About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Named after the youngest of the Parcae, Clotho got its name after the deity responsible for spinning the thread of life; thus, the journal seeks to create a new space of creativity, exploration and learning in the field of classical studies. Wilamowitz famously defined classical scholarship “by its subject-matter – Graeco-Roman civilization in its essence and in every facet of its existence.” Following in those footsteps, Clotho welcomes exploring the Greek and Latin languages – lexicography, grammar, and the broader issues of linguistics. It seeks to investigate the traditional fields of classical studies, literature, textual criticism, rhetoric, philosophy, and history, as well as archaeology, numismatics, epigraphy, papyrology, and paleography. Above all, the journal is committed to the idea of interdisciplinarity. As such, it accepts antiquity-related contributions from the spheres of art, music, science, religion, and law, as well as the classical tradition and classical reception, history of classical scholarship, and, last but foremost, translation.

Peer Review Process

All submitted papers are subject to a double-blind peer-review process. The editor ensures that the reviewers are not affiliated with the same institution as the authors, thus avoiding the conflict of interest.

Publication Frequency

Clotho is published two times a year. 

Open Access Policy

This is a diamond open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles or use them for any other lawful purpose without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Article Processing Charges

There is no Article Submission or Article Processing Fee charged to authors, and articles are immediately available on the journal website once published.

Copyright and authors' rights

Authors retain copyright in their work. Their work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution  - Share Alike 4.0 international license.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The publication of an article in Clotho, a peer-reviewed journal, is an essential building block in developing a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. It is, therefore, necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the editor (and the editorial board), the peer reviewer, and the publisher.

The University of Ljubljana Press (Založba Univerze v Ljubljani), as the publisher of the journal, takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously, and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint, or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts, and the editorial board will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.

Our Ethics Statement is based on COPE’s Core Practices.

Correction and Retraction Policies

Corrections to published work: Errors are a part of science. But we expect authors to inform the editor of any errors of fact they have noticed in their article once published. Corrections are made at the journal’s discretion – minor corrections that do not affect the understanding of the paper may be rejected if submitted post-publication in order to prevent discrepancies downstream.

Retractions: Retractions are considered by editors in cases of evidence of unreliable data or findings, plagiarism, duplicate publication, and unethical research. All retraction notices explain why the article was retracted.

Papers published in the journal are checked using iThenticate software.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards: Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should, in any event, be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and plagiarism: The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution) or to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. Publication of some kinds of articles (e.g. translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation as the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Acknowledgment of sources: Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have influenced the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

Authorship of the paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have contributed significantly to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and human subjects: If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them. The authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of a human subject must always be observed.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

Duties of the Editor and Editorial Board

Publication decisions: The editor of Clotho is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editor may consult with the editorial board or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play: The editor evaluates manuscripts solely for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality: The editor and any editorial staff do not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript are not used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask another member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. In such cases, the final decision regarding publication should be taken by the board of editors.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations: An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher (or society). Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration to the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institution and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions: Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through editorial communications with the author, may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness: Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse themselves from the review process.

Confidentiality: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of sources: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask another member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Abstracting and Indexing

Clotho is indexed/included in the following databases/resources:

  • Academia.edu
  • Agenzia Nazionale per la Valutazione del sistema Universitario e della Ricerca (ANVUR)
  • AWOL - The Ancient World Online
  • BASE
  • Base d’information bibliographique en patristique (BIBP)
  • BibCnrs
  • Bibliographie Annuelle du Moyen Âge Tardif (BAMAT)
  • Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici (ACNP)
  • Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS)
  • ChronosHub
  • COBISS.si
  • CORE
  • CrossRef
  • DeepDyve
  • Dimensions
  • dLib.si
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) 
  • Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD)
  • Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB)
  • Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank (GBD)
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus International (ICI)
  • International Bibliography of Humanism and the Renaissance (IBHR)
  • Internationale Bibliographie der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur (IBZ)
  • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur (IBR)
  • International Medieval Bibliography (IMB)
  • Internet Archive Scholar
  • ITER Bibliography of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • Jurn
  • L’Année philologique
  • Lens.org
  • Linguistic Bibliography
  • Mendeley
  • MIAR (Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals)
  • Microsoft Academic
  • Mir@bel
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Paperity
  • PhilPapers 
  • Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (PMSHE)
  • Projekt Dyabola
  • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
  • ReadCube
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Sherpa RoMEO
  • Ulrichsweb & Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory
  • Unpaywall
  • WorldCat (OCLC)
  • WorldWideScience


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