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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The pages are numbered to help reviewers; the text is between 7,000 and 9,000 words, footnotes excluded; does not count more than 12,000 words with footnotes included; is 1.5-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The file has been anonymised, i.e., it does not contain the name of the author either in the text or as part of the document properties.

Author Guidelines

To submit an article, register for an account on this website. You will then have access to your own account, where you can submit new articles, track your submission, upload revised versions after peer review, and communicate with the editors. Here, you can find a walk-through of the authoring process.

Length and language

Your article should be longer than 7,000 but not much longer than 9,000 words, excluding footnotes. Including footnotes, the whole text should not count more than 12,000 words. An abstract will be asked during the submission process: please provide a short summary of between 150 and 250 words. 

The use of English is preferable, although we also admit French, Italian, Spanish and German contributions.


Images are to be provided by authors, including permissions and high-resolution reproduction (but these are only due after acceptance). 


If the article has more than one author, please add a supplementary file that specifies each of the author’s substantial contributions to the article in question (drafting, writing, revising, etc.). Only authors who have made substantial contributions will be accepted. For a definition of academic authorship, we refer to the commonly accepted definition of the ICMJE.

Anonymise your submission

When submitting your article, ensure that there is nothing in the document that betrays the identity of the author(s) by taking the following precautions:

  • Do not provide your name and institution in the version meant for peer review. Keep acknowledgements for the later version.
  • Do not refer to your own past research in the first person. You can change this after the peer review stage.
  • Remove author identification from the file properties in Microsoft Office documents. Do this both under ‘properties’ in the ‘file’ tab and by clicking ‘inspect document’ on the same tab (click ‘inspect’ and ‘remove all’ the results for the hidden content that you want to remove).

Style guidelines

Follow the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition. In particular, or in addition, we adhere to the following rules:

  • Names are preferred in the original language unless another variant is more common, like Vergil, Augustine, etc.
  • Italics are used to put emphasis on words or terms or for all text in other languages other than the main language, unless it concerns a quotation or a name.
  • Theoretical and methodological concepts are not put in italics unless it concerns a language other than the main language.
  • For interruptions and afterthoughts mid-sentence, the em dash (–) is used without spaces, both before and after the word, e.g. “Men like Lucian—men who were born outside of and might perhaps never see Athens—can only have an ironic relationship to the organic intellectualism that Socrates espoused.”
  • Double quotation marks are always closed after punctuation, even if the punctuation mark does not correspond to the one in the quoted source.
  • Quotations are always in the original language, both in the body text and in block quotes.
  • Quotations running over more than three lines (which corresponds to ± 40 words, ± 200 characters) become a block quote.
  • Translations of quotes are compulsory, and always put in footnotes.
  • Translations of short quotes (only a handful of words) can be included in the body text between brackets, e.g. “Quevedo’s first editor, José Antonio González de Salas, assigned it the following title: “Amor constant mas allà de la muerte” (“Love constant beyond death”).” or “The tercets repeat this movement from spirit to matter or, to be more precise, from soul (alma) to veins and marrow (venas, medulas).”
  • In translations of poetry in footnotes, verses are separated by forward slashes (/), not with line breaks (i.e. NOT with return or enter ⏎).

Specifically for English, the following guidelines apply:

  • The author is free to use British or American spelling, and the according style rules, as long as they are used consistently.
  • Never use “cf.” but always “see.” Cross references are written as “see n. #”


Use the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition notes-bibliography system. Provide a short note in the footnote, mentioning the last name of the author, short title, and relevant page numbers. For example:

  • Waquet, Le latin ou l'empire d'un signe, 49.
  • Apuleius, Les Métamorphoses.
  • Arthur Montagne, “The Comic Latin Grammar,” 12-13.

In the bibliography at the end of your article, give the full reference. For example:

  • Waquet, Françoise. Le latin ou l'empire d'un signe, XVIe-XXe siècle. Paris: Michel, 1998.
  • Apuleius. Les Métamorphoses. Edited by D. S. Robertson. Translated by Paul Vallette. Collection Budé. Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1945.
  • Arthur Montagne, Jacqueline. “The Comic Latin Grammar in Victorian England.” JOLCEL, no. 4 (2020): 2-31.

Every source should be mentioned in the bibliography, including common editions of Classical texts. Quotes in Latin and Greek are treated as other languages, i.e., not put in italics but between double quotation marks.

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