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Requirements for Submission

Most of the information below are standard procedures but are provided to try to maintain a level of uniformity within the journal



The ‘Journal of Carnival Arts: Steelpan, Calypso and Mas’ provides an expansive platform to report work on steelpan, calypso and related carnival arts.  It is a free and open access gateway in which authors are responsible for the content, ownership of their material and responsible for seeking permission to report their work from their own establishments. Confirmation of approval for sharing of the material on this site should be submitted with the paper. The ‘journal’ conforms to high ethical standards with papers published after they have been peer-reviewed.


The ‘journal’ aims to provide clear, invigorating and comprehensible accounts of early and contemporary research in steelpan, calypso and carnival arts, unifying aspects of steelpan activities with carnival arts and includes research done in academia to the work of grass roots practitioners of the pan yards, calypso tents and mas camps. The coverage spans general, pure research and applied fields and  draws on related areas of metallurgy, acoustics, new technologies, databases, relevant software, steelpan forms, advances, performances, arts and crafts, movement, costumes, archiving, social commentary, music, history and development of calypso, extempo, pioneering work of artists including biographies, and development of carnival arts globally. The journal strives to strengthen connections between research and practice, so enhancing professional development and improving practice within the field of carnival arts. 

Material on this site remains the properties of the authors. This open access is for group sharing and interactions and does not reflect the page editors views or ownership.

Helpful Tips for Formatting an Article

Submission of an Article:

Submitted articles should have a summary/abstract, separate from the main text, of up to 300 words. This summary should not include references, numbers, abbreviations or measurements unless essential.

The summary should provide a basic-level introduction to the field; a brief account of the background and principle of the work; a statement of the main conclusions; and 2-3 sentences that place the main findings into a general context. The text may contain a few short subheadings of no more than 40 characters each.


Formats for contributions:

The following will be considered: 

Original articles, reviews, abstracts, addendums, announcements, article-commentaries, book reviews, rapid communications, letters to the editor, annual meeting abstracts, conference proceedings, project-reports, corrections, discussions, meeting-reports, news, orations, reviews, hypotheses, and analyses.

Cover Letter:

All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter briefly stating the significance of work, agreement of authors and institute for publication. 


Article Preparation Guidelines:

Manuscript title: The title should be limited to 30 words or less and should not contain abbreviations.  The title should be a brief phrase describing the contents of the paper. 


Author Information:

Complete name and affiliation of all the authors, including contact details of corresponding author 



The Abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the paper, indicate significant results and point out major findings and conclusions. The abstract should summarise the manuscript content in 300 words or less. 



Introduction: The introduction should set the tone of the paper by providing a clear statement of the study, the relevant literature on the study subject, and the proposed approach or solution. The introduction should be general enough to attract a reader’s attention from a broad range of carnival arts disciplines and should lead directly into the aims of the work.


Description of the work:

This section should provide a complete overview of the design of the study. 

Detailed descriptions of materials or participants, comparisons, interventions and types of analysis should be mentioned. However, only new procedures need to be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. 

Findings and Discussion:

This section should provide evidence that support the conclusion of the study while speculation and detailed interpretation of data should be included in the Discussion.



This section includes acknowledgment of people, grant details, funds, etc.

Reviews and other articles:                                                                                                        

Authors may devise their own headings, clear titles, headings, subheadings and respective subtitles.


References:                                                                                                                                                             Published or accepted manuscripts should be included in the reference list. Meetings, abstracts, conference talks, or papers that have been submitted but not yet accepted may be cited as “submitted for publication”, “personal communication” or “Proceedings of the (relevant) meeting”


References may be listed by author(s) in alphabetical order or numbered in the order that they appear in the text. If the former is used, list only the first author and the date in brackets for example, Williams et al (2016). Multiple citations within a single set of brackets should be separated by a semicolon. When using numbers, a range should be given where there are three or more sequential citations for example: (1, 5-7, 28). When using names each reference is separated by a semicolon such as Williams et al 2016; Smith and Charles 2014; Stewart, 2015). 

Up to two authors may be given in the text (eg Smith and Charles 2014). In either case, list all references in the reference list alphabetically. 

Examples of reference format: 

  1. Published paper: 

Dennis, R. A (1971). A preliminary investigation of the manufacture and performance of a tenor steelpan. 3: 32 - 71.


  1. Book

Hocking, C (2005). The story of the Bridgewater Carnival from 1880 to 2005. The Bridgewater Educational Press; Somerset. 


  1. Conference 

Shah H.N. The Fusion of Steelpan with other Art Forms in the 21st Century. Proceedings of the 6th International Biennial Steelpan Conference. London, 7-9th October, 2016. 



These should be used at a minimum and designed as simple as possible. Each table should be on a separate page, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and supplied with a heading and a legend. Tables should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The same data should not be presented in both table and graph form or repeated in the text. 



The preferred file formats for photographic images are TIFF and JPEG.

Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text. Label figures sequentially, example, Figure 1: ..... and cite in the text as Fig 1.



Electronic proofs with suggested changes will be sent as an e-mail attachment to the corresponding author for consideration prior to publication. 

Standard Publications:


Main articles - usually 3,000 - 7,500 words

Shorter articles - up to 3,000 words.

Suggestions for reviews of books and exhibitions are welcomed. 


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