Call For Papers


All the submissions will be made in the form of extended abstracts. The extended abstract gives you opportunity to describe the motivations for your work and the methodology used, as well as providing detailed results and conclusions.

The extended abstracts should be no more than 300 words (extended) in length, be written in English, and address one of the conference topics listed below. All submissions will be considered for both spoken paper and poster presentation categories. However, the author can indicate a preference for either spoken or poster presentation in the submission form. All abstracts will be submitted via an online system in the following link:

The submission must also include a short abstract (maximum 150 words).

We will start accepting submissions on October 23, 2017.

Extended submission deadline: January 15, 2018.

Virtual presentations available: Check bellow!

Notification of acceptance February 19, 2018.

All accepted presenters are invited to submit a 4-8 page proceedings article that will be published online. The deadline for submitting this proceedings article is April 20, 2018.

The acceptance of the submissions will be determined by anonymous peer review. For this reason, researchers should not refer to their own names within the submitted abstracts. Researchers may only apply for one presentation.

Subject Areas

SysMus is dedicated to including a broad range of topics within its conferences, representative of the great diversity within the systematic musicological study. Submissions addressing any of the following subjects are particularly welcome:

  • Systematic musicology
  • Music performance
  • Music perception
  • Music cognition
  • Music psychology
  • Music therapy
  • Music modelling
  • Music information retrieval
  • Music sociology
  • Music education
  • Music technology
  • Music and culture
  • Musical acoustics
  • Music philosophy
  • Music theory and analysis

Oral presentations

Oral presentations will be allocated slots of 20 minutes, with 12 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for discussion, and 3 minutes to prepare for the next talk.

Poster presentations

Poster presentations will have designated time slots and presentation spaces that will not overlap with any other activity.

Virtual presentations

Virtual presentations have been added as an option in order to include potential participants who cannot attend in person due to cost, care or other reasons, as well as a means of contributing to reduce the carbon footprint of our field. These potential participants should submit their work exaclty the same way as if it were a regular oral presentation and inform us about their intetions at before the submission deadline. Virtual presentations have equal standing to oral presentations; only the medium is different. These will also be allocated slots of 20 minutes, with 12 minutes for the presentation (pre-recorded), 5 minutes for discussion (via Skype), and 3 minutes to prepare for the next talk. A Dropbox link (or similar) to the presentation recording should be sent to no later than May 16, 2018.

Virtual posters

Virtual posters will have equal standing to poster presentations; Posters should be sent to in PDF format no later than May 16, 2018 and will be displayed at the venue during the poster sessions. A computer with Skype connection will be available to allow for real-time discussion with the peers. There will be a limited number of virtual posters available, so be sure to inform us about your intentions at before the submission deadline.

A quick summary of what you need to know:

What: 11th International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology

When: June 6th-8th, 2018

Where:  Music Conservatory of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

When are the extended abstracts due? January 15, 2018