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Instructions to Authors

Classical Receptions Journal is a journal that covers all aspects of the receptions of the texts and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome, both within antiquity and to the present day. It aims to explore the relationships between transmission, interpretation, translation, transplantation, rewriting, redesigning and rethinking of Greek and Roman material in other contexts and cultures. It addresses the implications both for the receiving contexts and for the ancient, and compares different types of linguistic, textual, material and ideological interactions. The Journal promotes cross-disciplinary exchange and debates at the interface between subjects. It therefore welcomes submissions from researchers in Archeology, Architecture, Art History, Comparative Literature, Film, Intellectual History, History of Scholarship, Political Science, Theatre Studies and Translation Studies as well as from those in Classics and Ancient History.

For general queries about the journal please contact the editorial team on this email address:

Submission of manuscripts

The journal will be peer reviewed. This is a mutually anonymous process so the title page of the manuscript should be submitted separately, and should display the author’s name, address for correspondence, and the title of the paper. A brief note on the author/s to be included in a ‘Notes on Contributors’ section at the end of each issue should also be included on this page. All contact details should be on the title page ONLY. At the beginning of the article itself there should be an abstract of not more than 200 words which will be printed along with the text; subsequent pages should be numbered but should NOT have the author's name at the top. Contributions should be in English.

Manuscripts should be be submitted online through our Scholar One System. For full Scholar One Instructions click here. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions please visit the online submission website.

Contributions should be between 7,000 and 8,000 words (this includes the references list at the end). Any Greek should be in a Unicode font, preferably Porson, and in 12 pt. Transliterated Greek should only be used for words and phrases that are well established in English. Greek names and places should be Latinised as in OCD3: Socrates, Cyzicus.

If your manuscript must exceed the word limit, please contact the editor.

Language Editing Pre-Submission

Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Journal style and footnotes

Authors should follow the MHRA style for producing their manuscripts and footnotes. Please click here to download the freely available MHRA style guide. Footnotes referring to parts of the text should be given sparingly, and should be numbered with superscript numbers in text, and a footnote with the corresponding number should be placed at the bottom of the page.
References: These should be in Harvard style and there should be a reference list at the end of the paper with author names in alphabetical order. In text citations should appear as follows: (Crystal 1992) or (Crystal 1992: 302) if a specific page number is mentioned.

Guidelines for presentation

Contributors can greatly help the editorial process by setting up their manuscript in accordance with the following conventions.

1) Leave generous margins.
2) Use double line spacing, even for quotations and notes.
3) Indent the beginning of each paragraph except the first.
4) Use single, not double, inverted commas.
5) Italicise (or underline) book titles.
6) Enclose in single inverted commas the titles of poems, short stories, articles and chapters.
7) The titles of articles are neither capitalised throughout nor italicised.
8) Longish quotations should start on a new line and be set off by indentation, but not enclosed in inverted commas. Shorter quotations should be incorporated into the text within single inverted commas.
9) If a source can be clearly and concisely indicated within parentheses in the text, please do so: e.g. Hamlet's well-known soliloquy (II.3.56). References after the first one to a work should be in the text, in parentheses, and in abbreviated form (do not use 'op. cit.'): e.g. (Form and Style, p. 82).
For references to books, please include the location and publisher name.


Figures should be self-explanatory and contain as much information as is consistent with clarity. All figures must carry the figure number in Arabic numerals. Citation in the text should take the form Fig. 1a etc. The minimum resolution for the figures is 300 dpi (dots per inch) for tone or colour, 1200 dpi for line art at approximately the correct size for publication. Colour figures should be CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black).

Line drawings should be clear: faint shading or stippling will be lost upon reproduction and should be avoided and heavy shading or stippling may appear black. Lines and symbols should be drawn boldly enough to stand reduction to the desired size.
Photographs should be supplied electronically and must be of high quality.

Colour figures: If the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors will be asked to cover the cost of reproduction, which is £350 per figure. Colour plates should be combined to make a single composite figure whenever possible.
For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to Please note that all labels used in figures should be in lower case in both the figure and the legend. The journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material. All micrographs must carry a magnification bar.

Revised manuscripts

Revised manuscripts should normally be returned to the editors within two months of the date from when the invitation to revise was sent. Unless special alternative arrangements have been agreed in advance, revised manuscripts received after this time will be considered as new submissions. Revised manuscripts should be accompanied by a detailed response letter on how all the concerns of the editor and referees have been addressed. Please give the exact page number(s), paragraphs(s) and line number(s) where each revision was made. Please copy this letter in ‘Response to reviews’ during submission.

Format: Original source files are required to avoid delays if the manuscript is accepted. The main text must be provided as Microsoft Word. Figure Legends should also be included in the Word file.

Figures should be provided as .TIFF files. The minimum resolution for the figures is 300 dpi for tone or colour, 1200 dpi for line art at approximately the correct size for publication. Colour figures should be CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black).

Permission to reproduce figures and extracts

Permission to reproduce copyright material, for print and online publication in perpetuity, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Evidence in writing that such permissions have been secured from the rights-holder must be made available to the editors. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by the particular institutions. Please note that obtaining copyright permission could take some time. Oxford Journals can offer information and documentation to assist authors in securing print and online permissions: please see the Guidelines for Authors section at Should you require copies of this then please contact the editorial office of the journal in question or else the Oxford Journals Rights department on
For a copyright prose work, it is recommended that permission is obtained for the use of extracts longer than 400 words; a series of extracts totalling more than 800 words, of which any one extract is more than 300 words; or an extract or series of extracts comprising one-quarter of the work or more. For poetry: an extract of more than 40 lines; series of extracts totalling more than 40 lines; an extract comprising one-quarter or more of a complete poem.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


Proofs will be sent electronically to the corresponding author as a .PDF file. The author should reply to the proof email with their corrections within 3 working days, and should send either a list of corrections in the email or attach an annotated .PDF. Corrections should be limited to typographical errors and corrections should be returned within five days of receipt; otherwise the Editor reserves the right to correct the proofs and to send the material for publication. This is essential if all the material in a given issue is not to be delayed by the late receipt of one corrected proof.

Author toll-free link

On publication of an article, the corresponding author will receive a unique URL that gives access to both PDF and HTML versions of the paper. The URL links visitors to the Classical Receptions Journal site and the complete version of the paper online with all functionality retained, accessible regardless of subscription status. Offprints may be purchased if required. Order forms are sent out with the proofs. Late orders submitted after the journal has gone to press are subject to a 100% surcharge (to cover the additional printing cost). Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.

Licence to publish

It is a condition of publication in the journal that authors grant an exclusive licence to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning the licence, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Classical Receptions Journal authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in the Classical Receptions Journal can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1500/ $2400 / €1950
List B Developing country charge* - £750 / $1200 / €975
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

Author self-archiving/Public access policy

For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.