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Antiquity is an international peer-reviewed journal of world archaeology. The journal is published quarterly in March, June, September and December and is read by archaeology professionals and enthusiasts worldwide.

Submissions are invited in the following categories:

Submit a paper

Antiquity uses a secure and confidential online submission and peer-review system.

Detailed help on how to submit is available both prior to submission and throughout the submission process.

Our electronic submission and peer-review system also enables you to track the progress of your submission online at any time.

If you have any difficulty using our online system please contact the Editorial Office (assistant [at] antiquity [dot] ac [dot] uk) and we will do our best to help you.

See our submission instructions below before submitting a paper.

Research

Max. 5000 words and 12 illustrations
Papers presenting new research. Antiquity is interested in all research questions, in all periods and all parts of the world.

To be eligible for consideration, authors are advised to demonstrate that their research is likely to interest our global readership.

Method

Max. 3000 words and 8 illustrations
Papers presenting new method. All types of archaeological method are of interest, whether survey, excavation or analysis.

To be eligible for consideration by Antiquity, the method should be newly developed or newly applied.

Debate

Max. 3000 words and 6 illustrations
Papers presenting matters of interest to the archaeology profession and its interaction with society.

To be eligible for consideration, papers are expected to treat matters that are potentially of global significance and are controversial and/or would stimulate discussion.

Project Gallery*

Max. 1000 words and 6 illustrations
Project Gallery articles are free-to-access, online-only and are intended to showcase projects and ideas of international status.

Project Gallery also welcomes contributions to archaeological biography and history and responses to published articles.


Peer review

If you have been assigned a manuscript for review, please visit our review site.

You will need your username and password to log in to access the manuscript and submit your review.

If you would like a reminder, please email assistant [at] antiquity [dot] ac [dot] uk.

*Project Gallery articles are published online only and are not usually peer-reviewed.

Please note that the word limits stated MUST include all text. This includes acknowledgements, references, tables and all figure and table captions. Any submission which substantially exceeds the published word limit may be returned to the author(s).

Before submitting an article, please make sure you have read the Submission instructions below.

Submission instructions

Submission process

All submissions are considered by the Editor in the first instance. Suitable papers are peer-reviewed by a minimum of two experts. Peer-reviewers (also known as Referees) are selected for their knowledge and expertise and may include, but are not limited to, Antiquity's Editorial Advisory Board. Submissions are assessed on the potential interest of new archaeological discoveries, ideas and methods and their likely global significance.

If you are unsure whether a paper is suitable for Antiquity, please contact the Editor prior to submission (editor [at] antiquity [dot] ac [dot] uk).

Authors are strongly advised to inspect copies of Antiquity and to read the instructions below before submitting a manuscript. Submitted manuscripts that do not adhere to Antiquity's standards may be returned to the author(s).

Resubmissions of papers previously declined may be considered when invited by the editor. Please note that the opportunity to resubmit a paper in no way indicates acceptance. All resubmissions will be subject to further peer-review.

Responses to published articles should be submitted to the Project Gallery.

The editor regrets that he is unable to enter into correspondence regarding articles which are not accepted for publication.

Submission declaration

As part of the submission process authors will be required to confirm that the substance of the content presented has not been published previously and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.

Proofs and offprints

Authors will receive a proof of their article as a PDF file. Please note that only typographical or factual errors may be corrected at proof stage. Antiquity reserves the right to charge authors for correction of non-typographical errors.

Authors will also receive a PDF file of the published article. Authors may send this either electronically or as a hard copy to friends and colleagues. Please see the 'Archiving & e-Repositories' tab, left, for our policy in relation to the inclusion of published work in institutional e-repositories and personal web pages.

Manuscript preparation: Research, Method and Debate

Please follow the guidelines below when creating a manuscript for Research, Method or Debate articles.

Structure

Manuscripts should be structured as follows:

  • Article title
  • Author's names and contact details for publication
  • Text (DO NOT include an abstract)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Figure captions
  • Tables
  • Supplementary material

DO NOT include the cover letter in the body of the manuscript.

