Guidelines: Guest Editors for Special Volumes

Instructions to Guest Editors

A guest editor works on one issue or one volume (2 issues) of the journal, helping to oversee content (pending peer-review) and copyediting in consultation with the Editors of the journal. This is a position of responsibility equivalent to editing a book of essays.

The guest editor, in consultation with the Early Theatre editors, will seek peer-review for the issue, either essay by essay or as a whole issue. At least two reports are required.

Guest editors are expected to apply all the copyediting rules and meet the deadline for submitting the issue to the typesetter (usually during the week ending in April 15 for the June issue, or the week ending in October 15 for the December issue). That may mean being in close contact with contributing authors. The guest editor will write the Editorial introducing the point of the special issue(s) and any project that supports it. Each author must agree to the final copy of the copyedited file. No further changes will be allowed after that point, except to correct typesetting errors.

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If unpublished manuscript copy is involved (from a public records office or private estate archive), then the guest editor is responsible for making sure copies of that manuscript (electronic preferred) and copies of the essays using such manuscript sources are sent to the journal's paleographer for checking transcriptions. Each author must secure permissions for using private archival material, as required.

If the issue is to include book reviews (June issue), the guest editor must make sure that there is room for at least 10-12 book reviews (approximately 40 pages). The total page count for the issue is not to exceed 200 pages (approx 100,000 words). If the guest editor believes that the total page count either might approach the maximum allowable or might be far enough under that number to accommodate extra book reviews, she or he should consult with the journal's book review editor to ensure that the issue's length is close to but does not exceed 200 pages. If the special issue is a December issue, then ‘Issues in Review’ will not be included, unless there is a specific issue within the special issue that warrants a section of short essays or notes on that sub-topic. The guest editor will make that decision, in consultation with the editors of the journal.

The guest editor will proof the PDF pages sent by the typesetter, and make sure all questions from authors are dealt with. Each author will proof his/her essay and return corrections of typesetting errors ONLY to the typesetter and the guest editor.