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Reader and Editor Guidelines

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Peer Reviewers

General Instructions

Submissions to Early Theatre are assessed anonymously by at least two readers. Usually the name of the author will be absent from the manuscript; we prefer to offer judgments based on blind peer-review. A copy of your report, edited if required and with your name removed, will be sent to the author unless you indicate otherwise.

Key Points for Preparing Your Review Report:

You should note the following key points when preparing your peer review report for Early Theatre. We ask that you please:

  1. Report your assessment within 4 weeks of your receipt of the article. It is the policy of Early Theatre to report expeditiously to authors on their submissions. Reporting within 4 weeks of your receipt of the article will help us to maintain our timetable.
  2. Use your own judgment about the appropriate length of your appraisal. Typically, manuscript assessments for Early Theatre are about 300-500 words long.
  3. Destroy your copy of the manuscript after you review it or, if you have annotated it for the author’s benefit, please return it to us and we will forward it to the author. This manuscript is a privileged document and should be treated as such.
  4. Assess the article's originality, thesis development, argumentation, notes and references, and readability.
  5. Do not feel the need to copy-edit. Your comments on notes and references should indicate their usefulness and scholarship, not their stylistic accuracy. However, if you wish to, you may consult our Style Sheet.
  6. Our system requires reviewers to choose one of the following recommendations when reviewing an article: 1) Encourage major revisions as described in my report. 2) Accept this article with minor (or no) revisions as described in my report. 3) Reject this article without an option to resubmit.

Contributing Editors for Issues in Review

Initial Instructions

Please follow these guidelines, and consult the editor or managing editor if in doubt about how to proceed.

  1. The approximate length of the section is 25000 words. We can go up to 30000, but that is the absolute maximum. The editor must be advised immediately, if the upper length is anticipated. Each contributor should be writing an essay of no more than 5000 words, or between 4000-5000 words, INCLUDING notes.
  2. The editor should introduce the issue in this section by supplying an overall title for ‘Issues in Review’ and then supplying a title for the editor’s introduction. The introduction may take a variety of shapes, but should introduce the topic by speaking of its currency, outlining its potential for changing views of early drama, and specifically referring to each contributor to this section.
  3. Give the deadlines to each author, and make sure deadlines are kept. The Contributing Editor will select and organize the essays in this section, but the Editor and Managing Editor will locate outside readers to evaluate the section and advise any changes. Peer-review is an important aspect of this section.

    Submission deadlines:

    • May 1 - Initial response to Contributing Editor, agreeing to participate.
    • June 1 - Revised essay to Contributing Editor.
    • June 15 - Complete MS of all the essays to the editors of Early Theatre.
    • July 15 - Peer-review reports sent to Contributing Editor. At this time,the editors will confirm acceptance of each essay, and request that each author fill in an author’s agreement form.
    • August 15 - Final essays sent to Contributing Editor for copyediting. Click here to refer to our Style Sheet.
    • August 31 - ‘Issues in Review’ sent to editor and managing editor of journal for final copyediting before the journal is sent to the printer. Authors will be contacted through the month of September confirming the final copy.
  4. The printer will send PDF proofs in mid- to late October. You have 1 week to respond to the printer directly.

Guest Editors for Special Volumes:

Instructions to Guest Editors

A Guest Editor is in charge of one issue or one volume (2 issues), controlling content (pending peer-review) and copyediting, in consultation with the editor and managing editor of the journal. This is a position of responsibility equivalent to editing a book of essays.

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

The Guest Editor is expected to apply all the copyediting rules and meet the deadline for submitting the issue to the printer (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 harrassing your 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 printer’s errors.

To consult our Style Sheet, click here.

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 REED office 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 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 printer, and make sure all questions from authors are dealt with. Each author will proof his/her essay and return corrections of printer’s errors ONLY to the printer and the Guest Editor.