Information for Authors

Submission guidelines

We strongly advise all authors whose first language is not English or German, to have their manuscript proof-read by a native speaker (preferably someone with experience in writing academic papers) BEFORE submission. This will increase the chances of the paper being accepted by the reviewers.

Before submitting an article to SCENARIO, please download the MS Word stylesheet below and use the font and formatting details for the layout of papers. A guide “How to use our stylesheet” is also available for download. Should this not work for you, submit your paper with as little manual formatting as possible (no tabs, no extra spaces, no indentations, no justified words, etc.), except the ones outlined below (see Emphases and Quotations).

Papers should not exceed 15–18 pages (1.5 line spacing) or approx. 5000–6000 words.

Before you send in your manuscript, make sure it includes the following:

  • an abstract of no more than 200 words;
  • a short author biography (position, research interests, current projects, recent publications) of no more than 100 words;
  • 4–6 key words that characterise the contents of the paper.

Please send the manuscript in Microsoft Word format (version 6.0 or later) to

SCENARIO is published twice a year (Summer issue / Winter issue).

Publication is contingent upon editorial changes deemed necessary by the journal staff.

Please take the following guidelines into account:

1. Language and Spelling

Articles can be submitted in either English or German. For spelling, consult a standard dictionary, e.g. the Oxford English Dictionary (British English), or Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary (American); for German, follow the rules of the spelling reform. For layout reasons, please refrain from word divisions.

2. Spacing

The main text of papers should be 1.5 spaced. Indented quotations, footnotes and bibliographical entries should be single-spaced.

3. Emphases and Quotations

Emphases in the text should be in italics. Use double quotation marks (") for quotations only. Quotations longer than 40 words must be indented (1 cm / 0.4 inch) and single-spaced.

4. References

Quotations within the text should be followed by the name(s) of the author(s), the year of publication and, if needed, the page numbers. The year of publication and the page numbers must be separated by a colon followed by one space. Multiple references are divided by semicolons.


  • (Crystal 1998: 35)
  • (Ellis 1984a, 1984b; Gardner 2000)
  • (Piaget 1975, quoted in Even 2003: 80)
  • (cf. Stern 1981: 77ff)

If the author name is part of the ongoing text, the year of publication is given in parenthesis right after the first appearance of the name.

  • According to Edmondson & House (1993: 124), ...

In the case of more than two authors, only the first name is given in the text, followed by ‘et al’.

  •  (Rall et al. 1977)

If quotations taken from the same publication of the same author, the parenthesis after the first reference in parenthesis, e.g. (Dewey 1997: 51), should be ‘ibid.’, followed by the page number, if different from the previous page number

  • (ibid. 54)
  • (ibid.) – if page number same as previous

5. Footnotes

Please limit the number of footnotes. Footnotes should be indicated by superscripted arabic numbers in the text and single-spaced. It is imperative to use the option ‘Footnote’ from the ‘Insert’ menu in WORD, to avoid possible layout problems. Footnotes end with a period.

6. Graphics

Tables, diagrams, illustrations, etc., should be numbered consecutively with arabic numbers. Please send graphic materials as .jpg files (no pdfs) in a separate document. Tables are problematic for online publication, so make sure that each of your tables is imperative! Any graphic materials will be referred to in the article by number only.

7. Bibliography

You need to check your references for DOI-availability and include the DOIs in the bibliography. Please go to: and copy-paste your whole reference-section. Then click submit. The page will provide all DOI-addresses that are available and you can then include the DOIs at the end of the entries, separated by comma.

Multiple works by the same author are listed chronologically, starting with the newest publication. The titles of anthologies and journals are given in italics. Titles of journal articles are listed without quotation marks. All authors’ names (last name and first name) are given in full. In the case of two or more authors, the last two names are separated by “&”.


  • Crookall, David & Oxford, Rebecca (eds.) (1990): Simulation, Gaming and Language Learning. New York: Newbury House
  • Errington, Edward Peter (1996): Some Reflections on Researching Drama Classrooms. In: Research in Drama Education 1/1, 23-32
  • Küppers, Almut;  Schmidt, Torben & Walter, Maik (2011): Inszenierungen – Present tense incarnate im Fremdsprachenunterricht. In: Küppers, Almut; Schmidt, Torben & Walter, Maik (eds): Inszenierungen im Fremdsprachenunterricht: Grundlagen, Formen, Perspektiven. Hannover: Schroedel, 5-17
  • Gass, Susan M. & Varonis, Evangeline M. (1994): Input, Interaction and Second Language Production. In: Studies in Second Language Acquisition 16, 283-302
  • Maley, Alan & Duff, Alan (1984): Drama Techniques in Language Learning (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Rösler, Dietmar (1994): Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Stuttgart: Metzler
  • Rösler, Dietmar (1993): The Role of Grammar in the Language Component of a University German Degree Course. In: Harden, Theo & Marsh, Clíona (eds.): Wieviel Grammatik braucht der Mensch? München: iudicium
  • Wager, Amanda; Belliveau, George; Beck, Jamie & Lea, Graham (2009): Exploring Drama as an Additional Language through Research-Based Theatre. In: Scenario 3/2, 50-66

In case of references in German manuscripts, editors should be given as (Hrsg.) and editions as (Aufl.)

  • Johnstone, Keith (2010): Improvisation and the Theatre (10. Aufl.). Berlin: Alexander Verlag
  • Nünning, Ansgar & Surkamp, Carola (Hrsg): Text - Literatur - Kultur: Handlungs- und produktionsorientierter Literaturunterricht. In: Bach, Gerhard  & Johannes-Peter Timm (Hrsg.): Englischunterricht. Grundlagen und Methoden einer handlungsorientierten Unterrichtspraxis (5 Aufl.). Tübingen und Basel: A. Francke, 148-171

Internet sources should be listed in the bibiography with Last Name, First Name (Year): Title. URL [last accessed/letzter Zugriff DATE]

for English publications:

for German publications:

MS Word stylesheet

Please download and use the following stylesheet to create your Scenario Journal manuscript:

For help with formatting and layout of your manuscript, please see the documents below:

Submission and review process

  • The journal does not charge Article Processing Charges (APCs) or submission charges.
  • Your submission will be acknowledged immediately upon receipt.
  • If the Guidelines for Authors have been properly followed and your submission appears promising the editors will send your submission on for review.
  • Two anonymous reviewers will be contacted to evaluate your submission and, based on SCENARIO’s Reviewers’ Guidelines, they will send their independent reports to the editors. Note that the evaluations may come from members of SCENARIO’s Advisory Board or from experts not affiliated with the journal.
  • Normally within approximately three months of receiving your submission, the editors will send you the reviewers’ reports and let you know whether, and if possible, when, your contribution will be published.

Copyright information

Please note that while autors retain their copyright and publishing rights, the material published in the journal is CC BY NC ND-licensed. For further details see:

Publication agreement

The publication agreement must be completed, signed and returned to the editors before a paper can be accepted for publication.


Department of German & Department of Theatre – University College Cork

Scenario Editorial Office, Department of German, Alfred O'Rahilly Building, Main Campus, University College Cork,