Author Guidelines

1. The American Journal of Philology publishes original research in classical philology, linguistics, history, society, religion, philosophy, and cultural and material studies, including interdisciplinary approaches. Articles should ordinarily run to a length of 20-30 typed pages (double spaced, in 12 font), not incl. bibliography and notes, and in the interests of conciseness, footnotes should not exceed 20% of the overall length. Anything shorter than 20 pages will not normally be considered, nor will items of narrow focus. A submission will be considered and sent out for review once the editors have confirmed that it merits fuller evaluation by two experts. If it does not meet this standard, it will be returned as quickly as possible to the author with an explanation.

2. Contributions, books for review, and other editorial correspondence should be sent to:

Joseph Farrell
Editor, AJP
Department of Classical Studies
University of Pennsylvania
271 Cohen Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
United States

3. Please submit as an electronic file by e-mail attachment to the Editor as above. We will ask for a paper copy only if required. Make sure this is your final version, changed versions cannot be accepted later. Send a single MS Word document, with abstract, bibliography and endnotes included. Do not send as separate documents. A fully anonymized PDF may be sent in addition. When sending by e-mail, please identify by your last name and short title in the subject line. Please use a unicode font for Greek. Retain a copy of the manuscript in the exact format submitted, since editorial comments sent to authors sometimes refer to specific pages and lines in the original. All manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, with ample margins. Underline or italicize words that are to be set in italics; please be consistent. Use only double quotation marks throughout. Footnotes should be typed as endnotes in your manuscript‹double-spaced and numbered in a consecutive series (not 16, 16a, 16b). Give inclusive page numbers; do not use ff. Articles should be accompanied by a full bibliography of works cited (only), and author-date citations should be used in text where possible. Simple bibliographical references can be inserted directly into text‹³Boatwright (1991, 24) suggests...². If some discussion is required, however, the reference should be in a footnote. For Greek and Latin passages, please use a standard edition (Oxford, Teubner, Budé). Please state whose translations you are using (your own or otherwise) in an appropriately placed footnote.

4. The Journal follows a policy of blind and anonymous reviewing. Authors are asked to prepare their manuscripts so that their own identities are not revealed to editorial readers. The first two pages should be unnumbered: (1) a cover page with the title of the manuscript, the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; and (2) an abstract of 100 or fewer words (repeat the title of the article on the abstract page to identify it). Number pages thereafter sequentially (first page of text is page 1). Authors who use a header with page numbers should use a short title (e.g., “Fasti and the Stars” - 3). Although it may seem obvious, please proofread your paper, especially the Latin and Greek passages, and make sure all references are complete before submitting it for review.

5. If you are asked to submit a revised version of your paper for a second review, please prepare 2 blind paper copies as above; an electronic version should also be sent if possible.

6. Scholarship published in the Journal often requires quotations in Greek. Despite modern production methods, the printing of Greek is costly and time consuming, as compositors do not know Greek. Contributors are asked to follow these guidelines: Do not quote passages in Greek or insert Greek words unnecessarily. Please use a unicode font for Greek other than that used for the English text. Try to keep the Greek together; avoid inserting Greek words or phrases in English sentences, except when necessary to gloss. Individual Greek words, when mentioned in English sentences, may be transliterated. In such cases, either underline or italicize the word to indicate italics; be consistent.

7. It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University Press to require the assignment of copyright to the Press of all articles and interpretations published by the American Journal of Philology. Further information about this policy can be obtained on request from the Editor.

Points of Style (for final submissions)

Authors are requested to send final versions which adhere to AJP style and to the general submission guidelines in #3 above. Failure to do so may result in a delay in publication.

AJP wants to make the journal more accessible to nonspecialists and more in line with what is used in other humanities disciplines. The journal follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

1. Abbreviations. Refrain from scholarly abbreviations in references (op. cit., ad loc., ff.). Use short titles instead of op. cit. Do not italicize common Latin abbreviations (e.g., et al.).

2. Classical works. For abbreviations of classical works, authors, and journals, AJP prefers the Oxford Classical Dictionary (OCD). Other systems (Liddell and Scott, OLD, L'Anée Philogique) are acceptable as long as they are consistent.

3. Eras and dates. The journal prefers B.C.E., C.E., 12 December 1999.

4. Illustrations. Images may be submitted as either black and white photos or as digital files (.tiff or high quality .jpgs) at least 300 dpi. Since images take up space normally reserved for text, please keep any such materials to a minimum. The author is responsible for obtaining permissions for illustrations if necessary. Please allow plenty of time to obtain permissions. For all illustrations, please supply approximate placement by coding in arrow brackets at the appropriate point in your manuscript. 

Please also supply legends if any (e.g., Figure 2. Medea knocks at the palace door).

5. Greek and Latin. Please use a unicode font for Greek other than that used for the English text. Don’t mix Greek or Latin into the syntax of an English sentence; give the original language first or after the English version. Please check all Greek and Latin quotations, especially for accents and line numbering. (It is a good idea to photocopy lengthy Latin or Greek passages so that you can quickly check them against proofs.) Be consistent in use of u or v in Latin. Also, be consistent in English spelling of Greek proper names throughout your article--do not use both Herakles and Hercules. Please code macrons in transliterated Greek: techn<mac>e</mac>. If you must use underlines in Greek for emphasis (AJP prefers this to italicized Greek), please code by using arrow brackets around Greek text <u>Greek words</u>.Use sparingly.

6. Acknowledgments. Should be in the final note, keyed to the end of text.

Examples for bibliography (note that author's first name or two initials and publisher’s names are included):

O’Gorman, Ellen. 1993. “No Place Like Rome: Identity and Difference in the Germania of Tacitus.” Ramus 22:135-54.

Ross, D. O., Jr. 1987. Virgil’s Elements: Physics and Poetry in the Georgics. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Edition of a classical work
Mastronarde, D. J., ed. 2002. Euripides: Medea. With intro. and comm. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (note classical work is set in italics as rest of title)

Chapter in a book
Franko, George Fredric. 2001. “Plautus and Roman New Comedy.” In Greek and Roman Comedy, ed. Shawn O’Bryhim, 147-239. Austin: University of Texas Press. (note: inclusive page numbers are given)

Fernandez-Delgado, J. A. 1982. “Sobre forma y contenido de Los trabajos y los dias.” In Estudios de forma y contenido sobre les generos literarios griegos, ed. F. R. Adrados et al., 9-29. Caceres: Universidad de Extramadura. (Et al. is used only for four or more authors.)