Submission guidelines

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MGSO welcomes original research papers as well as review articles and translations of Greek literary texts. MGSO only accepts work that has not previously been published. Authors are asked not to submit their work elsewhere while under review by MGSO.


Authors are encouraged to submit their work in English or Greek, but contributions in other languages may be considered depending on the availability of reviewers. Quotations and terms in other languages, if necessary, are of course acceptable.


Research articles: Up to 8,000 words excluding Notes and References Cited.

Review articles: Up to 1,500 words excluding Notes and References Cited.

Translations: The appropriate length for a complete short story or poem.

An abstract of roughly 150 words, in English, must precede the text of articles.

Please submit a single copy via email as a Word attachment to the editor (

Manuscripts submitted for consideration must be sent in Word or Rich Text format in a 12-point font.

Authors should accompany their manuscripts with a file containing the following information:

  • Name and Surname
  • Affiliation (if applicable)
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address

Review of work submitted

All work submitted will be peer-reviewed. The editor, however, may reject outright any submission not meeting MGSO standards or falling outside the scope of MGSO. Papers will be evaluated by at least two experts in the relevant field(s). A double blind review system is used, i.e. the identities of the referees are not revealed to the author, and papers are forwarded to the referees without any identification of authorship. Authors are advised to avoid including any personal identification features (e.g. name, university affiliation etc.) in the text of their initial submission.


After the acceptance of a manuscript and the completion of the recommended changes by the author, the manuscript will be copy-edited by the editors of MGSO. Authors will have the opportunity to inspect these changes before the manuscript is published.


Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions to reproduce photographs and other illustrations, as well as to translate copyrighted texts.


Quotations over four lines should be set off as a block quote and indented by 0.5 cm.

Tables and Figures

Tables, charts, and illustrations should be included separately from the text, but their approximate placement noted in the text. Draft scanned copies may be included with the original submission, but if the manuscript is accepted for publication, copies suitable for printing will be required. All such material should be accompanied by captions, as well as sources and acknowledgements where appropriate.

Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, e.g., Table 1, Table 2, and so forth. Citations for tables should appear at the bottom of each table. All illustrative material (drawings, charts, maps, diagrams, photographs, etc.) should be called “Figures” and should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals: Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.


Notes should come in the form of footnotes and a References Cited section should follow the main text. Footnotes should not be used to for references (with the exception of long references to archival sources and websites) unless they need to include some additional information, explanation or discussion. Notes should be used to provide material that, if included in the main text, will disrupt its flow, but that are helpful to the reader.

Acknowledgments should also be included in the notes.

References cited

Entries in the References Cited section must be appropriately cited in the main text. Please check that all references in text appear in the References Cited section and that all references cited are cited in the main text. Consecutive entries by the same author should be arranged in chronological order. If there are two or more works by the same author from the same year, then alphabetical order by title should be used, and a, b, c, etc. should be added to the date.

In articles written in Greek, please list works in Greek first and then works in other languages.

If the article submitted is not in Greek, please transliterate the names of Greek language works cited using the Library of Congress transliteration system (see: unless there is an established version of the name in Roman script (e.g. Cavafy, not Kavaphēs).

Examples of References Cited:


One author

Alexiou, Margaret (1974), The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Alexiou, Margaret (2002), After Antiquity: Greek language, myth, and metaphor, Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press.

Kordatos, Gianēs (1974), Γιάνης Κορδάτος, Δημοτικισμός και λογιωτατισμός: κοινωνιολογική μελέτη του γλωσσικού ζητήματος, 4th ed., Athens: Εκδ. Μπουκουμάνη.

Two authors

Campbell, John K. & Philip Sherrard (1968), Modern Greece, London: Benn.

Edited books

Ricks, David & Paul Magdalino (eds) (1998), Byzantium and the Modern Greek Identity, Aldershot: Ashgate.


Article in periodical

Kitromilides, Paschalis (1989), “’Imagined Communities’ and the origins of the national question in the Balkans”, European History Quarterly, 19: 149-192.

Chapter in edited book

Mackridge, Peter (2004), ”The myth of Asia Minor in Greek fiction”, in: Renée Hirschon (ed), Crossing the Aegean: An appraisal of the 1923 compulsory population exchange between Greece and Turkey, New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.


To cite an online document in the References Cited section, please use the access date and provide a URL, e.g.:

“The Constitution of the Society for Modern Greek Studies”, accessed 10 November 2014.

In-text References

Please provide the author’s name, date of publication and page number(s) in parenthesis. For example:

(Alexiou 1974: 24)      (Kordatos 1974: 31-35)

Long references to archival material and websites should appear in footnotes.