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Instructions to authors / editors: Proposing a volume for the series

The Renaissance Society of America Texts and Studies Series (RSA-TS) is a peer-reviewed (refereed) series that has as its focus the Latin and vernacular cultures of late medieval and early modern Europe (ca. 1300–1700), including those less common literatures that arose within the European cultural sphere. The series publishes editions of primary sources, translations in combination with critical editions, and thematic reference works (“Companions,” or similar) of enduring value, for which a printed volume is the appropriate medium. Books in the series are simultaneously produced in electronic format.

The RSA-TS series endeavors to reflect the diversity of interests of the RSA membership. A distinctive trait of the Companions in the RSA-TS series, therefore, is their effort to incorporate an element of newly commissioned and translated scholarly contributions from specialists who do not normally write in English. We are piloting the addition of new, refereed online content over time, to reflect developments in the field.

Volumes are now published by Brill. Past volumes have been published by Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (MRTS). RSA members receive a 35 percent discount on the Brill volumes.

The Editorial Board warmly welcomes proposals for the RSA-TS series.

1. Eligibility:

Submitters should be RSA members in good standing and have a previous record of peer-reviewed publication (e.g., one or more articles in peer-reviewed journals or edited collections, or previous book publications).

2. What we are looking for:

a. Texts

The Editorial Board will normally expect proposals that relate to editing and translation projects to be manuscripts that are complete or very near completion.

Text editions should offer more than the raw text: they must represent an advance in scholarship and demonstrate added value. Latin or other foreign-language texts will be accompanied by an English translation (unless there is good reason not to), and a critical apparatus and/or commentary as appropriate. We will look for an introduction that is robust and insightful but not excessive in length, and that includes evidence of a sound methodological approach (e.g., editorial principles, a rationale for the translation).

b. Companions

RSA-TS Companions disseminate vanguard research in an accessible way. They address graduate students and fellow Renaissance scholars who require an orientation in a less familiar field or subfield. Recent volumes in the series have clearly put their subject on the map and have elicited further reflection and scholarly activity. We are looking for proposals for Companion volumes that fill demonstrable gaps and/or address emerging trends in Renaissance studies (broadly conceived).

Companions require careful planning: proposals may be subject to some iteration, and some preliminary discussion with the series’ Editor in Chief and Brill is advisable. The number of contributors and proposed word counts should be kept realistic. Contracts will be subject to satisfactory referees’ reports.

c. Other

The RSA-TS series does not normally publish monographs or conference proceedings. However, we occasionally consider other types of books that are in line with the RSA’s mission and the spirit of the series. Please contact the series’ Editor in Chief if you wish to discuss an idea.

Panels at RSA Annual Meetings may be used to scope a new field (e.g., with a view to proposing a Companion volume) or to provide contributors to a multi-authored volume with a clear target to deliver their contributions and an opportunity to improve coherence. Note that publication of such materials developed or presented at RSA Annual Meetings or other workshops will still be subject to an accepted proposal, satisfactory referees’ reports, and the terms and conditions of any contract issued.

3. The proposal will consist of:

  1. A completed proposal form
  2. A brief curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  3. A statement about the proposed manuscript (max. 1,000 words) that should include:
    1. Your name and affiliation, and that of any coauthors/coeditors
    2. Title of the manuscript
    3. A summary of the manuscript
    4. Scholarly context and background, including why the manuscript is a good fit for the RSA-TS series and how it will contribute to scholarship in the field. Please pay attention to any competing work that has been published or is forthcoming.
    5. A list and brief synopses of the proposed chapters/sections of the manuscript.

You may include a pdf with sample pages of your work, if you wish (no more than ca. 8,000 words in total), but do not send full manuscripts unless invited.

4. Length:

The target length for manuscripts in the series is approximately 90,000 words; manuscripts should not exceed 100,000 words, unless the proposal specifically makes the case for why greater length is necessary.

5. Manuscript preparation—a few things that are good to know from the outset

The RSA and Brill prefer manuscripts to conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, Sixteenth Edition (http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo8540260.html), including following American English in all instances of spelling, grammar, and punctuation. If you are entirely unfamiliar with Chicago style or feel that another style (e.g., MLA, MHRA) is more conducive to your project, please let us know and explain why on the manuscript proposal form. The agreed style must be applied rigorously and consistently across all sections of the manuscript.

