ADS Journal - Submitting Articles

Submitting articles

ADS is published twice annually: in April and October. April issues are general and unthemed; October issues are guest edited and focused on a specific theme or topic. Contrubutions for April issues should be directed to the general Editor (Yoni Prior) while those for October should be directed to the Guest Editor[s].

Instructions for all authors:

  1. In the first instance, send a proposal or a full draft (that includes a 100-150-word abstract) to the relevant Editor. Please send as a separate digital attachment (not in the body of an email). NOTE: A full draft or substantial example of academic writing is preferred from emerging or previously unpublished researchers.
  • Proposals should be no more than 400 words, stating the title and author[s], and should give a clear sense of the proposed argument or investigation.
  • We invite proposals for articles of:
    • Maximum 6,000 words
    • Maximum 4,000 words, OR...
    • Provocations or reflections of maximum 1,500 words
  • Please note that the journal is now published online, so we welcome the integration of rich digital format such as video essays, images, video footage, sound files etc.
  1. If proposals/drafts are accepted, authors will be invited to submit a full draft of the article for peer review.
  2. The artcle will be sent for blind peer review by two reviewers - the author[s] name must not appear on the copy submitted.
  3. After peer review, the editors will contact the author[s] with any suggested amendments and comments. This process can take up to 2 months, after which the author will revise and resubmit the manuscript (if accepted).
  4. When resubmitting the manuscript after peer review, author[s] must supply a table or list of peer reviewer comments and brief repsonses outlining how they have addressed these in the revised manuscript.

Formatting and style guidelines:

Accepted manuscripts must conform to the following formatting and style guidelines, otherwise authors will be asked to revise and resubmit.
  • Use 12pt font, with adequate margins and double line spacing. Use consistently formatted headings and sub-headings throughout.
  • Ensure manuscript is anonymised for blind peer review stage (no author names, affiliations, or other identifying information, including citations).
  • If accepted for final submission, pelase supply a digital file of the full text accompanied by an abstract (100-150 words max), biography of author[s] (5 lines or 50 words max) and a list of up to five key words.
  • Article titles should reflect as closely as possible the topic. In your title, please try to include the appropriate key words that a researcher might use to find your article in a database.
  • Manuscripts must conform to the MLA style for citations but using endnotes. For example, after a quote or reference is made in the text, an endnote number is cited.
  • In the list of NOTES at the end of the article the citation should then conform to the following examples:

    From a Book

  • 1. Rustom Barucha, Theatre and the World: Performance and the Politics of Culture (London: Routledge, 1993) 25.

    From an Article

  • 13. Justin Clemens, 'A Thousand Little Stupidities: Why I hate Deleuze (and Guattari)', Antithesis 8.2 (1997): 181.

    From a Chapter in a Book

  • 4. Tadashi Suzuki, 'Culture is the Body', in Bonnie Marranca and Guatam Dasgupta, ed., Interculturalism and Performance: Writings from the PAJ (New York: PAJ Publications, 1991) 247.

    From a Newspaper Article

  • 52. Stephen Sewell, 'Lost in the Clouds', Courier-Mail (28 July 2001): 4

        (N.B. this style is preferred even if the original headline is 'Lost in the clouds')

    From a Website

  • 22. Paul Miller, 'Truth Overboard: What Does it mean for Politicians and Statesmen to Assume Responsibility for their Words of Mass Destruction?' (Borderlands E-journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2004). Online:

    Reviews should not normally exceed 1,200 words and should not include Endnote references.

Additional Information

Australasian Drama Studies is indexed in AUSTLIT, the Australian literary database; in APAIS (Australian Public Affairs Information Service); the MLA Bibliography; Australian Literary Studies; Modern Drama; and the International Bibliography of Theatre.

Online retrieval of articles available from APAFT (Australian Public Affairs Full Text Service) and from Informit (RMIT Publishing). Acceptance for publication implies assigning rights to ADS to publish material in any format. Copyright and moral rights remain with authors.

The editors welcome relevant visual images, video clips or sound files to accompany written texts. Please submit images as separate, high resolution JPEG files. Please ensure that the videographer/photographer/designer is duly acknowledged and that they understand the copyright arrangements (including the image's online availability through APAIS). The photographer's name as well as any persons appearing in the image should be clearly marked on the back of the photograph or in an email in the case of jpeg attachment.

Please email your submission or any other enquiry to ADS Editor, Nicola Hyland: . For submissions for publication in special focus issues, please send directly to the guest editor[s] using the