Skip to main content Accessibility help
Instructions for authors

Download the Antichthon Instructions for Contributors here: Download Instruction for Contributors in PDF. (148 KB).

To view the PDF file linked above, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Journal of The Australasian Society for Classical Studies



Initial submission:

Contributions can be sent to either of the Editors, Han Baltussen or Robert Cowan. Electronic submission of manuscripts in Word document form is preferred; Greek must be in a Unicode font (it may be helpful to submit a PDF file alongside the Word document).

Contributors should be sure to keep for themselves a copy of the version submitted.

Normally contributions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length (inclusive of footnotes and bibliography), though shorter articles will be considered.

Articles are routinely sent to two or more referees for anonymous peer review.

Submission following acceptance:

Contributors are asked to supply a final electronic version of the article as a simple, unformatted Microsoft Word file and in 12 point Times New Roman font. If Greek is involved, a unicode font must be used.


The article should be accompanied by an abstract of between 150 and 200 words. It is placed at the beginning of the article, and also on the ASCS web page for the journal, and is subsequently archived.

Preparation of copy:

Articles should be typed in double spacing in 12 point Times New Roman font and if submitted in hard copy should be printed on one side of the paper only. Greek quotations should be in Greek script (see above) and not transliterated. A translation of longer passages of Greek and Latin should normally be included in the text (or in the footnotes, if appropriate).

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and typed, also in 12 point Times New Roman font, in double spacing. They can be included in the typescript as either footnotes or endnotes; in either case it would be preferred if they were typed using the footnote system incorporated in Microsoft Word.

Quotations in Latin should be italicised (or underlined to indicate italics), except for long indented passages; quotations in English, French, German, etc. should be put in single inverted commas. A quotation within a quoted passage has double inverted commas. Single words or self-contained phrases (such as faute de mieux) may be italicised (or underlined to indicate italics). The following should not be italicised: ad loc., ap., c., cf., e.g., ibid., i.e., s.v., viz.


For books and articles the journal will accept either of two methods, the traditional system or a

modified "Harvard" system.

(a) Traditional Method:


G.H. Gellie, Sophocles, A Reading (Melbourne 1972) 53-78.

A.D. Trendall, The Red-Figured Vases of Lucania, Campania and Sicily 1 (Oxford 1967) 193-4, or


Authors’ initials should be stated, at least at their first mention. Please note that initial letters in the

title should be capitalised.


A.S. Henry, ‘Euripides, Hippolytos 790-855’, CQ 26 (1976) 229-31

Both year, volume number and full page range should be given. Abbreviations may follow the style

of L’Année philologique or the Oxford Classical Dictionary 4th edn. Initial letters of words in the

title of articles (in English and German) should be capitalised: French and Italian titles tend to be

lower case.

When a modern work is referred to several times in footnotes, it is preferred that its full title be

given only in the first footnote in which it appears; subsequent references to the work should be by

author’s surname, short title, and by this first footnote number: e.g.

14 Gellie, Sophocles (n. 4) 52.

Otherwise, cross-references inside an article should be kept to a minimum and, if used, the author

should indicate the relevant page and line of the typescript.

(b) Modified "Harvard" Method:

If the author is including a bibliography at the end of the article, entries in that should appear in the

following style:

G.H. Gellie (1972), Sophocles, A Reading. Melbourne.

A.S. Henry (1976), ‘Euripides, Hippolytos 790-855’, CQ 26, 229-31

References in the footnotes will then appear in the form:

14 Gellie (1972) 52.

(c) For both methods:


Ar. Birds 136; Arist. Nic. Eth. 3.9.7 or Arist. Pol. 1273a2; Hom. Il. 5.1 (not E 1); Cic. Phil. 2.19; Quint. 10.1.45; Soph. OT 225. Most single references to ancient authors and documents should be

placed in the text, rather than in footnotes. The abbreviations of authors’ names and their works are

those found in the OCD4.


For example: CAH 9.536; CAH2 10.420; CIL 6.29271; FGrH 115 F 225; PIR2 C 763; RE 4A.629–

753; TLL 6.2878.16. Similar abbreviations for collections should be used; suitable abbreviations

are those that appear in OCD4.

BC/BCE/CE should appear after, and AD before, the number of the year. No full stops are used.

Tables and Figures:

For a general guide please see guide for artwork/figures here.

A final hint:

When all else fails, read the manual! Some of these instructions can be found on the inside back

cover of the journal. Have a look at a recent volume of the journal, and see how the articles,

footnotes, bibliography, etc. are set out and follow that style. That will make the typesetter’s task

all that much easier.


Copyright rests with the Australasian Society for Classical Studies. The following statement is contained on the back of the Contents page in the journal:

© The Australasian Society for Classical Studies (and year of publication)

Apart from fair dealing for the purpose of study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under copyright law, no part of this publication shall be reproduced by any process without written permission of the owners of the copyright. Requests for such permission should be directed to the publisher.

The reason for the Society holding the copyright is to ensure that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled consistently and authors’ interests are protected; it will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. Authors may use their own materials in other publications provided that Antichthon is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and that the Society’s permission is requested in writing and in advance. Contact details can be found on the inside front cover of the journal; normally requests for permission to reproduce articles can be directed to the publisher.

Full details of authors' rights to reuse their work are available on the journal's transfer of copyright form.

Please visit Open Access Publishing at Cambridge Core for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Permissions must be obtained by the author who is responsible for checking with the publisher or copyright owner regarding specific requirements for permission to adapt or quote from copyrighted material. Appropriate acknowledgement must be given in your manuscript.

Cambridge University Press is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and operates in adherence with its guidelines in cases of allegations of research errors; authorship complaints; multiple or concurrent (simultaneous) submission; plagiarism complaints; research results misappropriation; reviewer bias; and undisclosed conflicts of interest.

Last updated 12 February 2019