About the Journal

Pylon aims to publish high quality research on Arabic, Coptic, Demotic, Greek and Latin texts in a timely manner. New editions of papyri and inscriptions or corrections to previously published texts are especially sought. General studies based on papyrological and inscriptionsl evidence that relate to any aspect of Greco-Roman society in Egypt are also welcome. Articles can be in English, French, German and Italian.

Pylon (ancient Greek πυλών or "gateway") is the open-access OJS journal of the Papyrological Publishing Platform (P3), a collaborative project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and led by Heidelberg University's Institute for Papyrology and University Library and Duke University's Collaborative for Classics Computing in the United States. The goal of P3 is to facilitate data transfer between scholarly journals and the papyrological data repository papyri.info, as it converts transcriptions of ancient texts to EpiDoc for easy transfer to papyri.info. The journal is perceived as a central gateway for this, hence its name.

Although Pylon is primarily an online journal that publishes XML, it also provides PDFs of all articles for download. These are generated automatically from the XML and are not subject to traditional formatting.

There is no fee for publishing. Information on the submission process can be found here. Questions can also be directed to any of the editors.


All submissions are evaluated on the basis of their intellectual content without regard for such factors as the age, citizenship, academic degree, gender, political beliefs, race, religion or sexual orientation of the author(s). Manuscripts are handled with confidentiality and their contents will not be shared with anyone not involved in the review process without the written consent of the author(s). 

Ethics Statement

The journal is committed to the open dissemination of ideas and, in general, orients itself to the recommendations of the Association Internationale de Papyrologues, which can be found here. It condemns the illicit trade in antiquities. Any author who wishes to publish an editio princeps should disclose the origins, acquisition, and ownership history (i.e., 'provenance') of the object(s) to the extent that these can be determined. Private owners who stand to benefit from the publication and scholarly authentication of their property cannot remain anonymous. The journal reserves the right to refuse an article that does not provide adequate documentation of provenance.

Copyright & Licensing

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication of their work under a Creative Commons License (CC-BY-NC-SA) that allows non-commercial use provided its original authorship in Pylon is fully attributed. Links to articles and PDFs can be shared on whatever platforms authors choose without any further restrictions.


Articles are made available for inclusion in LOCKSS and CLOCKSS archival systems.