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Shakespeare Bulletin

General Editor :

Peter Kirwan, Mary Baldwin University

Volume:
Volume
40 (2022)
Frequency:
Frequency
Quarterly
Shakespeare Bulletin is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal which publishes articles at the cutting edge of Shakespearean and early modern performance studies and theater history. Since its early days as the publication of the New York Shakespeare Society (from 1980) and its incorporation of the Shakespeare on Film Newsletter edited by Kenneth Rothwell and Bernice Kliman in 1992, Shakespeare Bulletin has grown into the leading journal of early modern performance studies.

It is a distinguishing feature of this journal that it welcomes scholarship on the full range of plays not only by Shakespeare…
Shakespeare Bulletin is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal which publishes articles at the cutting edge of Shakespearean and early modern performance studies and theater history. Since its early days as the publication of the New York Shakespeare Society (from 1980) and its incorporation of the Shakespeare on Film Newsletter edited by Kenneth Rothwell and Bernice Kliman in 1992, Shakespeare Bulletin has grown into the leading journal of early modern performance studies.

It is a distinguishing feature of this journal that it welcomes scholarship on the full range of plays not only by Shakespeare but also by other early modern dramatists. The journal also publishes theater, film, and book reviews, providing a record of performance and scholarship in a variety of media throughout the world.

The journal is edited by an international team of scholars and has its offices at the Shakespeare & Performance program at Mary Baldwin University, USA.
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Shakespeare Bulletin is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal which publishes articles at the cutting edge of Shakespearean and early modern performance studies and theater history. It is a distinguishing feature of this journal that it welcomes scholarship on the full range of plays not only by Shakespeare but also by other early modern dramatists. The focus of all articles submitted should, in one way or another, be on the performance of these plays, in any medium, whether in the early modern period or in later centuries.

Articles may examine performances of early modern plays in their own period and/or beyond; explore the use of performance in scholarship, activism, or teaching; develop performance-related scholarly methodologies and theoretical approaches to the performance of early modern drama; compare productions or analyze a single production; scrutinize ground-breaking new modes of performance in a variety of media and venues; explore performance traditions of early modern drama around the world; interrogate the intersections of performance with new and existing subfields of research into early modern drama.

All proposals are treated with the strictest confidence, and reviewers will not share submissions with anyone other than the editor.

Submitting an article

The journal normally publishes at least two open issues every year. Please submit articles (as Microsoft Word documents) directly to the general editor at SBeditor@marybaldwin.edu. You do not need to include a cover letter, but please include a short abstract (200–250 words) and a confirmation that the article is not under consideration elsewhere.

The standard length of articles in the journal is between 6,500 and 9,000 words, though we will consider shorter and longer submissions where appropriate. In recognition of the labor undertaken by authors submitting articles, we do not require initial submissions to be formatted according to the house style, but should the article be accepted it will be the author’s responsibility to format the article to house style. Doing so from the start will help expedite publication.

Proposing a special issue

Shakespeare Bulletin welcomes proposals for guest-edited issues from scholars at all career stages. To propose a special issue, please submit a proposal which includes:

  • An overview of the subject of and rationale for the special issue
  • A list of contributors with short biographies (200–250 words)
  • A list of contents with short abstracts (200–250 words)
  • A proposed timeline for completion of the issue

Proposals should be emailed directly to the general editor at SBeditor@marybaldwin.edu. Special issues usually include 4–8 articles, provided the total word count (including notes and bibliography) is 40,000–55,000 words. Special issues may also include performance and book reviews, in consultation with the journal’s editorial team.

Special issues should reflect appropriately the diversity of the subject area under discussion, in both subject coverage and the choice of contributors.
Following acceptance, the guest editors will have primary responsibility for supporting contributors to the issue through the revision and copy-editing processes, with the support of the General Editor and Editorial Assistant.

Open access

Shakespeare Bulletin is a RoMEO green journal and permits authorial archiving of pre-print and post-print articles on author server, departmental server, institutional server, or in Open Access Archives, if required by law. Authors must request prior permission to republish work originally featured in the journal, and the publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged.

Shakespeare Bulletin House Style for articles

Shakespeare Bulletin broadly follows the guidelines set down in the most recent MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (currently the 9th edition, 2021), with some tailoring to suit the journal’s content.

