SQ Style Guide

Shakespeare Quarterly follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. All submissions should be double-spaced Microsoft Word documents with double-spaced endnotes in Arabic numerals. All submissions should be in Times New Roman with a 12-point font size. Submissions that do not adhere to Shakespeare Quarterly’s house style will be returned to the author for correction prior to resubmission.

Quotation and citation

  • After the first quotation from Shakespeare’s works, specify the edition used in an endnote.
  • After the initial citation for the Shakespeare edition used, cite 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. If multiple Shakespeare works are quoted, also include the name of the work in question in the parenthetical citation (e.g., Hamlet, 1.1.1).
  • 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, provide inclusive page numbers for the entire essay, as well as the page quoted: 133–54, esp. 135. (This applies to introductions as well.)
  • If referencing a specific volume of a multivolume work, as long as all volumes are published in the same year, cite by Arabic volume number, colon, and page number at the end of the reference: 1:192, 4:367. If the volumes of a multivolume work are published in different years, the abbreviation “vol.” with the appropriate Arabic numeral  (e.g., vol. 1) should appear before the parenthetical publication information. The date given in the parenthetical publication information should be the date of publication for the specific volume in question.
  • 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.