The subject matter of a themed issue may relate to any area of classical studies broadly defined.
Guest Editors have the freedom to develop their issues as they wish. A themed issue might comprise entirely freshly commissioned papers, for example or it might derive from a research workshop or seminar series which has already taken place, publishing selected and revised papers from those occasions. Alternatively, it might represent a mix of papers which have already been presented, and others that are specially for the issue.
Conferences and seminars often generate excellent material for issues, but BICS issues are not conference proceedings as such. Where an issue has been developed from a conference or seminar series, it will be essential to explain to us how the material has been or will be developed for publication, why certain papers have been included or excluded, and how coherence for the themed issue has been achieved. Prospective Guest Editors should note that we have made a strategic publishing decision not to publish conference proceedings as such.
Each issue should be a high-quality contribution to a thriving, specialist field of research. As a part of a serial, it should also be a publication of sufficient breadth that it will offer interest to classicists who are not specialists in that field.
Currently the themed issue schedule has been filled until June 2026. Proposals will be for publication in December 2026 or later.
In no more than 1200 words, prospective editors are asked to specify:
• The subject area and working title of your proposed 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 already been approached and/or agreed to contribute and whether a first draft of each paper has been completed. For those papers not yet written, please indicate the likely date of completion of first draft. 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. If the content is derived from a conference or seminar series, please make very clear how the material will be developed for publication; why certain papers have been included; and please identify any papers that have been freshly commissioned for publication.
• Estimated length: generally a complete issue is no less than c. 70,000 words; papers in BICS tend to be c. 8000 words, while contributions of over 15,000 words are rarely accepted.
• The make-up of the editorial team, including level of editorial experience.
• The level of illustration likely to be required.
• Schedule: An indication of when the special issue will be ready for peer review. Please take into consideration: as the journal now operates Advance Access articles we aim to publish articles online a year to six months before the official publication date.
Please send your proposal to Susan Deacy.