• ISSN: 2051-6037

Notes for Contributors

Journal of Performance Magic is published annually, in electronic-only format. The journal is fully open access with article processing charges supported by the University of Huddersfield Press. Articles are published under a Creative Commons attribution licence (CC BY), although other more restrictive licences will be considered.

Submission of article

Please read the following notes before submitting material for possible publication and ensure that contributions comply with these.

When submitting your article all authors must have agreed to the submission and the article should not currently be considered for publication by any other journal nor been published previously.

Submissions should include:

  • Title page with full title and subtitle (if any). For the purposes of blind refereeing, the full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details should appear on a separate sheet.
  • Abstract of 100-150 words.
  • 5-10 key words. If you do not provide these, the editor may insert key words at their own discretion.
  • Main text and word count — articles can be up to 9,000 words (not including references). Text to be clearly organised, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text. Texts of a length greatly exceeding this will be considered as interest warrants and space permits.


Please note that the Journal is strictly non-exposure. Effects maybe named, but not revealed. In some cases individual moves may be referenced and explained but only in the context of the article not of a larger effect. Please contact the Editors should you have any questions on this.


Please ensure your document is a basic Word file, typed in single spacing throughout, using Garamond 10pt. We would ask that you do not use paragraph spacing but carriage returns to indicate paragraph breaks. Please do not use footnotes or endnotes embedded in the text. End notes, if necessary, should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the references. Illustrations are welcomed; however, Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. See below for technical details. We cannot guarantee that they will appear exactly in the position suggested, due to layout constraints.


Use a clear style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-discriminatory language and plurals rather than he/she.


UK spellings must be used, unless forming part of a quotation.


Use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. Present dates in the form 1 May 2008. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD).


References in both the text and end notes should follow Harvard style. References are cited thus: (author, date, page) e.g. (Brown, 2008, p. 10).

An alphabetical references section should follow the text (and end notes if any), using the Harvard system.



Burger, E. (1989) The Experience of Magic. Washington: Kaufman & Co.

Articles in edited books

Hass, L. (2008) 'Life Magic and Staged Magic'. In: F. Coppa, L. Hass, & J. Peck eds. Performing magic on the western stage : from the eighteenth century to the present. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal articles

Kirby, E.T. (1974) 'The Shamanistic Origins of Popular Entertainments'. The Drama Review: TDR, 18 (1), pp.5–15.


Pilcher, H. (2009) The science of voodoo: When mind attacks body [online] Available at: "http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227081.100-the-science-of-voodoo-when-mind-attacks-body.html" [Accessed 14 May 2009].


Tables should be provided as separate documents and their position indicated by a marginal note in the text. All tables should have short descriptive captions with footnotes and their source(s) typed below the tables.


All line diagrams and photographs are termed 'Figures' and should be referred to as such in the manuscript. They should be numbered consecutively. Line diagrams should be presented in a form suitable for immediate reproduction (i.e. not require redrawing), each in a separate document. They should be reproducible to a final printed text area of 17cm x 10.5cm, and supplied as a high resolution black and white PDF file at 300dpi minimum. All figures should have short descriptive captions typed on a separate sheet.

Copyright and reproduction

Before publication, authors are requested to sign a 'Licence to publish' in The Journal of Performance Magic, which grants exclusive right of first publication to the University of Huddersfield Press and for the University to identify itself as the original publisher. If authors wish to have access to the PDF via their own website or institutional repository, that can also be arranged after publication. A copy of the 'Licence to publish' is available here

The Journal of Performance Magic applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY) to all articles (read the human-readable summary or the full license legal code). Under the CC BY, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Please email your submission to the editors.

Authors will receive proofs of their articles and be asked to send corrections to the editor within 2 weeks.