Author Guidelines

General Submission Rules

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

We welcome submissions of articles (approximately 6,000 – 8,000 words) and notes (300 - 5,000 words). We are occasionally willing to consider articles up to 10,000 words in length, depending on topic and methodology, but strongly recommend that contributors wishing to submit longer essays consult the editors via email in advance of submission.

Once you submit your paper you should receive a receipt of acknowledgment, via email, within 24 hours. If you do not receive this acknowledgment within this time period, please promptly resubmit your material. 

We will not consider material that has been previously published, nor will we consider any submission that is being submitted to another journal simultaneously.

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.

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 Digital images of all unpublished manuscript documents must be sent to the journal for paleographical checking.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.

All submissions should conform to the Early Theatre Style Sheet. Please note that citation of available DOIs is a prerequisite for final acceptance. For guidelines for how to check whether a DOI exists for a source you are citing, please consult our Style Sheet Supplement on DOIs.

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. 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to testify to their submission's compliance with the following statements.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  2. To ensure blind review, all identifying information has been removed not only in the content of the article but also in the submission's wordprocessing formatting. (Please ensure that the author's name has been deleted from the text, and that "author" and year are used in the endnotes, instead of the author's name, article title etc. To remove author identification from the properties for the file, 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.)
  3. In your author profile, be sure to include your ORCID iD in the 'Public' tab. If you don’t already have an ORCID iD, you can register for one (free) here. The process is almost instantaneous.
  4. For articles, notes, or Issues in Review essays: we requre an abstract of 100 words maximum as well as keywords.
  5. For book reviews and review essays: we require a one-sentence abstract (eg. 'This review considers Y [title of the book you are reviewing]' or 'This review essay discusses X [general topic]').
  6. The submission uses Canadian spelling, favouring 'ize' over 'ise', as is usually the case in the Oxford English Dictionary. (Please check that dictionary if in doubt.)
  7. The submission uses end-notes (rather than footnotes or parenthetical notes). Please refer to our Style Sheet for examples. End-notes cite Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) where available. Please note that inclusion of available DOIs is now considered a prerequisite for final acceptance. For guidelines on how to check whether a DOI exists for source you are citing, see our Style Sheet Supplement on DOIs
  8. Transcriptions from MSS are rendered according to REED guidelines (for example, using italics for expansions). Please consult Paleography Guide (REED Style).
  9. Any 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Upon acceptance, the author retains copyright but agrees to licence the content to the journal by means of an limited exclusive license. Specifically, if accepted for publication, the author agrees not be publish this submission 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. The author may archive the work on their own site or that of their institution.