About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Estudis Escènics is the journal of the Institut de Teatre in Barcelona; of its higher dramatic art and dance schools; master’s, postgraduate or doctoral degrees; and research groups.

Founded in 1957, it features research, reflection and debate on the performing arts in Catalonia and worldwide. Logically, the evolution of the journal is framed within the evolution of the institution promoting it and society itself, as well as publishing trends. Since it was launched, it has undergone different stages.

At present and since 2018, the journal is one of the longest-standing academic publications in its field, both in Catalonia and Spain. Its Scientific Committee and Editorial Board are made up by outstanding specialists at international level. The articles of Estudis Escènics are subject to a blind peer review process; the journal is published online, uses the Open Journal Systems for management and publication (which enables the establishment of a collaborative strategy of knowledge generation, committed to quality and scientific rigour) and is published in open access.

In order to foster debate, research and exchange of knowledge on the performing arts, the journal periodically organises symposiums and conferences. The topic of each symposium and conference is previously set out by the Scientific Committee and the Editorial Board of the journal and is published in a related monographic blog. The lectures of the symposium as well as the presentations (following a call for papers) result in diverse articles which, subject to assessment and review, finally make up the monographic dossiers of the issues. Moreover, unrelated articles are also accepted.

Peer Review Process

The review is undertaken by external experts and by double-blind peer review. All works sent to Estudis Escènics are reviewed in accordance with strict scientific quality criteria. In a first phase, the Editorial Board carries out a general review of the quality and thematic suitability of the paper, and can directly reject, without any external review, those papers of ostensibly low quality or that make no contribution to thematic fields of the journal. For this first review, the Editorial Board can ask for the assistance, if deemed necessary, of the members of the Editorial Board or Assessment Board. Proposals for debates can be accepted after passing this first prior filter phase without the need for external review. The papers that pass this first filter are sent to two external reviewers, specialists in the subject or in the field of research in question. If the reviews differ, or for any reason it is deemed necessary, the Editorial Board can send the text to a third reviewer. Depending on the reports of the reviewers, the Editorial Board can make one of the following decisions, which will be reported to the author:

• Publishable as is (or with slight modifications).

• Publishable with modifications required and reviewed by the editor.

• Not publishable.

Reviewers score from 1 (minimum) to 5 (maximum) the following items, adding comments to all of them. Items with an asterisk are compulsory.

 1) WRITING AND LANGUAGE. Structure, clarity, syntax and spelling. Terminology and language are suitable.*

2) TITLE. Appropriate for the contents of the article* 

3) SUMMARY. Contents and extension are suitable*

4) KEY WORDS. Suitability and quantity*

5) INTRODUCTION. Extension and contents are suitable

6) CONCLUSIONS. Extension and contents are suitable

7) COMPLEMENTARY FILES (images, tables, graphics…). Quality and suitability

8) QUOTATIONS, REFERENCES AND LINKS. Complete mention of the source*


Open Access Policy

Estudis Escènics provides immediate free access to its contents amb reutilitsation possibility, from the moment of its publication in digital edition of the journal: making research available as many places as possible promotes the global exchange of knowledge.

Statement on publication ethics and misconduct

The Institut del Teatre is fully committed to promoting ethical conduct in the publication of its science journal Estudis Escènics, based on the principles laid down by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (http://publicationethics.org).

To achieve this, the Institut del Teatre considers it essential for all parties involved in the publishing process for its science journals – editors, reviewers, and authors – to know and accept the terms of the above code, as summarised below.



Editor-in-chief should undertake to do the following:
• promote editorial independence;
• respect privacy;
• protect intellectual property;
• maintain the integrity of published content;
• publish content punctually.


Decisions on publishing papers. After consulting the editorial board, journal editors decide whether or not to publish the papers submitted to their department, basing their decision on the reports made by two external reviewers and, in the case of significant disagreement between these, a third reviewer. They should apply the same criteria for accepting or rejecting all papers in accordance with their originality, importance and clarity. Editors must have systems in place for editorial decisions to be appealed against before the editorial board. They must also give full, up-to-date guidelines on authors' responsibilities and on the characteristics of papers sent to the journal.
Non-discrimination. When examining submitted papers, editors should not take into account the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, country of origin, citizenship or political views.
Confidentiality. Editors and other journal employees should not reveal information about the papers received to anyone other than the authors themselves and the reviewers. They should ensure that throughout the process the anonymity of reviewers and authors is maintained at all times.
Conflicts of interest and disclosure. Editors should not use results from papers submitted to them for their own research work without express permission from the author.
Recognition of error. Editors should publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when necessary.
Quality. Editors should elicit the opinions of authors, reviewers and the editorial board in order to improve the editorial process.


