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Author Guidelines

Prudentia Guidelines for Contributors

Prudentia is not currently accepting submissions for new issues. There have been no new issues since 2008.

Articles submitted to Prudentia will in each case be considered by two expert anonymous referees who will not know the identity of the author. The referees will advise the editor on whether to publish.

Contributors are asked to submit one copy of articles, as typescript or computer printout, double spaced on one side of the paper. Footnotes may be placed at the bottom of the page or collected together at the end. Any acknowledgements should be in a first unnumbered footnote to an article: they, and any other material which might identify the author, should not be part of the first version submitted.

When an article has been accepted for publication, the author is encouraged to send a copy of the final version on computer disk, preferably IBM compatible PC disks (though Macintosh disks are acceptable). Book reviews may be submitted as hard copy, on disk, or via email.

1. Quotations
Quotations should be put in single inverted commas, except that quotations within a quotation should be within double inverted commas. Where the quotation begins with a capital letter and ends with a complete sentence, the final inverted comma should follow the point; otherwise it precedes it. This includes quotations following a colon. The source of the quotation should be given, usually in a footnote.

Short passages of Latin and other self-contained phrases (such as nom de guerre) should be italicized.

Quoted material within a footnote should be followed by the source in brackets, thus: 'Work the works, foolish Perses, which the gods ordained for humans' (Hesiod Works and Days 397-8).

Quotations in main text should be indented for display if they exceed 60 words.

2. References
Authors' names should normally be given as authors give them in print (thus 'Simon Hornblower' not 'S. Hornblower', 'M.I. Finley' not 'Moses Finley'); but where an author's printed version of his/her name is inconsistent, discretion should be applied. No spaces between initials.

Pages: p. or pp. should not be used except where confusion might follow from their omission.

a. Books: Ronald Syme, The Roman Revolution (Oxford, 1939), 97.
Simon Hornblower, 'Persia', in D.M. Lewis and others (eds.), Cambridge Ancient History VI2 (Cambridge, 1994), 45-96 at p.83.
A.A. Long, 'Hellenistic Ethics and Philosophical Power' in Peter Green (ed.) Hellenistic History and Culture (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1993; = Hellenistic Culture and Society IX), 138-56.
Volume numbers roman, edition numbers superscript.
Standard dictionaries/lexica of Latin and Greek (LSJ, OLD, TLL, TLG) may be referred to by initials, as may Paulys real-encyclopädie der classichen Altertumswissenschaft (RE); other works of reference should be referred to in full at first mention.

b. Articles and reviews
Abbreviate journal titles as in L'Année Philologique, but substitute P for Ph in English language journals (thus AJP not AJPh, CP not CPh). Titles of journals not listed in L'Année Philologique should be given in full at first citation.
Jon Hall, 'Social Evasion and Aristocratic Manners in Cicero's De Oratore' AJP 117 (1996), 95-120.
Denis Feeney, 'Beginning Sallust's Catiline' Prudentia 26.1 (1994), 139-46, at p.141.
J.A. Crook, review of W.K. Lacey Augustus and the Principate (Leeds, 1996), Prudentia 29.1 (1997), 78-81.

c. Ancient texts
Authors' names should not be abbrievated. Numbers all arabic, divided by full stops. Where possible give both numberings if there are two systems of division in use. Bracket short titles of speeches etc in cases where titles are often used as alternatives to numbers.
Virgil Aeneid 6.461-3; Homer Iliad 8.393-5;
Demosthenes 18 (Crown).169; Isocrates 14 (Plataicus).6; Plautus Mercator 705-8.
Plutarch Antony 70.1-4 (948-9).
For all papyri and inscriptions, give details of the modern edition referred to.

d. Repeat references
Full reference should be made to books and articles at first citation. Afterwards a short title system with reference back to first citation, thus:

2 Syme, Roman Revolution (as in n.1), 98-100.
10 Hornblower, 'Persia' (as in n.4), 88.
11 Feeney, 'Beginning Sallust's Catiline' (as in n.7), 144.

3. Book review headings
SABINE MacCORMACK, The Shadows of Poetry: Vergil in the Mind of Augustine (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998); xx plus 258; ISBN 0520 211871, $US40.00/£30.00.

4. Conventions
Avoid op cit/loc cit/art cit (see above); use ibid only to refer to material on the same page cited in the previous note. Avoid idem (give the author's name again); avoid et al (say 'and others'); avoid supra/infra (say 'above'/'below'); avoid f/ff (give exact page/line nos).

cf (for 'compare'); eg; ie; viz; etc; passim - all in roman type; a priori, c (for circa), [sic], sv - all italic.
Dates: 6 December 1957; 1960s (no apostrophe); 461 BC / AD 212 (or 461 BCE / 212 CE). AD 106-7 means 'from the year AD 106 to the year AD 107', but 405/4 BC means 'in the Greek year beginning in 405 and ending in 404'.
Numbers: Elision as 57-63; 66-7; 117-18; 1350-9. 30 per cent in text; 30% in footnotes. All numbers (but not dates) below 100 spelt out except where in an extended sequence.


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 Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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