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Submissions guide

Who may submit

Contributions are particularly welcome from postgraduate researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career academics in theatre and performing arts.

What to submit

We welcome the submission of academic papers, performance responses, photo essays, book reviews, interviews, and new dramatic writing. Platform particularly welcomes practice-based research papers. We are open to publishing alternative media and academic work. If you would like to submit such material, please contact us to enquire as to its suitability.

Submission guidelines

  • Articles should not exceed 4,500 words (including notes and references). Reviews should be around 1,000 words. Photo essays should not exceed 2,000 words and 10 pictures.
  • Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words. This should be included at the top of the article rather than in a separate document.
  • Please also include an author's biography of no more than 50 words. This should be provided in the accompanying email along with academic affiliation.
  • Submissions should be sent electronically as email attachments to  platform-submissions@royalholloway.ac.uk.
  • By submitting to Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts, you are asserting that your submission is original work, with all authors being appropriately credited, and all references appropriately cited according to MLA. You are affirming that this work has not been published elsewhere. Any potential issues in this regard must be flagged clearly to the editors in an email.

Style guide

When submitting an article to Platform, please ensure it conforms to the following journal styles:

  • Articles submitted should be in Word document format.
  • Since the journal uses the double-blind review process, articles submitted should not contain the name(s) of the author(s). Please ensure that all identifying information has been removed so that we can send your article out to be reviewed anonymously.
  • Please use the MLA citation system. For further details about the MLA style guidelines please consult the sixth or subsequent edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Should a copy not be available, please consult the following short and alternative sources: Departmental style guide  (helpful for basic MLA) and Diana Hacker’s style guide  (Helpful for more difficult referencing problems).
  • The list of Works Cited should have hanging indents.
  • Platform uses the serial comma (also known as the Oxford comma).
  • Quotes should be in single inverted commas (rather than double quotation marks). Quotes within quotes should be in double quotation marks.
  • When a source is written by more than two authors, name only the first author and follow this with ‘et al.’
  • The format for dates mentioned in text or in citations is the following: 29 November 2017.
  • Articles can be written in either British or American English, but should be consistent in their usage.
  • Line spacing for articles is 1.5 lines.
  • For the grammatical dash, please use the em-dash (not the en-dash or hyphen), without spaces before and after the dash.
  • If your article contains any images, then all images should be captioned with a figure number, image title, the place where the image was taken and who the image is courtesy of. Images should normally be in jpeg format. Authors must also ensure that they have the right to publish the image(s). If your article is accepted for publication, you will be asked to provide the in high resolution for the printed version of the journal.




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