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Cambridge Classical Journal


The journal publishes articles covering all aspects of the Classical world and its reception: the editors welcome unsolicited submissions from all areas of Classical scholarship. We ask for all submissions to be in electronic format, as a suitably anonymised Word document or pdf file, sent on disk or as an email attachment to the Editors ( Authors should include telephone numbers, an email address and, if possible, a fax number for further correspondence.

Contributors are advised to retain a copy of the paper.

Submission of a paper is taken to imply that it has not been previously published and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors of articles published in the journal retain copyright.

Submissions will be sent to anonymous referee(s) whose comments and recommendation will then be conveyed to the author by the editors. Authors should not include their name or any references which may identify them to the reviewer on the typescript.

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

Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be double spaced throughout, both main text and notes, and with adequate margins.

They should be typed on one side only of A4 or American quarto white paper. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and appear on each page below the main text.

We would like articles in CCJ to be accessible to the widest possible readership, some of whom may have little or no Greek or Latin. We therefore ask contributors to provide translations of any significant stretches of Latin or Greek which they discuss in the main body of the article. Unless they are relevant to the particular point under discussion, contributors should normally supply their own translations.

Competing interests

All authors must include a competing interest declaration with their manuscript. 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 A is employed at organisation B. Author C is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”. 

Electronic formatting

Authors are asked to send an electronic file together with the final version of the manuscript. If submitting on disk, this should be labeled with an indication of the file name(s), application used and platform (e.g. Mac). Remove from the disk any files or previous versions which you do not wish to submit. If any non-standard font has been used, please also supply a copy of the font with your article.

Please do

  • use a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman or Arial)
  • use a Unicode font for Greek
  • use tabs, not spaces
  • use the Table tool to create tables
  • use the ‘Equation editor’ for mathematical expressions
  • use the Footnote tool to create footnotes

Please do not

  • inset manual page breaks or extra lines between paragraphs
  • use extensive formatting - complex layouts are best indicated on the hardcopy and not attempted in the Word file
  • insert graphics - provide them as a separate file


Authors are asked to conform to the ‘house style’ detailed below. This speeds up proofreading and typesetting. For further guidance on stylistic conventions, consult the most recent volume of CCJ.

Dates should be in the form: ‘56 BC’ and ‘AD 56’ (note no stops) or alternatively ‘56 BCE’ and ‘56 CE’. Use ‘fourth century’ rather than ‘4th century’.

Numbers below 100 in continuous text should be spelled out unless units of measurement are being given: ‘a distance of 17 km’, ‘his rule lasted 43 years’.


A small number of figures may be used to illustrate an article. Figures may be line drawings or photographs; good quality originals suitable for direct reproduction should be supplied. The press prefers to receive figures in electronic form. TIFF files are best, at 300 dpi resolution. Please note that authors are responsible for securing copyright permissions. Authors should also supply a list of illustrations with labels to be printed with each figure.

For more information on illustrations and permission to reproduce them, maps, figures, diagrams, tables, and charts, please refer to the advice offered by Cambridge University Press at:


For references to ancient texts, where possible use abbreviations for authors and works as found in Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon, the Oxford Latin Dictionary, or the Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd edn.).

Use Arabic numerals wherever possible, and use the least number of figures in ranges of numbers (examples: 56-8, 126-9; but 17-19, 100-103, 310-13; also Hom. Od. 11.145-8, Thuc. 2.31-2, Cic. Fin. 1.34-5, Cic. De nat.deorum 1.70, not Cic. de Nat. Deorum 1.70).

References to modern works in text and footnotes should use the author-date system. Examples: (in text) "…, as noted by Smith (1987)." (as note) "Cf. Smith (1987) 23-4."

All references should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the text. Use minimum possible capitalisation.


Please check carefully that items mentioned in the notes are included in the bibliography, which should be restricted to items mentioned in the notes.

References to books should include:

  • author’s full name followed by initials, separated by single space
  • date of publication (in brackets), including the original date when a reprint is being cited
  • complete title of the book, underlined or in italics and, where appropriate, edition (e.g. (3rd. edn.))
  • place of publication.

Examples (showing required punctuation):

Hardie, P. R. (1986) Virgil’s Aeneid: cosmos and imperium, Oxford.

Cartledge, P. A. C. (2002) Sparta and Lakonia: a regional history, 1300-362 B.C. (2nd. edn.), London

References to articles in periodicals should include:

  • author’s full name followed by initials
  • year (in brackets)
  • title of article, in single quotes
  • title of periodical, underlined or in italics (where possible use abbreviations found in L’Année Philologique, anglicising where necessary.
  • volume number in Arabic numerals
  • number of issue if pagination requires it
  • page numbers of article.

Example (showing required punctuation):

Scott, D. (1989) ‘Epicurean illusions’, CQ 39, 360-74.

References to contributions to edited volumes should include

  • author’s full name followed by initials
  • year of publication (in brackets)
  • title of article, in single quotes
  • names of editor(s) followed by (ed.) or (eds.)
  • complete title of book, underlined or in italics
  • place of publication
  • page numbers of article

Examples (showing required punctuation):

Witt, C. (1994) ‘The priority of actuality in Aristotle’, in T. Scaltsas, D. Charles, M. L. Gill (eds.) Unity, identity, and explanation in Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Oxford, 215-28.

Hopkinson, N. (1994) ‘Nonnus and Homer’ in (id.) (ed.) Studies in the Dionysiaca of Nonnus, Cambridge Philological Society, suppl. vol. 17, 9-42.

Examples of other publications:

edited volume:

Scaltsas, T., Charles, D., Gill, M. L. (eds.) (1994) Unity, identity, and explanation in Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Oxford.


Procopé, J. F. (1971) ‘Democritus the moralist and his contemporaries’, PhD thesis, University of Cambridge


Contributors will receive a PDF offprint of their article.

Permissions and copyright

The policy of CCJ is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant the Cambridge Philological Society 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.

Last updated: 25th May 2021