Instructions for Contributors

Instructions to Contributors

1) Software & Transliteration: The Contributor shall deliver the Contribution in Microsoft Word or another recognisably generic format such as Rich Text Formatting (RTF).

We have found in the past that the electronic copy is not enough because many diacritic symbols are distorted during the transfer from one software system to another. Moreover, we have found that the transfer from a Mac to a PC always causes problems with diacritic symbols, so we ask participants to make the transfer themselves and correct any errors, then send it to us ready for a Windows operating system. If your article is in one European language without any Semitic transliteration system or diacritic symbols, then it is sufficient to send your article by email to aram@orinst.ox.ac.uk

2) Style Sheet: We have discovered that many scholars are not following some standard principles for an academic stylesheet, and some contributors are not even consistent with a single style within one article. This is unacceptable for an academic periodical like ARAM.

Would you please edit your article according to the enclosed Aram style-sheet. Our past experience has shown that most of the misunderstandings, which eventually shrouded our good relationship with some of the contributors, arose from those instances where the ARAM stylesheet was overlooked. We thus urge every contributor to follow it for the sake of consistency.

3) Semitic Diacritic Symbols: We have found in the past that the electronic copy is not enough because many diacritic symbols are distorted during the transfer from one software system to another. Moreover, we have found that the transfer from a Mac to a PC always causes problems with diacritic symbols, so we ask participants to make the transfer themselves and correct any errors, then send it to us ready for a Windows operating system. If your article is in one European language without any Semitic transliteration system or diacritic symbols then it is sufficient to send your article by email.

4) The Size of the Contribution: Please restrict the number of photos included in your article because we prefer each article to be around 20 pages and it should not exceed 30 pages.

5) Illustrations & Tables:  Figures, tables, diagrams, charts, maps, plans and other illustrations should be suitable for direct reproduction at up 600 dpi (dots per inch). Also, it is the responsibility of the author to incorporate all illustrations and tables in the text of his article.

6) Collection of Papers: Aram Society policy is to give three months for collection of papers after the conference. This can be extended for another three months in special circumstances, but contributors are warned that any paper arriving after six months will not be considered for publication in the Aram periodical. It is essential that the Contribution is delivered on time and in acceptable format. Should the Contributor fail to deliver a Contribution by this date and in such a format and/ or the ARAM Academic Advisory Board decide having reviewed the Contribution that it is not suitable for publication, then the ARAM Society may decline to publish it.

7) The Proofs: The Contributor undertakes to correct the proofs of his work, and to return the corrected version promptly. Should the Contributor be unable to, or fail to, correct the proofs then the Editor may undertake this. If the Contributor fails to return the proofs within the time specified, the Editor may consider the proofs as approved for publication. In all cases, the contributor will get a final proof of his paper before it is sent to print.

8) Editing of English: We would like to remind those who don’t master their English language to write their papers in good academic English language, in order to save us time spent editing grammatical errors. We would also like to encourage French, German and Italian speakers to publish in their own languages in the Aram periodical, if they prefer.

9) Contacts with Contributors: Contributors to the ARAM periodical should always keep us updated with their contacts and e-mail addresses as we have previously suffered from author’s who changed their e-mail address without confirming this change with the ARAM office. This has left its impact on our editing work as some authors have neglected to check our editing work of their paper according to the Aram stylesheet. Henceforth, we will stop editing any article when we fail to contact its own author who has for reasons unknown, changed their contact details. In fact, ARAM will never publish a paper where there is no clear evidence of an author having checked his work during our time of editing.