General information | Manuscript preparation | Structure of article | Supplementary materials | Policy on prior publication | ORCID | Authorship and contributorship | Author affiliations | Competing interests | Author Hub | English language editing services | Copyright and reproduction issues
Guidance for contributors of articles to Journal of Hellenic Studies
The Journal of Hellenic Studies (JHS) was first issued in 1880 and is internationally recognized as one of the foremost periodicals in the field of Classical scholarship. It contains articles on a wide variety of Hellenic topics and reviews of recent books of importance to Greek studies. Submissions covering any aspect of Hellenic studies will be welcomed.
JHS seeks articles which represent genuinely original and significant contributions to their field focused on a specific research question, theme or issue, and utilizing critical and analytical methodologies appropriate to the specific topic and sub-field. While we are happy to receive specialist or technical articles founded on rigorous scholarship, we would ask that contributors aim to write in a way that demonstrates the importance and relevance of their research across the wider field, beyond a narrow sector of their discipline or sub-discipline.
JHS is published in collaboration with Cambridge University Press in electronic and hard-copy form. Three years after publication, articles and reviews published in JHS are made available electronically via the JSTOR scholarly journal archive (www.jstor.org).
Given the global circulation of the journal, in all but exceptional circumstances articles must be submitted in English in accordance with the Society’s Style Guide (also available from the Society’s website, www.hellenicsociety.org.uk ). Please follow the Style Guide as closely as possible. Articles written by authors whose first language is not English should be proofread and corrected by a native English speaker prior to submission.
Articles should be produced in a PC-compatible (preferably MS Word) format using a generic font, such as Arial or Times New Roman, with ample margins, not as a pdf. Automatic text formatting, such as paragraph indenting, bullet points or numbering, should be avoided, but pagination is helpful for referees.
Please note the guidelines for publication-quality electronic images outlined in the Style Guide, which will be essential for final versions of accepted submissions.
At first submission, articles must not contain any indication of the
author’s identity; authors should, wherever necessary, refer to their own
work in the third person, and also avoid allusion to previous presentations
and individuals who have provided advice (though it is helpful to the
editor to have such information so as to avoid approaching ineligible
referees). More extensive and personalized reference to an author’s
previous work may be made in the final version. Authors are also
responsible for ensuring that the 'Properties' box of the files does not
indicate their identity.
Structure of article
Articles should be structured as follows and submitted as a single file: Title of article; Abstract (maximum of 200 words) and keywords (up to 5); Text; Appendices; Bibliography; Figure captions; Table captions. Notes should be integrated as footnotes. Normally the text of an article should not exceed 9000 words including footnotes, though consideration will be given to longer submissions where greater length can be justified, for example because of the exceptional importance of the topic across the discipline. Shorter contributions of high quality are, of course, also welcome. A word count (inclusive of notes) should be provided.
Authors should also give consideration to whether some supporting information (e.g., digressions in long footnotes which are not directly part of the argument of a paper, collections of texts or unusually long texts, a lengthy commentary or app. crit., additional images, drawings, maps, or tables) might be included as Supplementary Material’, as this leaves more space in the text of the paper to development and support the main argument.
The bibliography should contain only those works referred to in the text. Tables and figures may be embedded in this file or submitted separately. Figures should be presented in a continuous sequence (i.e., not divided into ‘figures’ and ‘plates’) with reference made in the text to each illustration.
Articles for submission must not be under review elsewhere or submitted elsewhere for review before the JHS review process is completed.
Material that is not essential to understanding or supporting a manuscript, but which may nonetheless be relevant or interesting to readers, may be submitted as supplementary material. Supplementary material will be published online alongside your article, but will not be published in the pages of the journal. Types of supplementary material may include, but are not limited to, appendices, additional tables or figures, datasets, videos, and sound files.
Supplementary materials will not be typeset or copyedited, so should be supplied exactly as they are to appear online. Please see our general guidance on supplementary materials for further information.