Detailed author guidelines addressing common queries may be downloaded here.

Guidance on using images in articles can be found here.

The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

Peer Review Policy

Articles

Shakespeare Bulletin welcomes submissions of original, unpublished work in English that are not under consideration elsewhere. The general editor conducts an initial review to ensure that the submission focuses on early modern drama in performance and is of suitable quality. If an article is unsuitable for the journal, the editor will make recommendations for other outlets that might be more suitable.

A submission that passes this initial review is sent to at least two readers for double-anonymous peer review. Shakespeare Bulletin uses readers at all career stages, chosen for their expertise in the subject area(s) of the submitted article, and readers may or may not be members of the editorial board.

The journal preserves the anonymity of reviewers for two primary reasons:

  1. As reviewers may themselves be junior scholars in the field, this allows them to give honest feedback without risk of personal or professional detriment.
  2. As reviewers may be at different career stages, it allows the author to respond to feedback based on the merit of the feedback, rather than on the reviewer’s status.

Readers may choose to waive their anonymity at any stage of the process, particularly following the acceptance of articles. Readers agree to the journal’s peer review guidelines for ethical reviewing practice, and all reports will be vetted for their adherence to these guidelines before communication to authors.

Reviewers may recommend one of four outcomes:

  • Accept the submission
  • Provisionally accept with revisions
  • Not accept but resubmit with revisions (with or without another round of peer review)
  • Decline publication without the possibility of resubmission.

Based on these recommendations, the general editor will communicate the decision to the author along with their own remarks and a summary of the reviewers’ comments. The general editor accepts ultimate responsibility for the return of ethical, constructive reviews to authors.

We aim to give a full response to authors within six weeks of the original submission. Where circumstances delay a response beyond this period, the general editor will communicate with the author to keep them updated about their article’s progress.

If revisions are required, authors will be given a deadline by which to respond to the reviewer comments and to submit a revised piece, formatted according to the journal’s style guide . Authors are asked to explain in their resubmission how they have responded to the reviewer’s comments. If the revisions and explanations do not fully account for concerns raised at the peer review stage, articles will be returned to the author for further revision, which can delay publication. Accepted submissions are usually published in the next available issue following confirmation that a submission has been definitively accepted.

Special Issues

Special issue proposals are sent to three members of the journal’s editorial board, who will assess the issue’s suitability for inclusion. Submitting editors and authors are not anonymized, as the appropriateness of the contributors to the proposed topic is part of what reviewers will assess.

Once the full issue is complete and submitted, it will usually be sent out in its entirety to one of the original reviewers for a clearance review. The individual articles will each be sent out to a further specialist reader, who may or may not be a member of the editorial board, and who will give feedback as per our guidelines for article reviewers.

Shakespeare Bulletin is committed to anti-racist and inclusive scholarly practice. Please read the editors’ response to the Race Before Race open letter here.

General Editor           

Peter Kirwan,
Mary Baldwin University 
Email: SBeditor@marybaldwin.edu.

Book Reviews Editor

Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich,
Ohio State University 
Email: kolkovich.1@osu.edu

Performance Reviews Editor

Kathryn Vomero Santos
Trinity University
Email: ksantos@trinity.edu

 

Editorial Assistant

Emily Mayne,
University of Nottingham
Email: Emily.Mayne@nottingham.ac.uk

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board of Shakespeare Bulletin includes scholars at all career stages reflecting different constituencies of the journal. During their term on the Editorial Board, members play an active role in reviewing articles and special issue proposals in their areas of expertise and advising on journal policy. We invite the editors of special issues to join the Editorial Board as part of their involvement with the journal. Members of the Editorial Board abide by the Terms of Reference.