Line spacing

Text should be prepared in 1.5-line-spacing.

Footnotes

The use of footnotes is prohibited in all manuscripts.

Word limits

Word limits are as follows:

  • Research: 5000 words
  • Method: 3000 words
  • Debate: 3000 words

The word limit MUST include all text. This includes acknowledgements, references, tables and all figure and table captions. Any submission which substantially exceeds the published word limit may be returned to the author(s).

Supplementary material may be submitted. This is not included in the word limits above and will be published online only (subject to acceptance).

Do not include an abstract.

Manuscript file formats

Wherever possible you are required to submit the manuscript as a single Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file containing all text, tables and figures. For detailed information on how to generate a PDF file go to instructions for creating PDFs.

DO NOT include the cover letter in your main manuscript PDF file, you will be asked to provide this on the submission pages.

If you cannot submit your manuscript as a PDF file, you may submit separate text and graphics files. Our preferred text format is Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx). If you are unable to provide this format please contact the Editorial Office (assistant [at] antiquity [dot] ac [dot] uk) for advice. If submitting your manuscript as a Word file, DO NOT embed figures in the text. Accepted figure formats for manuscripts are: .bmp, .eps, .gif, .jpg and .jpeg, .tif and .tiff.

Supplemental file formats

We accept the following file types as supplemental files. Please note, if the reviewers selected for your paper cannot view the file type you have submitted, you may be asked to supply a different format.

  • Microsoft Suite formats: Excel (.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx), Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Video/Animation formats: .avi, .mpg and .mpeg, .mov, .qt, .swf, .wmv
  • Protein DataBank format: .pdb
  • Vector graphics: .eps, .pdf

Please keep all files as small as possible. Supplemental files should not exceed 20MB.

Publication image formats and specifications

If your paper is accepted, you will be asked to provide separate high-resolution, publication-quality graphics in .tif/.tiff or .eps format for print and online publication. It is therefore best for the initial submission to create any graphics using applications that are capable of preparing acceptable images in these formats.

Resolutions must be 300dpi or higher and image dimensions should be either half-page width (65mm) or full-page width (135mm). The maximum acceptable height is 185mm.

Use uniform lettering on figures and ensure that the text on all figures accords with Antiquity's text preparation guidelines. Maps and plans must include an accurate scale and north point.

There is no charge to authors for publication of colour images.

Manuscript preparation: Project Gallery

Project Gallery articles are online only and are not usually peer-reviewed. Please note that the Editor will not accept reports primarily about local or regional surveys, sites or artefacts; which should be properly directed to the national records and journals of the country concerned. Responses to published articles will be sent to the original author for comment.

Please follow the guidelines below when creating a manuscript for the Project Gallery.

Structure

Manuscripts should be structured as follows:

  • Article title
  • Author's names and contact details for publication
  • Text (DO NOT include an abstract)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Figure captions
  • Tables
  • Supplementary material

DO NOT include the cover letter in the body of the manuscript.

Line spacing

Text should be prepared in 1.5-line-spacing.

Footnotes

The use of footnotes is prohibited in all manuscripts.

Word limits

The word limit for Project Gallery articles is 1000 words.

The word limit MUST include all text. This includes acknowledgements, references, tables and all figure and table captions. Any submission which substantially exceeds the published word limit may be returned to the author(s).

Do not include an abstract.

Manuscript file formats

Please submit the manuscript and all tables as a single text file. Our preferred text format is Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx). If you are unable to provide this format please contact the Editorial Office (assistant [at] antiquity [dot] ac [dot] uk) for advice.

Figures should be submitted as separate high-quality .jpg/.jpeg or .tif/.tiff files (see below). DO NOT embed figures in the text of your manuscript.

Image formats and specifications

Figures for the Project Gallery should be submitted separately from the text as high-quality .jpg/.jpeg or .tif/.tiff files. Resolutions must be 72dpi or higher and image dimensions should be 900 x 700 pixels or higher. Images should NOT include borders — these will be added when published.

