Abstract and presentation guidelines

To participate in the symposium “Theater within the Context” please send only abstract of original works that have not been previously published and are not simultaneously submitted for presentation elsewhere. Abstract can submit in Serbian or English. Abstract in English is mandatory. One author can submit only one abstract

The title should be concise (up to ten words). Abstract should not exceed a maximum length of 3000 characters including spaces. In abstracts authors should provide all relevant information about research or theoretical analysis. Abstract should contain only text, without tables and graphs. Authors should not give references, neither in an abstract nor at the end as a list. At the end of an abstract, up to five keywords should be given.

Abstracts submission deadline is August, the 1st 2015. Abstract should be sent to address following the instruction that is available in the form. Period from August 1st until August 30th  2015 is planned for review and re-submission of abstracts corrected according to the reviewers’ suggestions. Accepted abstracts will be published in e-book, and available on the web site, together with the program of symposium, no later than September 1st 2015.

Conference rooms have a presentation computer and LCD. If authors wish, they may present from their own computers. We kindly ask you to bring the files for your presentation on a CD or USB. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes in total, or 10 minutes for presentation itself and 5 additional minutes reserved for questions and discussion.

For additional information send inquire to coordinator via e-mail:


The thematic publication “Theatre in Context” accepts original papers from the field of performance studies, theatrology, art theory, as well as neighbouring disciplines, dedicated to the analysis, contextualization and critical interpretation of contemporary theories and performing practices, as well as to understanding of principles, mechanisms and value system, which include various aspects of their application.

Submission of a manuscript implies that:
(1) Potential publication of the manuscript is endorsed by all authors, and by the institution which supported the research or work.
(2) The research and/or analysis described in the submitted manuscript has not been previously reported (with the exception of conference abstracts, lectures and academic thesis). The submitted manuscript is not already under review and it has not been accepted for publication in another publication.
(3) If accepted for publication, the manuscript shall not be published in another publication or journal, in Serbian, English or in any other language.

The manuscript should provide original theoretical analysis and/or research containing a significant amount of new information (novel data and interesting findings). The data should be clearly presented with: (a) an introduction stating the objectives and background, (b) a precisely described method presented with maximum clarity, (c) clearly described results, (d) a discussion which provides an accurate interpretation of the results and the relation to previously published work or the work of other authors, and (e) a relevant and concise bibliography. The title should be succinct, and the abstract should stand alone.

The submitted manuscript will be assigned to an Editor responsible for the subfield in question.  If sent for review, the paper will be examined by two independent reviewers, and this process will take up to 20 days. Once the manuscript is accepted, the authors will be given a deadline to make the required changes and resend the paper. We expect authors to return the revised manuscript as well as a letter to the Editor (containing detailed assessment, point by point, for each of the reviewers’ comments). We will ask authors to review the final proof once the manuscript is prepared for printing (proof deadlines are usually short and strict). No revisions, updates or corrections can be made after this stage, therefore it is important to ensure that all your corrections are sent back to the Editor in one complete communication. Upon publishing, a full text version will be available on-line. Also, each of the authors will receive one hard copy of the publication at no cost.

The manuscript should conform to the publication’s scope and preparation guidelines. We accept Word documents (Times, 12pt, single spaced and saved using the default extension). The layout of the text should be as simple as possible since most of the formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. Do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. as appropriate, as well as the word processor’s facility for equations or tables (use only one grid for each individual table). Apply APA 6 format and style. Always keep a backup copy of the electronic file for reference and safety.

Manuscripts should not exceed a maximum length of 36000 characters with spaces (this limit must be strictly observed due to page limits – note that the character limit includes the abstract but not the references and acknowledgements).  The manuscript should be written in English.

Each manuscript should have the following: title, authors, abstract, keywords, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and literature.

  • Title: describes the specific theme of article.
  • Authors: full name and affiliation for each author (up to 10 words).
  • Keywords: three to five, usually the investigated phenomena, cited theories/models.
  • Abstract: short and clear summary of the article (100-150 words) with main findings.
  • Introduction: describes the specific problem, sums up relevant previous research in a logical and critical manner, leads the reader to the manuscript’s main question; clearly states the problem under investigation as well as the findings and theories challenged or extended by the presented research and/or analysis (about 25% of the paper’s length).
  • Method: describes the design of the study, approach or the procedure that are used.
  • Results: should be presented in a logical sequence; apart the presentation of results, authors should include an explanation of findings
  • Figures and tables: include only relevant and informative figures and tables; take care not to present data in a misleading fashion; graphs should be made in MS Excel; make sure that graphs allow access to the row data from which they were constructed.
  • Illustrations: we accept color illustrations and graphs for the on-line edition, but the hard copy is printed in black and white; please provide color versions for the on-line edition whenever possible; also, please note that our publication observes strict rules regarding copyright; we accept original artwork, and when the artwork is not original the author must supply necessary permissions; pictures should be submitted in high resolution (JPEG, 300dpi); for further and more detailed instructions on the proper preparation of drawings, including information on letter sizing and reduction factors, please refer to the APA Publication Manual.
  • All figures, tables and illustrations should be given at the end of the manuscript, each on a separate page in the appropriate order; the section should start with a page containing descriptions and legends (if applicable) for each item, also in the appropriate order; please specify the desired position of each figure, table or illustration in the text.
  • Discussion and conclusion: contains the interpretation of results; this interpretation should be made in the context of the models, theories and findings presented in the Introduction; clearly specify which of the previous studies are supported, challenged or improved with your findings, and then offer, if possible, novel models or frameworks for your findings; give only logical claims based on the present findings, but do specify when your new model could incorporate the results of others; the conclusion can be a separate section, which should state how the present research has moved the body of scientific knowledge forward; in high-quality, well-cited papers, the discussion and conclusion combined may take up to 30% of the paper, but in any case they should not be shorter than the Introduction.
  • Literature: the reference list should contain all of the literature mentioned in the manuscript and nothing else; although it is quite commendable to demonstrate a historical knowledge of the field and cite some classic papers and books, the majority of the references should be up to date, demonstrating the current scientific importance of the presented research.
  • Language: writing style and language competence may be briefly commented upon during the review process; minor issues will be corrected by our copyeditor; however, we will not accept poorly written articles with a number of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

Manuscript submission deadline: November, 10th 2015.


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