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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Submission of article. Please read the following notes before submitting material for publication and ensure that contributions comply with these.

When submitting your article all authors must have agreed to the submission and the article should not currently be considered for publication in this format by any other journal nor been published previously.

 Text submissions should include:

(1) title page with full title and subtitle (if any). For the purposes of blind refereeing, the full name of each author with current affiliation(s) and email address should appear on a separate sheet. Please, denote the Corresponding Author(s) with an asterisk symbol (*);

(2) abstract of 200–250 words;

(3) 5–10 keywords;

(4) references;

(5) illustrations.

 Language and spelling. All papers should be in English. For non-English native speakers, please use US English spelling throughout. UK spelling should be used only by British English native speakers.

Submissions in German or French are accepted by exception only, and the authors should be native speakers of these languages.

Headings. Sub-headings may be in bold, italics, or underlined. Heading style should be consistent throughout.

Acronyms. When referring to the names of institutions, organizations or archaeological periods, please give the full name in the first instance and also indicate in parentheses the abbreviation or acronym by which it will be referred to in the following text: e.g., Early Bronze Age (EBA).

Numbering. Numbers under 10 should be written in words. Figures should be used for the following:

(1) numbers over nine;

(2) a sequence of stated quantities;

(3) numbers of sections, paragraphs etc.

Illustrations & tables. Images should be supplied as a high-resolution file at 300dpi minimum. All illustrations (including graphs) should be labelled as ‘Figures’ and numbered with consecutive numbers, should have descriptive captions (submitted as a separate file) and sources where appropriate and be mentioned in the text. They should be referred as fig. or figs. when given in parentheses, but as figure/Figure or figures/Figures when mentioned in the text and in the captions. Tables should be given directly in the text, with separate numbering, also with descriptive captions. Black and white or greyscale as well as color illustrations are allowed.

Usually, illustrations will appear at the closest possible place after their first mention. If you have any other preferences, please add a separate text file with layout instructions.

It is your responsibility as author to ensure that any copyright material included in your chapter has been cleared for publication. This means that if there is any material which you have not originated yourself (for example, figures, maps, photos, quotes), then you need to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce that material. It is very important that you clear permission for the material to be used in print and digital formats.

Quotation Marks. Single quotation marks should be used.

Percentages. When referring to percentages, please state ‘percent’ rather than ‘%’. As a rule, you should use the percent sign only with figures. Leave no space between the figure and the sign: ‘In the subsequent period, a 2% increase in this bowl type can be seen’. If you write out a number in full, use the term percent: ‘Only three percent of all figurines display obvious sex characteristics.’ The sign should be restricted to tables, forms, and technical or statistical texts or other documents where figures are abundant (e.g. ‘29% of chipped discs’). In general texts, the term is usually written in full (e.g. ‘29 percent’), except when used adjectivally: 33 percent; a 45% increase.

In a range or series of percentages, repeat the percent sign after each number: 20%–34%. However, when using the term percent, do not repeat it after each number. Write it out just once after the last figure: 20 to 50 percent.

Dates. Dates should be given in the style: 19 April 2022; 2020–22; 2001–2011; 2007–05; 1980s (not 1980’s). References to centuries in the text should be in words. e.g., the twentieth century.

Foreign words. Foreign words should be italicized, with the exception of i.e. and e.g.; even though they are abbreviations for Latin words, they’ve been used for so long that they’re considered a standard part of the English language.


The references should be organized A–Z by author and within the same author by date. Use in-text parenthetical citation.

Cyrillic, Greek etc.: Cyrillic and other non-Latin names and titles should be transliterated. Example (in the text): (Chohadzhiev 2004, 10–15). In the references, after the transliterated surname, year and colon, the transliterated Cyrillic names and title should appear. Example: Chohadzhiev 2004: S. Chohadzhiev. Triprasti antropomorfni izobrazheniya: poyava i razprostranenie. – In: V. Nikolov, K. Bacvarov & P. Kalchev (red.) Praistoricheska Trakiya. Dokladi ot mezhdunarodniya simpozium v Stara Zagora, 30.09. – 04.10.2003. Sofia – Stara Zagora: NAIM-BAN, 2004, 408–420.

Book, in-text citation: (Author/Editor surname, year, pages referred to). Example: (Benson 1973, 10–15)

Book, in references: Author/Editor surname, year, colon; author/editor first name, surname, (ed.) Title of book. Edition/volume/series number. Place: Publisher, year.

Example: Benson 1973: J.L. Benson. The necropolis of Kaloriziki: excavated by J.F. Daniel and G.H. McFadden for the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 36) Göteborg: Paul Aströms Förlag, 1973.

Chapter in book, in-text citation: Author surname year, pages referred to.

Example: (Bozhinova 2008, 46f)

Chapter in book, in references: Author surname, year, colon; author first name, surname. Full chapter title. – In: Editor first name, surname, (ed.) Title of book. Edition/volume/series number. Place: Publisher, year, full chapter page range.

Example: Bozhinova 2008: E. Bozhinova. The beginning of the Iron Age in Thrace: archaeological evidence and questions of chronology. – In: D. Brandherm & M. Trachsel (eds.) A new down for the Dark Age? Shifting paradigms in Mediterranean Iron Age chronology. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon 4-9 September 2006), Vol. 9 Session C53. (BAR International Series 1871) Oxford: BAR Publishing, 2008, 45–57.

Journal paper, in-text citation (print copy): Author surname year, pages referred to.

Example: (Daniel 1937, 74–78)

Journal paper, in bibliography (print copy): Author surname, year, colon; author first name, surname. Title of paper. – Name of Journal volume/issue number, year, page numbers.

Example: Daniel 1937: J.F. Daniel. Two Late Cypriote III tombs from Kourion. – American Journal of Archaeology 41/1, 1937, 56–85.

Journal paper (electronic), in bibliography: Author surname, year, colon; author first name, surname. Title of paper. – Name of Journal volume/issue number, year, page numbers OR paragraph numbers. URL OR DOI

Example: Brami 2021: M. Brami. Upscaling the Neolithic house. Trends in house size and function in Anatolia and the Balkans. – Studia Praehistorica 15, 2021, 37–50.

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