Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

Shakespeare Bulletin welcomes submissions of original, unpublished work in English that is not under consideration elsewhere. The general editor conducts an initial review to ensure that the submission focuses on Shakespeare or other early modern drama in performance and is of suitable quality. Given the number of submissions Shakespeare Bulletin receives, it is not possible to review unfinished work or to provide extensive comments on submissions that are rejected at this stage.

A submission that passes this initial review is sent to two readers for double-blind peer review. Reviewers may recommend that the submission be accepted, provisionally accepted with revisions, not accepted but resubmitted with revisions and sent for another round of peer review, or rejected without the possibility of resubmission. Along with this recommendation, reviewers complete a short questionnaire about the suitability of the proposed article for Shakespeare Bulletin in terms of its topic, approach, and overall quality, and, if the article is recommended for publication with revision, are invited to specify the revisions that should be made before the submission is definitively accepted. Peer review can take up to four months, after which the author is informed of the general editor’s decision and provided with recommendations contained in the readers’ reports, to which have been added the general editor’s remarks.

Accepted and provisionally accepted submissions are sent to the author with the reviewers’ reports and a deadline for return to the general editor one or (in the case of substantial revisions) two months later. Authors are required to respond to all revision suggestions, either by making the requested revisions or by explaining why the suggestion has not been adopted. Submissions may be returned to the author if the revisions and explanations do not address all of the concerns raised at the peer review stage, which can delay publication. Accepted submissions are usually published in the next volume (not issue) following confirmation that a submission has been definitively accepted.