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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).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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


Studia Metrica et Poetica is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly papers on versification and poetics, as well as review articles and book reviews. The journal is published biannually in April and October.

Contributions should be in English. Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary. The English language editing of the manuscript is the responsibility of the authors.

Contributions should be submitted in electronic form as an email attachment and sent to the address

The MS should be in RTF (Rich Text Format) or in the format of a major word processing program for Windows. Figures should be sent in separate files. In case you have special figures or characters in your MS, it is recommended that you send a PDF version as well.

The MS should be accompanied by:

(a) an accurate indication of the author’s name(s), affiliation(s), postal and E-mail addresses;

(b) an abstract (150–200 words) in English;

(c) keywords of the paper.

The preferred length of papers is up to 40 000 characters including spaces and excluding footnotes and references. Exceptionally, articles up to 60 000 characters in length may be considered if a case is made to the editor prior to submission. Papers exceeding the length restriction may be considered for publishing in several parts.

The journal does not charge APCs or submission charges.

The Manuscript


1. No special formatting should be used. Use plain text font and use tab stops or ruler function for indents (not the space bar). Do not use field functions or special styles. 150 Instructions

2. Articles should be subdivided, where appropriate. Do not use more than three levels of division. If needed, use Arabic numerals to indicate divisions. Numerals should not be placed at the margin.

3. As a rule, italics should be used for emphasis (not underline or bold).

4. Foreign words should be in italics (instead of underline or bold), for example et al., syllaba brevis, licentia poetica etc.

5. The titles of books should be in italics, without quotation marks.

6. Words should not be hyphenated.

7. All notes should be footnotes. Footnotes should not consist of a bibliographic reference only.

8. Acknowledgements to individuals and grants should be inserted into the footnote from the last word of the article (before the references, after the full stop). The names of the organizations should appear in full.

9. Transliteration of Cyrillic words, titles of books and journals etc. should follow the transliteration table of Studia Metrica et Poetica, available on the web site of the journal. Romanization of other non-Roman scripts (Chinese, Arabic, Devanagari etc.) should conform to the ALA-LC transliteration standard.

Tables and figures

1. All tables and figures should be accompanied by captions and sent in separate files. If special layout is used, it is recommendable to include a pdf-version of the figures.

2. The location of the tables and figures should be indicated in the text: […] according to Mikhail Gasparov’s data (Fig. 1).

3. All tables and figures need to fit into the journal page size.

4. The authors are responsible for acquiring the publishing rights for figures or artwork that are not their own. It should be taken into account that Studia Metrica et Poetica is published in both print and (open access) online version.


1. All the quotations should follow the original exactly. Omitted passages should be indicated by [...]

2. Author’s interpolations should be enclosed in square brackets: [ ] (not / /).

3. Long quotations (of more than 4 lines) should be indented without quotation marks.

4. When quoting from a foreign text (Greek, Latin, Italian, French etc.) of whatever genre, the contributors are advised to provide a translation into the language of the article (with the original separated from the translation by a sign of equality).

5. Author-date citations should generally be given within parentheses. For instance:
Roman Jakobson (1969: 118) has claimed...
[...] as has been described before (Taranovsky 2000: 258–261).
In case of two authors:
[…] as has been pointed out (Elizarenkova, Toporov 1979: 40–41).
Three or more authors:
[…] as has been described (Binder et al. 1974).

6. If there are two authors with the same family name, use the initial letter of the first name in the citation: […] on the metrical organization of Beowulf (Suzuki, S. 2004). […] in Japanese tanka (Suzuki, Y. 2008).

7. The inline references should always use the year number of the edition used for quoting. If it is absolutely necessary to include the publication year of the original edition, use square brackets:
[…] as has been argued (Jakobson 1969[1923]).

8. If there are several references in the same brackets, they should be separated by “ ; ”
[…] it is a widespread understanding (Trubetzkoy 1939; Martinet 1969)
In case of several works of the same author:
[...] (Trubetzkoy 1926; 1939: 15–17)

Reference list

1. Reference list should include all the works cited or referred to in the text. Works not referred to should not be included.

2. References to electronic sources should give authors if known, title of cited page, URL in full (last-accessed date in day/month/year order).

3. References to conference papers and other oral presentations should be avoided. If absolutely necessary, they should appear in footnotes.

4. Self-references to the author of the MS should not exceed 15% of the whole reference list.

5. If possible, the authors should refer to the original works directly and not via third authors. For example: as (Kuryłowitz 1973) and not: (Kuryłowitz 1973 cited in Russom 2008). Exceptions can be made to rare or old manuscripts and works written in rare languages.

6. The reference list should be alphabetic, using the formats as shown below. When several work of the same author are cited, they should appear in the list in chronological order from the earliest to the most recent.

Book and journal titles are in italics and capitalized in headline style. Article titles are in sentence case.

Arabic numerals are used for volume and series numbering.

Authors’ names should preferably appear in full.

Cyrillic and other scripts should be Romanized (the native script title may be added in square brackets, if necessary).


Halle, Morris; Keyser, Samuel Jay 1971. English Stress: Its Growth and Its Role in Verse. New York: Harper and Row.

Hollander, John 1975. Vision and Resonance: Two Senses of Poetic Form. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Martinet, André 1960. Éléments de linguistique générale. Paris: Armand Colin.

Sebeok, Thomas A. (ed.) Style in Language. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.


Gasparov, Mikhail L. 1997. Russkij geksametr i drugie nacional’nye formy geksametra. In: Gasparov, Mikhail L. Izbrannye trudy. Tom 3. O stikhe. Moscow: Jazyki russkoi kultury, 234–258.

Halle, Morris 1970. On meter and prosody. In: Bierwisch, Manfred; Heidolph, Karl Erich (eds.), Progress in Linguistics. The Hague: Mouton, 64–80.

Sturtevant, Edgar Howard 1939. Horace and the Sapphic Stanza. In: Transactions of the American Philological Association 70, 295–302.

Terras, Victor 1970. Poetic form and language structure in Estonian poetry. In: Lituanus 16(1). (accessed February 12, 2013).

Russell, James (forthcoming). Mithra in the epic of Sasun: Armenian Apocalypse. In: Proceedings of the conference on Armenian Apocalyptic. Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


All submitted manuscripts are read by the editorial staff. Manuscripts judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent for formal anonymous peer-review, typically to two reviewers. Acceptance is based on originality, scholarly excellence, and topical balance of the journal.


No printed offprints will be produced. The authors will receive one copy of the printed issue and an electronic reprint of their article as a pdf-file.

If you have any queries about your manuscript or submission problems, please contact the editors at


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