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Guidelines for TAPA Contributors

TAPA is the official research publication of the Society for Classical Studies, a learned society of scholars and teachers with specialized knowledge of the culture, history, languages, literatures, and other features of Greco-Roman antiquity. The journal is published and distributed to all members of the Society twice a year.

TAPA welcomes contributions on any topic related to the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. The language of publication is English. The Presidential Address delivered at the previous SCS Annual Meeting is a regular feature. A concluding section, Paragraphoi, invites judicious responses to essays published in earlier volumes and discussions of issues of broader interest to the classics community. Submissions are refereed anonymously, with the occasional exception of submissions to the Paragraphoi section. The Editor reserves the right not to send out for review submissions deemed inappropriate for TAPA.

One purpose of the journal is to reflect the great range of research undertaken by experts in all areas of the discipline. Consequently, it invites contributions across a broad spectrum of contemporary methodology. The criteria for acceptance are three: 1) Is this an original and significant contribution to the field? 2) Is the argument couched in terms that are likely to interest a broad range of classicists? (Note that this does not exclude technical discussions; we ask only that the stakes be made as clear as possible to the members of the SCS as a whole.) 3) Is the article clearly and engagingly written?

There is no absolute maximum or minimum length, but editorial expectations will normally include the shortening of contributions determined, in consultation with the referees, to be excessively wordy. Length should always be proportional to the needs of the argument. TAPA does not publish brief notes on technical points (e.g., a single emendation).

Submissions must be in finished form, with citations and references fully supplied and checked for accuracy; they should adhere to TAPA style and should have been carefully proofread. Submissions that have large gaps in annotation or exhibit a significant lack of proofreading will be returned to the author.

It is the policy of TAPA not to consider work that has been published previously or is being evaluated for publication in another venue; furthermore, while a paper is being considered for TAPA, authors may not submit it elsewhere.  In submitting to TAPA, authors agree to be bound by this policy.

If possible, manuscripts should be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word to

Alternatively, manuscripts may be sent by regular mail (please include four copies) to

Professor Andromache Karanika
University of California, Irvine
Department of Classics
Murray Krieger Hall 430
Irvine CA 92697-2000

Please include an abstract of no longer than 100 words with your submission. All submissions are acknowledged.

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