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Author Guidelines

Prospective authors for Journal of Contemporary Archaeology should register on the online submission system as authors. First, click here to download the guidelines which you will find in PDF format. The guidelines pertain to article submissions. All articles are peer-reviewed. We will acknowledge our submission upon receipt and let you know the anticipated time-frame for a decision. If your article is accepted, we will send you further instructions for submitting the final manuscript of your article.

Article Formats

The Journal of Contemporary Archaeology publishes articles in a number of different formats.

Discussion Articles raise timely methodological and/or theoretical issues and include one or more specially commissioned comments from experts in the field and a reply from the author, published in the same issue. Discussion articles generally run to 7,000-10,000 words in length, and we aim to publish at least one such article annually.

Research Articles are generally shorter, at up to 8,000 words in length, and may contain more empirical data, be more case-study driven, or contain discussion of more focussed theoretical or methodological issues.

Interviews are occasional edited discussions between an author or artist who has made (or is in the process of making) a key contribution to the subfield and other researcher(s) who share interests in the interviewee's general area of research. These interviews will generally be commissioned by the editors, however we would welcome initial approaches about suitable candidates as interviewers and interviewees.

Forums are composed of a series of short 2-3,000 word responses to a previously circulated question or issue of contemporary interest.

Photo Essays may include up to 20 images and should include 2-3,000 words of text.

Book Reviews should normally be between 500 and 1,500 words in length, while Review Articles (a single article reviewing more than one book) may be up to 3,000 words in length. Under certain circumstances, authors will be invited to respond briefly to reviews in writing.

Submissions of Discussion Articles, Research Articles, and Photo Essays conforming to the word lengths above and formatted according to the instructions for authors, are welcome. Topics/subjects for Forums and Interviews should be sent to the editors in a brief email for discussion. Similarly, ideas for web only or supplementary web content should also be sent for initial discussion to the editors.

Please send suggestions for books for review by email to either or both of the Review Editors in the first instance. JCA does not normally accept unsolicited Book Reviews, so if you are interested in submitting a Book Review or Review Article, please contact the Review Editors to confirm that the book(s) you are interested in reviewing have not already been assigned.

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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.

  1. The submission is original and has not been previously published.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. 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 will be uploaded separately as supplementary files in the fourth step of the electronic submission process (to follow).
  4. You, the contributor, have read and agree to our conditions for publication especially regarding our statement of ethical practice, the originality of your contribution (i.e. has not been previously published and does not include copyrighted material) and that your contribution is not libellous or containing any potentially libellous content.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in 'Ensuring a Blind Review' have been followed.
  6. The submission is in English or if not, the Editor has previously agreed to seek a reviewer who is able to review your paper. You understand that ultimately the paper will be published in English and you will need to arrange for the translation which will then be subject to approval by the Editor.
  7. Any illustrations or photographs are your property or you have cleared all permissions for publication without restriction.
  8. A formatted list of references is ready to be uploaded separately as part of the metadata (it may also form part of the main article but it must be uploaded separately as well). These must include URLs and DOIs when available.
  9. Currently our system is undergoing an update and is temporarily unable to accept .docx files. If you are submitting your paper before 29 February 2016, please ensure that your document is saved as a .doc word file before uploading.

Copyright Notice

The editors will not consider manuscripts which are under consideration by other publishers. It is assumed that once you have submitted an article to this journal, it will not be sent to other publishers until a decision about inclusion has been made. Only by special arrangement will the editors consider previously published material. Full details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here. Click Here for the contributor contract, which you should print, sign and post back to us once your manuscript is accepted.


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