Submission Guidelines

Papers should be written in English and be submitted, in pdf format, via EasyChair. All papers will be peer reviewed by the FMA 2020 Programme Committee. Review will be single-blind: submitted papers include authors’ names and affiliations. Authors will need to consult the Information for Authors of Springer Computer Science Proceedings and prepare their paper(s) using the Latex2e Proceedings Templates or the Microsoft Word Proceedings Templates. Authors should follow the Guidelines for Proceedings Authors.

Contributions can be submitted either as an Extended Abstract or as a Full Paper.

Extended Abstract: An extended abstract is 4 A4 pages in the Springer template, including headers and references. All submitted extended abstracts will be peer reviewed. Accepted abstracts will be made available online on the workshop website.

Full Paper: A full paper is 12-15 A4 pages in the Springer template, including headers and references. All submitted full papers will be peer reviewed. Full papers will be published by Springer in post-workshop proceedings in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 8 April 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance: 10 May 2020
  • Registration Ends: 22 May 2020
  • Virtual Workshop: 29 June - 1 July 2020
  • Full Papers ready for inclusion in Springer proceedings: 22 July 2020

For FMA 2020 we invite submissions that apply modern methods and technology to advancing the conservation, dissemination and in-depth study of traditional musics and musical cultural heritage from anywhere in the world. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Computational ethnomusicology
  • Computational musicology
  • Digital music libraries and archives
  • Empirical and statistical approaches to music
  • Formal and computational music analysis
  • Machine learning for music analysis and generation
  • Methods for music transcription and annotation
  • Models of oral transmission of music
  • Psychological and cognitive aspects
  • Representation and modelling
  • Retrieval systems for non-Western and folk musics


At least one author of each accepted paper will be expected to register at no cost for the conference by the registration deadline of 22 May 2020. At the time of registration, authors will be expected to provide a poster or abstract version of their submissions which will be posted on the website during the virtual workshop. These summaries of the accepted papers will be used by authors when presenting their work in the virtual poster sessions to be held during the workshop.

Virtual Poster Session

During the scheduled days of the virtual workshop, a virtual poster sessions will take place. For this reason, at least one registered author for each paper should be prepared to contribute actively by being available for live-chat during one of the virtual poster sessions.