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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Contributors

1. Each article submitted to JAAS for publication should be original and unpublished. The author should supply one printed paper copy as well as a digital copy (preferably as a Microsoft Word document file, via e-mail attachment or CD-ROM). Each submitted article must be double-spaced and must include an abstract (100-120 words) and a list of relevant keywords. AT this time JAAS will only publish in English.


2. JAAS follows the reference style and abbreviations indicated in Patrick H. Alexander et al., eds., The SBL Handbook of Style for Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1999), 38-63, 121-52, and thus each article submitted for publication in JAAS should conform to this style. When using Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic in or Galatia SIL) fonts is preferred. All other ancient Near Eastern languages should be transliterated, following the conventions in the SBL Handbook of Style, 25-29.


3. Each submitted article is sent anonymously to at least two readers of the International Review Board who are specialists in their particular field. For this reason all identifying in formation (name of author, academic affiliation , physical and e-mail address) should be submitted to JAAS on a separate sheet. The criteria that determine the acceptance of the manuscript include (a) original contribution, (b) argumentation, logic, style, and (c) adequate documentation. A final decision on whether or not an article will be published in JAAS is made by the editors and the editorial board.


4. JAAS publishes four different categories f research: (a) major research articles (5,000- 10,000 words); (b) short research notes (1,000-4,000 words); (c) AIIAS Theological Seminary thesis and dissertation abstracts; and (d) critical book reviews (500-1,500 words).
5. Critical book reviews are assigned by the book review editor. The bibliographic reference of the review should comply with the following layout:
Title of book, by author. Trans. by [if applicable]. Name of series [if applicable]. Place: Publisher, year. Pp. [including Roman and Arabic numbers]. ISBN. Price [together with currency].

The book review should contain a brief and objective description of the content of the book which is then followed by critical interaction, an evaluation of the contribution of the volume, and the audience for whom it is most suited. Ideally 40-50% of the book review should be dedicated to critical interaction with the book’s content.


6. Each author (and book reviewer) will receive proofs in electronic format before the final publication of the issure which should be carefully read and corrected and returned to the editor of JAAS. If an author does not comply with this requirement, publication of the article will be delayed.

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