It will normally be the author’s or volume editor’s responsibility to assure that the definitive manuscript sent in for publication is copyedited to a professional standard. The standard of copyediting will be checked before a definitive manuscript receives its imprimatur. Colleagues in the RSA office may assist with copyediting queries during manuscript preparation. The RSA or Brill can also recommend professional copyeditors if you wish to hire assistance.

All English must be of native-speaker standard. If you or your contributors are not native speakers, you are strongly advised to have your text (and/or translation) checked for linguistic accuracy and fluency by an informed anglophone reader, before the manuscript is refereed, or, for Texts edition, before you send in your proposal. This will expedite the refereeing process and minimize any revisions that may be required.

Contributors who will write chapters in a language other than English should be mindful of the challenges their text may pose to even the most professional translator: they should be encouraged not to use an overly florid style or use obscure terminology.

The RSA does not offer any publication grants to cover the costs of translations (beyond those agreed with the publisher), copyediting expenses, or the reproduction costs of illustrations. However, it will provide letters of support for requests for subventions.

6. Contacts:

Ingrid De Smet, Editor in Chief, RSA-TS series (I.de-Smet@warwick.ac.uk)
Colin S. Macdonald, RSA office (cmacdonald@rsa.org)
Arjan van Dijk, Acquisitions Editor, Brill (dijk@brill.com)


Authors: an updated version of our style guide is forthcoming.

More information about the volumes published by MRTS is available on their website.


Titles (new series with Brill)

Volume 1
Harry Vredeveld, ed., trans., and annot. The Poetic Works of Helius Eobanus Hessus. Vol. 3: King of Poets, 1514–1517. Leiden: Brill, 2012.

Volume 2
Hilaire Kallendorf, ed. A Companion to Early Modern Hispanic Theater. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Volume 3
Philip Ford, Jan Bloemendal, and Charles Fantazzi, ed. Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Neo-Latin World. 2 vols. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Volume 4
Manuel López-Muñoz, ed. Augustini Valerii De Rhetorica Ecclesiastica libri III. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Volume 5
Abigail Brundin, Tatiana Crivelli, and Maria Serena Sapegno, eds. A Companion to Vittoria Colonna. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Volume 6
Harry Vredeveld, ed., trans., and annot. The Poetic Works of Helius Eobanus Hessus. Vol. 4: Between Erasmus and Luther, 1518-1524. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Volume 7
Patrick Baker, ed. Biography, Historiography, and Modes of Philosophizing. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Volume 8
Johnathan H. Pope, ed. Phineas Fletcher's The Purple Island. Leiden: Brill, 2017.


Former titles in the series

Volume 1
Benedetti, Alessandro. Diaria de bello Carolino = Diary of the Caroline War. Edited with introduction, translation, and notes by Dorothy M. Schullian. New York: Published for the Renaissance Society of America by Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., c1967.
Out of Print

Volume 2
Pace, Richard. De fructu qui ex doctrina percipitur; The Benefit of a Liberal Education. Edited and translated by Frank Manley and Richard S. Sylvester. New York: Published for the Renaissance Society of America by Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., c1967.
Out of Print

Volume 3
Calvin, Jean. Calvin’s Commentary on Seneca’s De Clementia. With introduction, translation, and notes by Ford Lewis Battles and André Malan Hugo. Leiden: Published for the Renaissance Society of America by Brill, 1969.
Out of Print

Volume 4
Foxe, John. Two Latin Comedies by John Foxe the Martyrologist: Titus et Gesippus. Christus triumphans. Edited with introduction, translation, and notes by John Hazel Smith. Ithaca, NY: Published in association with the Renaissance Society of America by Cornell University Press, c1973.
Out of Print

Volume 5
Chaundler, Thomas. Liber apologeticus de omni statu humanae naturae = A Defence of Human Nature in Every State (c. 1460). A Moral Play by Thomas Chaundler. Edited from manuscript with English translation, introduction, and notes by Doris Enright-Clark Shoukri. London; New York: The Modern Humanities Research Association in conjunction with Renaissance Society of America, 1974.
ISBN: 0900547316
Contact: Maney Publishing at mhra@maney.co.uk.

Volume 6
Cebes of Thebes. Cebes’ Tablet: Facsimiles of the Greek Text, and of Selected Latin, French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, and Polish Translations. Introduction by Sandra Sider. New York: Renaissance Society of America, c1979.
Out of Print.

