in the template. Do not format the document otherwise (columns, section breaks, etc.). Styles can be accessed via a menu at the top left of your MS Word document, normally to the left of the font menu.

See the template for various examples of proper formatting and organization of your text (references, citations, audio/video materials, etc.).

Do not submit html documents.

Do not enlarge or reduce any text: use styles exactly as they appear in the template.


Titles of journals, musical works and CDs mentioned in the article should be in italics, not in quotation marks. (Slight difference in bibliographic entries: see below.)

Avoid overuse of quotation marks (a.k.a. “scare quotes”).

Do not hyperlink text, simply include the full web address (include “http://” prefix) inline at an appropriate position to indicate links to us, e.g.:

The CEC’s journal of electroacoustics, eContact! <>, is blah blah…

More articles are available on her website <>.


Don’t waste time formatting or positioning the image(s) in your text. If you place them at all in the body of the article (which we discourage!), simply position them at a point in the text that makes it clear what the image relates to, we will deal with the layout. Also send all images as a separate zipped archive (see §3).

Provide a caption for each image at the appropriate point in the text, e.g.:

Image 1. Left to right, the author and three anonymous admirers. Photo © 2008 Bob the Fisherman.

Video 1. (4:56). Excerpt from AuthorName’s WorkTitle (2000) performed by ENSEMBLE during CONTEXT at VENUE in CITY on 00 MONTH 2014.

2. Permissions and References

The Author’s Responsibility

The author is responsible for securing all permissions for use of any images or soundfiles used in your articles, and is strongly encouraged to keep copies of these.

Internet References

Download any web-based materials cited in your article for future reference. Link rot is common and your source may at some point in the future be unavailable on the Internet.

Bibliography and References

The author is responsible for providing COMPLETE BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION and for carefully making sure the entries conform to our examples below.

References (to items in your bibliography) in the article body should be indicated with the author’s family name, year of publication and page numbers in parentheses (Smith 2000, 23–25).

Double check that you have:

Examples of Bibliographic Entries

Use the following format for your bibliographic entries. NB: The CEC published an Electroacoustic Bibliography page in eContact! 8.4 that contains many common electroacoustic-related sources. Feel free to copy complete bibliographic entries directly from that page.

FamilyName1, GivenName1 and Given2 Family2 (Eds.). BookTitle. City: Publisher, 2013.

FamilyName, GivenName. “BookChapterTitle.” In BookTitle. 2nd edition, vol. 8. Edited by GivenName FamilyName. City: Publisher, 2013, pp. 123–145.

FamilyName, GivenName. “ArticleTitle.” JournalTitle 14/2 (Spring 2010) “JournalTheme,” pp. 123–145.

_____. “ThesisTitle.” Unpublished doctoral dissertation / master’s thesis, UniversityName, 2014.

FamilyName, GivenName. “Article.” ICMC 2015: “Looking Back, Looking Forward”. Proceedings of the 41st International Computer Music Conference (Denton TX, USA: University of North Texas, 25 September – 1 October 2015).

FamilyName, GivenName. “CompositionTitle.” CDTitle. OrchestraName conducted by ConductorName. Montréal: empreintes DIGITALes CatalogueNumber, 2010.

FamilyName, GivenName (Dir.). FilmTitle. With ACTORName, ACTORName and ACTORName. 2010.

FamilyName, GivenName. Personal Interview / Email exchange / Private correspondence. 29 February 2010.

Wikipedia contributors. “Open Source.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation Inc.

FamilyName, GivenName. CompositionTitle (2011). YouTube video “TITLEonYouTube” (0:00) posted by “USERNAME” on 28 February 2014. [Last accessed 5 March 2014]

3. Preparing and Sending Your Submission

Send all materials by email to eContact! Coordinating Editor, jef chippewa.

Materials to Include as Attachments

Information to Include in the Body of the Email

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