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). 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 Digital images of all unpublished manuscript documents must be sent to the journal for paleographical checking.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 the instructions in the "End-notes: Online Sources" section of the Style Sheet and/or our Style Sheet Supplement on DOIs.

Articles, notes, and Issues in Review essays require an abstract of 100 words maximum. Book reviews and review essays 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]").

We also require author biographies (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.

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 all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  2. The submission is in Microsoft Word format.
  3. 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 your name has been deleted from the text, and that "author" and year are used in the endnotes, instead of your actual 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.
  4. Transcriptions from MSS are rendered according to REED guidelines (for example, using italics for expansions). Please consult Paleography Guide (REED Style).
  5. The submission does not embed tables, charts, maps, graphics, or other illustrations in the text of your contribution. Charts or illustrations will be submitted in separate files as ‘supplemental content’. Phrases such as 'See figure 1' are added within the text of your contribution to direct readers to the correct illustrative material.
  6. The author takes full responsibility for all figures and tables, and presents 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.
  7. 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.
  8. All text conforms to the following journal style guidelines: 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.)
  9. The text uses end-notes, not footnotes or parenthetical notes. (The only acceptable parenthetical notes give act, scene, and line of a play.) Please refer to our Style Sheet for examples.
  10. 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, see our Style Sheet Supplement on DOIs. For guidelines on how to format DOI references, see our Style Sheet, in particular Part B 'End-note Citation Instructions & Examples,' then 'Online Sources'.