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Notification of Domain Change

Early Theatre: A Journal Associated with the Records of Early English Drama, is migrating its website -- and journal management system -- from Digital Commons to a new Open Journal Systems (OJS) site. All past content has been transferred.

All submissions should now be made at https://earlytheatre.org/.

This site (http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/earlytheatre/) will be offline as of 1 October 2014.

Please visit https://earlytheatre.org to have a look around and update your Early Theatre bookmark.


General Submission Rules

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

We welcome submissions of articles (approximately 6000 – 7500 words) and notes (300 - 5000 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. Please note that we will not accept your work if you are submitting to another journal simultaneously. Also, we only publish new material.

We use REED-style for document transcriptions; please see Guidelines for Transcribing Records (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 Digital images of all unpublished manuscript documents must be sent to the journal for paleographical checking.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 materials published in Early Theatre become part of the Early Theatre copyright. Authors should request permission to re-use their work; permission includes acknowledging that this journal is the first publisher of the work, and no author will be charged a fee.

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

Check to be sure that you have adhered to the following key points when preparing your contribution for publication:

  • To ensure our blind peer review process, all obvious references by which the referees could identify the author must be removed prior to submission; please also remove any acknowledgments.
  • We loosely follow the Chicago Manual of Style (as opposed to MLA). Consult our Style Sheet and please format your submissions appropriately. Please note that the inclusion of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), where available, is now considered a prerequisite for final acceptance of any piece submitted to Early Theatre
  • This journal uses single quotation marks as the primary quotation style. Double quotation marks would appear only when quoted within single quotation marks.
  • This journal's style is based on REED practice, itself based on English (UK) practice. That means final punctuation, for the most part, goes outside quotation marks.
  • The style is basically Canadian spelling, favouring 'ize' over 'ise', as is usually the case in the Oxford English Dictionary. Please check that dictionary if in doubt.
  • The first paragraph of the essay or after subheadings is not indented. All titles and subheadings, including Notes, are flush-left at the margin.
  • Early Theatre uses end-notes. The only acceptable parenthetical notes give act, scene, and line of a play. The edition of the play should be end-noted.
  • In end-notes, do not cite publisher: cite only city and date. Please refer to our Style Sheet for examples.
  • Note numbers in end-notes appear full-size at the margin (not superscripted or indented).
  • Like the rest of the essay, the end-notes should be in 12-point Times New Roman.
  • Read over the final copy to make sure your text is as clean and error-free as possible.
  • Check to be sure that you do not embed charts, maps, graphics, or other illustrations in the text of your contribution. Submit charts or illustrations in a separate file and also in hardcopy and add words like 'See figure 1' within the text of your contribution to direct readers to the correct illustrative material.

Guidelines for Transcribing Records (REED Style)

Transcriptions from MSS should be rendered according to REED guidelines using italics for expansions. All previously unpublished transcriptions must be checked in the REED office. Please send your digital images of original documents as soon as your article is accepted. Try to anticipate correct transcription practice by consulting Guidelines for Transcribing Records (REED Style).

Book Reviewers

General Submission Rules

Many thanks for your interest in reviewing for Early Theatre. The following are some guidelines that will help you to prepare your book review for publication and will help us to minimize changes to your writing during copy-editing.

  1. Deadlines for reviews will be agreed upon between the author and the Book Reviews Editor at the time the review is commissioned. Please stick to the agreed deadline except in cases of emergency; journal issues are planned with a certain number of reviews in mind and changes in deadline can cause major problems. Please let the book reviews editor know as far in advance as possible of any problems that arise in relation to deadlines.
  2. Most book reviews for Early Theatre should be approximately 1000-1500 words in length. If you feel that you need more words in order to adequately review your chosen book, please check with the Book Reviews Editor in advance of completing your review.
  3. All reviews should follow the general instructions for contributors to Early Theatre as outlined in our Style Sheet.
  4. Double-space all sections of your review and use ONLY Times New Roman 12-point font.
  5. Please head your review with full publication information for the book in question, double-spaced and formatted as follows:

    Name of Author or editor [First name Last name]. Title [in italics]. Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication. Pp # of pages.

    Examples read as follows:

    • Robert Mills. Suspended Animation: Pain, Pleasure and Punishment in Medieval Culture. London: Reaktion Books, 2005. Pp 248.
    • Thomas Rist. Revenge Tragedy and the Drama of Commemoration in Reforming England. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008. Pp ix, 165.
    • Matthew Dimmock (ed.). William Percy’s Mahomet and His Heaven: A Critical Edition. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. Pp 259.
  6. When listing page numbers, use the fewest numbers possible: 140-1 is preferable to 140-141 or 140-41.
  7. Avoid using the passive voice.
  8. Avoid beginning sentences with ‘It is…’ or with adverbial connectives such as ‘However’, ‘Nevertheless’, ‘Moreover’, etc.
  9. Please eliminate all unnecessary commas.
  10. Place your name in small capital letters, flush to the right margin, at the end of your review. For example:

    Lucy Munro
    Keele University