Submissions

Below are submission instructions for those preparing to submit essays, book reviews, and readers’ reports to Shakespeare Quarterly. We look forward to considering your work.

Submitting an Essay for Review

When preparing your work for submission to Shakespeare Quarterly, please adhere to the following guidelines. Essays that do not comply will be returned to the author for correction.

Your essay must:

  • Be submitted as a double-spaced Microsoft Word document
  • Feature endnotes with Arabic numerals
  • Adhere to the SQ Style Guide

Your essay must not:

  • Be longer than 10,000 words including endnotes
  • Indicate the identity of the submitting author in any way. Please remove every occurrence of your name from the essay (including in the header) and eliminate your acknowledgements section. If your essay is accepted for publication, you will have the opportunity to provide acknowledgments.

Logging into Editorial Manager

Shakespeare Quarterly considers only essays that are submitted through Editorial Manager, our online manuscript submission system.

If you have ever submitted any work to Shakespeare Quarterly or have provided us with a reader’s report in the past, you have a preexisting Editorial Manager account. Please visit Editorial Manager to log into your existing account. Please do not create additional accounts.

To set up a new account, please visit Editorial Manager and click on the “Register Now” link. You will be asked to provide your current mailing address, email address, and institutional affiliation if applicable. If you are not affiliated with an institution, enter “N/A” into that field.

Submitting via Editorial Manager

After logging into Editorial Manager as an author, click on “Submit New Manuscript” in the main menu. Editorial Manager will then require you to provide a title and a 250-word abstract; it will then prompt you to upload your document (.doc, .docx), create a PDF of your materials, and require you to approve that PDF. If you do not approve the PDF at this stage, Editorial Manager will not recognize your essay as a submission, and your essay will not appear in the system.

Once we process your submission, you will receive a manuscript number in an automated confirmation email.

Submitting Book Reviews and Readers’ Reports

Book Reviews

When you are invited to review a book for Shakespeare Quarterly, you may either accept or decline the invitation by clicking the corresponding links available in the notification email.

To submit your review, log into your Editorial Manager account as an author (not as a reviewer), click on “My Accepted Invitations,” and choose “Submit Invited Manuscript” under the hyperlink entitled “Action Links.” Once we process your submission, you will receive a manuscript number in an automated confirmation email.

Readers’ Reports

If you have been invited to review a submission, you may either accept or decline the invitation by clicking the corresponding links available in the notification email.

To access and download the submitted article, log into your Editorial Manager account as a reviewer (not as an author) and click on “New Reviewer Invitations.” Hover over the “Action Links” drop-down menu and select “View Submission” to download the essay in question.

To upload your recommendation and written report, log into your Editorial Manager account as a reviewer, click on “Pending Assignments” in the main menu, and select “Submit Recommendation” from the “Action Links” drop-down menu.