Guide for Authors

Instructions to Contributors


Persica Antiqua 

Persica Antiqua is the official journal of Tissaphernes Archaeological Research Group. Persica Antiqua is an international, peer reviewed journal, publishing high-quality, original research. The journal covering studies on the cultural and civilization of pre-Islamic Persia in its broadest sense. Persica Antiqua publishes on Persian Studies, including archaeology, ancient history, linguistics, religion, epigraphy, numismatics and history of art of ancient Iran, as well as on cultural exchanges and relations between Iran and its neighbours.

 Persica Antiqua is a 100% free journal for both authors and readers and all accepted papers are published in the journal without any publication fee.



Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal’s requirements.

Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English.


Terms of acceptance

- The manuscript must be original research and has not yet been fully or partly published in other journals or monographs. It should not be submitted to the other journals before final decision made by the Persica Antiqua.

- The author (s) are responsible for the accuracy of all contents presenting in their manuscript.

- The Journal is not necessarily in agreement with the ideas presented in the manuscripts.

- The first author is considered as the corresponding author if it is not specified in the authors’ list.

- The manuscript should be written clearly and free of poor language, spelling mistakes or grammatical errors.

- Persica Antiqua is free to literary edit the submitted manuscripts.

- The editorial board reviews the manuscripts and decides for accepting them for publications.

- The Manuscripts should be submitted as a standalone MS Word (.doc or .docx) file in word 2016 and in A4 format, Times New Roman 12-point font, using single-spacing throughout, maximum 25 pages (30 lines).

- Submit your manuscript via this email: journal. [email protected]

- The first page of the manuscript must include name and affiliation of the author (s), email and contact details.

- Arrange your manuscript as follows: title, abstract, keywords, main body including introduction, materials and methods, analysis, discussion, conclusion, acknowledgment, endnote, foot note (if applicable) and references (based on Persica Antiqua instruction presented here).

- The captions for tables should appear above each, and for figures (including diagrams) below. Tables and illustrations must be referred to in the text. Use ‘Fig.’ in the text to refer to a certain figure.

- The figures should be in JPG or TIFF format with minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

- Use a linear scale appropriate to the size of the find, in case of providing actual photos of archaeological finds.

- Since the figures can be published in colour, use neutral colour background for photos.

- In addition to figure captions, which should be grouped with each figure, provide a figure list for all figures and tables in a separate word file. Do not place the figures and tables in the word file text and send all figures as a separate file.

- Provide a separate PDF file for the manuscript placing all figures and tables in right places in the text.

- In case of unfamiliar names of the sites, use diacritical marks adapted by Encyclopaedia Iranica.



Preparation of the manuscript

Note the following details in preparing the manuscript.

- Title; must be clear and indicate the theme.

- Abstract; briefly describes the content of the manuscript including questions, objectives, main points and conclusion. The abstract should be minimum 250 words and does not exceed 300.

- Keywords include 4 to 6 words indicating the theme of the research.

- Main body includes introduction, methodology, materials, analysis, discussion and conclusion, footnotes and references:

a. Introduction; this part includes research questions and objectives as well as the history of scholarship.

b. Methodology; methods and innovations applied in the research are presented in this part.

c. Materials, analysis, discussion; this part includes the main body of the manuscript and can be associated with tables, figures and diagrams. This should explore the significance of the results of the work.

d. Conclusion; overview on the whole research and concluding remarks are presented here. Future research directions could be included in this part as well.

e. Acknowledgment; comes at the end of the manuscript and can include individuals and institutions who provided help during the research.

f. Endnote (if applicable); mentioned after acknowledgment.

g. References; should be arranged based on APA instructions as following examples:


1. Referring to a book: Author(s): Author’s surname, Author’s initial(s). 2. Year of publication. 3. Book title (Italic). 4. Place of publication: 5. Publisher. 6. Edition.

Example: Mallory, J. P. (1990). In search of the Indo-Europeans: Language, Archeology and Myth, London: Thames and Hudson.


2. Referring to a journal paper: 1. Author(s): Author’s surname, Author’s initial(s). 2. Year of publication. 3. Article title. 4. Journal title 5. Volume, 6. Pages.

Example: Madjidzadeh, Y. & H. Pittman. (2008). “Excavations at Konar Sandal in the region of Jiroft in the Halil Basin: first preliminary report (2002–2008)”. Iran 46: 69–103.


3.Referring to a book chapter: 1. Author(s):  Author’s surname, Author’s initial(s). 2. Year of publication. 3. Chapter title. 4. Editor(s) 5. Book title (Italic) 6. Place of publication: 7. Publisher. 8. Edition. 9. Pages.

Example 1: Hopper, K. (2017). ‘‘Connectivity on a Sasanian Frontier: Route Systems in the Gorgan Plain of North-East Iran’’. In Eberhard W. Sauer (ed.). Sasanian Persia: Between Rome and the Steppes of Eurasia. Edinburgh University Press. 126-150.

Example 2: Alexeyev,A. Yu. (2017). ‘‘The Scythians in Eurasia’’. In St. John Simpson, Svetlana Pankova (eds.). Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia. London: British Museum. Thames & Hudson, London. 16-31.


4.Referring to an electronic publication (e.g. website): 1. Author(s): Author’s surname, Author’s

initial(s). 2. Year of publication. 3. Website title (Italic). 4. Date accessed, 5. URL.

Example: Hawking, S. 2000. Professor Stephen Hawking’s website. Retrieved 9 February,2009, from


5. Referring to weblogs: 1. Author(s): Author’s surname, Author’s initial(s). 2. Year of publication, Article date. 3. Blog title (Italic). 4. Article title or web-page. 5. Date accessed, 5. URL.


Example 1: Beard, M. 2013, 8 June. A Don’s Life. [Weblog]. Retrieved 26 July, 2016,from http://timesonline.


Example 2: Compareti, M. 2011, 15 October. The State of Research on Sasanian Painting.

Retrieved 25 July, 2016, from http://


6. In-text citations:

- One author: Author’s surname, Publication year: Page no(s): (Pourshariati, 2017: 127-129).

- Two authors: Authors’ surnames, Publication year: Page no(s): (Lawrence and Wilkinson, 2017: 104).

- More than two authors: First author’s surname et al. Publication year: Page no(s): (Shumilovskikh, et al. 2017: 54).


Paper Type

Maximum Word Length

Abstract Length


Manuscript Template

Original Research Article

8,000 words

Structured-up to 250 words

No limit


Archaeological Reports 

2,000 words

Structured-up to 250 words

No limit


Review Article

5,000 words

Structured-up to 250 words

No limit


Book Review

2,000 words

No abstract

No limit