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Articles: Article manuscripts should be submitted to the Executive Co-Editors through the DRJ online submission system:

DRJ is a refereed journal using a blind review process. The Editors and at least two outside readers evaluate articles. Every attempt is made to notify authors regarding acceptance within three months, however it may take up to six months. The Editors reserve the right to reject or return for revision any material on the grounds of inappropriate subject matter, quality, or length.

Manuscripts should contribute original material: they may be discussions of contemporary or historical dance, theory and methods, critical syntheses, or evaluations of the state of knowledge or methods in the different disciplines involved in dance research.

Manuscripts should be a minimum of 6,000 words and a maximum of 9,000 words, excluding Endnotes and Works Cited
. The entire manuscript, including endnotes, references, and indented long quotations, should be double-spaced. Endnotes and references should follow the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) author-date citation system. Please see the end of this document for examples of the References, In-text citations, Endnotes, Illustrations and Tables.

Competing interests 

All authors must include a competing interest declaration in a separate title page. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article. Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. 

Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”. 

Style: DRJ uses American spelling, punctuation and grammatical conventions. The main style conventions are:

- Spell out centuries – i.e., nineteenth century, twentieth century.
- List figure captions at the very end of each manuscript file.
- Use double quotation marks and place punctuation (e.g. full stop, comma) inside quotation marks, unless using part of a quotation at the end of a sentence, in which case the full stop should be placed after the in text reference in parenthesis.
-At the end of indented quotation, the full stop should come at the end of the quote and before the reference (e.g. author date, page number).
- Use double-spacing throughout.
- Use 12pt. Times New Roman font.
- Italicize book and journal titles.

- Spell out simple numbers – i.e., two, sixteen, fifty, ninety-nine.
- Use numbers themselves for complex numbers – i.e., 108; 2,500.
- Dates are written as numbers – i.e., February 8, 1999.
- Use numbers for citations and pages.
- Special case: “chapter 5,” but “the fifth chapter.”

Illustrative materials, such as graphs, maps, and graphic notation, should be done in black ink and should be camera ready. Photographs should have a glossy finish. Illustrative materials may also be submitted in digital form: 1200 dpi for line art and 300 dpi for photographs; TIFF is the preferred format. Authors must obtain permission to publish illustrative materials if by individuals other than themselves.

Final Manuscript Approval: Authors of articles will be consulted before editorial decisions are made final. Page proofs will be sent during the production process and should be examined by authors and returned within the specified time.

Reviews: Book and media reviews are assigned by the Reviews Editor, Stacey Prickett (, but individuals wishing to review a particular book may submit an inquiry to the Reviews Editor. Reviews in the current issue are the best guide to correct format. The heading should include name of author(s) or editor(s), book title (italicized), place of publication, name of publisher, year of publication, number of pages, number of illustrations, cloth or paper bound, and price; ISBN; doi. Reviews should be scholarly in orientation and approximately 1,200–1,500 words. The reviewer should provide their name and affiliation at the end of the review. If the reviewer cites an author’s work that is not discussed in the book or media under review, it must be cited in full in a separate reference section (referred to as Works Cited in DRJ).

Copyright: The policy of Dance Research Journal is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) a licence to publish their work. In the case of gold open access articles this is a non-exclusive licence. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to publish the article without this. Please download the appropriate publishing agreement here.

For open access articles, the form also sets out the Creative Commons licence under which the article is made available to end users: a fundamental principle of open access is that content should not simply be accessible but should also be freely re-usable. Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) by default. This means that the article is freely available to read, copy and redistribute, and can also be adapted (users can “remix, transform, and build upon” the work) for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, as long as proper attribution is given. Authors can, in the publishing agreement form, choose a different kind of Creative Commons license (including those prohibiting non-commercial and derivative use) if they prefer.

Complimentary Copies: The Publisher shall supply each first-named author of an article (but not book review) with 2 copies of the issue in which their article is published, as well as a final PDF file of their article free of charge as requested by the author at proof stage. Non-first-named authors will receive a final PDF file of their article free of charge as requested by the author at proof stage.


The following has been constructed on the basis of what we estimate will be the most used examples. For a full list, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, Part 3, and view sections regarding the Author-Date citation system.


Use a semicolon between two or more in-text citations
(Matrass 2002; Kenrick 2004; Hancock and Karanth 2010)

All Publications with Four to Ten Authors
Provide all authors names in the references

Higgs, Paul, Miranda Leontowitsch, Fiona Stevenson, and Ian R. Jones (2009). "Not Just Old and Sick - the 'Will to Health' in Later Life." Ageing & Society  29 (5): 687- 707.

BUT for in-text citations with four or more authors: no page number, with page number, in full parentheses
Higgs et al. (2009) Higgs et al. (2009, 689) (Higgs et al. 2009, 689)


One author
Turner, Victor. 1982. From Ritual to Theatre. New York: PAJ Publications.

In-text citation: no page number, with page number, in full parentheses
Turner (1982) Turner (1982, 28) (Turner 1982, 28)

More than one author
Batson Glenna, and Margaret Wilson. 2014. Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation. Bristol: Intellect.

In-text citation: no page number, with page number, in full parentheses
Batson and Wilson (2014) Batson and Wilson (2014) (Batson and Wilson 2014, 56)

Translated books
Deleuze, Giles, and Felix Guattari. 1983. Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Translated by Robert Hurley, Mark Seem, and Helen R. Lane. New York: Viking Press.


