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Shakespeare Bulletin welcomes submissions of original, unpublished work in English that is not under consideration elsewhere.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 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-blind peer review. Shakespeare Bulletin uses readers at all career stages, chosen for their expertise in the subject area(s) of the submitted article. Readers agree to the journal’s peer review guidelines for ethical reviewing practice. 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.

We aim to give a full response to authors within four to 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 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. Submissions may be returned to the author if the revisions and explanations do not fully account for concerns raised at the peer review stage, which can delay publication. Accepted submissions are usually published in the next volume following confirmation that a submission has been definitively accepted.

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