Preparing the file(s) for submission

SAA aims to make submission as easy as possible for submitting authors. Authors are asked to submit a source file (and any supplementary data files) in any of the formats that we can process: Microsoft Word (docx, doc, rft), Open Office (odt) or TeX/LaTeX.

For texts containing special characters (including polytonic Ancient Greek), the source file should be accompanied by a PDF version of the manuscript, to assist us with the accurate typesetting of the article. Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica uses in the preproduction and production stages the free and open-source Gentium typeface family developed by the Summer Institute of Linguistics, which supports a wide range of Latin-, Greek- and Cyrillic-based character sets. We recommend that texts containing special characters should be elaborated using this font family. The Gentium typeface (font family) can be downloaded for free from

Authors can format their papers in any way they choose to. It is not necessary to try to produce pages that look like published journal pages; the detailed design (typesetting) work will be undertaken by the SAA editorial team. One provision, however, concerns the use of in-text citations inside footnotes, not inline (see the ‘Style Format’ section below).

All illustration, figures and tables should be embedded (compressed or not), or their position marked by typographic placeholders, at the appropriate points within the text, rather than at the end of the manuscript. The figures must also be sent as separate files (acceptable filetypes: jpeg or tiff; minimum recommended resolution: 300 dpi).

Preparing the manuscript

All figures and tables should be referenced within the text. The figure must have captions, and the tables explanations.

Article Structure

The submission should contain the following elements (in one or multiple files):

  • a title page with the title of the article, name(s) of author(s), email address(es) of the author(s), and their affiliation(s); the author(s) ORCID number(s) can also be added
  • an abstract between ~100 and ~200 words
  • a short list (between four and eight entries) of keywords
  • the main content (recommended structure: introduction, methods, results & discussion, and conclusions)
  • supplementary content (e.g. acknowledgments section, catalogues, etc.)
  • a list of references

Style Format

SAA uses the Harvard citation style (HCS), which is an author-date style, with a number of minor changes to the default version. Manuscripts submitted to SAA should thus conform to the HCS. A presentation of the HCS can be found here.

The SAA version of the HCS preserves the main features of standard version, such as capitalisation and abbreviations), and introduces small changes in punctuation [titles are not enclosed in secondary quotation marks (‘…’)] and the use of italics (journal issue numbers are not italicized). The change from the default HCS version to the SAA one will be operated by us. It is not necessary to try to update the style yourself.

The in-text citations in manuscripts submitted to SAA should be inside footnotes, not inline.
Where available, URLs for the references should be provided.

The only abbreviations should be made to the forenames of the authors’ cited, as per the Harvard citation style. Journal titles should not be abbreviated. The names of ancient authors can be abbreviated, after the Greek English Lexicon (Liddel & Scott).



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the ‘Comments to the Editor’ field from the online submission form).
  2. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  3. The text adheres to the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.


Copyright Notice

Copyright Policy for Studia Antiqua et Archaeologica

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. SAA-CC-byAuthors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal. The exclusive responsibility in respect of the acknowledgement of author’s rights and/or copyright rests with the responsible author(s).
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
  4. The Editor, publisher and reviewers of this journal cannot accept responsibility for the infringement of authors’ rights or copyright. The author grants the publisher unlimited rights to publish the work in any format and/or medium, whether for gain or any other purpose.


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Online Submission

Authors can submit their articles using the online submission form.