Pompeii - Journal for Junior Scholarship

Publication Guidelines


Important Notice

Pompeii is not accepting new paper submissions for 2012. We are currently reorganizing the architecture of the forum. We will return to accepting submissions and new members for the boards in early 2013. All previous publications remain available for public access on this site. 


Manuscripts will be reviewed by our editors according to general standards of publication, which we expect contributors to uphold.


Pompeii: Young Scholars for Collaborative Academe in International Perspective is the meeting of the wisdom of academe with new energy from the next generation of scholars. We intend for Pompeii to be a venue for junior scholars in all disciplines and for those whose work crosses established fields of scholarly inquiry or is interdisciplinary in perspective.


Editorial Policy

Pompeii-Project is a first of its kind. We are devoted to the publication of junior scholars under conditions of peer-review in an open-access format.

Ideally, contributors should not hold or have held a tenure-track or tenured position. However, we do encourage those recently tenured or tenure-track scholars who still consider themselves part of the young academe to submit their work.

We accept contributions within the wider scope of the Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

We accept essays on contemporary debates of political, social, scientific or cultural importance.

We accept (within limits) literature, poetry, and video documentaries that fall within the scope of our thematic streams.

We encourage contributors to present their work in a fashion that makes it accessible for interdisciplinary and public debate.

We encourage submissions which are free of jargon, and which fully explicate their theoretical concepts.



All manuscripts must be original material. The essential contribution may not be submitted elsewhere while under review with Pompeii pending final decision. Articles involving research on human subjects must provide evidence that the research was subject to appropriate ethical review.

Upon acceptance the author will be asked to assign copyright (under certain conditions) to Pompeii.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not hold copyright for worldwide publication in all forms and media, including electronic publication, and for ensuring that appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscripts. The editorial team agrees to try and help  contributors to ensure that all copyright requirements have been satisfied.

Potential contributors should include a cover letter.

The cover letter should indicate into which stream the contribution should be included. It must confirm that the material is original and not currently under review elsewhere, and that studies on which the research is based have been subject to appropriate ethical review. Authors must also note any competing interests, intellectual or financial, in the research detailed in the manuscript. The cover letter must be signed by all authors and sent as a digital copy

The title page should include name, institutional affiliation, and address of all authors. Please provide a word count.

We expect bibliographical references in APA style at the end of the text (see Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 4th Ed.). However, we understand that contributions from a literary or history background use MLA and Chicago, respectively. Therefore, we ask that you choose a reference style appropriate to your discipline and use it consistently.

Each contribution has to be sent as a Word Document  (Word 2003 compatible or lower) in Standard  Point 12 Times New Roman (1.5 Spaced). We expect manuscripts to be fit for print. All other formats and manuscripts with severe shortcomings in orthography/grammar/etc. will not be processed.

We prefer contributions to be sent in English. However, we do accept manuscripts in Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. We caution contributors that review in languages other than English may take substantially longer than those submitted in English.

Research and Essay contributions should be no longer than ca. 65.000 characters or ca. 25 pages.

Comments or reviews should be about five pages long, essays twelve pages at the least.

Student papers must come attached with a brief comment by the institutional supervisor, explaining briefly why the paper in question is to be regarded as extraordinary.

All Essays and Student Papers must come attached with a summary (about half a page) in English (or in the contributor's language) as well as a short biography of each author (including affiliation and contact details) which will be published along with the contribution.

For contributors who use APA, endnotes should be kept at a minimum and feature information relevant for further research or context of the argument. 

If a manuscript is denied publication, this decision is final.

It is unusual that a manuscript will be accepted without revisions. In many cases, the manuscript will be returned with the status "needs revision". Authors will be provided with suggestions for improvement and revision by the peer reviewers. The editor will write a letter back to the contributor that synthesizes the responses from the peer reviewers. If the manuscript does not meet our standards after two rounds of revision, it will be rejected. This decision is final.

We do not publish commercial or political advertisements of any kind nor any  statements of ideology that violate the standards of scholarship

Any contribution in violation of the regulations will be removed, and authors held legally accountable if necessary. 

 We do everything in our power to proceed as swiftly as possible with the review and to help authors towards producing a manuscript fit for publication. But there is no guarantee that a manuscript will be published, nor are there preset timetables for the review process.