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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end; and any reference
    manager program (e.g., RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero) that might have been used to create citations and references has been disabled.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Submissions to Performance Matters should be submitted online as Microsoft Word or Rich Text documents. The text should be double-spaced.

Submissions should be between 7,000-9,000 words and should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (author-date citation system). Please use brief parenthetical citations that correspond to a References list. Where necessary, use endnotes rather than footnotes. A quick guide to Chicago-Style Citation can be found at:

All article submissions are peer-reviewed. Please be careful to remove any author identification, including in parenthetical citations, notes, and references lists. Authors' name must also be removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.

Please submit as supplementary files along with your manuscript any Web-ready images, audio, or video clips, that you would like to include in your online publication. Do not list your name as creator or owner of the file in order to protect the blind peer review.

Submissions must not have been previously published nor be before another journal for consideration. In any other circumstance, an explanation must be provided in Comments to the Editor


We welcome the ongoing submission of articles that fall within the journal's broad performance studies mandate. We also regularly solicit articles for special themed issues; please consult our announcements page for upcoming calls.

In all cases, articles should be between 7,000-9,000 words, and follow the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (author-date system). Please consult our submission guidelines for full instructions.



We encourage the submission of both transcribed and recorded (audio or video) interviews with artists, practitioners, curators, activists, research collaborators, and scholars.

Please submit enquiries directly to the editor via email:


The journal's Forum section is a venue to constellate a range of critical voices around a specific topic--one that may either complement or be cognate to the focus of a special themed issue; or that in its timeliness and import merits inclusion within the journal's regular publication cycle.

Forum topics will generally be curated by members of the editorial and advisory boards; however, we also welcome external proposals. Please email the editor for more information.


The Materials section is conceived as a space to explore—in modes that combine research and creation—the stuff by and from which performances are made, and also why the remains of those performances continue to matter. Here we gather scripts, photo-essays, video recordings, performance ethnographies, and the like.

Please send inquiries to the editor.


We welcome both performance and book reviews. 

Performance reviews should be of professional productions and should be no more than 1,000 words. Emphasis should be placed on a critical analysis of production elements and/or the social, political or cultural significance of the performance event being considered. Avoid external citations and write in clear, acessible prose. We regret that we are unable to help in securing complimentary tickets to specific productions. Instead, we encourage you to contact the editor in advance to enquire about the suitability of the performance(s) you wish to review.

Unsolicited book reviews will not be accepted. Instead, please contact the editor regarding the book or books you wish to review. We will make every effort to secure review copies from the publishers. Reviews should be no more than 1,000 words for a single book; 1,500-2,000 words for reviews of two or more books. Please avoid external citations and ensure that your review conforms to the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

We will on occasion publish extended review essays.

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