Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

eTopoi is a bilingual magazine which is published by the Excellence Cluster Topoi. It is an open access periodical, and all articles are available as PDF documents free of charge. In addition, eTopoi does not charge authors any publication or submission fees. eTopoi provides a forum of exchange between all disciplines in the area of classical and ancient studies, from pre- and early history to Egyptology and Near Eastern studies, to classical archaeology, classical philosophy, linguistics, literary studies, theories of science, and theology, and extending to other disciplines as well. Envisioned for inclusion in particular are articles dealing with the shaping and transformation of spatial structures and knowledge systems in ancient societies, as well as with perceptions of and reflections on these phenomena. The focus is on innovative forms of interdisciplinary collaboration, including geoscientific-archaeological projects and ones in computational archaeology, in the history of knowledge, and in historical geography. The magazine hence mirrors the orientations of both research institutes, the disciplines they represent, and the networks of partner institutions with which they are affiliated. It is available as a platform to all interested researchers worldwide.



  • Individual contributions from the above-named disciplines
  • Research Reports from projects of the Excellence Cluster Topoi
  • Publications from conferences organized by the Excellence Cluster Topoi
  • eTopoi Reviews: book features and reviews of literature dealing with spatial aspects of ancient societies
  • eTopoi Conference Reports: reports on conferences organized by the excellence cluster Topoi and other research institutes



Section Policies


Individual articles from the various fields of ancient and classical studies may be submitted at any time. Contributions need not be written by researchers belonging to either the Excellence Cluster Topoi or the Berliner Antike-Kolleg. Publication proceeds immediately following the conclusion of review procedures. The focus of interest is in particular on research papers from fields in ancient and classical studies which emphasize the spatial aspects of the cultures under investigation. Debate and analysis concerning theoretical and methodological approaches are explicitly prioritized.

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Research Reports

Research reports from Topoi projects are submitted via the spokespersons of the respective areas. Before submission, each report must be evaluated and approved by the area spokesperson, and where necessary, returned to the author(s) for revisions.

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Conference Publication

Published in special thematic issues are collections of papers delivered at conferences of the Excellence Cluster Topoi. Such articles appear immediately after approval. Once the final contribution has been submitted, the respective volume is closed. Decision to accept or decline submissions are made at the discretion of the individual volume editor. Contributions may also appear later in printed form in conference volumes in the series »Topoi: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World,« published by de Gruyter.

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eTopoi Review

Appearing in the Reviews Section are discussions of publications in a variety of media, including books, publication series, CD-Roms, online magazines, etc. The focus is on titles dedicated to space-related phenomena in ancient cultures. This section is designed to provide an overview of the pertinent literature and to provide an impetus for discussions of new methodological approaches.

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eTopoi Conference Report

The Conference Section contains reports on conferences, congresses, symposia, workshops, and on the meetings of working groups. The focus is on conferences of the Excellence Cluster Topoi. Conference reports provide up-to-date information on events while contributing to vigorous scholarly discussion. Presented alongside the dates of the respective conferences are abstracts of papers scheduled for presentation, thereby promoting fresh dialogue.

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Geographie – Kunst – Narration. Die Verschränkung von Raum und Wissen

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Handeln – Kategorisieren – Transformieren. Diskursive Aushandlungen von Raumwissen

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Konstruktion – Rezeption – Distinktion. Wissensräume als Forschungsgegenstand und Strategie

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Peer Review Process

Submissions which have been in principle accepted by the editorial team for peer-review will be further examined in a general evaluation process by a competent communicator. The communicator functions as an editor of the particular article and is personally named. The communicator also determines two peer reviewers, who evaluate the article anonymously („double blind peer review“). Finally, the communicator decides when the article is ready for publication.

The entire evaluation process is accompanied by and supported by the eTopoi editorial team.


Open Access Policy

eTopoi provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Publication Process

Provided the editors agree, contributions accepted for publication may also be supplied in languages other than German or English (the two languages of eTopoi) in addition to the version approved for publication. If a text is to be published in one language only, authors must supply proposed titles, abstracts, and keywords in the other required languages.

Full texts and abstracts are examined by native speakers, and final versions edited in the form of PDF documents. Authors receive PDF versions via email for review. All changes made to original manuscripts during the editing process are highlighted; incorporated as well are inquiries and suggestions for corrections. Authors are expected to carefully review PDF documents, which correspond to the page proofs of traditional publishing practices, and to convey final suggestions for corrections where appropriate. Finally, authors issue final approval for the publication of PDF documents.