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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 author has an academic affiliation or hold a PhD in one of the fields covered by Hieroglyphs.
  • 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 or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Unicode font; 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

Note that authors muwt have an academic affiliation or hold a PhD in one of the fields covered by Hieroglyphs.

General Guidelines

  • Please submit your text as a Word file along with a .pdf control file.
  • Please submit your figures independently in 300 DPI.
  • Please provide an abstract and up to 7 keywords.
  • Please try to use a maximum of three levels of headings (“1.”, “1.1.”, “1.1.1.”)

Style and Formating

  • Please use only the styles available in the file “Hieroglyphs.dotm” and the fonts MinionPro_Hiero and Futura_Hiero that you can get upon request to the editors.
  • The Hieroglyphs.dotm styles should not be modified. If anything is missing, one highlights the said-section in yellow and report the missing style to the editors.
  • Do not change fonts. If additional fonts or characters are needed, add a note in the manuscript.
  • No header, no footer.
  • Indicate a hierarchy of first-, second-, and third-order headings using the appropriate styles, which will automatically number the headings (e.g., “1.”, “1.2.”, “1.2.3.”).
  • No manual numbering.
  • Please use block quotes for quotations that are longer than four lines and no quotation (style "Hiero_citation")
  • No quotation marks around the text formatted as Hiero_citation.


The language for contributions to Hieroglyphs is English. American or British English, but consistent within a paper. Non-native speakers should arrange to have their manuscripts copy-edited and proofread. If this is not possible, please contact the editors.

Remarks about copy-editing

  • Place footnotes after punctuation sign.
  • No small caps for proper names.
  • Use en-dashes for inclusive references and temporal ranges (e.g., 188–189).
  • Use em-dashes (without spaces) for parenthetical inserts (e.g., “Furthermore—and this has not yet received the attention it deserves— scribes and artists have […]”)
  • Use quotation marks as “…” (not ‘…’); punctuation before the closing inverted comma (“…,”)
  • Use BCE and CE for dates.
  • Use fig. and pl. (no caps).
  • No upercase for ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.).
  • Names of cities: English name whenever possible (, use the more common one (München > Munich; Le Caire > Cairo).



  • Please send figures, tables, and images as separate files (.tiff or .jpg) in 300 DPI.
  • Please clear permissions.
  • Please provide a list of captions including references and copyright for the image.
  • Please indicate placement in the main text.

Bibliographic citations

  • Please use the author-date form of reference with a colon: Author Date: ##–## (e.g., Champollion 1836: 72–73); use a comma for sequential references (e.g., Champollion 1836: 72–73, 89–101).
  • Do not use Ibid., Op. cit., Id., Ead. or similar for references, but always the "Author Date: ##–##" system.
  • Unabbreviated page numbers. E.g., 188–189.
  • Citations can be placed in the main text or in the footnotes; they should be placed in the footnotes when interrupting the main text for too long.
  • Both in the main text and in the footnotes, do not use parentheses around dates and pages.  Use everywhere “author 2017: ##–##”, even when the author is the subject of a clause or in genitive constructions, “author 2017: ##–## argues that...”, “as stressed by Champollion 1836: 72–73, determinatives are (...)” (not “as stressed by Champollion (1836: 72–73), determinatives are (...)”).
  • When 2 authors, use '&' between authors. E.g., Houston & Stauder 2020.
  • When 3 authors, use ',' between authors. E.g., Grotenhuis, J., Nederhof, M.-J., Polis, St. 2020.
  • In the case of three or more authors, use “et al.”

Final references

  • books, e.g.,

Sauneron, S. 1982. L’écriture figurative dans les textes d’Esna, Esna VIII. Cairo, Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale.

  • edited books, e.g.:

Woods, C. (ed.). 2010. Visible Language. Inventions of Writing in the Ancient Middle East and Beyond, Oriental Insitute Museum Publications 32. Chicago, The Oriental Institute.

  • articles in journals, e.g.:

Klotz, D. 2015. “Two Hymns to Isis from Philae Revisited (Žabkar, Hymns 1-2)”, Bulletin de La Société d’Égyptologie de Genève 30: 75–109.

  • articles in edited books, e.g.:

Houston, S. 2012. “Maya Writing: Modified, Transformed.” In: The Shape of Script: How and Why Writing Systems Change, ed. by Stephen Houston: 187–208. Santa Fe, School for Advanced Research Press.

  • Internet resources: please provide link (without angle brackets <…>) and date of access.


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