ISTR ITI – Instructions for Contributors

Irish Theatre International – ISTR’s Journal


Editorial Policy

Irish Theatre International, the peer-reviewed journal of ISTR, publishes research on Irish theatre in its national and international contexts in terms of an engagement with the full spectrum of Irish theatre from page to stage; and interdisciplinary research between theatre studies in Ireland and the wider community of theatre and performance studies in its international contexts.


Articles in English submitted for publication should be sent to Dr Paul Murphy, Editor, Irish Theatre International, Drama Department, School of Languages, Literatures & Performing Arts, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland. The Editor should preferably be contacted at Submission of a paper will be taken to imply that it is unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any materials, including photographs and illustrations for which they do not hold copyright.

Manuscript preparation

The recommended length for articles is 4000-6000 words. An electronic copy of the manuscript in WORD should be submitted to the above email address. The author’s name, address, email address, and title of manuscript should appear on a separate cover sheet. An abstract of no more than 150 words should also be included as well as a brief biography.

Please note that articles which do not conform to the Text Conventions detailed below will NOT be published.

Text Conventions

  1. Articles must be typed and double-spaced throughout. Quotations and Notes are also double-spaced. Do not exceed 35 lines per page nor 70 characters per line.
  1. Leave margins of 1″ (25mm) at right, top and bottom, and a larger margin of 1. 112″ (40mm) on left.
  1. Italicize titles of books, newspapers, journals.
  1. Titles of articles are given in single quotation marks.
  1. Notes are indicated by raised Arabic numerals (without any other sign) at the end of the sentence, following any punctuation.1 Notes are numbered in sequence throughout the article.2
  1. Use English (Oxford) spelling for your own text, but give the original spelling in quotations (archaic, American…).
  1. Write … ize and … ization. Not … ise, …isation.
  1. No full stop after Dr, Mr, Mrs, and similar abbreviations ending with the same letter as the full form. Other abbreviations take the full stop (Esq., p.m.,…), except capitals used in abbreviations of journals (PMLA, TLS) or of organizations (UNESCO).
  1. For dates, use only the form 15 May 1985.
  1. Write out in full ‘do not’, ‘will not’, etc. …
  1. Use minimal numerals: 1985-6, 1888-92, 141-2, but 13-15, 111-19.
  1. Write: ‘ninety nine spectators’, but ‘101 fans’.
  1. ‘Act III, sc. v, lines 35-51’ becomes after a quotation: (III,v: 35-51). For volume, or part, use roman numerals: I, II…
  1. Write centuries in full. Hyphenate the adjectival use: ‘seventeenth-century drama’, but ‘the theatre in the seventeenth century…’
  1. Seventies or 1970s (no apostrophe).
  1. Possessive case: as a rule, write ’s
  1. Do not forget to number your pages.
  1. Illustrations are indicated in the text thus: (Fig. 1). When submitting illustrations, please include comprehensive captions, drawing the reader’s attention to the important features of each picture. It is your responsibility to obtain permission for the reproduction in Irish Theatre International of photographic or other illustrative materials. List the captions at the end of your document, prefaced by ‘Fig. 1’, etc. The captions should refer to the text and NOT list simply character names, etc. Photographers must be credited.
  1. If in doubt, please refer to the MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) Style Guide:
  1. NOTES/REFERENCES: Make all references in endnotes according to the following conventions:

Book: Christopher Murray, Sean O’Casey: Writer at Work: A Biography (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 2004), p. 261.

Chapter in book: Mary C. King, ‘J.M. Synge, “national” drama and the post-Protestant imagination’ in Shaun Richards, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century Irish Drama (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 79-92.

Journal article: Anna McMullan, ‘Masculinity and Masquerade in Tom Kilroy’s Double Cross and The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde,’ Irish University Review, 32: 1 (2002), pp. 126-136.

Newspaper article: Fintan O’Toole, ‘Murderous Laughter’, Irish Times, 24 June 1997.

Repeat references with author’s name and page number, and if there are several references to the same author include short reference to title as well.