Pascale Aebischer, University of Exeter
David Sterling Brown, Trinity College
Mark Thornton Burnett, Queen’s University Belfast
Lauren Eriks Cline, St. Norbert College
Vanessa Corredera, Andrews University
Keir Elam, University of Bologna
Michael D. Friedman, University of Scranton
Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare’s Globe/King’s College London
Sawyer Kemp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amy Kenny, University of California, Riverside
Courtney Lehmann, University of the Pacific
Cary Mazer, University of Pennsylvania
Lucy Munro, King’s College London
Kathryn Prince, University of Ottawa
Richard Schoch, Queen’s University Belfast
Greg M. Colón Semenza, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Kim Solga, Western University
Ayanna Thompson, Arizona State University
Evelyn Tribble, University of Connecticut
Nora Williams, University of Essex
W. B. Worthen, Barnard College, Columbia University
Ramona Wray, Queen’s University Belfast
Sandra Young, University of Cape Town

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of Shakespeare Bulletin is made up of longstanding contributors both to the journal and to the field of early modern performance studies, who offer their services both as expert reviewers and as consultants on journal policy.

Stephen M. Buhler, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Samuel Crowl, Ohio University
Katharine Goodland, CUNY
Andrew James Hartley, UNC Charlotte
Naomi C. Liebler, Montclair State University
Genevieve Love, Colorado College
Kirk Melnikoff, UNC Charlotte
Carol Chillington Rutter, University of Warwick
Tiffany Stern, Shakespeare Institute
Fran Teague, University of Georgia
Paul Yachnin, McGill University

Founding Editor

Seymour Isenberg

Previous Editors

James P. Lusardi and June Schlueter, Lafayette College (1983–2003)
Andrew James Hartley, University of North Carolina, Charlotte (2003–2013)
Pascale Aebischer, University of Exeter (2012–2017)
Kathryn Prince, University of Ottawa (2017–2021)

Shakespeare Bulletin publishes reviews of new books within the field of early modern performance studies and theater history.

Authors interested in writing book reviews should first contact the Book Reviews Editor, Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich, at kolkovich.1@osu.edu to discuss a proposed review. Reviews are usually around 2000 words, and the journal will work with publishers to provide reviewers with complimentary access to the book.

Authors and publishers who would like their books to be reviewed in Shakespeare Bulletin are invited to email the Book Reviews Editor. Review copies should be sent to the address below.

Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich
Ohio State University
1760 University Drive
Mansfield, OH 44333
United States

Please send book review copies to the contact above. Review copies received by the Johns Hopkins University Press office will be discarded.

Detailed Book Review guidelines may be accessed from this link.

Shakespeare Bulletin publishes a substantial section of performance reviews in each issue. These may include theater productions, films, digital and live broadcast productions, dance, opera, comedy, adaptations, new writing, and other forms of performance derived from the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Authors interested in writing performance reviews for Shakespeare Bulletin are advised to contact the Performance Reviews Editor, Kathryn Vomero Santos, in the first instance at ksantos@trinity.edu. Reviewers may use their Shakespeare Bulletin affiliation to request complimentary tickets from theaters, but only if the review has been agreed in advance with the Performance Reviews Editor. Reviews are usually 1000–1500 words long.

Detailed Performance Review guidelines may be accessed from this link.

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • EBSCOhost
    • Current Abstracts, 6/1/2004-
    • Humanities International Complete, 6/1/2004-
    • Humanities International Index, 6/1/2004-
    • Humanities Source, 6/1/2004-
    • Humanities Source Ultimate, 6/1/2004-
    • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text, 1/1/1999-
    • Literary Reference Center, 1/1/2005-
    • Literary Reference Center Plus, 1/1/2005-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 6/1/2004-
  • Gale
    • Book Review Index Plus
    • Gale Academic OneFile, 03/2004-
    • Gale Academic OneFile Select, 03/2004-
    • Gale General OneFile, 03/2004-
    • Gale OneFile: High School Edition, 03/2004-
    • Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines, 03/2004-
    • InfoTrac Custom, 3/2004-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Shakespeare Collection, 3/2004-
  • OCLC
    • ArticleFirst, vol.19, 2001-vol.29, no.4, 2011
    • Electronic Collections Online, vol.24, no.1, 2006-vol.29, no.3, 2011
  • ProQuest
    • Arts Premium Collection, 1/1/2006-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Music & Performing Arts Collection, 01/01/2017-
    • Performing Arts Periodicals Database, 01/01/2006-
    • Periodicals Index Online, 5/1/1983-9/1/1983
    • The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL)

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • MLA Abstracts of Articles in Scholarly Journals (Ceased) (Print)

Source: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.

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Readers include: Professionals in the theatre world and Shakespeare academicians and practitioners

Print circulation: 96

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