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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, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The manuscript has been prepared with the official Markdown template, or is in PDF or DOCX fomat.
  • The manuscript is less than 7,000 words
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • If the official template has not been used, then 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.
  • The authors acknowledge that, if accepted, the manuscript will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0)

Author Guidelines


Manuscripts submitted to Chroma are reviewed by at least two anonymous referees.

Manuscripts are received on the understanding that they are original contributions and not being considered elsewhere for publication (excluding abstract publication within the Australasian Computer Music Conference).


Manuscripts can be submitted in Markdown, PDF, or Microsoft Word (docx) format, although Markdown format is preferred. The official template (link) uses Markdown and provides a 1-column article output in PDF and HTML format.

  • Manuscripts should preferably use the official Markdown template and the PDF output uploaded into the submission system.
  • Manuscripts should normally not be longer than 7,000 words.
  • Mansucripts should begin with an abstract of around 200 words.
  • Figures should be included in the manuscript where they appear. On acceptance,  images should be supplied as separate jpg/png/svg files.
  • It it is the authors' reposibility to seek permission to include copyright figures within their papers if these are required.
  • Citations should be in author-date format and the references section should use APA6 style.

Video and Audio Examples

Video and audio examples that supplement manuscripts are encouraged. In the first instance, we request that authors deposit these examples at Zenodo and refer to them by DOI.

Publication Formats

Articles accepted for publication in Chroma will be published in PDF and HTML format.


Authorship for Chroma articles should follow the Vancouver criteria for authorship and international norms in academic publishing. The submitting author is expected to list all authors in the journal system and manuscript at the time of submission. Changes to the list of authors after submission, acceptance or publication can only take place in exceptional circumstances and can only be authorised by an editor of the journal and publication officer of the Australasian Computer Music Association. An application to change authors should include signed letters from all authors explaining the circumstance that has lead to a change of authorship.


The articles section is for scholarly articles concerning research and artistic progress in computer/electronic music. This includes but is not limited to contributions that have been previously presented by abstract at the Australasian Computer Music Conference.

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