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Guideline for Contribution*



We welcome contributions related to the pre-Islamic Iranian studies, which may be submitted directly to the current editor of CAIS.


The publications are made only digitally, and decisions regarding whether submissions are to be published are made by the editor in consultation with the programme director of CAIS, and as appropriate, academic specialists. Contributions should be in English and generally no limit in length. The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author.



Most of the editing and formatting is done personally by the editor. However, please be aware that the editor does take an “activist” stance in regard to clarity and style, but his preference would be not to spend a lot of time re-writing. He is not in a position to check all your facts and references. It is essential that submissions follow some standard rules in order to minimise time-consuming problems:


a. Articles

Submit text formatted ONLY in Microsoft Word. Please supply full text, date of the article, notes and figures electronically - this may be done as an e-mail attachment, which should have a .doc file extension.

References to sources[**] should be included in the text in parentheses — e.g. (Smith 1992: 25). Endnotes should be used only if they contain some essential explanation that does not fit in the main text. A list of references should be included, with full bibliographic citations (author, including first name where available; title; vol. and number if a journal; place and publisher if a book; date; pages if an article or section of a book). Please include authors’ or scholars’ first names if referring to them in your text.

In references use standard transliteration. It is preferable for citations in other than West European languages that you provide both transliterated titles and, in parentheses, translated titles. We generally prefer not to include non-Latin characters (which may present problems in publishing digitally), but you may include them if you consider them to be essential for clarity. Your current editor is though specialist in Persian, but his ability to verify or correct citations in other languages of the region is limited.

Submit illustrations as separate files, not embedded/formatted in your text. It is important where possible and appropriate to include a map; photographs or drawings may greatly enhance the interest of your text. While we may be able to provide illustrations for your article, our resources are limited. Time constraints may prevent us from drawing maps. Illustrations could be any size. However, we can reduce images; but enlarging them may result in pixellation. Tiffs or jpegs are both acceptable. 300 dpi is minimum resolution; 600 dpi or above are better. If lettering a map or labeling a drawing, be sure the type face is sufficiently large to be legible and that there is sufficient contrast to distinguish letters from background.

While image files can be sent as e-mail attachments, if they are very large they may not be delivered by the mail system. Therefore, it is best to reduce them in size.

Append a list of captions for the illustrations to your text file and indicate in parentheses in your text where illustrations best be placed — e.g. (Fig. 1). Your list should indicate the sources of the images. If they are copyrighted, it is your responsibility to obtain copyright permission for their use in our non-profit educational on-line publication.

Be sure to provide contact information, including e-mail address, mailing address, phone, and, if available, fax. The editor often has questions for contributors and, in cases where a substantial amount of editing is necessary, prefers that the author approve the finished on-line copy before printing. In most circumstances though, we do not send proofs unless specifically requested to do so.

Optional: Include at the end of your article brief biographical information about yourself, and a even a personal-photo if you wish. Some readers might wish to contact you if you include in it an e-mail address.


b. Daily news-bulletins

Our daily news-bulletin is intended for a general readership. While it is important that contributions be well informed and be of interest to specialists, they should be written with a non-specialist audience in mind. This means, among other things, keeping footnoting to a minimum, using non-technical language, including transcription or transliteration of source texts only if essential to the reader’s understanding, and avoiding transliteration using diacritical marks where is possible. The production of the daily news-bulletin is by volunteers. 



If any part of your article is based on someone else's work, please give them credit. Suspect articles will be deleted without any prior notice [example].


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*Acknowledgement: Portions of this page have been excerpted from The Silk Road Foundation and Economic History Society.


**Avoid using Wikipedia as a source. Wikipedia is a large blog site that allows groups of people majority with no academic backgrounds or credentials to add and edit the information contained on the pages, which their source in most cases contain unreliable information. Therefore, we encourage you to use an alternative source to cite your article.




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