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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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About -> Submissions.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

1. General Guidelines

The manuscript should not be submitted to any other journal while still under consideration.  If accepted, the author agrees to transfer copyright to Plato Journal so that the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any form without prior written consent of the Publisher.

1.2. Submissions

We invite submissions in every field of research on Plato and Platonic tradition. All the IPS five languages (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish) are accepted. The articles or reviews should normally not exceed 8000 words, including notes and references, but longer papers will be considered where the length appears justified. All submissions must include an abstract in English. The abstract should be of no more than 100 words and include 2-6 keywords.

Please submit your article online, here.

For any additional information, please contact the Editors at

Books reviewed must have been published no more than three years prior.

1.3. Double-blinded Peer review

The Plato Journal follows a double-blinded peer review process. Submissions are forwarded by the Editorial Committee to the Scientific Committee or to ad hoc readers. Submissions are judged according to the quality of the writing, the originality and relevance of the theses, the strength of the arguments and evidence mustered in support of the theses,  and their critical and/or informative impact on the advancement of research on Plato and Platonic tradition.

1.4. Greek

Use a Greek Unicode font (free Unicode fonts are available on ‘Greek Fonts Society’).


2 Editorial Standards

2.1. The template file provides the style formats and other journal standards. We ask the contributor to avoid changing fonts, sizes, margins nor any other formats, except when using words in bold and italic in the text body.

2.2. The template supports 3 levels in its structure of topics. The introduction of new levels is not recommended.

2.3. The template font is Unicode, and, therefore, compatible with several characters sets from non-Latin languages, including polyphonic Greek and Hebrew. We ask the contributor not to change the template font.

2.5. A space should be added after the punctuation dot after abbreviations. Example:

           R. R. Tolkien.

2.6. Footnotes

2.6.1. Footnotes shall be used only in the text body, not in titles, or in the author identification, or in abstracts.

2.6.2. Footnotes shall be used only with explanatory purposes, reduced to a minimum, and never for citation of sources.

2.6.3. Footnotes’ superscript numbers shall be added after all punctuation signs adjacent to the word to which they apply. Example:

           ([…] anywhere else in the world);12

           […] como em Diógenes de Apolônia.7

2.6.4. When mentioning acknowledgements and/or funding information, please include a footnote after the first word in the text body or in the end of the text.

3. Citations

3.1. Citations follow the author-date system, always in the text body (never in footnotes), according to the following examples.[1]

3.2. References and citations

3.2.1. Include the Author name, the Year of publication, and the Pages (and notes, if applied), separated by commas (and with a space after ‘p.’ and ‘n.’). Examples:

           (Cardoso, 1994, 12)

           Chantraîne, 1999, p. 942.

3.2.2. Separate different bibliographic references in sequence by a semicolon when the word changes. For pages within the same word, a simple comma is enough.

           (Santos, 2017b, p. 1-3, 9, n. 42; 2013a, p. 131-144; 2009; Poulsen, 1982)

3.2.3. In indirect quotes, the author name can appear outside the parenthesis, if necessary.

           The situated nature of learning is a centrally understood fact, according to Lave and Wenger (1991).

3.2.4. In direct quotes, the complete citation – that is, with Author, Year and Pages – shall be included in parenthesis. Example:

           “Democracy depends on citizens’ availing themselves of the freedom to participate in rule (…).” (Schofield, 2006, p. 111).

3.2.5. Direct quotations with less than 3 lines should include double quotation marks in the text body. Single quotation marks shall be used only for quotations inside other quotations and to refer to words and expressions. Examples:

           “To what he answered, ‘I do not know.’”

           The ‘is’ in Parmenides can be understood as…

3.2.6. Please, do not use abbreviations in Latin such as id., ibid., op. cit., etc. to indicate the repetition of citation data.

3.2.7. Avoid as much as possible the use of quotation of quotation. When inevitable, use the term apudquoted by, according to. Example:

           According to Vatter (2001 apud Pérez Jiménez, 2011, p. 23), the concept of history […]

3.3. Citation of classical works

3.3.1. For Greek authors, follow the Greek-English Lexicon (LSJ) abbreviations available at:

3.3.2. For Latin authors, use the Oxford Latin Dictionary abbreviations available at:

3.3.3. Abbreviations of work names come in italics. Those of author names do not. Example:

           Od. 1.111-125.

