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Soon hundred-year-old, Syria journal aims, since its creation in 1920, at offering to the learned world a reference tool on Ancient Syria in the following fields: archaeology, history and art history, Syria being understood in its ancient meaning, that is including all the five current states (Syria, Lebanon Jordan, Israel and Palestinian Territories). But, actually, works on Cyprus, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, the Turkish Southeast, even Iran or the Caucasus, are regularly welcomed by the review since these regions maintain with Syria regular and narrow relations. The covered chronological period runs from the Prehistory until the Muslim conquest.

The editorial policy has varied according to the specific needs for every period ; at present Syria favours several types of studies. First of all, this is the place where the archaeological missions and the researchers are invited to present, in a synthetic way, the works carried out in the diverse mentioned countries, whether it is about French or foreign missions. On the other hand, Syria offers to their readers synthesis from confirmed researchers and young researchers, notably native of Middle East countries. Finally, for several years, Syria publishes proceedings of colloquiums or panels on a defined subject (recently on Aramaic, or the Ancient Baths of Jordan).

Naturally, Syria dedicates a special place to the reviews of learned works in the domain and is not afraid of arousing debates on controversial subjects.

Syria publishes articles in French, in English, in German, in Italian, and all the articles contain summaries in French, English and Arabic.

Evaluation of an article submitted to Syria

Articles have to follow the recommendations to the authors. Any article received before December and accepted is published in the delivery of the next year.

The editorial committee examines the article and expresses a first opinion as for its relevance and its potential publication in Syria. The article is then submitted for reading and advice to two, sometimes three experts chosen among a panel of about 80 French and foreign researchers.

Following this pear-review, a synthesis is elaborated by the editor-in-chief, Maurice Sartre, who makes a decision (accepted, revised version requested, rejected) and informs the author. The revised article, if necessary, is resubmitted to the experts for validation before decision by the editor-in-chief.

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