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The Journal aims to publish papers in the full range of the field which the Roman Society was established to promote, namely ‘the study of the history, archaeology, literature, and art of Italy and the Roman Empire, from the earliest times down to about A.D. 700’. Submissions on historical, literary, archaeological and art historical topics are welcome, including those on issues of cultural and intellectual history that cut across these categories (for example, sociolinguistics or reception). Papers primarily concerned with the archaeology of Roman Britain should be sent in the first place to Britannia; those concerned with the archaeology of the Roman Empire at large are equally welcomed by this Journal. The Journal is scheduled to appear in November each year.

SCOPE: The Journal aims to publish papers that make a fresh and significant contribution to the understanding of the Roman world, and have the potential to stimulate further discussion. Though papers have in recent years tended to be lengthy, the Journal is also keen to publish shorter papers so long as they address issues of general importance. All papers should be carefully thought through and clearly argued. It is important to recognise that this does not necessarily involve a heavy use of footnotes, but does involve clear statement of the argument and of its broader significance, and adequate signposting to the reader of the steps in the argument. The Journal will publish papers of over 15,000 words in length, including notes, only in exceptional circumstances; such papers should only be submitted after discussion with the Editor. Papers should so far as possible be accessible to non-specialists: that is, to a general academic readership, aside from any particular interest or expertise in the ancient world. Passages from ancient languages should always be translated (and, where relevant, the original text should also be quoted). The language of publication in the Journal is English. Please note that the Journal does not reprint material substantially published elsewhere (including online and/or in other languages, whether in original form or revised).

EDITORIAL PROCEDURE: The Journal is run by an Editorial Board (for membership see Society’s website Submissions are circulated at the Editor’s discretion for double-blind peer review to members of the Board and, where appropriate, to other specialist readers. In order to ensure maximum impartiality, all submissions are therefore circulated without indication of authorship. The process of refereeing necessarily takes time, but authors may expect to receive a verdict within four to five months of submission. The Journal does not currently have a backlog of papers awaiting publication. Detailed comments are normally sent only to authors of submissions which have been accepted, or which are thought suitable for resubmission. Book reviews for the Journal are directly commissioned by the Review Editor.

SUBMISSION: Submission is by e-mail to the Editor. Documents should be submitted in Word (the addition of a PDF version is helpful). On occasion the Editor may request a hard copy and/or submission on a CD-ROM or USB flash drive if fonts or illustrations make this desirable. All intending contributors must read the detailed instructions on format and style available (along with this Policy Statement) at: or via Cambridge Core.

ELECTRONIC MATTERS: The Society’s website ( gives the table of contents and abstracts of all papers in the Journal. Recent issues of the Journal of Roman Studies and Britannia can be accessed online via Cambridge Core by subscribers at Once editing is complete, individual papers or reviews may be accessed by subscribers via FirstView in advance of the printed journal. Appearance on FirstView (with the issuing of a DoI) constitutes formal publication; only the page numeration will differ in the printed version. It is not possible to alter papers or reviews before the Journal is printed. The Society permits JSTOR (a system of electronic archiving) to put on its website back issues of the Journal (for more information see

OPEN ACCESS: The Journal has a Green Open Access policy. From vol. 110 (2020), the Journal will adopt a ‘hybrid model’, allowing authors to choose publication of the Version of Record as Gold Open Access on payment of an article processing charge or under a transformative read and publish agreement with its publisher, Cambridge University Press. Potential contributors may visit ‘Open Access Publishing at Cambridge’ ( for information on open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies and guidelines on depositing their manuscript in an institutional repository.

COPYRIGHT: All authors retain copyright in their contributions, but are required to sign a form assigning the Roman Society an exclusive licence to publish, except in the case of Gold Open Access articles which will be published under a non-exclusive licence. Authors selecting Gold Open Access publication will be able to choose an appropriate CC-BY licence. If a paper includes textual or illustrative material not in the author’s copyright, permission must be obtained from the relevant copyright owner for the non-exclusive right to reproduce the material worldwide in all forms and media. 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.

Submissions and all general enquiries should be addressed to the Editor, Professor Peter Thonemann (, Wadham College, Oxford, OX1 3PN, UK.

Correspondence relating to reviews should be addressed to the Reviews Editor, Dr Myles Lavan (, Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU, UK.

Books for review should be sent to the Librarian, Hellenic and Roman Societies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, UK.

The Journal of Roman Studies is a member of COPE [Committee on Publication Ethics].

Last updated June 2020