Instructions for Authors


Manuscript Submission

Authors are asked to submit manuscripts online via the Journal of Near Eastern Studies Editorial Manager system at Detailed instructions are available below.  If you do not have access to the Web, you may send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office (address below).

Initial submissions may be uploaded in either Word or PDF format. Please note that if your manuscript contains special characters, PDF is desirable as it will ensure that these special characters appear correctly. Upon acceptance, a final version in Word will be required for copyediting and production.

Statement of Policy

The Editors are interested in original research manuscripts pertaining to the ancient and pre-modern Near East.  In peer review, we consider originality of material and interpretation, clarity of thought, and interest of readers, as well as sources and style. Citations must be supplied as fottnotes rather than endnotes, and citation form must follow Chicago Manual of Style; see:


Manuscript Format and Style


As of October 1, 2013, peer review for JNES will use a double-blind process. Authors are therefore asked to remove as many self-identifying features from their submitted manuscripts as possible, e.g., "by [Author Name]," obvious citations of the author's own work, etc.


Authors are responsible for securing all necessary permissions for photographs or other copyrighted illustrations in their articles. Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to sign a publication agreement form transferring copyright to the publisher, but authors retain generous rights for the re-use of their articles (for more information, see our Authors’ Rights Guidelines).

Manuscripts should be no more than 12,000 words long.

Open Access Policy

JNES authors have the option to make their accepted paper freely available online immediately upon publication. The fee for Open Access is $1,800 Contact for more information.


UK authors should note that this option cannot be used to comply with RCUK regulations for gold OA, as the University of Chicago Press requires permission for commercial reuse. UCP does comply with the RCUK regulations for green OA.

"Green" Open Access

The University of Chicago Press supports Green Open Access for all articles, as defined by the RCUK Open Access Policy, under the Press’s Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights.

Manuscript Format and Style

The entire manuscript should be double spaced with the sections in the following order: (1) body of manuscript, (2) any figures or tables, (3) footnotes (submitted as endnotes).

Submitted manuscripts should be in good English and conform to JNES style as described below.

In matters of capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, and the like, the journal follows the guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., rev. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).

In matters of spelling and word division the journal follows the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  JNES uses American spellings and punctuation (more details below).

Citations (footnotes and bibliographies) should be in the humanities style as laid out by the Chicago Manual of Style.  For more detailed examples, see the “Chicago Style Citation Quick Guide” (


Journal article:
John Doe, “I Wrote This Article,” JNES 69 (2010): 5–10.

John Doe, I Wrote This Book, English Language Series, vol. 1 (Chicago, 2010), 1–10. [No publishers are necessary in footnotes.]

Article in an edited monograph:
John Doe, “The Article I Wrote,” in I Edited This Book, ed. Mary Doe, Language Series (Chicago, 2010), 151–67.


We do not encourage bibliographies, but if you have one please follow this style:

Journal article:
Doe, John. "I Wrote This Article." JNES 68 (2009): 352–403.
Doe, John. [first author (last name first), second and third authors (first name first); thereafter first author and et al.]I Wrote This Book. Edited by Mary Doe. English Language Series. Vol. 1. Chicago, 2010.

Additional Information

  • Use American spelling and punctuation (terminal punctuation goes inside quotation marks; double quotation marks are used before single quotation marks; there is a comma before the “and” in a series).
  • Manuscript pages should be numbered, and there is no indentation of the first line after a title or section heading.
  • Be consistent in the use of outline style and other recurring information such as B.C./B.C.E. (in small caps).
  • Use “2nd” and “3rd” (not “2d”' and “3d”').
  • Acknowledgements should precede the footnotes and be linked to the manuscript title with an asterisk, not as the first footnote.
  • Do not use the abbreviations “p.” and “pp.” before page ranges in footnotes and bibliographies.
  • In citations of (English) titles, capitalize all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs and the first word of the subtitle after a colon.            
  • Use inclusive numbers in notes, not “f.” or “ff.”  Use all digits for inclusive numbers from 1–100 (e.g., 4–49); abbreviations are acceptable in other sets as follows: 107–8, 321–25, 1,050–58.  In general, for numbers above 100, only the changed numbers are necessary.
  • JNES does not generally use professional titles except for MD.

Formatting Electronic Files

Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via Editorial Manager.  The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission.  If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office.

Acceptable Formats for Initial Submissions

  • Microsoft Word (.doc) (any recent version)
  • PDF (.pdf)

If your manuscript is in Word and contains special characters, the characters may become corrupted during the conversion to a PDF document for peer review.  Therefore, please review the final PDF carefully before you finish the submission process.  If your characters have become corrupted, please create your own PDF of the manuscript (by scanning, if necessary) and submit that PDF, rather than the Word file, for peer review.

Word documents should be submitted as a single file.  Authors should submit figures as separate files, in TIFF (.tif) or EPS (.eps), not GIF (.gif) or JPEG (.jpg), format.

Please note that if your manuscript is accepted, you may be asked to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures for production purposes, as not all digital art files are usable.

In addition to the main manuscript file, submit your cover letter as a separate file in the same format as your main file.  If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the submitted version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.

File Compression and Archives

If you have more than two files to upload into the system (e.g., manuscript, figures, and cover letter), it may be useful to combine these files into an archive, so that you upload only a single file when submitting the manuscript.  Applications for Mac OS (such as StuffIt) and Windows (such as WinZip) support the formats listed below.

The following archive formats may be used:

  • Zip (e.g., “”)
  • Unix tar (e.g., “archive.tar” or compressed with a gzip as “archive.tar.gz” or “archive.tgz”)

If you cannot create archives in these formats, you may still compress individual files to shorten upload time:

  • Unix compress (e.g., “ms.tex.Z”)
  • gzip (e.g., “ms.tex.gz”)

Revised and Final Versions of Manuscript

When submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the reviewers’ comments as part of the cover letter file. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version.

The final version of your manuscript must be submitted in Word (.doc) because your keystrokes will be used in copyediting and typesetting; a PDF does not contain usable character data and is thus not adequate. To ensure that special characters are typeset correctly, it is helpful if you also submit your own PDF of the final version manuscript, in addition to the Word file.

For revised and final versions of manuscripts, please observe the same formatting instructions outlined above.

Online Submission Instructions

Please have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process:

  • Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above
  • Cover letter as a separate file
  • Information from title page (to be typed into the peer-review database): title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author

Go to the JNES Editorial Manager system at to submit your manuscript.  If you do not have access to the Web, you may send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office (address below).

Contact Information

Communications for the editors and notices about newly published books available for review (no actual books, please) should be sent to:

Journal of Near Eastern Studies
The Oriental Institute
University of Chicago
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL  60637