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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.
  • To ensure blind peer review, all identifying information has been removed in the content of the submission AND in Microsoft Word's file properties. N.B.: To remove properties for Word files, click on the following, beginning with File on the main menu: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  • For articles, notes, or Issues in Review essays: we require an abstract of 100 words maximum. For book reviews and review essays: we require a one-sentence abstract (eg. "This review essay discusses X [general topic]" or "This review considers Y [title of the book you are reviewing]"). Please be prepared to upload your abstract on the submission metadata page.
  • An author biography (maximum 100 words) in the following format is required (to be submitted as part of the submission metadata): [NAME] [the email address which you want published] is a [master's or doctoral student, lecturer, reader, assistant, associate, or full professor, independent scholar] in the [department (as applicable)] at [University (as applicable)]. Give any pertinent details about recent publications or current project that you wish to announce.
  • Transcriptions from MSS are rendered according to REED guidelines (for example, using italics for expansions). Please consult the Paleography Guide (REED Style).
  • All text in the submission is in 12-point Times New Roman font. The text employs italics, rather than underlining. The text uses single quotation marks. (Double quotation marks appear only when quoted within single quotation marks.) The text places final punctuation outside quotation marks, in conformity with the journal's style (which is based on REED practice, itself based on English (UK) practice).
  • The text uses Canadian spelling, favouring 'ize' over 'ise', as is usually the case in the Oxford English Dictionary. (Please check that dictionary if in doubt.)
  • The text uses end-notes, not footnotes or parenthetical notes. (The only acceptable parenthetical notes give act, scene, and line of a play.) The edition of the play should be end-noted. End-notes cite city and date, but not publisher. Please refer to our Style Sheet for examples.
  • End-note references include Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) where available. Please note that inclusion of available DOIs is now considered a prerequisite for final acceptance of any piece submitted to Early Theatre. For guidelines on how to check whether a DOI exists for source you are citing and how to format DOIs references, see our Style Sheet Supplement on DOIs and our Style Sheet, in particular Part B 'End-note  Citation Instructions  &  Examples,' then 'Online Sources'.
  • The submission does not embed charts, maps, graphics, or other illustrations in the text of your contribution. Charts or illustrations are submitted in separate files as ‘supplemental content’, and are presented as print-ready copy. Phrases such as 'See figure 1' are added within the text of your contribution to direct readers to the correct illustrative material.
  • Upon publication, you agree to indemnify the journal against damage; you agree to obtain necessary permissions for all image reproductions, prior to publication; and you attest to the article’s originality and legitimate legal status.

Author Guidelines

General Submission Rules

It is the policy of Early Theatre to report expeditiously to authors on their submissions – generally within 2-3 months.

We welcome submissions of articles (approximately 6,000 – 8,000 words) and notes (300 - 5,000 words). Once you submit your paper you will receive a receipt of acknowledgment from us, via email, within 1 week. If you do not receive this acknowledgment within this time period, please promptly resubmit your material. 

Authors must take full responsibility for all figures and tables, and present them as print-ready copy. Authors must indemnify the journal against damage; obtain any necessary permissions; and attest to the article’s originality and legitimate legal status.

Please note that we will not accept your work if you are submitting to another journal simultaneously.

All submissions should conform to the Early Theatre Style Sheet.

We use REED-style for document transcriptions; please see Paleography Guide (REED Style). Digital images of all unpublished manuscript documents must be sent to the journal for paleographical checking. Additional style guides for manuscript documents in early modern English or Latin are available from the editor.

Contributors to Early Theatre retain copyright for their work. We require all published authors to grant a limited exclusive license for publication to the journal, according to which authors agree not publish their submissions elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the journal for a period of one year, and without acknowledgment of its initial publication in the journal thereafter.

Prior to initiating the online submission process, please have ready the following items:

  • Manuscript in Microsoft Word
  • Abstract of 100 words maximum (for articles, notes, or Issues in Review essays). Book reviewers and review essay authors: please limit your abstract to one sentence (eg. "This review essay discusses X [general topic]" or "This review considers Y [title of the book you are reviewing]").
  • Author biography (maximum 100 words) in the following format: [NAME] [the email address which you want published] is a [master's or doctoral student, lecturer, reader, assistant, associate, or full professor, independent scholar] in the [department (as applicable)] at [University (as applicable)]. [Give any pertinent details about recent publications or current project that you wish to announce.]
  • Preferred mailing address

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