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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

General guidelines

1) The manuscript should not be submitted to any other journal while still under consideration.

2) If accepted, the author agrees to transfer copyright to Plato Journal so that the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any form without prior written consent of the Publisher.


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 platojournal@platosociety.org

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

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.


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


Set long quotations (longer than 2 lines) as block quotations (with indentation from the left), without using quotation marks.

Italics & Roman

1. Italicize single words or short phrases in a foreign language.

2. Words, letters or characters that are individually discussed as a point of analysis should not be italicized. Instead they should come between single quotation marks.

3. Use italics for titles of books and articles; do not italicize titles of dissertations or journal / book series.

4. Use italics for title of book cited within title of book: e. g.: R.D. Mohr- B.M. Sattler (ed.), One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today, Las Vegas-Zurich-Athens 2010.


1. Punctuation generally goes outside quotation marks.

2. Use single quotation marks; use double quotation marks only within single quotation marks; in an English text, replace quotation marks from different systems or languages (e.g. « … » or „…“) by single or double quotation marks.

3. Place ellipses within square brackets when they indicate omitted text from a quotation (e.g. […]).


1. Footnote reference numbers should be located in the main text at the end of a sentence, after the punctuation; they should be marked with a superscript number.

2. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively.

3. Do not use a footnote number in main titles; if a note is required there, use an asterisk.


Bibliographical references

Ancient authors and works

When referring to Platonic dialogues by their full title, use the title that is customary in your language (italics), e.g. Phaedo, Phédon, Phaidon. When using abbreviations, please use this standard set:

Apol., Charm., Epist. (e.g. VII), Euthyphr., Gorg., Hipp. mai., Hipp. min., Crat., Crit., Lach., Leg., Lys., Men., Parm., Phaid., Phaidr., Phil., Polit., Prot., Rep., Soph., Symp., Theait., Tim.

For other ancient authors and works, use abbreviations standard in your language, e.g. (in English) those in Liddell-Scott-Jones or the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

Authors are asked to conform to the following examples:

Plat., Tim. 35 a 4-6.

Arist., Metaph. A 1, 980 a 25-28.

Simpl., In Cat., 1.1-3.17 Kalbfleisch (CAG VIII).

Modern authors and works

In the footnotes:


Use the author/ date system:


Gill 2012, 5-6.


In the list of bibliographic references:


Gill 2012:  M.L. Gill, Philosophos: Plato’s Missing Dialogue, Oxford University Press, Oxford-New York 2012.

Chapter in book:

Armstrong 1971: A.H. Armstrong, 'Eternity, Life and Movement in Plotinus’s Account of Nous', in P. Hadot- P.-M. Schuhl (ed.), Le Néoplatonisme, CNRS, Paris 1971, 67-74.

Article in journal:

Owen 1953: G.E.L. Owen, 'The Place of the Timaeus in Plato’s Dialogues', «Classical Quarterly» 3 (1953), 79-95.

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