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Principia: A Journal of Classical Education


Principia publishes articles, editorials, policy research, and reviews related to the history, theory, practice, and pedagogy of classic liberal arts education and contemporary classical schools. Published two times a year, the journal provides a peer-reviewed forum for practitioners and scholars to investigate the long tradition of education that extends from ancient Athens to contemporary K–12 schools and colleges.

General Information

Types of manuscripts considered:

  • Article: 8000-word limit, inclusive of critical apparatus, abstract, and keywords
  • Book review: 1,500-word limit, inclusive of critical apparatus.

All manuscripts must be original, unpublished work and not under consideration by any other publication.

Manuscripts should be prepared in Word format (.doc or .docx), and submitted by email to the General Editor at [email protected].

Article manuscripts are subject to anonymous review. There should be no mention of the author(s) in the text or the notes. Article submissions must include a brief abstract (150 words) and up to ten key words.

The email accompanying the manuscript should include

  • Title of the article
  • Name(s) and academic affiliation(s) of author(s)
  • Author contact information, including email, phone number, and mailing address

Author must obtain any necessary permissions for use of copyrighted material contained within their article.

Page Formatting

  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins.
  • Use footnotes, not endnotes.
  • Double space both text and footnotes.
  • Place footnote callouts after any punctuation.
  • Cite primary texts by parenthetical references within the text, not by footnotes:
    e.g., (Il. 10.45-53), (Aen. 6.112-23), (Suet. Aug. 44).
  • Place single and double quotation marks outside periods and commas, but inside colons and semicolons.
  • Use double quotation marks except for quotes within quotes.
  • Indent new paragraphs and differentiate major and minor headings.
  • Number the pages (bottom center).
  • Place tables, figures, or other graphics at the end of the article in the same file.
    Be prepared to provide the original file used to produce the figure or graph.
  • Spell out numbers less than 100, unless they are a percentage (e.g., “5 percent”) or a page number.
  • Use italics, not quotation marks, for foreign words and phrases.
  • Provide translations of all foreign languages (except for short, standard phrases).
  • If quoting another language within an English sentence, provide the English first, then the foreign language in parentheses: e.g., Dido has been “wounded long since by serious care” (gravi iamdudum saucia cura, Aen. 4.1).
  • Use Oxford commas.
  • Do not use an extra "s" for plural possessives. (e.g. Turnus’s should be Turnus’)

Citations and Bibliography

Principia employs a modified author-date citation format based on The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition:

  • Inline citations should have colons, not commas: e.g., Donnelly 2020: 54
  • For listings of multiple works by the same author use 3-em dashes in place of the author's name after the first listing.