SQ Style Sheet

Shakespeare Quarterly follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. All submissions should be double-spaced MS Word documents. For examples of correct citation style, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style Online

Quotation and citation

  • In an endnote after the first quotation from Shakespeare’s works, specify the edition used.
  • After the first citation, quote Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic works parenthetically in the text. For dramatic works, cite by act, scene, and line; for poetic works, cite by line number.
  • 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, or more than 100 words or prose, set off the material as an indented block quotation.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Omit “p.” and “pp.” when citing page numbers. 

Rare materials

  • 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.