How to submit

Send your submissions or any queries to

Please send your submission to us by email as a Word document, with images and artwork supplied on a CD, or via a web-hosted service for transferring large files. Please note that the British Museum email system will not generally accept files over 5MB. Tables should be sent as Excel files, not embedded in the Word file.

CDs can be posted to BMSAES, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.

Please include full contact details so that we can contact you with queries about your article. Please also supply an email address which will be published with the article, so that readers can contact the author(s).

It is your responsibility to check whether your files are intact and not corrupted or infected with viruses.

The reviewing process

Your paper will be peer-reviewed. There are three possible verdicts:

  • Accepted, perhaps with minor changes to English;
  • Accepted with minor changes such as the addition of certain references;
  • Rejected, where more substantive changes are needed. We may suggest you resubmit.

If your paper is accepted, you will have to make the changes outlined in the verdict, and we will inform you of the likely publication date.

Format of documents

Although it will be published online, please do not send your document as a PDF or in html-form and please keep formatting to a minimum. If any content needs to be arranged in a specific format, such as a complex table or chart, please send a pdf of how the chart should look, so that we can ensure material is not lost during migration between formats.

Please note the following guidelines:


The editors will use the transliteration font of the Centre for Computer-aided Egyptological Research. This can be downloaded and used free of charge .

For Coptic, Greek and Demotic, we prefer the New Athena Unicode of the American Philological Association, also free to download and use at

Both fonts should be used by authors to ensure that the correct characters are included in the edited article.


All hieroglyphs should be supplied as images (.jpg. or .tiff), including signs, words or phrases to be inserted in the main text.

Format of references

The citation system was modified following the publication of Issue 11, so please do not consult earlier issues as a guide.

The referencing system follows the author-date style of The Chicago manual of style, with a full bibliography at the end of the article. Footnotes are allowed where further information needs to be developed outside of the main body of the text. Lengthy discursive footnotes should be avoided and the data either incorporated in the body of the article or within an appendix. You must compile the bibliography yourself. If it does not follow the guidelines below, the editors will ask you to reformat it.

For English citations and headings, use sentence-style (not headline-style) capitalisation. Titles of works in Romance languages should have only the initial word of title and subtitle and proper nouns capitalised and titles of works in German should have only nouns and words used as nouns capitalized. For ancient or other modern languages, or if in doubt, consult The Chicago manual of style.


Welsby, D. A. 2002. The medieval kingdoms of Nubia: Pagans, Christians and Muslims along the Middle Nile. London.

[Cite in text as Welsby 2002, 34].

For multiple publications of the same author in a single year, use 2006a, 2006b, etc.

Books in series:

Demarée, R. J. 2005. The Bankes late Ramesside PapyriBritish Museum Research Publication 155. London.

[Cite in text as Demarée 2005, 15].


Smoláriková, K. 2006. Recent identification of Greek imports from Kom Firin. JEA 92: 263–67.

[Cite in text as Smoláriková 2006, 265].

Chapters in edited volumes:

Kuper, R. 2002. Routes and roots in Egypt’s Western Desert: The early Holocene resettlement of the Eastern Sahara. In Egypt and Nubia: Gifts of the desert, R. Friedman (ed.),1–12. London.

[Cite in text as Kuper 2002, 7].

Web pages

References to electronic publications should follow the same broad format, giving the conventional reference and the URL, with the latest date of access in square brackets.

Singer, I. 2006. The failed reforms of Akhenaten and Muwatalli. BMSAES 6: 37–58.  [15 June 2009].

References to artwork and photographs: All artwork and photographs will be placed at the end of your paper; both are to be referenced in the text as 'Fig. 1,' etc. Please do not use further subdivisions, such as Fig.1a, Fig.1b, etc.

Use of images

You may submit line, greyscale or colour images to accompany your article in digital format. Please avoid sending any original drawings except where absolutely necessary.

Where possible, images should be supplied as TIFF files with a minimum resolution of 300dpi at the final publication size. If compression is necessary, please choose the LZW option. JPEGs can be accepted if of sufficient quality and resolution.

You may include as many illustrations as you want, and there is no restriction on colour, but please ensure they are all highly relevant to your article.

Abstract and key words

Please provide an abstract of up to 150 words of the article. This will be what readers will first see of the article. It will also be included in the Annual Egyptological Bibliography. Please provide a list of keywords for use in future indexes.

We may modify abstracts and keywords if necessary. All queries should be addressed to the editors:


Once a paper has been published and to maintain academic integrity, no changes can be made to the original file. We will, however, be happy to publish corrections or additions.

Looted material

We will not publish an article about material which may be considered looted.


It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all the necessary permissions to publish material submitted to BMSAES. In particular, please check that these permissions include online publication. We are unable to obtain a copyright on your behalf.

Format of the published paper

Papers will be made available as PDF files, as this format allows greater control over text formatting, and files will print as they appear on screen. PDF files can be viewed with Adobe Reader. You can download the latest free version of Adobe Reader from

You can include hyperlinks within PDF files, and references to British Museum objects should include links to the online collection database: