Roman Emperors Article Guide
An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors
BUILDING The DIR
GUIDELINES FOR ARTICLES
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Cyberspace imposes no mechanical restriction on the size of a DIR article: authors and editors can decide how long an article needs to be to cover the topic in depth appropriate to the DIR's mission. One should note, however, that shorter articles save on load time and allow users to take greater advantage of hypertext linking to other relevant resources.
For clarity and ease of reference, all but the shortest articles should be articulated into subsections. Place section titles on the left margin. All articles should include, as a final section, Bibliography. This section should list bibliographical references for the works used in writing the article and for other sources that readers interested in pursuing the topic may wish to consult. Authors should follow the conventions of the Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian) when formatting bibliographical items, as for footnotes accompanying the text. Footnotes or parenthetical notes within the text should cite primary sources, using standard abbreviations such as are tabulated in LSJ, the OLD, or the OCD. See the article on Constantine I in the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies as a model of formatting.
Some points of style for the DIR
- Italicize titles of primary and secondary sources and words in foreign languages. Authors may italicize text for emphasis, but sparingly.
- Spell out centuries in lower-case letters (e.g., second century, fourteenth century); when used as adjectives, they should be hyphenated (e.g., third-century crisis). DIR editors generally use the old-fashioned B.C. and A.D.
- Numbers should be spelled out, if they can be spelled out in one or two words, unless they precede a unit of measure.
- Hypertext links may be included in articles. An editor will insert links to existing DIR pages into your article, or you may encode the material yourself. Please note that links to sites beyond the DIR should not be preceded by an icon.
If you have any questions about these guidelines, please e-mail the Managing Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.