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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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Please note that it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures (or tables) that have previously been published elsewhere. In order for all figures to be open access, authors must have permission from the rights holder if they wish to include images that have been published elsewhere in non open access journals. Permission should be indicated in the figure legend, and the original source included in the reference list.
  • Accessible and inclusive publishing: The manuscript adheres to requirements outlined in the "The Creating Accessible Content Guide"
    This guide will be useful for authors in preparation of their manuscripts and for editors in formatting materials for publication and adding content to journal websites. Carefully read the Guide:

Author Guidelines

AsiAnA - Asia Anteriore Antica 
Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures

AsiaAnA is an open access journal and uses a double-blind peer review system.  The deadline for submitting manuscripts to be published in AsiAnA  is January 10th.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

The following notes and style guide are designed to assist authors when compiling their contributions and to facilitate the copy-editing and publishing process. Authors should ensure that their submissions conform to these guidelines. Please provide Title, Author’s/s full names, address and affiliations. 


Texts, figures and tables should be submitted in electronic form through the online system ( It is essential that files for text and figures are named using the author’s name as file name, e.g. AUTHORNAME.doc; AUTHORNAME_Fig1.tiff; AUTHORNAME_.tiff, etc. Please send images apart from text and NOT inserted in a word document.

Abstract and Keywords

Please supply an abstract giving the main information/conclusions of the paper in no more than 600 words, and a list of 5-10 keywords. Abstract and keywords must be in English.


Open office, Microsoft Word or RTF are the preferred program for the text, however please send also a .pdf of your text. The text should be typed in Times New Roman 12pt font, double-spaced on A4 paper with margins aligned to the left (not justified). Insert only one space after full stops, NOT two (use the ‘show nonprinting character’ command in word =). Please do not supply text with embedded illustrations (submit them as separate individual files – see below).


If you do need to use specific fonts (for example for Ancient Greek, Hieroglyphics, etc.) please contact the Editor.


The official languages of the journal are English (preferred), Italian, French, German. It is of paramount importance that the final version of the paper is thoroughly read and corrected by a native speaker. Abstract and keywords are always in English.

Headings and sub-headings

Type these in upper and lower case characters, NOT all in capitals, e.g., Conclusions, not CONCLUSIONS). Use Bold for the top level, Italics for the second level and ordinary type for the third level.  

Spelling and abbreviations

  • UK spelling is accepted.
  • BC and AD (no punctuation) - also for upper case abbreviations / acronyms (UK, USA etc.)
  • e.g., i.e., cf., etc. (full stops but no italics)
  • no/nos; fig./ figs/fig. 1: 1; pl./pls /pl. 1: 1; n. 1
  • et al. and c. (italics and full stops)
  • No full stops after abbreviations such as m (=metre), cm (=centimetre), and other abbreviations of measurements
  • A space should be used between a number and its unit of measurement, e.g. 98 cm
  • Leading zero before measurements and numbers that are less than 1, thus 0.56 rather than .56, and so on


Numbers from one to ten should be spelled out; higher numbers should be given in numerals, e.g., 11235, etc. No comma should be used for numbers, e.g., 1000, NOT 1,000.


Contractions which end with the same letter as the original word do not take a full stop as in for example Dr (not Dr.), Mr (not Mr.), eds (not eds.) etc.


Give centuries and millennia as, for example: 5th century BC, 2nd century AD etc. For specific years, the letters BC should follow the date, preceded by a space (e.g. 1240 BC). Use hyphenation only adjectivally (for example, ‘in the 7th century’ but ‘a seven-century temple’).


Italics should be used for foreign words or transliterations. Please note that the surrounding punctuation should not be italicised.

Quotation marks

Use single quotation marks throughout, with double marks for a quotation within a quotation (e.g. ‘text text “text” text text’). Displayed quotations have no quotation marks. Any quotations within a displayed quotation should carry single marks.

Figures, tables and captions

Number figures, tables and plates in sequence and refer to them as Figures, Tables and Plates. If possible avoid sub-numbering such as Fig. 7a, Fig. 7b, call them Fig. 7 and Fig. 8. Capitalise and abbreviate ‘Fig.’ or ‘Figs’ in the text. Ensure that there is a numbered reference to each figure and table in the text. List all captions at the end of the article AFTER the Bibliography, or in a separate file. 


Papers must be in Harvard style reference system. For Harvard style (author and date: page number) followed by end-of-chapter bibliographies see the following: ‘according to Mazzoni (1998: 56) ...’ or ‘it has been stated (Mazzoni 1998: 56) that ...’. Note the use of a colon between the date and page number/s. Multiple citations should be separated by a semi-colon. Where an author has several publications from the same year, distinguish them as a, b etc. Do not use ‘ibid’. Where footnotes are used, they should be numbered sequentially, single spaced, 10pt.  Keep footnote material to a minimum.  Do not use endnotes. More than 3 authors are cited in the text with et al.


Examples of the required bibliography format are given below. Please ensure that all references are complete. Use colon between volume and page numbers. DO NOT use bold for volume numbers. Use full stops after initials in authors’ names and make sure there are no spaces between them as well. Thus for example, use P.M.M.G. Akkermans, and NOT P. M. M. G. Akkermans or PMMG Akkermans. Note that for an international audience all journal and series titles must be written out IN FULL, e.g., ‘Anatolian Studies’, NOT ‘AnSt’, and ‘British Archaeological Reports’, NOT ‘BAR’.  For all citations and bibliographic references, use comma between multiple editors/authors, do not use ‘&’; in bibliography more than three authors are fully listed. Use long dash between multiple places or publishers (e.g. Boston – New York). 

Journal article

Surname+First letter of First Name. Year, Title of the article, Name of the Journal,+ Volume number:  Pages.  (for example: Mazzoni S. 2018, Title of the article, Asia Anteriore Antica 1: 1-20)


Surname+First letter of First Name. Year, Title of the book, Series, Place of publication, Publisher (for example: Mazzoni S. 2018, Title of the book, Firenze, Firenze University Press). 

Edited book

Surname+First letter of First Name. (ed.) Year, Title of the book, Series, Place of publication, Publisher. (example 1: Mazzoni S. (ed.) 2018, Title of the book, Firenze, Firenze University Press) (example 2: Mazzoni S., Pecchioli F. (eds) 2018, Title of the book, Firenze, Firenze University Press)

Section in book

Surname+First letter of First Name. Year, Title of the article or chapter, in First letter of First Name of the Editor+Surname of the Editor, Title of the book, Series, Place of publication, Publisher: Pages. (for example: Mazzoni S. 2018, Title of the article or chapter, in S. Mazzoni, F. Pecchioli (eds), Title of the book, Firenze, Firenze University Press: pages of the article or chapter).

Figures and tables 

The following file types are acceptable for figures:

Excel or Word

Charts and graphs should be designed to appear in colours (on-line version of the volume and pdf) and black and white (printed volume). Use patterns to distinguish bars on graphs, etc. rather than colour or tone, which looses clarity when printed in black and white. Use for tables preferably in point size 9, and no less than 8.


These are the preferred formats for scanned images. Scan photographic prints at 600 dpi, slides at 1200 dpi. Scan black and white line artwork at 600 dpi. Scan mixed line and tone illustrations at 600 dpi. (JPGSare acceptable if saved to maximum quality; for pdf files use high resolution only).


The editorial board and the publisher will assume that the authors have obtained permissions (including photographs, etc. for illustrations) where necessary. Permissions are the author’s responsibility, not that of the editorial board or publisher. Authors are kindly requested to take care of reproduction fees, if any.

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