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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

Papers should not exceed 4,500 words (including notes and references). Practice-based papers should normally include images in jpeg format. 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. Authors must also ensure that they have the right to publish the image(s). Reviews should be around 1,000 words. Photo essays should not exceed 2,000 words and 10 pictures.

All contributions should be formatted according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style guidelines and should include a 200 word abstract of the article at the head of the submission, as well as the article itself. 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)

Diana Hacker’s style guide 

(Helpful for more difficult referencing problems)

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.




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