Volume 7
Giovanni, da Ravenna. Dragmalogia de eligibili vite genere. Edited and translated by Helen Lanneau Eaker; with introduction and notes by Benjamin G. Kohl. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press: London: Associated University Presses, c1980.
ISBN: 0838718973
Contact: AUP at: AUP440@aol.com.

Volume 8
George, of Trebizond. Collectanea Trapezuntiana: Texts, Documents, and Bibliographies of George of Trebizond. Edited by John Monfasani. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies in conjunction with the Renaissance Society of America, 1984.
ISBN: 0866980601
Contact: Chicago Distribution Center, 1-800-621-2736 or orders@press.uchicago.edu. Please indicate that you are a member of the RSA and eligible for a discount.

Volume 9
Alberti, Leon Battista. Dinner pieces: a translation of the Intercenales . Translated by David Marsh. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies in conjunction with the Renaissance Society of America, 1987.
ISBN: 0866980288
Contact: Chicago Distribution Center, 1-800-621-2736 or orders@press.uchicago.edu. Please indicate that you are a member of the RSA and eligible for a discount.

Volume 10
Bruni, Leonardo. The Humanism of Leonardo Bruni: Selected Texts. Translations and introductions by Gordon Griffiths, James Hankins, and David Thompson. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies in conjunction with the Renaissance Society of America, 1987.
ISBN: 0866980296
Out of print.

Volume 11
Ficino, Marsilio. Three Books on Life. A critical edition and translation with introduction and notes by Carol V. Kaske and John R. Clark. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies in conjunction with the Renaissance Society of America, 1989.
ISBN: 0866980415
Contact: Chicago Distribution Center, 1-800-621-2736 or orders@press.uchicago.edu. Please indicate that you are a member of the RSA and eligible for a discount.

Volume 12
Giovanni da Ravenna. Dialogue between Giovanni and a Letter. Edited and translated by Helen Lanneau Eaker; introduction and notes by Helen Lanneau Eaker and Benjamin G. Kohl. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies in conjunction with the Renaissance Society of America, 1989.
ISBN: 0866980431
Contact: Chicago Distribution Center, 1-800-621-2736 or orders@press.uchicago.edu. Please indicate that you are a member of the RSA and eligible for a discount.

Volume 13
Wakefield, Robert. On the Three Languages (1524). Edited and translated with introduction and notes by G. Lloyd Jones. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies in conjunction with the Renaissance Society of America, 1989.
ISBN: 0866980776
Contact: Chicago Distribution Center, 1-800-621-2736 or orders@press.uchicago.edu. Please indicate that you are a member of the RSA and eligible for a discount.

Volume 14
Knowledge, Goodness, and Power: The Debate over Nobility among Quattrocento Italian Humanists. Edited and translated with introductions by Albert Rabil, Jr. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1991.
ISBN: 0866981004
Out of print.

Volume 15
Burton, Robert. Philosophaster. Edited and translated by Connie McQuillen. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1993.
ISBN: 0866981233
Contact: Chicago Distribution Center, 1-800-621-2736 or orders@press.uchicago.edu. Please indicate that you are a member of the RSA and eligible for a discount.

Volume 16
Scala, Bartolomeo. Bartolomeo Scala: humanistic and political writings. Edited by Alison Brown. Tempe, AZ: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1997.
ISBN: 0866981993
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Volume 17
Platina. Platina, On Right Pleasure and Good Health: A Critical Edition and Translation of De honesta voluptate et valetudine. Edited by Mary Ella Milham. Tempe, AZ: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1998.
ISBN: 0866982086
Out of print.

Volume 18
Helius Eobanus Hessus. The Poetic Works of Helius Eobanus Hessus. Vol. 1: Student Years at Erfurt, 1504–1509. Edited, translated, and annotated by Harry Vredeveld. Tempe, AZ: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 2004.
ISBN: 0866982574
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Volume 19
Antonio da Rho. Early Renaissance Invective and the Controversies of Antonio da Rho. By David Rutherford. Tempe, AZ: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 2005.
ISBN: 0866983457
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Volume 20
Helius Eobanus Hessus. The Poetic Works of Helius Eobanus Hessus. Vol. 2: Journeyman Years, 1509–1514. Edited, translated, and annotated by Harry Vredeveld. Tempe, AZ: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 2008.
ISBN: 978-086698-381-5
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