Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare Studies

The Society annually publishes a refereed journal, Shakespeare Studies, in English. The Editorial Board is eager to publish outstanding papers on Shakespeare, Elizabethan Drama, and related subjects for the benefit of a worldwide readership.

Submissions should be received by 31 August to be considered for publication in the same academic year.

Guidelines for Submission of Papers

1.Papers (articles, book reviews, and performance reviews) will only be accepted on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers that have been orally presented are eligible for submission provided that the fact is clearly stated in a footnote.
2.Articles should be written in English and in approximately 6,000 words, excluding notes, and submitted as an attached MS Word (.doc, .docx) file. Notes should be formatted as footnotes. Neither the author’s name nor acknowledgments should be included in the file. When the paper is accepted, acknowledgements will be printed above the footnotes. The author’s name should be included in the cover letter, which should also specify the title of the manuscript, and the author’s affiliation, contact address, phone number, and e-mail address.
3.Book reviews and performance reviews should be written in approximately 1,000 words.
4.Papers should be sent by e-mail to After receiving a submission, we will acknowledge it by e-mail. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 7 days, it probably means there has been a failure in transmission, so please re-send the paper.
5.Submissions must comply with the Style Sheet for Shakespeare Studies (see below).
6.The Editorial Board’s decisions on acceptance or rejection of manuscripts, along with the date of publication of accepted manuscripts, are final. Submissions should be received by 31 August to be considered for publication in the current academic year. The Editorial Board may request revisions of accepted manuscripts.
7.Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to proofread the first proof only. The author may correct errors in spelling and grammar but may not revise the content.
8.Authors whose native language is not English should have their manuscripts checked and corrected by a native English speaker prior to submission.
9.Permission to reproduce photographs or any citations from other sources must be obtained by the author prior to publication.
10.The author retains ownership of the copyright in the article, but grants and assigns to the Shakespeare Society of Japan exclusive rights to publish it in all languages, in all forms and media, and in all countries during the full term of copyright. When the authors wish to excerpt, reprint, translate, or reproduce their work, they need to obtain permission from the Society.

Style Sheet to Shakespeare Studies

Required style sheet: MHRA (can be downloaded from

Use footnotes, not endnotes. Use double spacing. Use only a single space after a full stop. Avoid creating ‘Works Cited’; all the details of references should be in footnotes.
In expressing inclusive numbers falling within the same hundred, the last two figures should be given: 13–14, 44–48, 103–09, 1933–34.
The sources of all quotations and citations should be clearly noted.
The first reference to a book should be in the form:
E. K. Chambers, The Elizabethan Stage, 4 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1923; repr. 1974), I, p. 123.
The first reference to an article in a book should be in the form:
Marie Therese Jones-Davies, ‘Shakespeare and the Myth of Hercules’, in Reclamations of Shakespeare, ed. by A. J. Hoenselaars, DQR Studies in Literature 15 (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994), pp. 57–74.
The first reference to a journal should be in the form:
Stephen Greenblatt, ‘Sidney’s Arcadia and the Mixed Mode’, Studies in Philology, 70.3 (1973), 269–78 (p. 270).
Subsequent references:
Greenblatt, p. 272.
When more than one source of the same author are used:
Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning, p. 112.
Do not use Ibid or op. cit.
Act, scene, line references to plays should be in the form: Hamlet, III. 4. 24–25.
Never fail to specify the edition you used. Prose quotations of fewer than about forty words and verse quotations of less than three lines may be run on in the text, within quotation marks; verse line divisions should be indicated by a spaced upright stroke ( | ). Quotations within the body of the text should normally be followed by a parenthetical reference like (III.4.23–26) and (p. 78), after which the full stop comes. Longer quotations should be indented.
Italic type
Italic type should be indicated by italicizing it. When words which would normally be italicized appear in upper case or italic context, they should be placed within inverted commas: From ‘Mankind’ to Marlowe.
In order to distinguish points that appear in the original and points indicating an ellipsis, indicate an ellipsis by means of three points within square brackets ([…]).