Author Guidelines

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 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, and 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 detailing the subject and rationale of the issue, the proposed contributors and contributions (with abstracts of 200–250 words), and the envisaged timetable. Proposals should be emailed directly to the general editor at

Special issues usually include 4-8 articles, provided the total word count is 40,000–55,000 words. Special issues may also include performance and book reviews, in consultation with the journal’s editorial team.

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 from the published, publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged.

Shakespeare Bulletin House Style for articles

Shakespeare Bulletin generally follows the guidelines set down in the most recent MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (currently the 8th edition, 2016).

Detailed author guidelines addressing common queries may be downloaded here.

Guidance on using images in articles can be found here.