Use uniform lettering on figures and ensure that the text on all figures accords with Antiquity's text preparation guidelines below. Maps and plans must include an accurate scale and north point.

Archiving & e-Repositories

A copy of the final pre-proof text of an article may be placed in an author's institutional e-repository after an 18-month embargo period following publication, provided copyright and source are acknowledged and a link is provided to the published version.

If you wish to reproduce digital content published by Antiquity other than as specified above please contact assistant [at] antiquity [dot] ac [dot] uk.

Conflict of interest

Authors are strongly encouraged to disclose all relevant financial interests and sources of research funding that could be perceived to compromise the integrity of their article submitted to Antiquity. Please disclose any relevant information in your covering letter.

Copyright

Authors are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions to reproduce material to which they do not own copyright, for use in both print and electronic media, and for ensuring appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript. If your submission is accepted for publication, you will be asked to provide a copy of the relevant permission(s). You can download a standard permission request template here:

Before an article can be published, authors will be required to assign their copyright in their contribution to Antiquity Publications Ltd. This ensures that requests by third parties to reprint an article, or part of it, are handled efficiently and consistently. It will also allow the publication to benefit from co-operative licensing schemes without impeding the dissemination of knowledge.

In assigning copyright in this way authors are not forfeiting their right to use their contribution elsewhere. It remains your work, and you are always free to reproduce it in printed form in whatever way you like. When you do, we ask that you acknowledge Antiquity as the place of first publication. Please see our policy below in relation to the inclusion of published work in institutional e-repositories and personal web pages.

Free-to-access publication

Antiquity offers Open Access publication on request. Please note that a fee may be applicable. Open Access publication is offered only to those authors whose articles have been accepted for publication, and only at the point when the article is accepted. This ensures that Open Access publication has no influence on the peer-review and our acceptance process.

Language

All papers are published in English, and we therefore prefer to receive submissions in English. If submitting in English is absolutely not possible, we may be able to consider submissions in other languages. In this case please contact the Editorial Office (assistant [at] antiquity [dot] ac [dot] uk) for advice before submitting your paper.

Radiocarbon dates

Following current practice, please note guidance provided by RADIOCARBON Information for authors, dated 22 August 2005 and available at:

References

References in the text

Please do not use passim, op. Cit, ibid. or vague page ranges, e.g. 283f and 283ff.

Example text citations

Type of reference Text citation Notes
Single author (Grayson 1983: 10)
Two authors (Grayson & Evans 2010: 10)
Three or more authors (Grayson et al. 2009: 25)
More than one work by same author (Grayson 1983, 2009)
More than one work by same author and same year (Grayson 1983a, 1983b)
More than one work by different authors (Grayson 1983; Evans 2009) In date order
More than one work by one author and different authors (Grayson 1983, 2009; Evans 2009) In date order
Personal communication pers. comm.
Classical or historical author Bede (HE I.15; Colgrave & Mynors 1969) Pausanias (Description of Greece 3.19.7; Jones 1931) See note below under citing Classical and historical sources

Please ensure that all references cited in the text are included in the bibliography.

Page numbers should be cited wherever possible.

References in the bibliography

Full references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper. For detailed guidance please see the example references below.

References with the same first author should be given in the following order:

  • HAWKES, J. 1991a
    – 1991b [use alphabetical suffixes for publications by the same author in one year]
    – 2000 [Single author: in date order]
  • HAWKES, J. & M. CARVER. 2003
  • HAWKES, J. & D. SMITH. 1999 [Two authors: second author name alphabetical order by surname NOT date order]
  • HAWKES, J., D. SMITH & M. CARVER. 1980
  • HAWKES, J., P. BAYNES & M. CARVER. 1989 [Three or more authors: since this will be 'Hawkes et al.' in the text, it should go in date order].

Author names should be given in SMALL CAPS. If you are unable to submit using SMALL CAPS please use normal text. Please do not use standard capitals.

