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Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity and Classics

Policies

  1. SMAC features the outstanding research of undergraduates at Macalester in the study of ancient people and cultures of the Mediterranean basin and its hinterlands. Papers are welcome addressing the languages, literature, material culture, societies and/or history of these ancient worlds or their reception in later periods.
  2. Current students at Macalester and those who have graduated within the last year are eligible to submit papers to the journal.
  3. There are no set limits for the length of submissions. Contributions are to be substantial, but on the order of scholarly articles rather than theses. Editors may request that contributions be shortened if determined by the reviewers to be excessively long; papers of insufficient depth will not be accepted.
  4. Items submitted for review must be complete and finished. Drafts with incomplete citations, inaccurate references, or frequent grammar and spelling errors will be returned to the author.
  5. Submissions are refereed by advanced students at Macalester College. To the extent possible, they are reviewed anonymously. Contributors should not identify themselves in the manuscript; for example, give the title only and not your name on the first page of the article. Acknowledgments of assistance may be added after the paper is accepted for publication.

Formatting Guidelines for Contributors

  1. Submissions should be double-spaced with at least one inch margins. The preferred English font is Times New Roman in 12 point.
  2. References to ancient texts should be placed in parentheses in the text just before the closest relevant punctuation mark (comma, period, etc.), as is standard in the field. Titles should be spelled out, and contributors should be consistent in using either translated English or Arabic, Greek, Hebrew or Latin titles.
  3. All other citations should be given in footnotes in accord with the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html).
  4. Use Arabic rather than Roman numerals wherever possible. Avoid the abbreviations f. and ff.
  5. Italicize titles of books and periodicals, names of classical works, and Latin quotations of no more than three or four words. Longer quotations go in quotation marks without italics. Quotations of foreign languages should be followed by an English translation, and the author of this translation should be acknowledged.
  6. All long quotations should be indented and offset from the main text by one extra line.
  7. Use B.C.E. and C.E. except in direct quotations of other scholars.