BICS: Themed Issues

BICS: Expressions of Interest are sought from prospective editors of themed issues

*Current deadline: Monday 1 May 2017 (end of the day)

The ICS has changed the publishing pattern of its journal, the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. From 2017, we are publishing themed issues rather than general issues. These appear twice per year.

The subject matter of a themed issue may relate to any area of Classical Studies broadly defined, including archaeology. A themed issue might derive from a conference or seminar series which has already taken place, for example, publishing selected papers from those occasions; it might involve entirely fresh commissions; it might represent a balance of papers which have already been presented, and others which are specially invited.

We therefore ask prospective editors of future themed issues to contact us with an expression of interest. We are currently planning issues which will be published in 2019 onwards, for the following c. 2-4 years. In no more than 500 words, you are asked to specify:

• The subject area of your issue.
• Publishing rationale: Why this topic deserves publication at this time, with an overview of the relation of your proposed treatment of the theme to other relevant work in the field.
• Contents: A list of articles to be included in the volume, and their authors, with an indication of whether each has accepted firmly or provisionally. (We understand that much is likely to be provisional at this stage.) Please also indicate the level of illustration likely to be required. Editors should further specify how they will bring unity and coherence to the issue, and how they expect to solicit, support, and shape individual contributions.
• Length: A complete issue is c. 60-70,000 words; papers in BICS tend to be c. 8000 words, while contributions of over 15,000 words are rarely accepted. 70,000 words is a maximum word limit.
• Schedule: An indication of when the papers will be ready for peer review. (This might be any time in the next 1-3 years, allowing publication within 2-4 years.)

Proposals for themed issues are reviewed by the Publications Committee of the ICS. Our first review was conducted in March 2016. The second and current deadline for submission of proposals is Monday 1 May (end of the day, in any time zone). The ICS will contact those who made submissions by mid-May 2017.

Once a themed issue is accepted in principle, a detailed schedule will be agreed. At this stage, all proposed authors must be confirmed. Among other things, the schedule will cater for peer review: in line with publication standards, all papers will go through a process of ‘double-blind’ review, and it is proposed that this will be managed in collaboration by the editor(s) and the ICS, in a manner to be agreed in detail once the issue has been formally accepted. The issue editor(s) will take responsibility for delivering final copy in a standard format, of an agreed length (70,000 words max.), by an agreed date, in accordance with BICS editorial guidelines. Copy-editing, layout, and production will then be handled by the Institute, with proofs distributed to all contributors before publication.

Queries and proposals should be directed to Dr Liz Potter.