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Journal of Ancient Civilizations (JAC)


Journal of Ancient Civilizations (JAC)


The JOURNAL OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS (JAC; ISSN: 1004-9371) is published annually in two fascicles by the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations.


JAC provides a forum for the discussion of various aspects of the cultural and historical processes in the Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean world, encompassing studies of individual civilizations as well as common elements, contacts and interactions among them (in such traditional fields as Assyriology, Classics, Egyptology, Hittitology, and Sinology among others). JAC aims at publishing the work of international scholars while also providing a showcase for the finest Chinese scholarship, and so welcomes articles dealing with history, philology, art, archaeology and linguistics which are intended to illuminate the material culture and society of the ancient Near East, the Mediterranean region, and ancient China. Articles discussing other cultures will be considered for publication only if they are clearly relevant to the ancient Mediterranean world, the Near East and China. Information about new discoveries and current scholarly events is also welcome. Publishers are encouraged to send articles or review copies of books in relevant fields.


35 volumes of JAC have hitherto been published (for a contents list, click here; former volumes can be downloaded here; licensed access also available via the China Academic Journals Full-text Database of CNKI). From volume 31 (2016) on, JAC publishes double blind peer-reviewed articles, research surveys and reviews. All contributions must be the original work of the author(s) named. It is in the responsibility of the author(s) to indicate any source or secondary literature used directly or indirectly. Articles must not have been published in, or submitted to, another publication at the time of submission. All submitted articles are first carefully read by at least two editors of JAC (list of editors), who will give a detailed feedback to the author. Articles (excluding book reviews or research reports) are afterwards reviewed anonymously by at least two referees in the specific field, appointed by the editorial board. The whole peer-review process as well as any judgment is based on the quality of the article and research conducted therein only. In cases where the reviewers recommend changes in the manuscript, authors are requested to revise their articles. The final approval of articles is at the editorial board. Throughout the whole peer-review process, articles are treated confidentially. In case of (alleged or supposed) interest conflict, misconduct or plagiarism of any party involved the editor in chief and/or the chief executive director (or, if necessary, another member of the editorial board) will pursue the case and should the situation of taking action arise, will notify the respective party. The whole peer review process is regularly evaluated by the editorial board, and welcomes any suggestions or enquiries from contributors, reviewers or third parties. With acceptance, the JAC gets the exclusive licence to publish the respective contribution. If a paper includes textual or illustrative material not in the author's copyright, the author must obtain permission from the relevant copyright owner for the non-exclusive right to reproduce the material worldwide in all forms and media. JAC can grant permission and copyright of individual papers upon request. Please contact the Chief Executive Director.


We owe our peer reviewers, experts in the specific fields from all over the world, a deep debt of gratitude for their contribution to JAC. A list of the peer reviewers will be published here on the webpage from time to time.


If you want to submit an article to JAC, we are pleased to offer you guidelines as well as a style sheet for download.


All communications, manuscripts, disks and books for review should be sent to the Editor in Chief, Prof. Dr. Qiang Zhang, or the Chief Executive Director, Prof. Dr. Sven Günther, M.A. The editorial board of JAC can be found here.



Contact details:

Journal of Ancient Civilizations (JAC)

c/o Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC)

Northeast Normal University

5268 Renmin Street

130024 Changchun

Jilin Province

People’s Republic of China

Editor in Chief: Prof. Dr. Qiang Zhang (email: xiaoheizhang@hotmail.com)

Chief Executive Director: Prof. Dr. Sven Günther, M.A. (email: sveneca@aol.com)

URL: http://ihac.nenu.edu.cn/ENGLISH/JAC.htm