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Author Guidelines

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:

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.

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

1. Length, Format and Citation Style

Length. Peer-reviewed articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length. Book and Event Reviews should generally be between 2,000 and 3,000 words but may be longer for more substantial publications, such as significant edited collections.

Format. The general rule is to keep it simple. To that end:

  • Use 12-point font, single-spaced, justified to the left with a ragged right edge;

  • Use a hard return to mark a paragraph break, rather than a tab;

  • Use italics for emphasis rather than bold or underlining (the exception is URLs);

  • Use endnotes rather than footnotes;

  • Use Australian spelling, i.e. "ise" (not "ize");
  • Indicate in the text where images, audio and video should be inserted, alongside the correct caption and copyright acknowledgement. Submit images and media separately, as per the procedure below.

Citation StylePerformance Paradigm uses the Chicago Author-Date style of referencing.

  • See Chicago Manual of Style website for guidelines;

  • Use in-text citation rather than end- or footnotes, as notes are reserved for asides;

  • Include a Works Cited at the end of the document 

Cover Page. Submissions should be accompanied by a separate document with the following information:

  • Name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and email address(es) of the author(s);

  • 200-word article abstract and 5 keywords;

  • 150-word biographical statement for each author.


2. Submission Procedures

Send your article and cover page as email attachments, either in Microsoft Word or RTF file. Send the email to Emma Willis ( with the subject line "Submission for Performance Paradigm." Please notify in advance of sending large files.

Images should be sent as separate files; please do not embed images into Word documents. Media need to be hosted elsewhere, i.e. on a university website or platform such as SoundCloud, YouTube or Vimeo.

For book reviews, please email Corey Wakeling:  




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 or RTF 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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