Information for Contributors

IMSA is an annual, peer-reviewed, online journal. All submitted manuscripts are appraised by the editorial board and subjected to peer review. A manuscript may then be turned down or the authors may be asked for revisions as a condition for acceptance. Scholars from all fields of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies who have worked on objects in the Israel Museum’s collections or would like to embark on such work are encouraged to submit their papers to the editorial board. Studies on broader aspects of these disciplines not directly related to the museum collections are also eligible for publication. Manuscripts can be sent to the editor at or mailed on a USB drive to: Dr. Ruth Jackson-Tal, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, POB 71117, Jerusalem 9171002, Israel. A cover letter with the title, author's name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address should accompany all submissions. Contributions should be submitted in both word and pdf formats, accompanied by print-quality digital files of all the figures. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to reproduce any material protected by copyright. If figures or tables are to be placed within the text, their positions should be indicated by a caption. Contributions with special fonts must include a note naming the font.

The preferred language for submissions is English and the journal abides by American spelling conventions. References to published works and other notes must be incorporated, in parentheses, within the body of the article, citing the work by author’s last name; year of publication; page; and plate, figure, or table number. Separate citations containing two or more references by semicolons.


(Stern 2010: 105–108);

(Spaer 2001: 153, pl. 23:282)

(Weksler-Bdolah and Di Segni 2020)

(Matthews, Pollard, and Ramage 1998: 195)

(David et al. 2022: 230–240) - (for items containing more than three authors).

Reference lists should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

Book by a single author

Galavaris, G.
1970    Bread and the Liturgy: The Symbolism of Early Christian and Byzantine Bread Stamps. Madison, Milwaukee, and London.

Book by more than one author

Ovadiah, R., and Ovadiah, A.
1987    Hellenistic, Roman, and Early Byzantine Mosaic Pavements inIsrael. Rome.

Book with editor as author

Tsafrir, Y., ed.
1993    Ancient Churches Revealed. Jerusalem.

Book in a series

Bagatti, B.
2001    Ancient Christian Villages of Galilee. Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. Collectio Minor, no. 37. Jerusalem.

Chapter or titled part of a book

Welles, C. B.
1938    The Inscriptions. In Gerasa: City of the Decapolis, ed. C. H. Kraeling, 355–494. New Haven.

Journal article

Rahmani, L. Y.
1988    Roman Lead Coffins in the Israel Museum Collection. The Israel Museum Journal 7: 47–60.

Entry in a reference work (encyclopaedia, lexicon, dictionary)

Stager, L. E.
1993    Ashkelon. The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land 1: 103–12.Jerusalem.