Use the minimum forms of page numbers, i.e. the shortest way one could speak the figures: 23-24, 13-14, 115-16, 200-201.

Reference to Classical or historic authors:

Since we do not have a separate reference list of primary sources, refer to the Classical author in the text, then bracket with the work in italics, then chapter, section, line, verse etc. following standard conventions, followed by semi-colon and then editor/translator of the work and the edition consulted. e.g.

  • 'Horace (Odes 4.1.1-4; Rudd 2004) says...'.
  • 'Pausanias (Description of Greece 3.19.7 and 3.22.6; Jones 1931) says...'.
  • 'Bede (Historia Ecclesiastica I.15; Colgrave & Mynors 1969) refers to...'.

Common shorthand titles are acceptable, e.g. Historia Ecclesiastica may be abbreviated to HE.

If an author wrote only one work, Herodotus 9.1 rather than Herodotus, Histories 9.1 is acceptable.

For Classics, standard abbreviations are listed at the front of the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

Please ensure that all references listed in the bibliography are cited in the text.

Example references

Type of reference Text citation Reference format Notes
Book Mitchell 1976 MITCHELL, G.F. 1976. The Irish landscape in the twentieth century. London: Collins.
Book with a volume no. Harry 1952 HARRY, W. 1952. London throughout the ages, Volume 1: an early settlement. London: The London Historical Society. or (where there is a further subtitle) HARRY, W. 1952. London throughout the ages: a history of London from 44BC-1950. Volume 1: an early settlement. London: The London Historical Society.
Journal paper Peterson 1990 PETERSON, J.D. 1990. From foraging to food production in south west Ireland: some lithic evidence. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 56: 89-99. Note not PPS, avoid abbreviations or acronyms
Chapter by another author in a book Mallory & Hartwell 1997 MALLORY, J.P. & B.N. HARTWELL. 1997. Down in prehistory, in L. Proudfoot & R. Haynes (ed.) Down: history and society: 1-32. Dublin: Geography Publications. ed. not eds. (short for edited, not editors).
Edited collection Mallory 1997 MALLORY, J.P. (ed.) 1997. The British Iron Age. London: Thames & Hudson.
Book in a numbered series Henderson 2003 HENDERSON, J. 2003. Glass-making in Roman Britain (British Archaeological Reports British series 101). Oxford: Archaeopress. Note no 'no.' is included in the series title
Unpublished dissertation (avoid word 'thesis') Anderson 1994 ANDERSON, E. 1994. Flint technology in the Irish later Mesolithic. Unpublished PhD dissertation, Manchester University. Title is not in italics as it is unpublished
Online publication with no doi Galaty et al. 2009 GALATY, M.L., W.E. LEE, C. WATKINSON, Z. TAFILICA & O. LAFE. 2009. Fort, tower, or house? Building a landscape of settlement in the Shala Valley of High Albania. Internet Archaeology 27. Available at: http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue27/galaty_index.html (accessed 5 March 2010).
Online publication with doi Galaty et al. 2009 GALATY, M.L., W.E. LEE, C. WATKINSON, Z. TAFILICA & O. LAFE. 2009. Fort, tower, or house? Building a landscape of settlement in the Shala Valley of High Albania. Internet Archaeology 27. doi:10.1177/0269881105058776
Website with no author Ancient Japan n.d. Ancient Japan n.d. Available at: http://www.japanese-historyonline.co.jp/html (accessed 17 July 2009).
In press Jones in press JONES, K. In press. The beauty of the English countryside. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Unpublished report Michaels 2004 MICHAELS, L. 2004. Hadrian's Wall. Report prepared for Northumberland Regional Conservation Agency, Alnwick. Title is not in italics as it is unpublished
Unpublished conference paper Tweddle 1987 TWEDDLE, K. 1987. The cat in Roman art. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference of Roman Art, Milan, 6-8 May 1987.
Newspaper article (with author) Hodges 2008 HODGES, P. 2008. A view from the West. The Guardian, 1 May 2008, p. 10.
Newspaper article (without author) The Guardian 2008 The Guardian. Considering the past, 10 October 2008, p. 32. List under 'G' not 'T'
Later translations Hubbard trans. 2004 HUBBARD, E. 1901 (trans. 2004) 1901. A history of South Yorkshire. Translated by J. Proud. Barnsley: Yorkshire Publishing Co. Place & publisher of the translated version
References not using Latin alphabet (translation of title given) Chekov 2004 CHEKOV, V. 2004. This is the English transliteration of the Russian title [This is the English translation of the Russian title]. Moskow: Nauka.
References not using Latin alphabet (translation of title not given) Chekov 2004 CHEKOV, V. 2004. This is the English transliteration of the Russian title. Moskow: Nauka (in Russian).
Reference to Classical author Horace (Odes 4.1.1-4; Rudd 2004) RUDD, N. 2004. Horace Odes and Epode (Loeb Classical Library). Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press. Horace does not figure in the references
Reference to historic author 'Bede (HE I.15; Colgrave & Mynors 1969) COLGRAVE, B. & R.A.B. MYNORS. 1969. Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English people. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Bede does not figure in the references

