Gladius is the most important Spanish scholarly journal devoted to the study of Ancient and Medieval Weapons, Military History, Warfare and Cultural Life in Europe, America and the East. It is an annually published scientific journal subsidized and supervised by the Hoffmeyer Institute for the Study of Ancient Weapons of the CSIC Institute of Archaeology of Mérida in the framework of a patronage made up by CSIC, Junta de Extremadura, Diputación de Cáceres, National Heritage, Caja de Extremadura and the Municipal Council of Jaraíz de la Vera. Gladius covers the following subjects: Arms, Military History and Polemology, from the earliest times until the end of the 18th century, mainly in the Iberian Peninsula, Europe, Islam and the Americas, although other contributions will be considered. It also contains a section on scientific discussion and reviews. Accepted languages are Spanish, English and French, but other languages of scientific relevance can be considered.

Gladius is indexed in Arts & Humanities Citation Index, A&HCI (ISI, USA); Bibliography of the History of Art, BHA (Ovid, USA); L’Annee Philologique, APH (SIBC, FRA); Regesta Imperii (Regesta Imperii, GER); ISOC (CSIC, SPA); Latindex (in Catalogue) and European Reference Index for the Humanities, ERIH (ESF).