Shakespeare Quarterly accepts all submissions via Editorial Manager. To use Editorial Manager, go to www.edmgr.com/sq and hit the link “Register Now” to set up an account, if you don’t already have one. Do not set up a new account every time you upload a submission.
Shakespeare Quarterly submissions are reviewed under a double-blind system. Please remove your name, affiliation, citations of your own work, and acknowledgments from the text, notes, tables, and images. In addition, make sure that your name or initials do not appear on any file labels.
If you have any problems or questions the Editorial Manager or with the submission process, please contact Christina LeMaster, Associate Production Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-675-0349.
Preferred length for essays is 7,500 to 9,000 words.
All copy—text (including setoff quotations), endnotes, tables, list of captions, appendices—should be double spaced. Please number all pages consecutively. Pages should have margins of at least one inch on all sides, and all text should be formatted as specified in the SQ style sheet, found below.
Should your essay be accepted for publication, you will be asked to provide a hard copy of the manuscript, a matching electronic file, and a 250-word abstract for publication on SQ’s Web site. Electronic copy may be uploaded via Editorial Manager or by e-mail, ideally in Microsoft Word.
Any illustrations accompanying your essay can be uploaded to Editorial Manager when you submit your article. If your article is accepted for publication, you will not be able to alter your Editorial Manager file and you will need to either provide us with a CD containing high-resolution digital files of all images or e-mail us the images. Images should be at least 300 dpi in TIFF or JPEG format. You must secure written permission(s) and pay any applicable permission or reproduction costs for any images for which you do not hold the copyright. If your illustrations are from the Folger Collections, you may contact our Photography Department to order the images. Any questions about images or permissions for an accepted essay may be addressed to Christina LeMaster.
- SQ does not ordinarily accept unsolicited book reviews.
- When referring to published works other than the volume under review, provide the full title of the cited book and the year of publication. When quoting from another work, please provide an endnote with full bibliographical information—title, author, place of publication, publisher, year, and page.
- For all stage productions discussed, provide the full name of the acting company, director’s name, dates of performance, and the name and location of the venue. When possible, please supply the original cast list (or photocopy) from program notes.
- Film reviewers should include the director's name, production company, cast list, year of release, and format.
- For images, see the General Instructions above.
Shakespeare Quarterly follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.
Punctuation and Spelling
- Use U.S. punctuation and spelling except for quotations.
- Omit underlining and boldface type; use italics for book titles.
- Use only one space after terminal punctuation marks.
- Use en‐dashes for inclusive numbers or dates and em‐dashes in place of double hyphens.
Quotation and Citation
- In an endnote after the first quotation from Shakespeare's works, specify the edition used.
- Quote Shakespeare's dramatic works parenthetically in the text by act, scene, and line.
- Quote Shakespeare's poems parenthetically in the text by line number. For Sonnet 101, line 8, the citation would be 101.8; for The Rape of Lucrece, lines 1423–43, the citation would be ll. 1423–43.
- Cite works by all other authors (including other dramatists) in endnotes.
- Separate run‐in lines of poetry with virgules (forward slashes) and include any terminal punctuation at the end of each line.
- When quoting more than three lines of verse, set off the material as an indented block quotation.
- See the examples in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., §9.60, for citing inclusive numbers: 100–104, 600–613, 107–8, 220–25, 1496–1504, 2787–2816.
- Use brackets inside parentheses.
- Acknowledgments are set above endnotes.
- Include complete bibliographic information in endnotes—author, editor, translator and/or compiler, full title, total number of volumes, publisher, year and place of publication, volume, page(s) cited.
- Render all titles per the Chicago Manual of Style, §8.154–95.
- To cite an essay in a collection, include inclusive page numbers, as well as the page quoted: 133–54, esp. 135.
- Cite a multivolume work by arabic volume number, colon, and page number: 1:192, 4:367.
- To cite a note in another work, give the page number on which the note appears, followed by the letter “n”: 245n.
- Abbreviate “University Press”: U of Chicago P or Johns Hopkins UP.
- Omit “p.” and “pp.” when citing page numbers.
- Provide photocopies of any sources we are unlikely to have access to, such as articles from local newspapers and theater program notes. We may ask for other photocopies as necessary from modern volumes not in the Folger collection.
- Cite all rare books by signature whenever possible; render signatures exactly as printed: ZZZ, not 3Z.
- To cite a modern edition or facsimile of a rare book, provide the year of original publication and signature(s), folio(s), or page number(s).
- Retain original capitalization, spelling, and punctuation in titles and quotations from early modern sources, except for the long s. Do not modernize.
Please feel free to contact Shakespeare Quarterly’s Managing Editor, Mimi Godfrey (phone, 202-675-0347), with any questions or concerns.