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Basic policies and principles for Dumbarton Oaks Papers.


Dumbarton Oaks Papers charges no fees for publication and there are no article processing charges (APCs); we happily print images, including color images, without requiring subventions

Peer Review

The peer review we conduct is double-blind: neither an author’s nor a reviewer’s identity is revealed to the other. Peer reviewers are asked to read a submission closely and deeply; understand its argument, content, and significance for Byzantine studies; and write a report that reflects that comprehension, with helpful, specific feedback.

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. We expect authors and peer reviewers to disclose any potential conflicts of interest.

Articles are typically sent to two external reviewers but may be sent to more at the Editorial Board’s discretion. The review process typically takes four to six months. Final decisions are made by a consensus of the editors in consultation with the editorial board.

ANSI/NISO Z39.106-2023, Standard Terminology for Peer Review:
Identity transparency: Double anonymized
Reviewer interacts with Editor
Review information published: None

Publication Frequency

Dumbarton Oaks Papers is published annually in print and online in open access. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and the review process typically takes four to six months. We do not publish corrigenda.


Dumbarton Oaks Papers adheres to the COPE Core Practices for publishing scholarly literature.

Any plagiarism—either of text or of ideas—is strictly forbidden, and if discovered, will result in the immediate rejection of any submission and the retraction of any already published material.


Dumbarton Oaks Papers is made available open access on this site through the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND license. Copyright of all articles is retained by Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University.



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