Text conventions

Please help us to improve the speed of publication by submitting manuscripts which follow the instructions below. If you have any queries before submission please contact the Editorial Office (assistant [at] antiquity [dot] ac [dot] uk).

Spelling

Antiquity uses English UK spellings.

Punctuation

  • Initials in personal names should be separated by full-stops with no spaces, e.g. A.J. Roberts, but no full-stop should be used for upper-case abbreviations, e.g. USA, RCAHMS
  • Quotes should be placed in normal text and within double quotation marks
  • Short quotes should be placed within the text, longer quotes should be indented
  • Compass points should be hyphenated, e.g. north-west, south-southeast
  • n-dashes (–) should be used to represent a range, e.g. 1342-1350 BC, and in page spans 45-50
  • m-dashes (—) may be used to separate a nested clause or phrase

Numbers

Roman numerals are to be avoided whenever possible. Numbers less than 10 should be spelt out; Arabic numerals should be used for all numbers 10 and above except century names, which are always spelt out. If a number occurs in a phrase in which most of the numbers are above nine, use Arabic numerals for all: e.g.

  • first century
  • nine sherds
  • 11 coins, 15 lamps and 3 statuettes
  • twentieth century

Use a space instead of a comma in long numbers, except if under 10 000, e.g.

  • 5467
  • 11 465
  • 4 500 000

Dates

Antiquity uses BC/AD not BCE/CE.

AD comes before the date, BC after, except when using a century name, e.g.

  • 3500 BC
  • AD 1066
  • tenth century AD

Dates in text should be given as (number) (month) (year), no ordinals: e.g. 30 January 2010.

Dates should be hyphenated when used adjectivally, e.g. nineteenth-century object, but not in noun phrases, e.g. the early nineteenth century.

Abbreviations

  • Abbreviations should end in a full-stop e.g. no. (number), fig. (figure), pl. (plate)
  • Contractions do not require a full-stop, e.g. St, Dr, Mr, Mrs
  • Measurements should be abbreviated and follow the number without a space and without full-stops, e.g. 100km, 56mm (millimetres should be used in preference to centimetres)
  • Areas should be written as, e.g. 24m²
  • Per cent is two words but authors may use the symbol (%) where it appears frequently, please be consistent
  • Radiocarbon, when not spelled out should be presented as 14C

Capitals

Use capitals sparingly: initials and proper names only, e.g. the Near East, but eastern England. Standard archaeological periods are capitalised, e.g. Neolithic, Mesolithic.

Latin words

Latin and other foreign words and abbreviations should only be used sparingly. Commonly used Latin words and abbreviations are not italicised, less common words and abbreviations should be italicised. The following Latin words and abbreviations are acceptable:

  • common (don't italicise): cf., e.g., etc., i.e., N.B.
  • less common (italicise): ad hoc, circa = c., et al., in situ, per se, terminus post/ante quem, vs
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