Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

Theatre Topics is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Topics is committed to publishing original scholarship written in accessible, well-defined language addressing a wide range of subjects, with an emphasis on articles that reflect the intersection of theory and practice. The journal is published three times a year (March, July, and November). Topics’ readership includes theatre educators, practitioners, and scholars. Subjects of interest include theatre practice (acting, design, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, etc.), theatre pedagogy, advocacy, and applied theatre.

Theatre Topics accepts submissions in the following three formats:

Peer-reviewed article A double-spaced MS Word file 4,000–6,000 words in length. This is a double blind peer-review process. Editors read all submissions. Should they deem a submission potentially worthy of publication, they send the essay to two external reviewers. Based on the recommendations, the editors will either reject the essay, invite the author to revise and resubmit, or accept contingent upon successful revision (minor or major as indicated). Authors should allow up to 2-5 months from submission to final response. If accepted, the issue's editor will work with the author on any needed revision. The completed essay will then be sent for copy edits and finally for proofs. 

Note from the Field are brief works of fewer than 4,000 words. These projects should articulate relevant and meaningful perspectives on subjects of current interest in theatre, the performing arts, and / or pedagogical activity. The editors value work that invites readers to consider making or teaching theatre in the present moment in addition to strategies for assessing a specific theatre practice or pedagogy. Notes can be creative in nature and focus on direct, personal experiences. The editorial staff is particularly interested in Notes that expand beyond the personal essay to include interviews, dialogic formats, and manifestos. We also consider discussions of classroom exercises, resource lists, syllabi, and other hands-on tools or guides to practice and pedagogy. Unlike peer-reviewed articles, the author need not include a detailed theoretical frame; however, Notes must have a clear argument that is supported by evidence. Notes will not be sent through the double-blind peer-review process but will be evaluated by the editorial staff. The editors will contact the author with the decision of rejection, an invitation to revise and resubmit, or an acceptance (contingent upon successful revision, minor or major as outlined). Authors should allow up to 2-5 months from submission to final response. If accepted, the issue's editor will work with the author on any needed revision. The completed Note will then be sent for copy edits and finally for proofs. 

Book Reviews The journal publishes reviews of works relevant to theatre pedagogy and praxis. Interested reviewers for Topics should send a resume and a letter indicating areas of expertise to the Book Review Editor, Megan Sanborn Jones, at msjones@byu.edu. Commissioned authors will be provided more detailed guidelines.  

The journal acknowledges receipt of submissions by e-mail within 1–2 weeks. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.