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Publishing ethics

The Classical Quarterly publishes the highest quality research papers and short notes in the fields of the language, literature, history and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome down to approximately the end of the sixth century ad. The Classical Quarterly is committed to promoting the highest ethical publication practices.

Articles should be original work, not plagiarized and should not have been published in abridged or other form elsewhere. Submissions should not contain any trace of authorship. Please see our Guidance for Contributors for more information about submission requirements.

We do all we can to ensure the peer review process is fair and we aim to minimise bias. Articles are normally peer reviewed in a double-blind fashion (author names and referee names are concealed). Referee reports and other related correspondence should remain confidential and should not be shared. Referees are asked to treat submitted material in confidence until it has been published. Please see our Guidelines for Referees for more information.

Where an article has multiple authors, the corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all authors have approved the manuscript before submission and, if accepted, that all authors have seen and approved proofs, including the names and order of authors. When the author of an article is not alive or is otherwise incapacitated when the proofs of their article appears, the author’s next-of-kin (or other designated person) and the CQ editor will be responsible for the accuracy of the proofs.

Authors will be asked to sign a licence to publish form prior to publication. Please see this form for full details on author rights, re-use of work and data sharing, including information about the posting of articles online. We encourage authors to share their work responsibly; for more details see Cambridge Core Share (authors may also find this page useful on social sharing).

Authors should declare any potential conflict of interest as soon as possible. This can be done at submission of the article, through to submission of the licence to publish form. Conflicts of interest are situations or relationships that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on your article. These may be financial, professional, contractual or personal in nature.

The Classical Quarterly publishes in accordance with Cambridge University Press’s publishing ethics guidelines , which apply to authors, peer reviewers, the editorial office and the journal as a whole. Anyone who believes that these guidelines have not been followed should raise their concern with the editor or email .

Complaints and allegations of misconduct will be investigated fully, as outlined here, and as per the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. Complaints should be directed to the editorial office ( ). Complaints are handled by the editorial team in the first instance and, where necessary, The Classical Association Journals Board, which oversees the editorial policy of the journal (see our website for more information about the Journals Board). We aim to respond quickly, courteously and constructively. All complaints will be acknowledged and, if possible, a full response will be made within four weeks. If this is not possible, an interim response will be given within four weeks.

The Classical Quarterly does not publish corrections unless the issues identified affect the article in a significant way or substantially impair a reader’s understanding. For example, minor spelling or grammar errors will not be corrected. Corrections will be considered under three categories: erratum (notification of an important error made by the journal that affects the publication record or the integrity of the article); corrigendum (notification of an important error made by the author(s) that affects the publication record or the integrity of the article); and retraction (decisions on retractions are made according to whether the issues raised substantially undermine the value or accuracy of the article). The editors’ decision about whether an amendment is required and the category in which the amendment is published is final.