About the Press

This is a peer reviewed series. ISSN 2464-9295

This is a CC-BY 4.0 publication (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). This Licence allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this Series, providing a link to the Licence and explicitly underlining any change (mention of DOI is required).

The series includes three sections: TEXTS, STUDIES I, and STUDIES II.


This series accepts annotated editions (including parallel text editions) of drama texts and primary sources on the theory, practice, and history of theatre and drama. 

Length: no recommended limit.

STUDIES I (including SaM, AIRSR, Shakespeare)

This series presents monographs and edited collections of essays on the theory, practice, and history of theatre and drama from antiquity to the present. Areas of special interest are the forms, modes and genres of play texts, the impact of dramaturgy and performance on their codification, philological, linguistic, rhetorical, semiotic, and translation issues. Approaches may include a variety of different perspectives, from textual to cultural and reception studies, sociology of theatre, and performance studies.

Length: 70,000 words or longer.

STUDIES II (including Serpieri Lectures)

This series presents shorter critical studies on the theory, practice, and history of theatre and drama.

Length: between 20,000 and 50,000 words.

Peer Review Process

The series employs the peer review process. Each submitted manuscript is read at least by an editor, for an initial review, and if it is considered to be attuned with the editorial policy and a minimum quality level, authors are invited to submit their manuscripts online via the Editorial Manager system. The proposed publications are subsequently sent – via the same Editorial Manager system – to one (or more) reviewers chosen among a list of relevant academics with expertise in the field provided by the General Editors and the Editorial Board. The reviewers’ identities are protected and their comments are held as confidential material; comments are likewise made anonymous before being transmitted to the author/s. In case of books by the editorial staff the peer reviewing process will be managed exclusively by the Executive Editor or the General Editors by email and the reviews will be uploaded anonymously on the platform.

Peer reviewers can choose among four possible options for each proposed publication: 

[1] Accept without revision 

[2] Accept with minor amendments

[3] Support publication with significant revisions and likely re-review

[4] Reject

Further expert advice may be sought in case there is strong disagreement among peer reviewers and/or Editors.

Relying on the reviewers’ comments and evaluation, the General Editors and the Editorial Board make a final decision on the acceptability of the manuscript, and subsequently communicate it to the authors, along with the reviewers’ reports.
 In case significant revisions are suggested, the acceptance of the manuscript depends on whether the author will satisfactorily comply with them.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This is a CC-BY 4.0 publication (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). This Licence allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this Series, providing a link to the Licence and explicitly underlining any change (mention of DOI is required).

  1. The Author retains (i) the rights to reproduce, to distribute, to publicly perform, and to publicly display the Chapter/Book in any medium for any purpose; (ii) the right to prepare derivative works from the Chapter/Book and (iii) the right to authorise others to make any use of the Chapter/Book so long as the Author receives credit as Author and the Series in which the Chapter/Book has been published is cited as the source of first publication of the Chapter/Book. For example, the Author may make and distribute copies in the course of teaching and research and may post the Chpater/Book on personal or institutional Web sites and in other open-access digital repositories.
  2. The Author is free to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the Journal’s published version of the work, with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this Journal and explicitly underlining any change (mention of DOI is required).
  3. The Author is permitted and encouraged to post their work online after the evaluation process has been successfully passed, as it can lead to productive exchanges as well as to a wider dissemination of the published work.

Editors Practice Guidelines

Publication decisions
The General Editors of Skenè. Texts and Studiesare responsible for deciding which of the submitted manuscripts should be published.
The General Editors will act in compliance with the series policy and libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism bylaws. The General Editors may confer with the Editorial Board in making such decision.

Fair play 

Editors will at any time evaluate manuscripts without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. Editors are likewise willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.


The General Editors, the Editorial Board, the Executive and Managing Editors and any member of the Editorial Staff will not disclose any information about any of the submitted manuscripts to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, or other editorial advisers. Submitted material will remain confidential while under review.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest 

Unpublished materials included in a submitted manuscript will not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

Errors in published work
Errors and/or inaccuracies will be corrected promptly.  

Reviewers Practice Guidelines

 Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer reviewers assist the Editors in making editorial decisions and may also assist the authors in improving their manuscript through editorial communications.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest 

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer reviewing will remain confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission and should therefore not consider manuscripts which may cause conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions related to the articles.

Authors Practice Guidelines

Originality, Plagiarism, Redundant, and Concurrent Publication
Authors should ensure that third parties' work and/or words have been appropriately acknowledged, cited or quoted. When submitting a manuscript containing other than a translation or textual edition (e.g. a critical study), the authors should ensure that their work is entirely original. Similarly, concurrently submitting the same manuscript to more than one publisher constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is therefore unacceptable.

Authorship of the Publication 

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the submitted work. Thus all people who have considerably contributed to its realization should therefore be listed as co-authors. The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors are mentioned as such, and that they have seen and approved the final version of the article and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Those who have participated in different, if substantive aspects of a research project but have not shared in the composition of the work should be acknowledged or listed within the publication itself, although not as co-authors.

Acknowledgement of Sources and Conflicts of Interest
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in the production of their own research. In case of translations and textual editions, primary texts should be properly acknowledged. All authors should also mention any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be made explicit.

Permissions and Copyright
Authors should make sure that they have obtained all relevant permissions of publication of copyrighted material. In particular, they should check and obtain, when required, the permission grants for fine art, video, and audio material, as its use is often restricted, and may not be permitted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

Errors in published works 

If authors discover significant errors and/or inaccuracies in their published work, they should immediately notify the Managing Editor asking for corrections.

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