Papers submitted to Prometheus should not be so technical or specialised that they cannot be appreciated by a readership that includes academics, practitioners and policy makers and excludes no one. The general editor will be glad to offer advice to authors before formal submission.

Papers should be submitted as email attachments to the general editor at The submission should identify the Prometheus editor considered most appropriate to handle the submission. Desk review will determine whether the paper is suited to the journal and ready for peer review. A paper that passes desk review will be allocated to an appropriate editor who will take charge of its peer review and will ultimately decide whether it should be published in Prometheus. Prometheus selects referees who are experts in each paper’s subject, but referees provide only advice to the editor and do not determine a paper’s fate. Because expert referees are likely to know who is writing in the area, Prometheus adopts a single blind review system: referees are anonymous, but not authors. Always the aim is that authors should find refereeing rigorous and helpful. All submissions will be acknowledged, and every effort will be made to ensure rapid processing. Prometheus does not use an automated manuscript submission system and authors should feel free to contact editors at any time.

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Instructions for Authors

Prometheus considers all papers on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Prometheus, that they have not been published already, and they are not under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere.

1. General guidelines

  • Papers are accepted only in English. Either British or American spelling is acceptable, but consistency is essential.
  • Abstracts of about 250 words should accompany all papers submitted.
  • There is no prescribed length of paper.
  • Submitted papers need not be in Prometheus house style, though authors will be required to put accepted papers into the journal’s style.
  • Full names of all authors, their affiliations, postal and email addresses, and phone numbers should appear on the cover page of the submitted paper. One author should be identified as the corresponding author.
  • Biographical notes on contributors are not required.
  • Non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms are not acceptable.

2. Figures

  • It is in the author’s interest to provide the highest quality figure format possible.
  • Figures must be saved separately from the text. Please do not embed figures in the paper’s file.
  • Figures should be saved in one of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript).
  • All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).
  • Figure captions must be saved separately as part of the file containing the complete text of the paper and numbered correspondingly.

3. Reproduction of copyright material

Contributors are required to secure permission for the reproduction of any figure or extensive extract from the text of a source that is copyrighted or owned by another party. This applies to direct reproduction as well as ‘derivative reproduction’, where the contributor has created a new figure or table that derives substantially from a copyrighted source. Authors are themselves responsible for the payment of any permission fees required by the copyright owner. Copies of permission letters should be sent with the manuscript upon submission to the general editor.

4. Supplementary online material

Authors are welcome to submit animations, movie files, sound files or any additional information for online publication.