About the Journal

Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies is a peer-reviewed publication. ISSN 2421-4353

Issues: Biannual (Spring and Fall), on-line and print on demand, illustrated.
Skenè. JTDS is included in the European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).
Skenè. JTDS is a "Classe A" Journal (Italian Journal Evaluation System).
(ASN scientific examination: 10C1 Drama, Cinema and Television, Music; 10D2 Greek Language and Literature; 10D3 Latin Language and Literature; 10D4 Classics; 10F4 Literary Criticism and Comparative Literatures; 10L1 English Language and Literature)
The Journal has no article submission charges or article processing charges.
The Journal has no waiver policy.
The Journal 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 Journal, providing a link to the Licence and explicitly underlining any change (full mention of Issue number, year, pages and DOI is required).
Keywords: Theatre, Drama, Performance, Reception, Dramaturgy, Intermediality

Focus and Scope

Founded in 2014, Skenè. JTDS wishes to inspire and host, in a new academic site, a lively debate on drama texts and theatre practices from the antiquity to the present. Our journal welcomes contributions dealing with the forms, modes, and genres of play texts and the impact of dramaturgy and performance on their codification. It wishes to stimulate a lively discussion on critical approaches within an interdisciplinary context spanning  textual, linguistic, rhetorical, semiotic, and translation studies, as well as literary and philosophical hermeneutics, reception studies, sociology of theatre, and performance studies. The journal also promotes the dialogue between international scholars and younger researchers in the humanities.

Section Policies 

All peer reviews are managed through the OJS platform. Anonymous peer reviewing is always guaranteed.

The Editors:  

Editorials and Introductions: Indexed, Internal Evaluation. 

Articles by the editorial staff: double blind peer reviewed. 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.

Monographic Section: Solicited / Open Submissions, Indexed, Double Blind Peer Reviewed.

Miscellany: Open Submissions, Indexed, Double Blind Peer Reviewed.

Special Section:  Open Submissions, Indexed, Double Blind Peer Reviewed or Internal Evaluation. This Section includes articles on theatre practice or practice-based research as well as shorter pieces such as artists’ writings, interviews, performance and book reviews, festival reports, etc.

Books Received: Editorial Staff.

Peer Review Process  

Our journal employs the double-blind peer review process, in which both reviewers and authors remain anonymous to each other throughout the review process. Each submitted article 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. In case of articles 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.
Any identifying information is stripped from the document before the review process is initialised. Similarly, reviewers’ identities are protected and their comments are held as confidential material; comments are likewise made anonymous before being transmitted to the author/s.

Peer reviewers can choose among four possible options for each article

[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.

Publication Frequency 

Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies is published on a biannual basis.

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 Journal 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 Journal, providing a link to the Licence and explicitly underlining any change (full mention of Issue number, year, pages and DOI is required).

  1.  The Author retains (i) the rights to reproduce, to distribute, to publicly perform, and to publicly display the Article in any medium for any purpose; (ii) the right to prepare derivative works from the Article; and (iii) the right to authorise others to make any use of the Article so long as the Author receives credit as Author and the Journal in which the Article has been published are cited as the source of first publication of the Article. For example, the Author may make and distribute copies in the course of teaching and research and may post the Article 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 (full mention of Issue number, year, pages and 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.


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Publication Ethics 

Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Editors Practice Guidelines

Publication decisions

The General Editors of Skenè. Journal of Drama and Theatre Studies are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
The General Editors will act in compliance with the journal 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.

Encouragement of debate
Authors of criticised material will be given the opportunity to respond.

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 their work is entirely original, and that third parties' work and/or words have been appropriately acknowledged, cited or quoted. Also, an author should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or publication. Similarly, concurrently submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is therefore unacceptable.

Authorship of the Article 

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the submitted material. All people who have considerably contributed to its realization should 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 article should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

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 in the production of their own research. 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. They should also 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.