Hyperboreus was founded by the Bibliotheca classicaPetropolitana in 1994 as the first academic journal in Russia since the 1917 revolution specializing in the field of classical studies. Scholars from the Classical Department of St. Petersburg State University, the St. Petersburg Institute of History (Russian Academy of Sciences) and St. Petersburg classical Gymnasium participated in the foundation of the journal. The editors value highly the support and advice of many Western European and American scholars during the foundation and subsequent activities of Hyperboreus.

The aims of Hyperboreus are to advance the study of classical antiquity in Russia and to encourage international cooperation in this field by publishing original articles and reviews of books in Russian, English, German, French, Italian, and Latin. The editors invite contributions in all areas of classical scholarship (language and literature, history, philosophy and sciences, papyrology, epigraphy, archaeology, arts) based primarily on the interpretation of classical sources.

Hyperboreus also aims at throwing light upon archaeological excavations of the classical sites on the Northern coast of the Black Sea region.

Hyperboreus publishes primarily articles on the period before 565 AD (the death of Justinian). Articles on subjects beyond this date, primarily on the history of classical scholarship, are published only in special volumes dedicated to papers read at the conferences hosted by the Bibliotheca Classica.

Hyperboreus is edited in two annual fascicles.

The annotations follow the bibliographical periodicals: Gnomon, L' Année philologique.

Hyperboreus is covered by the Scopus database. 

Publication Ethics

The publishing ethics of Hyperboreus are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) principles.


By submitting a paper or other work (a report, a review, etc.) for publication, the author thereby claims his or her authorship of it. In the case of a collaborative work, all coauthors should be listed with all necessary and correct information about them.

Institutions that provided funding for a research project resulting in the submitted work should be acknowledged, as well as institutions (museums, libraries, archives, etc.) that granted permission for the publication of materials used in the submitted work. It is expected that the author should mention and express gratitude to colleagues who contributed to the submitted work, including help that the author received as an MA and PhD student from her or his advisors; advice received from other scholars should also be correctly formulated and duly appreciated.

The information given in the paper on the sources and secondary literature used in the work should be full, correct, and in accordance with the journal’s rules of citation.

Any form of plagiarism is unacceptable and prohibited: the works of authors convicted of plagiarism will not be considered for publication in the future.

Simultaneous submission of a work to Hyperboreus and to another periodical will be considered to be unfriendly to the journal and may entail the refusal to consider works submitted by the author in the future.

Republishing one’s own previously published work is possible only exceptionally and on the condition of significant changes that should be clearly stated; in practice, only the republication of a work that has been previously edited in a language not belonging to international academic languages may be allowed.

Extensive self-citation is not welcomed.


Peer review procedures

Papers submitted to Hyperboreus are evaluated by the editors and by reviewers.

The primary evaluation is carried out by the editors (at least two editors read any submitted paper) who can themselves reject a paper as not fulfilling the journal’s scholarly standards. The papers that are provisionally accepted go through a double-blind peer review (usually one reviewer is involved, but in more problematic cases a second reviewer can be assigned).

The peer review process usually takes from two to three months.

The final decision on acceptance, rejection, and revision and its details belongs to the editors, who normally follow the opinion of the reviewer(s) but may in some cases disagree with it or modify it. The author is informed about the decision, usually in a detailed form, with an explanation of the grounds for rejection or with a list of obligatory or optional proposals for revision.

The editors of Hyperboreus take care about the impartiality of peer-reviewing and of their own decisions. The names of the authors and reviewers are not disclosed to each other. The editors try to avoid selecting reviewers who might be engaged in personal or academic conflicts with the authors whose work they reject. The decision of the editors is made collectively, by majority of votes, but normally informally.

Objections by the author against the decision of the editors are usually not considered, but in exceptional cases, in view of strong arguments adduced by the author, new reviewers can be assigned for a reconsideration.

A rejected paper submitted for a second time in a revised form will be considered by the editors, and a new procedure of consideration can be started.


Management of post-publication issues and possible correction/refutation of published articles

As a rule, an author’s objections to criticism of her/him in a paper published in Hyperboreus are not accepted.

Polemical articles that refute the academic subject treated earlier in articles published in Hyperboreus will be considered as usual articles.


Intellectual property policy

When sending materials for consideration by Hyperboreus, authors agree that acceptance of these materials for publication ensures their redistribution in accordance with the license Creative Commons | Attribution-NoDerivatives (this allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in its entirety, with attribution). At the same time, the copyright remains in full with the authors.


Open Access Policy

The articles published in Hyperboreus are freely available as downloadable pdfs (for personal use) on the journal’s website after an embargo period of three years per volume.



Guidelines for contributors

Please note that the rules for bibliographical references depend on the language of the paper. Guidelines for contributors can be downloaded here. For papers in Russian, please see the Russian version of this page.

The maximal length of a publication in one volume should not exceed 64 000 characters with spaces (not counting the bibliography and abstracts). Publications exceeding this limit will be split into two and more parts and published in several volumes. Shorter publications are welcome.

Priority is given to publications with a clear argument based upon interpretation of primary sources as well as to publications of new materials.

Contributions are accepted in Russian, Latin, English, German, French, and Italian. Papers are accompanied by a Russian and an English abstract and key words. Contributions should be sent as a file in MS Word and PDF format attached to an e-mail to hyperbicl (at) gmail.com.

The editorial board accepts or declines a contribution taking into account the opinion of anonymous referees. Authors are informed of the decision on acceptance or rejection of the submission usually within two months. Authors should send a copy of the fi nal version of their paper in Word and PDF format per e-mail after acceptance has been communicated by the editors. English summary and 3 to 5 key words should be attached to the final version.

Contributions and books for review should be sent to the address of the editorial board: Bibliotheca classica Petropolitana (Hyperboreus)
Address: Krasnogo Kursanta 6/9 (= Malyi pr. P.S. 9/6) 197198 St. Petersburg, Russia
E-mail: hyperbicl@gmail.com

Applications for subscription and obtaining of back-volumes should be addressed to the distributor of Hyperboreus, Verlag C.H. Beck (Oscar Beck), Wilhelmstr. 9, D-80801, Munich, Germany, mailing address 400340, D-80703 Munich, Germany.

Proposals for exchanges of journals should be addressed to the editors.

Editorial board

Nina AlmazovaSofia JegorovaDenis KeyerAlexander Verlinsky

Editorial committee

Michael von Albrecht, P. E. Easterling, Alexander K. Gavrilov, Jürgen Hammerstädt, Walter Lapini, Carlo M. Lucarini, Douglas Olson, Dmitry Panchenko, Stephan Rebenich