Authorship of the text. Papers submitted should be signed by the author and by anyone else who has played a significant role in planning, organising, conducting or processing the research that the paper is reporting on. In cases of co-authorship, the author submitting the text should state explicitly that it contains the names of all the authors, and that these have given their approval to the final version of the paper, for publication in an Institut del Teatre journal.
Responsibility. Authors take full responsibility for the content of their manuscript.
Plagiarism and originality. Authors should be prepared to declare that the paper submitted to the journal is original in each and all of its parts and that all sources used are correctly cited in it.
Access and conservation of data. At the editors' request, authors should clarify the sources or the data on which the research is based. These data should be kept for a reasonable time after publication, and may be disclosed if necessary.
Multiple or repeated publication and conflicts of interest. Authors should not publish papers that present the same content in more than one journal at the same time.
Conflicts of interest and disclosure. Authors should be prepared to declare that there is no conflict of interest that could affect the results of the research or the interpretations offered. They should also state sources of funding for the research, where applicable, and the name of the project their paper reports on.
Errors in published papers. Authors who discover an important error or inaccuracy in a published paper should inform the journal editors and provide any information needed to make the necessary corrections.


Peer review. A system of double-blind review is to be adopted, which helps editors and the editorial board to make decisions on manuscripts submitted and at the same time gives authors an opportunity to improve their work.
Meeting lead times. Having agreed to review a paper, reviewers should respect the lead times established. If unable to do so, they should give sufficient notice of this to the editors.
Confidentiality. Papers under review are considered to be confidential documents, so the reviewers should not discuss them with third parties without the permission of the editors.
Objectivity. Reviews should be carried out objectively. Reviewers should express their opinions on manuscripts appropriately and justify their conclusions.
Bibliographic references. Reviewers should provide exact bibliographic data on works of importance in the paper's subject area that the author may have omitted. Reviewers should also inform editors about any similarities detected between the text under review and other works.
Conflicts of interest and disclosure. Any restricted information obtained in the review process is considered confidential and may not be used for personal ends. If carrying out a review entails a conflict of interest for reviewers because they have collaborated or competed with the authors or the authors' institutions, these reviewers should decline the review proposal.

History of the Review

Estudis Escènics is the journal of the Institut del Teatre and its higher drama and dance schools. History:

1957: The first issue appears under the title Estudios Escénicos: Cuadernos del Instituto del Teatro, directed by Guillermo Díaz-Plaja. ISSN: 0423-4936

1971: Xavier Fàbregas takes over as director at issue number 14.

1974: Number 18 is a special issue dedicated to Pérez Galdós and directed by Ricardo Doménech.

1976: Number 21 is the last issue of the magazine published in Spanish.

1983: The journal is relaunched and renamed Estudis Escènics: Quaderns de l'Institut del Teatre de la Diputació de Barcelona. Written in Catalan, with ISSN 0212-3819, and published by Edicions 62. It is published biannually.

1984: Editorial board: Joan-Josep Abellan, Francesc Castells, Xavier Fàbregas, Guillem-Jordi Graells, Jaume Melendres and Josep Montanyès.

1985: On the death of Xavier Fàbregas, Jordi Coca joins the Editorial Board.

1988: Issue number 29 is published by Editorial Pòrtic.

1990: Institut del Teatre takes over the publication of the magazine from issue 31.

2007: After a gap of 17 years, issue number 32 is published, with the initials EE incorporated into the title. Joan Casas takes over as director, and the magazine is published in Catalan and Spanish, with considerable changes to the sections: study, dance booklet, dossier...

2009: Issue number 36 is jointly edited by Joan Casas and Alex Broch, and it incorporates abstracts in English to the articles.

2013: With issues 39-40 the journal is also presented in digital format and is incorporated into the RACO portal. The language of the articles is maintained as they are received, without translation into Catalan and/or Spanish.

2015: Number 41-42 is a monographic issue dedicated to the IFTR/FIRT Congress, directed by Lluís Masgrau i Peya. It is the last issue to be published on paper. A new ISSN is obtained for the digital version: 2385-362X.

2018: Estudis Escènics is re-founded. It begins a new stage as an academic journal, marked by a publication exclusively in digital format. It uses the OJS (Open Journal System) software for management. A stable Editorial Board and Scientific Committee are established, and papers are subject to a double-review evaluation system.  Director of the journal: Carles Batlle. Frequency: annual. Language of articles: Catalan or Spanish, and English.