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Author Guidelines

Performance Paradigm Guidelines for Submission

Abstracts submitted to Performance Paradigm will be assessed by the editors and authors notified. If you are invited to submit a full paper the process is as follows:

All papers are anonymously peer reviewed by scholars in the field. Once this process has been completed and if the reviewers/referees deem the paper relevant and publishable, the author may then be asked to undertake any initial revisions required by the referees. Once the revised paper is submitted it will be assessed/reviewed for a final decision by the editorial panel and further changes/additions may be required before the paper is accepted for publication. All authors will be given an opportunity to proofread their work before publication. 

All manuscripts submitted to Performance Paradigm should be original and not be under consideration for another publication.

Authors license publication in Performance Paradigm in print and electronic form.

In general, follow these procedures:

1. Word length

Articles and essays should be between 6,000 - 8,000 words in length. Book/Event reviews 1,500-3,000 words.

2. Submission Procedures

Send as email attachment as a ‘rich text format’ (RTF) file. Include in the email message a statement of which system and program has been used. Send email to or with the subject line SUBMISSION Performance Paradigm. (Please notify in advance of sending large files).

Images should be sent as separate files as either GIF or JPG. Do not embed images into word documents. Try to keep file sizes to a minimum to speed download.

Under no circumstances will Performance Paradigm /the editors accept articles under consideration elsewhere for publication. Be aware of this before you submit an article to Performance Paradigm.

Email address: or

For book reviews contact Dr Emma Willis, University of Auckland

Postal Address:
Professor Helena Grehan
Editor, Performance Paradigm
School of Arts
Murdoch University
South Street
Western Australia 6150

3. All submissions should be accompanied by the following information on a separate page at the beginning of the text:

Name(s), Institutional affiliation(s), email(s) and surface mail addresses and fax no.(s) of the person(s) submitting;

Title of the text and the issue for which it is submitted.

All original submissions should be accompanied by a short paragraph (40-60 words) about the contributor(s), giving the kind of information that readers may wish to know, such as name, institutional affiliation, leadership roles, recent publications, research interests. This paragraph should appear immediately after the last paragraph of the article.

1. Layout for articles

General rule - keep it simple, avoid formatting . This means: Use single spacing between lines, justify on left only.

Do not use tabs at any time. Mark paragraph breaks with one extra ‘hard return’.

Do not use bold or underlining at any time: for emphasis or titles, use italics.

Notes should not be embedded into the text. When endnoting, place the number of the endnote after the text in brackets and add the endnote to the bottom of the article. Eg. The text goes here and the endnote reference comes after. [1]

NB, the endnote reference comes AFTER and not before the full-stop. Use square not curly brackets. Try and avoid placing the endnote reference mid-sentence - i.e. place endnote reference at the end of the sentence where possible.

Spelling - retain ’s’ (and not ‘z’)

2. Quotations

Use single quotation marks round quotes less than two lines long, and run these in the text.

Use in-text referencing, with reference details after the ‘quote’ (May, 2002: 34).

Indent quotes three or more lines long by 1 cm, without quotation marks, in a separate paragraph. Do not indent right margin.

Do not italicise quotes, except for emphasis. Acknowledge added emphasis immediately after the citation as ‘my emphasis’: e.g. (Ronell, 1989: 186; my emphasis).

Quotes within quotes should be distinguished by double quotation marks e.g. Hansen (110) speaks of a 1908 article which ‘emphasizes a German exhibitor’s efforts to procure “scenes from the Rocky Mountains, forest views, and flowing cascades”.’ (single quotation marks surround the quote from Hansen at p.110, double quotation marks surround the words quoted by Hansen at this point)

3. Reference Style Guide

IF you have no references, please list SUGGESTED FURTHER READING at the end of your piece.

All book, journal, film, artwork titles in italics. List alphabetically by author.

For more than one author, use ‘and’ not ‘&’.

For the first reference of an author in your article, include their first name. Thereafter refer to surname only.

Please Note: Please do not autonumber your endnote references but insert the reference number ‘manually’ in both the text, and in the Notes. Autonumbering creates difficulty for those putting the document online.


Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001), 18-21.

Critical Art Ensemble. The Electronic Disturbance (New York: Autonomedia, 1994).

TRANSLATED BOOKS (original date of publication is second)

Alliez, Éric. Capital Times: Tales from the Conquest of Time, trans. Georges Van Den Abbeele, forw. Gilles Deleuze (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996; 1991).

Lazzarato, Maurizio. ‘Immaterial Labor’, trans. Paul Colilli and Ed Emory in Radical Thought in Italy: a Potential Politics, eds. Paolo Virno and Michael Hardt (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996), 133-147.


Morris-Suzuki, Tessa. ‘For and Againsts NGOs: the Politics of the Lived World’, New Left Review 2 (Mar-Apr, 2000): 63-84.

Lash, Scott. ‘Reflexivity as Non-Linearity’, Theory, Culture & Society 20.2 (2003): 49-57.

Kittler, Friedrich A. ‘Gramophone, Film, Typewriter’, trans. Dorothea Von Mücke and Philippe L. Similon, October 41 (1987): 101-118.


Wang, Shujen. ‘”From the Cold War to the Wired World”‘ - CopyrightRe-Contextualized: Piracy, Hollywood, State and Globalization’, unpublished manuscript [or if: PhD Thesis, University of Whatever] (2001).


Do not bother with date of access; when making reference to postings to mailing lists, provide the full url - this will enable a link to be made from your article to the reference.

Stalder, Felix and Hirch, Jesse. ‘Open Source Intelligence’, First Monday 7.6 (2002),

Holmes, Brian. ‘The Flexible Personality’ (Parts 1 & 2), posting to nettime mailing list, 5 January (2002),


Balibar, Étienne and Osborne, Peter. ‘Conjectures and Conjunctures [Interview]’, Radical Philosophy 97 (September/October 1999): 30-41.

Guattari, Félix. ‘Institutional Practice and Politics: Interview with Jacques Pain’, trans. Lang Baker in The Guattari Reader, ed. Gary Genosko (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995), 121-138.


Lunenfeld, Peter (ed.). The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999).

Hardt, Michael and Virno Paolo (eds). Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996).


Wilden, Anthony. ‘Analogue and Digital Communication: On Negation, Signification, and Meaning’, in System and Structure: Essays in Communication and Exchange (London: Tavistock, 1972), 155-201.

Robins, Kevin. ‘Will Images Move Us Still?’, in Martin Lister (ed.) The Photographic Image in Digital Culture (London: Routledge,
1995), 29-50.


As X says, ‘the world tastes pink’ (Author, Year: 127).

As X (Year: 128-129) says, ‘tomorrow is forgotten’, yet one could contest this view.

Use single (not double) curly rather than straight quotes.

Use double quotes for contested terms/phrase, etc. E.g. The term “community” is one that has attracted much debate.

These guidelines have been adapted from those used by Fibreculture Journal We thank the editors for their assistance.


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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect 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.

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