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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 double-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.
  • The Author Agreement is signed and submitted alongside other submission materials.
  • Ensure that your name or any identifying information is removed from article text, supplemental files for review, or file name.

Author Guidelines


All submissions should include a cover letter, title page, primary submission document, and signed Author Agreement. Additional supplementary documentation may include appendices and copyright permissions.

The cover letter should not be included with the main submission document in order to maintain author anonymity. This letter should include author(s) name(s), affiliations, title, a declaration of conflicts of interest, and a declaration of ethics approval where applicable.

The title page should include the title, abstract, and 5-7 keywords. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words and written in plain language. 

The main submission document, as well as any supplementary documents (e.g. appendices) should not contain any personal information about the author(s), such as author(s) name(s). 

Manuscript text should be double-spaced, written in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Do not right justify paragraphs or enable line hyphenation. 

Figure captions should be italicized and placed below each figure. Table captions should be italicized and placed above each table. Headings, subheadings, and figure/table captions may be subject to reformatting by editors during the copyediting phase to match the style of the journal. 

If reproducing copyrighted figures from previously-published materials, author(s) must first request permission from the publisher of these materials and provide proof of permission.

Submitted material must not be published or under consideration by another journal. In cases where a submission is based on research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member of field school instructor, the supervisor must also sign the author agreement. Consent to using shared data must be obtained by all parties. In cases of multiple authors, each co-author must sign the author agreement.


Referencing will be in American Anthropological Association (AAA) citation style, which follows the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (author date style). Parenthetical in-text citations include author last name, year, and page(s) if necessary, e.g. (Smith 2017, 47). For two or three authors, include authors’ last names separated by commas, e.g. (Smith, Chiu, and Abott 2015). For sources with four or more authors, list only the first author followed by “et al.” For example, (Smith et al. 2016).

Journal Articles

1. Journal article. 

Binford, Lewis R. 1962. “Archaeology as Anthropology.” American Antiquity 28, no. 2 (October): 217–225.

2. Journal article with multiple authors. 

a) 2-9 authors.

Gaffney, Dylan, Glenn R. Summerhayes, Katherine Szabo, and Brent Koppel. 2019. “The Emergence of Shell Valuable Exchange in the New Guinea Highlands.” American Anthropologist 121, no. 1 (March): 30–47.

b) More than 10 authors (list the first 7 authors).

Kuhlwilm, Martin, Ilan Gronau, Melissa J. Hubisz, Cesare de Filippo, Javier Prado-Martinez, Martin Kircher, Qiaomei Fu et al. 2016. “Ancient Gene Flow from Early Modern Humans into Eastern Neanderthals.” Nature 530: 429–433.


3. Entire book. 

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland, and Finn Sivert Nielsen. 2001. A History of Anthropology. London: Pluto Press.

4. Edited book. 

Wydra, Harald, and Bjørn Thomassen, eds. 2018. Handbook of Political Anthropology. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 

5. Book with a translator.

Augé, M. 1979. The Anthropological Circle: Symbol, Function History. Translated by Martin Thom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

6. Book with multiple editions.

Cunningham, Craig, Louise Scheuer, and Sue Black. 2016. Developmental Juvenile Osteology. 2nd ed. London: Elsevier.

7. Book with multiple volumes.

Clutton-Brock, Juliet, and Caroline Grigson, eds. 1983.  Hunters and their Prey. Vol. 1 from Animals and Archaeology. BAR International Series, 163. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. 

8. Chapter in an edited book.

Lambert, Patricia M., and Phillip L. Walker. 2019. “Bioarchaeological Ethics: Perspectives on the Use and Value of Human Remains in Scientific Research.” In Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, edited by M. Anne Katzenberg and Anne L. Grauer, 3–42. 3rd ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. 

Other Materials

9. Thesis or dissertation. 

Robin, Cynthia. 1999. “Towards an Archaeology of Everyday Life: Maya Farmers of Chan Nòohol and Dos Chombitos Cik’in, Belize,” PhD diss., University of Pennsylvania.

10. News article.

Seiber, Erika. 2020. “How to Cope: An Argument for Anthropology, Ethnography, and Environmental Justice.” The Tennessean, January 2, 2020. 

 11. Interviews

Ayo, Piper. 2014. Interview by John Banks. September 20. 

Please adhere to the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (Author Date format) or contact the editor(s)-in-chief about any further questions regarding referencing.


1. Research Paper. Research papers will highlight original student research in anthropology, archaeology, or a discipline related to humanities. Submission format should include an abstract, keywords, an introduction, a methods section, a results section, a discussion section, and a conclusion. Research articles are limited to 6500 words, not including references.

2. Review Article. Review articles will summarize the current state of research or understanding on a topic in anthropology and archaeology. Review articles should include abstract, keywords, introduction and conclusion sections as well as discretionary body headings. Review articles should be no more than 6500 words, not including references.

3. Commentary. Commentaries are short opinion pieces which voice the author’s or authors’ perspective on a topic within the discipline of archaeology and anthropology based on learned experiences. Commentaries should be no more than 3000 words, not including references. 

4. Book Review. Book reviews will summarize and critique on a book from within the field of archaeology and anthropology. Contact the editor(s)-in-chief to confirm whether a certain book will make an appropriate choice for the journal. Book reviews should be no more than 2000 words, not including references.

4. Photo Essay. A photo essay will communicate archaeological and anthropological research in photograph or illustration form. Each photograph would be accompanied by a short photograph caption and the entire submission will include a maximum 500 word writeup. If photographs contain sensitive information or informants, then these submissions must be accompanied by any pertinent documents such as approved ethical certification and/or participant consent.

5. Plain Writing Research Summary. This submission format provides a summary of research written in language accessible to the public. Plain Writing Research Summaries should not exceed 3,000 words. 

6. Video Submission. Video submissions, such as documentaries or exposés, can be submitted alongside a 500-word writeup. If video footage contains sensitive information or informants, then these submissions must be accompanied by any pertinent documents such as approved ethical certification and/or participant consent.

7. Other Multimedia Submissions. Several other multimedia format submissions (e.g. story maps, 3D models, or interactive platforms) are also welcomed by our journal. Please contact the editorial team (via email) to verify if your multimedia submission can be accommodated. A short 500 word writeup should accompany this multimedia submission.


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