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Article Submission Guidelines

Articles can be submitted to Theatre Survey through the following website:

Please follow this style guide when submitting the article.

Correspondence concerning articles should be addressed to:

Marlis Schweitzer
Editor, Theatre Survey

Editorial Policy & Practices

Theatre Survey (ISSN 0040-5574) is chartered by the American Society for Theatre Research as a theatre history journal. Its theatrical and historical orientations are broadly conceived. Performance-centered and historiographic studies from all points across the historical, cultural, and methodological spectra are welcome. Articles should be submitted in electronic format only (Microsoft Word document). Manuscripts of twenty-five to forty pages in length, standard type (Times New Roman or the like), paginated lower center and double-spaced throughout, including endnotes, should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. Articles submitted to Re: Sources should be ten to twenty pages in length. Titles of publications cited should be italicized and bold fonts avoided. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission and paying costs to reproduce any materials, including illustrations, for which they do not hold the copyright.

Theatre Survey welcomes submissions from authors who have published with us previously. However, in the interest of ensuring that we can serve a wide and diverse community of scholars, we ask authors to wait a minimum of three years between the publication date of a full-length article and the submission of a new piece. The primary exception to this policy would be submission for a special issue aligned with the author's research area that is announced within this three year window. This policy does not apply to book reviews.

Book Review Guidelines

These are editorial and style guidelines for Theatre Survey Book Reviews, including links to a sample book review and the current list of books received. If you have any questions, please contact:

Donovan Sherman
Department of English
Seton Hall University
Fahy Hall, Room 352
400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079

List of Books Received

Book Review Policies

Theatre Survey is chartered by the American Society for Theatre Research as a theatre history journal. We welcome reviews of books that share the journal’s focus on performance-centered and historiographic research. As a widely indexed journal with a substantial circulation, Theatre Survey is central to shaping and expanding the field of theatre history, cultivating a diverse range of critical perspectives and engaging the current conversations in the academy. Reviews are an important part of this project, engaging new directions in the field, helping to create an audience, and analyzing both the contributions and limits of new theatre research. Typically the book review editor identifies and invites appropriate reviewers, but anyone one is welcome to contact the editor to explain both interest and expertise, or to propose reviews. Theatre Survey considers reviews from authors who have demonstrable expertise relevant to the book under review. Such expertise might be demonstrated through publications, teaching experience, and/or a completed dissertation. We also consider book reviews from doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy. To avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interests, authors should not review books that they had any hand in producing or that were written by a current or former direct supervisor, dissertation committee member, or student.It is best to contact the book review editor before submitting a review to insure that the book has not already been assigned. All reviews are subject to final approval by the book review editor in consultation with the journal editor.

Content and Approach

Every review should place the book in the context of existing scholarship, detailing the critical inquiries the book engages without embellishment or exaggeration. If these engagements are limited you should delineate these limits while still respecting the goals of the book. If the book fails to follow through with its objectives you should point this out while still acknowledging where the book is valuable. Brief commentary on distinctive aspects of the scholarly apparatus—such as illustrations, bibliography, documentation, index, and appendices—can also provide readers with helpful information. Because of the requirements of indexing, it is essential that you mention within the first line or two of your review the precise name of the book you are reviewing and the author’s name.

Submitting the Review

Please submit your review via email as a Microsoft Word attachment. If the review contains three or fewer diacritical marks, please alert the reviewer in the e-mail message to insure that the marks are not lost in electronic transmission. If the review contains four or more diacritical marks, please also print a hard copy, circle the diacritical marks, and mail the hard copy to Donovan Sherman at the address listed above. (Hardcopy submission is only necessary when the review contains four or more diacritical marks.)

Editing Process

The Journal does not provide authors with proofs prior to publication. The book review editor will edit for spelling, punctuations, and clarity. However, the editor will contact the reviewer when substantive changes are considered.


Single book reviews should run between 750 and 1,000 words. Reviews exceeding these lengths will be returned for revision and can delay publication. Multiple book reviews may be longer; please consult the book review editor.

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