Manuscripts (either in Microsoft Word™ and PDF format) should include:

– the author’s full name and affiliation

– an abstract no longer than 150 words

– up to 8 keywords.

The articles must be type-faced in Iowan Old Style.

Font sizes shall be 11 points, with a line spacing of 1.0. Footnote typefaces shall be 9.5 points, with a line spacing of 1.0.

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the entire document.

For the incorporation of Syriac scripts, please consult 

For the Estrangelo typeface, the font size should be 14 points. For Serto, 16 points.

Any quoted works should be referenced in their entirety in the footnotes, in accordance with the Chicago Style Manual: 

Submissions do not require the provision of a separate reference list to follow the article itself.

Examples of footnotes:


Sebastian P. Brock, An Introduction to Syriac Studies (Piscataway, New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2017), 20-25.

A repeated entry of the same author and work should be given as shortened note:

Brock, An Introduction, 22.

Edited volumes:

Michael Philip Penn, Scott Fitzgerald Johnson, Christine Shepardson, Charles M. Stang, eds., Invitation to Syriac Christianity: An Anthology (Oakland: University of California Press, 2022).

Editions or translations: 

Eliae Metropolitae Nisibeni, Opus Chronologicum, I, ed. and tr. by E.W. Brooks (CSCO, Vol. 62-63, Scriptores Syri 21-23, Louvain: Imprimerie Orientaliste L. Durbecq, 1954).

Chapter in an edited volume:

Aaron Michael Butts, “Narsai’s Life and Work”, in Aaron M. Butts, Kristian S. Heal, Robert A. Kitchen, eds., Narsai: Rethinking his Work and his World (Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity 121, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020), 1–8. 

Articles in periodicals:

Arthur Vööbus, “Discovery of the Biography of Severus of Antioch by Qyriaqos of Tagrit,” Rivista di studi bizantini e neoellenici 12-13 (1975-1976): 117–124.

PhD Theses or dissertations:

Cynthia Villagomez,The Fields, Flocks, and Finances of Monks: Economic Life at Nestorian. Monasteries, 500-850 (Ph.D. diss, UCLA, Los Angeles, 1998), 100102.

Online references:

Ephrem A. Ishac, “Manuscripts as Refugees: Losing Identity?” The Digital Orientalist, accessed December 16, 2020, 

Book reviews:

Patrick Wadden, review of Jews and Syriac Christians: Intersections across the First Millennium (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, vol. 180, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020), by Aaron Michael Butts and Simcha Gross, eds., Church History, Vol. 90, Issue 4 (December 2021), 918–919.

Personal communication:

Herman Teule, Personal communication to author, July 6th, 2022.

Inlaid manuscript photographs must satisfy a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, and must be included in the submission separately, as distinct JPG or TIFF file types.