Renaissance Studies

Cover image for Vol. 31 Issue 4

Edited By: Jennifer Richards

Online ISSN: 1477-4658

Author Guidelines

Renaissance Studies is a multidisciplinary journal and welcomes papers on the history, art, architecture, religion, literature, and language of any European country or any country influenced by Europe during the period of the Renaissance. Articles from any discipline will be considered. All articles should be written in English, but quotations from sources will ordinarily be printed in the original languages. Documents will be printed in their original languages.

Renaissance Studies is fully compliant with RCUK Open Access policy. Authors may self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of their article immediately on acceptance, and may self-archive the accepted (peer-reviewed) version after an embargo period. This journal also offers OnlineOpen paid access: see below. Further information on both gold and green Open Access can be found here.


1. Submission of manuscripts

All material submitted must be original and unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

ScholarOne Manuscripts
You can now submit your paper to Renaissance Studies online using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Benefits of online submission include:

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  • Responsive. Decisions sent by email, revisions made online. The moment a decision is taken, an email is dispatched. You can respond to the comments and submit a revised version online.

  • Transparent. Track your manuscripts online. Return to the site at any time to see the current status of your submission.

    Submissions (no longer than 9000 words, including notes and appendices) should be sent from A 150–200 word abstract of your article together with five keywords taken from the main text are also required.

The Editor will notify authors as soon as possible on the acceptability of their papers, but will not enter into correspondence about papers considered unsuitable for publication. Neither the Editor not the publisher accepts responsibility for the views of authors expressed in their contributions. Authors may not submit typescripts that are under consideration for publication elsewhere.

2. Typescript layout
Authors may find it useful to refer to the journal's stylesheet.
All material should be on A4 paper, in double-spaced typing, and on one side of the page only. Word-processed typescripts are encouraged; the printout should be double-spaced with an unjustified right-hand margin. Ample margins should be left. Each page of the typescript should be numbered. In short reviews, lengthy references requiring footnotes should be avoided if possible. Where they are essential, they should be given in notes, not in the body of the review. In articles, edited documents, and review articles, footnotes should be numbered consecutively and placed together in double-spaced typing on a separate page or pages at the end. They will be printed at the foot of each page. In short reviews, the author’s name should appear at the end on the right, with her/his institution on the left. In articles, edited documents, and review articles, the author’s name should appear at the beginning, immediately under the title of the piece, and his/her institution at the end on the right. An unnumbered footnote may be included, giving brief acknowledgements. Degrees and other personal details should not be included. Quotation marks should be single and not double unless they indicate a quotation within a quotation. Articles may be illustrated by black and white photographs or line drawings. Obtaining photographs, as well as securing permission for their use, will be the responsibility of the author.

Writers of Exhibition Reviews are urged to obtain illustrations and reproduction rights from the relevant exhibition's press office before the closing date of the show so as to avoid incurring costs.

3. References
References should be used sparingly. The titles of books should be italicized and the publisher should always be given, e.g. Lewis Lockwood, Music of Renaissance Ferrara 1400–1505: the Creation of a Musical Centre in the Fifteenth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984). An abbreviated form of title should be established on the second occasion of use, e.g. Lockwood, Music of Renaissance Ferrara.

If the reference is to an article in a periodical, it should include (after the author’s name and the title of the article) the volume, date in brackets, and pages of the periodical, e.g. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes , 47 (1984), 243–8.  To save space, the Editor may standardize abbreviations of periodical titles.

4. Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. Details of Wiley's English Language Editing and Translation Service can be found here: All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

5. Illustrations: These should be submitted as eps or 300 dpi tiff files wherever possible alongside the text of your article via ScholarOne Manuscripts. Ensure that heavy lines in line art are saved as pure black, and avoid using uncommon fonts in illustrations. Colour images can be reproduced in colour online and in print at the discretion of the Editorial team. For further information on digital artwork standards please visit

6. Author Services: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don’t need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more

7. Copyright and licences
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the licence agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons Licence Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Licence OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs Licence OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY licence supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

8. Early View: Renaissance Studies is covered by Wiley-Blackwell's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early Viewarticles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

9. OnlineOpen: OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

10. Offprints
Electronic offprints are supplied through Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services system (see above), so authors should remember to register for this service to access their electronic offprint. Printed offprints may be purchased at extra cost on request. Wiley-Blackwell is happy to supply complimentary copies of the journal for authors to lodge with museums or galleries who have provided them with free access or permissions to copyrighted material, where the author has asked for these prior to publication. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission to quote material from copyright sources.

11. Alterations to articles
To avoid delays in the production of the Journal, PDF proofs will be sent to contributors under the strictest time schedule of ten days' return. If the contributor’s corrections have not been received on time, the Editor (or Reviews Editors) will be responsible for checking, correcting, and passing all proofs for press. Any amendments or corrections should be sent to the Proofreader as soon as possible after notification that an article has been accepted for publication (details will be sent with the PDF proof). The Editor reserves the right to reject alterations in proof owing to the high cost of correction.

Editorial Addresses (except for Special Issues, which are normally edited by Guest Editors):

Professor Jennifer Richards, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU

Associate Editor
Dr Jill Burke, History of Art, University of Edinburgh, EH1 1JZ

Please send all books for review to:
Dr Rachel Willie, Lecturer in English Literature/Darlithydd mewn Llenyddiaeth Saesneg, School of English/ Ysgol Saesneg, College of Arts & Humanities/ Coleg y Celfyddydau a'r Dyniaethau, Bangor University/ Prifysgol Bangor, Bangor LL57 2DG

Exhibition Reviews Editors
South: Dr Scott Nethersole, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
North: Dr Debra Strickland, History of Art, School of Culture & Creative Arts, 8 University Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Assistant to the Editor
Dr Simon Davies, Department of English, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QN

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