One author
Foster, Susan Leigh, ed. 2009. Worlding Dance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

In-text citation: no page number, in parentheses
Foster (2009) (Foster 2009)

More than one author
Carter, Alexandra, and Rachel Fensham, eds. 2011. Dancing Naturally: Nature, Neo-Classicism, and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century Dance. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

In-text citation: no page number, in parentheses
Carter and Fensham (2011) (Carter and Fensham 2011)

Chapter in edited book
McCall, Michael M. 2000. ”Performance Ethnography: A Brief History and Some Advice.” In SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research, edited by Norman K. Denzin, and Yvonne S. Lincoln, 300-316. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

In- text citations: no page number, with page number, in full parentheses
McCall (2000) McCall (2000, 95) (McCall 2000, 95)


One author
Fortin, Sylvie. 2002. “Living in Movement: Development of Somatic Practices in Different Cultures.” Journal of Dance Education 2 (4): 128-36.

In-text citations: no page number, with page number, in full parentheses
Fortin (2002) Fortin (2002, 130) (Fortin 2002, 130)

More than one author
Fortin, Sylvie, and Daryl Siedentop. 1995. "The Interplay of Knowledge and Practice in Dance Teaching: What We Can Learn from a Non-Traditional Dance Teacher.” Dance Research Journal 21 (2): 3-15

In text citation: no page number, with page number, in full parentheses
Fortin and Siedentop (1995) Fortin and Siedentop (1995, 4) Fortin and Siedentop 1995, 4)

When using an online version, cite the online version, and include a DOI as below
Sheets-Johnstone, Maxine. 1981. “Thinking in Movement.” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 39 (4): 399-407. doi: 10.2307/430239


Mauss, Marcel. (1935) 1973. “Techniques of the Body.” Economy and Society 2 (1): 70-88.

In-text citations: no page number, with page number, in full parentheses
Mauss ([1935] 1973) Mauss ([1935] 1973, 55) (Mauss [1935] 1973, 55)


Acocella, Joan. 2017. “Farewell to Diana Vishneva.” New Yorker, June 19.
In-text citations: no page number, in full parentheses
Acocella (2017) (Acocella 2017)


Bosse, Joanna. 2004. “Exotica, Ethnicity, and Embodiment: An Ethnography of Latin Dance in US Popular Culture.” Ph.D. diss. University of Illinois: Urbana.

In-text citations: no page number, with page number, in full parentheses

Bosse (2004) Bosse (2004, 90) (Bosse 2004, 90)


Acocella, Joan. 2017. “Farewell to Diana Vishneva.” New Yorker, June 19. Accessed September 11, 2017.

Baker, Josephine. n.d. Film Excerpts (UTube). Accessed August 19, 2016.

Cranko, John. 1962. Romeo and Juliet. “Balcony Scene” (dance performance). Stuttgart Ballet Accessed August 4, 2016.

Macmillan, Kenneth. [1965] 1999. Romeo and Juliet (dance performance). Directed by Paul Czinner. Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev (dancers). West Long Branch, NY: Kultur Video.

Rosie Kay Dance Company. 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017 5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline (dance performance). Accessed March 30, 2018.

Totthill, David. n.d. “Elderly Couple Dancing at a Tea Dance” (photo). Accessed April 23, 2012. search number: 1020095.JPG.

Wenders, Wim, dir. 2011. “Pina” (dance). Produced by Wim Wenders, DVD Artificial Eye 535.

Name of choreographer. (year of performance). Title of Performance. Performing company, location, city, date of performance (or date range)

Page, Sally. 2009. Matthina. Bangarra Dance Theatre, Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, May 29–June 7.

{Name of director dir. year of performance. Title of Performance, Name of Playwright, Performing Company, location, date of performance [or date range].

Bell, Jonatha, dir. 2011. Much Ado about Nothing. By William Shakespeare, Bell Shakespeare Company, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 9 April–14 May.

Surname, Name of artist/composer. (Year of performance). “Title of Composition/Song” (live performance). Name of Performing Artist, location, date seen.

Black, Francis. 2010. “Where is my Mind?” (live performance). The Pixies, Parc del Forum, Barcelona, May 28.


Devi, Lakshmi. 2014. Interviewed by the author at interviewee’s home, Jodhpur. January 2.

Pather, Jay. 2005. Interviewed by Terri Davidoff and Ameera Patel, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. n.d.


Endnotes should be kept to a minimum. Use the same in-text citations reference format as in the text. References cited in the notes should be included in the reference list (referred to as Works Cited in DRJ).


If you intend to use images (with copyright permissions) to illustrate your text, please advise us and we will provide you with the Cambridge University Press requirements for images and copyright.

Please do not insert photo images into the text as it is unlikely that they will be placed exactly where you would like them. Rather, indicate where you would like your images to be placed in your text by (Photo 1), (Photo 2), etc. Photographs should have a glossy finish 300 dpi: TIFF is the preferred format.

We need you to provide your images in separate files labelled Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3 etc.

Please also provide a separate Word file with a list of the captions from 1- to end, acknowledging the copyright holder permission for all images and illustrations.

Illustrative materials, such as graphs, maps, and graphic notation, may also be submitted in digital form: 1200 dpi for line art.

Your references for illustrations and any tables you cite in your text should also be inserted into the reference section (Works Cited).

We need you to provide a Word file with a list of the captions for the illustrative materials and copyright permissions, which can be included along with a list of photos.

Publishing your article as Gold Open Access

You will have the option to publish your article as Gold Open Access, enabling the final published version to be made freely available under a Creative Commons license. You might be required to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) for Gold Open Access. You may be eligible for a waiver or discount, for example if your institution is part of a Read and Publish sales agreement with Cambridge University Press. For more information about your Open Access options, please see here. For more information about the benefits of choosing to publish Open Access, see here.

Last updated June 2021