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Open Call for a Special Issue of
Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies

First publication date available: Fall 2017


Skenè. JTDS solicits high-quality proposals for a Special Issue that will be evaluated in a highly competitive procedure. The proposed issue should focus on a substantive or methodological question of broad interest to scholars of theatre and drama with special regard to the journal’s main areas of interest: critical approaches to the play text and the performance text within an interdisciplinary context; philological, linguistic, rhetorical, semiotic, and translation studies, as well as literary and philosophical hermeneutics, reception studies, sociology of theatre, and performance studies.

The papers may exemplify a variety of theoretical perspectives and different methodological approaches and the topic must represent an area of high interest and relevance for the journal. Special Issue proposals do not have to focus on research areas that have already been covered in the journal (see the Back Issues page for further information) or are being addressed in the special issues under preparation (see the Announcements page for further information).

Proposals for a Special Issue should have a well-articulated unifying theme and reflect, at an international level, the best work in a particular research area, either a mature area or an emerging one, in which future investigation may be boosted by the publication of a set of excellent papers. 

Specifically, a proposal for a Special Issue should include: 

-       the name and address for communication of the guest editor(s);
-       a 250-word bio-biblio of the guest editor(s) and a list of publications;
-       a 500-word rationale explaining the scope and significance of the proposed theme;
-       a list of the authors (and their affiliations) of a sufficient number of contributions to secure at least 7 final articles;
-       a 300-word abstract for each of the contributions;
-       at least 3 possible reviewers of the single papers, who are not involved in any of the contributions.   

Please take into account that an author can be involved in only one paper and the guest editor should not be an author as well. The length of a paper and of the editor’s introduction to the issue is 7,000-9,000 words (including footnotes, works cited, tables and figures).
See the Guidelines for Authors for further details. 

Time schedule

Proposals should be sent to the Managing Editor, Lisanna Calvi (, who will forward them to the Editorial Board for evaluation, by: 

31 January for Fall Special Issues (deadline for final submission of accepted issues: 30 April)

31 July for Spring Special Issues (deadline for final submission of accepted issues: 31 October) 

Evaluation criteria

The major criteria in the selection process concern the originality of the contribution and its significance to the field of theatre and drama studies. The following criteria will also be taken into consideration: 

  • Suitability of the topic for Skenè. JTDS;
  • Theoretical background and rationale of proposal and individual papers;
  • Methodological adequacy of the individual papers;
  • Clarity and significance of the results;
  • Quality of discussion and conclusions;
  • Completeness of the proposal;
  • Guest editor(s)’ experience in editorial work. 

The proposal review process will take 1 to 3 weeks. Once the highest-quality proposal has been selected among those submitted, it will be the responsibility of the Guest Editor(s) to proceed within the agreed time-line. The papers for the selected proposal should be submitted online via the Skenè OJS platform. Each will undergo a regular double blind peer review for final acceptance. 

Please note that an issue containing less than 7 contributions (editor’s introduction excluded) will not be published. Therefore it is advisable to gather a higher number of contributions for each issue, in case some should fail the peer review or the Editorial Board evaluation. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the Managing Editor for further details and clarifications.


ISSN: 2421-4353