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Dumbarton Oaks Papers

An annual journal covering all aspects of Byzantine studies

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

Dumbarton Oaks Papers is published by:

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

1703 32nd St. NW

Washington, DC 20007

ISSN: 00707546

EISSN: 23259345

For Authors

Articles should be written in English. Preference is given to articles of substantial length (at least 10,000 words, notes inclusive). Shorter pieces are welcome for submission in our “Notes and Reports” section. These might be concise but particularly outstanding studies; reports on excavations funded by Dumbarton Oaks; discussions or reinterpretations of other significant archaeological material; or studies of 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. Initial submissions need not follow any particular style guide, but they must be complete and polished.

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, footer, and metadata. The review process typically takes four to six months.

Final submissions 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. Additional resources for authors can be found here.

Articles should be submitted here. Other inquiries should be sent to Dumbarton Oaks Papers adheres to the COPE Core Practices for publishing scholarly literature.

Past Issues

Digital versions of Dumbarton Oaks Papers are available through JSTOR.

Abstracts for recent volumes can be found here:

Vol. 75

Vol. 74

Vol. 73

Comprehensive lists of all articles are available here:


Dumbarton Oaks Papers is published annually. Current and previous issues may be ordered online. Standing orders may be placed by contacting customer service at 800-405-1619 or


Colin M. Whiting, Editor

Dumbarton Oaks

Nikos D. Kontogiannis, Editor

Dumbarton Oaks

Editorial Board

Dimiter Angelov

Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History

John Duffy

Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine Philology and Literature, Emeritus

Ioli Kalavrezou

Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine Art