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Journal of Cuneiform Studies

Instructions for Contributors

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The Journal of Cuneiform Studies (ISSN 0022-0256) is published annually by the American Schools of Oriental Research, 656 Beacon Street, 5th floor, Boston, MA 02215. Funding for JCS comes in part from the Nies Trust.

Annual subscription rates (for 2009) are $45.00 for individuals, $70.00 for institutions. For non-U.S. subscriptions add $10. Payments should be sent to ASOR Member/Subscriber Services, 656 Beacon Street, 5th floor, Boston, MA 02215. Tel: 617-358-4376; Fax: (617) 353-6575; Email: VISA/Mastercard orders can be phoned in or submitted online.

All communications to the editors, manuscripts, and books for review should be addressed to Piotr Michalowski, Department of Near Eastern Studies, The University of Michigan, 202 South Thayer Street, Room 4111, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608. Email:; phone: (734) 764-0314; fax: (734) 936-2679. The preferred method of submission is an MSWord attachment with accompanying PDF file in an email to the editor. All fonts used should be included. For the transliteration of cuneiform characters, please use the system established in Rykle Borger, Assyrisch-babylonische Zeichenliste. Sumerian words in English context should be set in lowercase, expanded text, not small caps. In addition, Sumerian laryngeal h should be without a rocker beneath, and nasal g should be set as ĝ or g̃, depending on the font used. Endnotes should be numbered consecutively and should appear at the end of the manuscript. Standard abbreviations should follow the usage of Orientalia, AHw, or CAD; any other abbreviations should be explained in the first footnote. When citing a specific text in an edition, abbreviated journal, book, or series titles (e.g., MAD, MSL, OIP, OSP, VE) should be italicized; catalog numbers (e.g., Msk., RS, TM) are set in roman. Full citations must be provided, even for well-known works. Authors may use author-date citations (e.g., Smith 2009: 83), in which case a reference list (including publisher and city) must be appended to the article. Alternatively, authors may use the JCS style for notes. Both styles are defined in the following examples:


4. P. Q. Author, “The Article I Wrote,” JCS 42 (1990) 223–26.

Author1, P. Q., and Author2, A. B.
Year The Article I Wrote. JCS 42: 200–245.


15. P. Q. Author, The Book I Wrote, Series Information (Place: Publisher, Year), 109–10.

Author, P. Q.
Year The Book I Wrote. Series Information. Place: Publisher.


28. P. Q. Author, “The Paper I Wrote,” in The Symposium to Which I Contributed, ed. J. P. Doe and Q. E. Dee, Series Information (Place: Publisher, Year), 12.

Author, P. Q. Year The Paper I Wrote. Pp. 12–83 in The Symposium to Which I Contributed, ed. J. P. Doe and Q. E. Dee. Series Information. Place: Publisher.

If using the notes style, subsequent references should use a short form of the title of the work. The use of “f.” and “ff.” when citing page or line numbers should be avoided. Please note the distinction between “see” (used for supporting point) and “cf.” (confer, used for a contrasting or complementary point).

Manuscripts may be written in English, German, or French. Each author will receive a pdf of his or her article (upon signing an author contract); no print offprints will be provided. The responsibility for the views expressed rests with the individual author(s).

The editors reserve the right to select those books that in their opinion call for a critical review in the Journal.