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Dumbarton Oaks Papers

Annual journal covering all aspects of Byzantine studies

The annual journal Dumbarton Oaks Papers was founded in 1941 for the publication of articles relating to Byzantine civilization—society and culture from roughly the fourth through the fifteenth century in the Roman Empire and in successor and neighboring states. The journal treats sources not only in medieval Greek but in other premodern languages, including Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopic, Georgian, Latin, Old Church Slavonic, and Syriac. All articles fall into at least one of the following fields and disciplines:

  • art (including book illumination, metalwork, mosaics, painting, sculpture, and textiles) and iconography
  • archaeology (including architecture, ceramics, fieldwork, glasswork, and topography)
  • codicology
  • epigraphy
  • historiography
  • history (including economic, intellectual, military, political, religious, and social) and historical writing
  • language
  • law
  • literature
  • liturgy
  • music
  • numismatics
  • palaeography
  • science
  • sigillography

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Articles should be written in English. Preference is given to articles of substantial length—at least 10,000 words, notes inclusive—but shorter pieces will be considered, particularly if they relate to objects in the Dumbarton Oaks collections.

Submissions are expected to advance a clear, significant, and original thesis and should not be under consideration elsewhere for publication. The Editorial Board reserves the right not to send out for review any submission deemed inappropriate or insufficiently developed. The peer review we conduct is double-blind: neither an author’s nor a reviewer’s identity is revealed to the other. Every submission should be stripped of any phraseology that might identify an author, not only in the main text and notes but also in the header, the footer, and the files’ metadata.

Articles should be prepared according to the style guide and list of abbreviations. Any recent issue of the journal may be consulted for examples. Authors are expected to secure and pay for any necessary image permissions, and prepare associated files according to our artwork submission guide.

Articles should be submitted here. Other inquiries should be sent to

Comprehensive lists of all articles are available here:

Digital versions of Dumbarton Oaks Papers are available through JSTOR.


Colin Whiting, Editor

Editorial Board

Dimiter Angelov

John Duffy

Ioli Kalavrezou