Author Guidelines

TAPA (formerly Transactions of the American Philological Association) is the official research publication of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), a learned society of scholars and teachers with specialized knowledge of the belief systems, culture, history, languages, literatures, and other features of classical Greco-Roman antiquity. The journal is published and distributed to all members of the association twice a year. As the flagship publication of one of the largest professional associations in the field of classical studies, TAPA strives both to uphold exceptionally high standards of quality and accuracy and to maintain its reputation for editorial courtesy, efficiency, and inclusivity.

TAPA welcomes contributions on any topic directly related to the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. The language of publication is English. The Presidential Address delivered at the previous SCS annual meeting is a regular feature. A concluding section, Paragraphoi, invites judicious responses to essays published in earlier volumes and brief discussions of the issues of interest to the broader classics community.

One purpose of the journal is to reflect the great range of research undertaken by experts in all areas of the discipline. Consequently, it solicits contributions across the broad spectrum of contemporary methodology from the most traditional to the most innovative. The criteria for acceptance are three. 1) Is the article an original and significant contribution to the field? 2) Is the argument couched in terms that are likely to interest a broad range of professional classicists or only specialists? This criterion does not exclude detailed technical discussions. It only asks that the stakes of those discussions be made as clear as possible to the members of the SCS as a whole. 3) Is the article clearly and engagingly written? As a fundamental premise, TAPA assumes that theoretical insights, to be plausible, must be grounded in a sound engagement with the text and its context, while illuminating philological investigation requires an informed awareness of underlying theoretical postulates. Papers displaying a well-integrated combination of the two perspectives will be given especially careful consideration.

Although what may or may not be suitable for TAPA must ultimately depend on the editor's final decision, prospective contributors should be guided by the following rules of thumb.

  1. Authors are strongly advised to consult recent back issues of TAPA to determine if their submission is appropriate in terms of general content. Essays ought to make an original, direct contribution to the understanding of aspects of Greco-Roman antiquity, as opposed to those of the larger Mediterranean or Near Eastern world, medieval or Renaissance culture, or the development of the classical tradition in modern times. Articles only peripherally engaged with classical materials and studies in ancient-modern literary relations may well be more suited to other venues. The article's particular contribution to recent discussion of issues in the field of classical scholarship should be clearly articulated at the outset. The editor reserves the right to return to the author any submission that appears unsuitable for TAPA without sending it out to referees.
  2. TAPA aims at an audience of classicists with a good general background in the field as well as detailed familiarity with specific areas of knowledge. Effective presentation of an idea clearly includes the capacity to arouse curiosity and intellectual excitement among readers not well acquainted with a given problem. Abstruse inquiries, those whose interest appears limited to a very small number of experts working on the same point, would probably be at home in a more specialized periodical.
  3. There is no absolute maximum or minimum length, but editorial expectations will normally include shortening of contributions determined, in consultation with referees, to be excessively long. Length should always be proportionate to the needs of the argument. TAPA does not publish brief notes on technical points (e.g., a single emendation).
  4. Drafts submitted for external review must be in finished form, with citations and references fully supplied and checked for accuracy. Text should have been proofread for typos and grammar and spelling errors. Submissions with large gaps in annotations or exhibiting a significant lack of proofreading will be returned to the author.
  5. If possible, manuscripts should be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word to:

Alternatively, manuscripts can be sent by regular mail (please include four copies) to:

Professor Andromache Karanika
University of California, Irvine
Department of Classics
Murray Krieger Hall 430
Irvine CA 92697-2000

Please include an abstract of up to 100 words in length with your submission. All submissions are acknowledged.

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