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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, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review,have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Akroterion welcomes scholarly contributions on all aspects of Greek and Roman civilization. Preference is given to articles that will also appeal to the non-specialist. We particularly encourage submission of articles dealing with the influence and reception of the Classics. Please send all submissions to:

Prof J C Thom, Editor: Akroterion, Department of Ancient Studies, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, 7602 Matieland, South Africa. Tel.: +27 (021) 808-3203; fax: +27 (021) 808-3480; e-mail: Editor.

This journal has no article submission charges but once an article has been accepted for publication, an article processing fee will be required (currently ZAR100 per page). This fee may be waived upon request for authors not affiliated with a South African university. 

When preparing a manuscript for submission, the following should be kept in mind:

1. Electronic submissions are preferred. If hard copy manuscripts are sent, three copies are required.

2. Articles are refereed anonymously. Authors are asked to prepare their manuscripts so that their identities are not revealed to the referees. A title page should be attached, with the title of the manuscript, the author's name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available).

3. Akroterion uses an author-date format for bibliographical references. Each article should be accompanied by a Bibliography, printed at the end, which must include all works cited. Please note that titles use sentence style capitalization; only proper nouns and adjectives and the first words of the title and of the subtitle are capitalized.

3.1 Books are listed in the Bibliography by author, date, title, series (if applicable), place of publication and publisher:

Nussbaum, M C 1994. The therapy of desire: Theory and practice in Hellenistic ethics. Martin Classical Lectures n.s. 2. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

3.2 Articles published in a journal are listed as follows:

Segal, C 1995. Classics, ecumenicism, and Greek tragedy. TAPA 125, 1-26.

Abbreviate journal titles as in L'Année philologique except that P is substituted for Ph in English-language journals (e.g. CP, not CPh). Please note that the titles of articles are not enclosed in quotation marks.

3.3 Articles or chapters published in an anthology are listed using the following format:

Grant, R M 1981. Charges of 'immorality' against various groups in Antiquity. In Van den Broeck, R & Vermaseren, M J (eds), Studies in Gnosticism and Hellenistic religions, 161-170. EPRO 91. Leiden: Brill.

If the anthology itself is cited more than once, it should feature as a separate own entry in the Bibliography, with cross-references to this entry, e.g.:

Grant, R M 1981. Charges of 'immorality' against various groups in Antiquity. In Van den Broeck & Vermaseren 1981:161-170.

3.4 Reference to items in the Bibliography in the text or footnotes of the article should use the author's surname, date and, where relevant, inclusive pages, e.g.

Segal (1995:2) states ...
3Segal 1995:2.

3.5 When more than one publication by an author is cited from the same year, add 'a', 'b', 'c', etc. to the year (in citations as well as in the Bibliography) in order to distinguish them, e.g.

Nock (1952a:177) suggests ...

4. When citing classical literature, the abbreviations listed in the Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd ed., 1996) should be used. Use Arabic numerals for all subdivisions of individual works (e.g. Hom. Od. 9.226-271).

5. Quotations in foreign languages (including Greek and Latin) of more than a few words should be accompanied by a translation.

6. All articles should include an abstract of not more than 100 words, as well as up to 5 key words for indexing.

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