3.3.4. Works by Plato are quoted using the abbreviations of item 3.3.1 and the Stephanus numbering, with lowercase letters, without spaces between letters and numbers. Example:

           Phd. 115c1-3.

3.3.5. Works by Aristotle are quoted using the abbreviations of item 3.3.1 and the Bekker numbering, with lowercase letters, without spaces between letters and numbers. Example:

           Metaph. 1.3 983b21-23.

3.3.6. For Pre-Socratic authors, the reference in the Diels-Kranz catalog shall be provided, even when other collections are in use. The indication of the source work is also is recommended, even though not mandatory. Examples:

           DK 68 A25

           de An. 1.2 404a16-20 (DK 58 B40)

           (VP 104 [DK 67 A5]; transl. LM 27 P5)

4. Bibliographic references

4.1. The section where the bibliographic references are listed shall always be named Bibliography or its equivalent in the main language of the article.

4.2. Book

4.2.1. The essential elements are: Author(s) (separated by semicolon, with the last name(s) in uppercase and the first names abbreviated with a single letter), Year of publication, Title (in italics), Edition, City(ies), and Publisher. Examples:

           PELLING, C. B. R. (2011). Plutarch and History: eighteen studies. Swansea, Classical Press of Wales.

           BRANCACCI, A.; MOREL, P.-M. (eds.) (2006). Democritus: Science, the Arts, and the Care of the Soul. Proceedings of the                       International Colloquium on Democritus (Paris, 18-20 September 2003). Leiden/Boston, Brill.

4.2.2. Works of ancient authors – editions and translations – shall include as author the editor or translator. The ancient author is indicated after the title. Examples:

           TRABATTONI, F. (ed.). (2011). Platone. Fedone. Milano, Einaudi.

           DIXSAUT, M. (1991). Platon. Phédon (traduction, introduction et notes). Paris, GF-Flammarion.

4.2.3. Each bibliographic entry must include only one Year (never 1989-1991 or 2007-10, for instance). If the author wants to refer to a volume set, in which volumes were published in different dates, (s)he shall provide one entry per volume with its respective date.

4.2.4. The bibliographic entry shall always correspond to the version being quoted in the text body. If it is a reprint, the author may refer to the original print in parenthesis after the edition he is actually employing. Example:

           SELTMAN, C. (1955). Greek Coins. A History of Metallic Currency and Coinage down to the Fall of the Hellenistic Kingdoms.            Methuen, London. (1ed. 1933)

4.2.5. Book chapters shall be followed by the complete bibliographic reference, including pages, even if the book is already included in the bibliography. Example:

           JIMÉNEZ SAN CRISTÓBAL, A. I. (2009). The Meaning of βάκχος y βακχεύειν in Orphism. In: Johnston, P. A.; CASADIO, G.            (eds.). Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia. Austin, University of Texas Press, p. 46-60.

4.3. Article

4.3.1. The essential elements are: Author(s), Year, Article Title, Publication name (in italics; please, do not use abbreviations), Volume (not preceded by comma), Issue number (if applied), and Pages. Example:

           PAKALUK (2003). Degrees of Separation in the Phaedo. Phronesis 48, n. 2, p. 89-115.

4.3.2. If the article has been reprinted, the author shall indicate the version he is quoting in the text body. The author may inform, if he wills, the complete original reference in parenthesis at the end of the entry. Example:

           ROBERTS, J. (1987). Plato on the causes of wrongdoing in the Laws. Ancient Philosophy 7, p. 23-37. (Also In: IRWIN, T. (ed.).            (1995). Classical Philosophy: collected papers. Vol. 3. Plato’s Ethics. New York, London, Garland Publishing Inc., p. 397-411.)

4.4. Online Article

4.4.1. References to short duration internet material should be avoided.

4.4.2. For online works, the essential elements are: Author(s), Year, Article Title, Website name (in italics), Web Address, and Access Date. Example:

           KRAUT, R. (2015). Plato. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring Edition). Edward N. Zalta (ed.). Available at   Accessed in 20/12/2014.

4.5. Theses, dissertations, and other academic works

4.5.1. The essential elements are: Author, Year, Title (in italics), Degree and Document Type, as well as the academic affiliation. Example:

           SMITH, U. A. M. (1986). The Metaphysics of Plato and Aristotle: An analysis. A. Dissertation. McGill University, Montreal.


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