Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain ® publishes leading-edge content in the field of music perception, cognition and neuroscience.

The Journal invites authors to submit full-length manuscripts reporting experiments, integrative and evaluative reviews of research, and theoretical papers that are either based on or related to experimental research.

The Journal also welcomes Research Notes which are brief reports of research in progress, methodology, or instrumentation. Commentaries on trends in the field or on material published in the Journal and Letters to the Editor will also be accepted. Translations into English of significant papers otherwise unavailable may be submitted, including a short companion paper contextualizing the work or works. Descriptions of training programs or laboratories specializing in the area of psychomusicology are also welcome.

The Journal may include the titles and abstracts of recent theses. Book reviews will typically be by invitation only, however correspondence regarding a book of interest may be directed to either the Editor or the Book Review Editor.

Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain® is a registered trademark of American Psychological Association
Editorial Board


Annabel J. Cohen
University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Associate Editors

W. Jay Dowling
University of Texas at Dallas

Lauren Stewart
Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom

Renee Timmers
University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Consulting Editors

Mayumi Adachi
Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan

Eckart Altenmueller
Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Hanover, Germany

Christine Beckett
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Emmanuel Bigand
Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France

Lola Cuddy
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Lyle Davidson
New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

Diana Deutsch
University of California, La Jolla

Zohar Eitan
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Alf Gabrielsson
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

John Geringer
Florida State University

Amy Graziano
Chapman University

Pamela Heaton
University of London, London, United Kingdom

Peter Keller
University of Western Sydney, Australia

Frank Russo
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gottfried Schlaug
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School

Bill Thompson
Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia

Barbara Tillmann
CNRS – Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France

Laurel Trainor
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Peter Vuust
Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Robert J. Zatorre
McGill University – Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Editorial Manuscript Coordinator

David Roddy
American Psychological Association, Washington, DC

Abstracting & Indexing

Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain®

  • Music Index
  • ProQuest
  • PsycINFO
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Manuscript Submission

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. The publication of manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be delayed as a result.

Please also review the Author(s) Agreement Checklist (PDF, 75KB) prior to submission. The Author(s) Agreement Checklist should follow the cover letter as part of the submission.


Submit manuscripts electronically (.rtf or .doc) through the Manuscript Submission Portal.

Manuscript Submission Portal Entrance

Annabel J. Cohen
Department of Psychology
University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's office.

The manuscript title page should include full contact information for the corresponding author, including address and phone number. Please supply brief (1–3 sentence) biographies of each author on the title page for inclusion in the author note.

Masked Review Policy

Masked reviews are optional, and authors who wish masked reviews must specifically request them at submission.

Authors requesting masked review should make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities. Authors' names, affiliations, and contact information should be included only in the cover letter.

If your manuscript was mask reviewed, please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material
We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article
If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Neurosciences and Music: Part 2

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychomusicology, Vol. 25, No. 4, December 2015. The articles span perceptual, cognitive, affective, neurological, and therapeutic aspects of music, using an array of neuroimaging approaches, statistical approaches, and paradigms.

  • Performance Spaces for Music

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, & Brain, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2015. The articles reflect the wide spectrum of Leo Beranek's contributions to the field of architectural acoustics and show how bridges can be built to connect different disciplines associated with performance spaces.

  • Musical Imagery

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychomusicology, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2015. The issue provides the first compilation of research articles on musical imagery that includes the topic of involuntary musical imagery, sometimes referred to as earworms.

  • Interactions Between Emotion and Cognition in Music

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychomusicology, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2014. The articles further understanding of the ways in which emotions influence music cognition, as well as the ways in which cognitive appraisal of events, persons and/or objects influence music related emotions.

  • Jazz Improvisation

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2013. The articles focus on the music, cognitive, and motor behaviors and processes associated with jazz improvisation.

  • Neurosciences and Music

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychomusicology, Vol. 22, No. 2, December 2012. Includes articles about polyphony, rhythmic ability, metricality, musical encoding and recall in Alzheimer's disease, pitch identification in children with visual impairment, and music perception in those with cochlear implants.