Login or Register to make a submission.

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.
  • The submission contains original research.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • All substantive contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content are properly acknowledged.
  • Sources of funding for research presented in the submission or the submission itself are properly acknowledged.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The final bibliography, to be included in the digital metadata after publication to increase the paper's visibility, includes at least 15 items.
  • The text uses a 12-point font for body text, 11-point font for block quotes, and 10-point font for footnotes; employs italics, rather than underlining; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Editorial Procedure 

Clotho follows a double-blind reviewing procedure. Authors are therefore requested to submit:
– a blinded manuscript without any author names and affiliations in the text or on the title page;
– a separate title page containing title, all author names, affiliations, and the contact information of the corresponding author.

Please follow the hyperlink “Make a Submission” on the journal homepage ( and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.

Suggesting Reviewers

Authors are allowed to provide the names and contact information for, maximum, three possible reviewers of their paper. When uploading a paper, authors must provide complete contact information for each recommended reviewer, along with a specific reason for your suggestion. Although there is no guarantee that the editors will use your suggested reviewers, your help is appreciated and may speed up the selection of appropriate reviewers. Authors should note that it is inappropriate to list as preferred reviewers researchers from the same institution as any of the authors, as well as anyone whose relationship with one of the authors may present a conflict of interest.

Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word. Use a normal, plain 12-point font for text and 10-point font for footnotes. A translation must accompany all quotations in a foreign language. Quotations from Latin and Greek should always include the original.

Use directional (or “smart”) quotation marks. Proper directional characters should also be used for single quotation marks (‘’), enclosing quotations within quotations.

“Don’t be absurd!” said Henry. “To say that ‘I mean what I say’ is the same as ‘I say what I mean’ is to be as confused as Alice at the Mad Hatter’s tea party.”

Quoted material of 40 words or more is best set off as a block quotation. The material set off as a block quotation is not enclosed in quotation marks. (Quoted matter within the block quotation is enclosed in double quotation marks; in other words, treated as it would be in the otherwise unquoted text.) Block quotations start on their own line; the entire block quotation is indented (the same as the indentation for a new paragraph); and the text after the block quotation begins on its own line, with no indentation.

Use of Italics

Italics as such are used for emphasis, key terms or terms in another language, words used as words, titles of works, and so on. Use italics for emphasis only as an occasional adjunct to efficient sentence structure. Overused, italics quickly lose their force. Seldom should as much as a sentence be italicized for emphasis, and never a whole passage.

Chicago Manual of Style

Clotho adheres to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (CMOS 17), specifically, to its “notes and bibliography” system, preferred by many working in the humanities. In this system, sources are cited in numbered footnotes as well as listed in a separate bibliography. The notes and bibliography system can accommodate a wide variety of sources, including unusual ones that do not fit neatly into the author-date system.

CMOS italicizes and capitalizes titles of full-length, freestanding works: books, periodicals, newspapers, individual works of art (paintings, sculptures, photographs), movies, musicals, operas and other long musical compositions, long poetic works, and plays. Conversely, it uses roman type, capitalizes, and uses “quotation marks” around the titles of lectures, book chapters, articles, papers and conference presentations, blog entries, poems, speeches, songs, and other shorter musical compositions.

The following examples illustrate sample notes with shortened citations. For more details and examples, see “Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide,” available online.

Christ, Geschichte der römischen Kaiserzeit, 120.
Parry, “Studies in the Epic Technique,” 112.

Sample Bibliography Entries

a) Book

Christ, Karl. Geschichte der römischen Kaiserzeit von Augustus bis zu Konstantin. Munich: Beck, 1988.

b) Chapter or another part of an edited book

Lord, Albert B. “Homer, Parry, and Huso.” In The Making of Homeric Verse: The Collected Papers of Milman Parry, edited by Adam Parry, 465–478. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971.

c) Journal article

Parry, Milman. “Studies in the Epic Technique of Oral Verse-Making I: Homer and Homeric Style.” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 41 (1930): 73–147.

Classical Greek and Latin References

Place a comma between the name of a classical author (abbreviated or not) and the title of a work. No punctuation intervenes, however, between title and identifying number (or between author and number when the author is standing in for the title). Numerical divisions are separated by periods with no space following each period. Commas are used between two or more references to the same source, semicolons between references to different sources, and en-dashes between continuing numbers.

Cic., Verr. 1.3.21, 2.3.120; Tac., Germ. 10.2–3.

The most widely accepted standard for abbreviations is the list included in The Oxford Classical Dictionary.

Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement