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Author Guidelines

The International Journal of Scottish Theatre and Screen (IJOSTS) welcomes contributions from scholars and practitioners with an interest in research and practice of Scottish theatre and screen.

If you are thinking of submitting your work to us, please read the submission preparation checklist.  General enquiries can be addressed to Dr Ksenija Horvat, Editor ( or Professor Ian Brown, Editor (

All papers are to be submitted to Dr Ksenija Horvat ( by end of September (December issue) and end of February (June issue).

Forum articles can be submitted at any time.

Work should not exceed 7000 words for academic papers, and 5000 words for forum articles or interviews. References are not included in the word count and all submissions must be fully referenced according to the IJOSTSReferencing Guidelines.

Word count limits do not apply to submitted play texts.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Attached audio and video files should be in MP3 or AV1 format.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).



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