Where relevant we encourage authors to publish additional qualitative or quantitative research outputs in an appropriate repository, and cite these in manuscripts.
Policy on prior publication
When authors submit manuscripts to this journal, these manuscripts should not be under consideration, accepted for publication or in press within a different journal, book or similar entity, unless explicit permission or agreement has been sought from all entities involved. However, deposition of a preprint on the author’s personal website, in an institutional repository, or in a preprint archive shall not be viewed as prior or duplicate publication. Authors should follow the Cambridge University Press Preprint Policy regarding preprint archives and maintaining the version of record.
We encourage authors to identify themselves using ORCID when submitting a manuscript to this journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration with key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:
- Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you have authored.
- Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
- Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.
See our ORCID FAQs for more information. If you don’t already have an iD, you can create one by registering directly at https://ORCID.org/register.
ORCIDs can also be used if authors wish to communicate to readers up-to-date information about how they wish to be addressed or referred to (for example, they wish to include pronouns, additional titles, honorifics, name variations, etc.) alongside their published articles. We encourage authors to make use of the ORCID profile’s “Published Name” field for this purpose. This is entirely optional for authors who wish to communicate such information in connection with their article. Please note that this method is not currently recommended for author name changes: see Cambridge’s author name change policy if you want to change your name on an already published article. See our ORCID FAQs for more information.
Authorship and contributorship
All authors listed on any papers submitted to this journal must be in agreement that the authors listed would all be considered authors according to disciplinary norms, and that no authors who would reasonably be considered an author have been excluded. For further details on this journal’s authorship policy, please see this journal's publishing ethics policies.
Author affiliations should represent the institution(s) at which the research presented was conducted and/or supported and/or approved. For non-research content, any affiliations should represent the institution(s) with which each author is currently affiliated.
For more information, please see our author affiliation policy and author affiliation FAQs.
All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their title page. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article.
Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations.
If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors.
Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author 1 is employed at organisation A, Author 2 is on the Board of company B and is a member of organisation C. Author 3 has received grants from company D.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.
You can find guides for many aspects of publishing with Cambridge at Author Hub, our suite of resources for Cambridge authors.
English language editing services
Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This step is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the Editor and any reviewers.
In order to help prospective authors to prepare for submission and to reach their publication goals, Cambridge University Press offers a range of high-quality manuscript preparation services – including language editing – delivered in partnership with American Journal Experts. You can find out more on our Language Services page.
Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge-published journal.
Copyright and reproduction issues
The policy of JHS is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies a licence to publish their work. In the case of gold open access articles this is a non-exclusive licence. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to publish without this. Please download the appropriate publishing agreement here.
For open access articles, the form also sets out the Creative Commons licence under which the article is made available to end users: a fundamental principle of open access is that content should not simply be accessible but should also be freely re-usable. Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) by default. This means that the article is freely available to read, copy and redistribute, and can also be adapted (users can ‘remix, transform, and build upon’ the work) for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, as long as proper attribution is given. Authors can, in the publishing agreement form, choose a different kind of Creative Commons license (including those prohibiting non-commercial and derivative use) if they prefer.
Authors are also asked, should the article be accepted for publication in the Journal of Hellenic Studies, to confirm that the article is an original work and is in no way whatever an infringement of any existing copyright, and that it contains nothing libellous.
If an article includes textual or illustrative material not in the author's copyright and not covered by fair use/fair dealing, permission must be obtained from the relevant copyright owner for the non-exclusive right to reproduce the material worldwide in all forms and media, including electronic publication. The author is held responsible for paying any fees required as a condition for obtaining such permission. Authors should initially seek the permission of the publisher to reproduce copyrighted material that has been published. For unpublished material, authors should seek permission of the owners, whether individuals or institutions. Please note that permission should also be sought, from the institution in which the original is held, to publish an author’s personal photographs of material held in the collections of museums, libraries, etc. The relevant permission correspondence should be returned with the copyright form.