1. General

Australian Archaeology, is a peer-reviewed journal published continuously since 1974. It accepts original articles in all fields of archaeology and other subjects relevant to archaeological research and practice in Australia and nearby areas.

Contributions are accepted in seven sections:

  1. Articles (5000–8000 words)
  2. Short Reports (1000–1500 words)
  3. Forum Pieces (3000–8000 words) [in addition to ‘Comments’ from Invited Authors (1000 words) and Response from Forum Piece Author(s) (1000 words)]
  4. Obituaries (500–2000 words)
  5. Thesis Abstracts (200–500 words)
  6. Book Reviews (500–2000 words) and
  7. Backfill (which includes letters, conference details, announcements and other material of interest to members).

Australian Archaeology will now be published three times a year, in April, August and December. In order to meet delivery deadlines, all copy for the April issue must be ready no later than 15 February, for the August issue no later than 9 June and for the December issue by 10 October.

2. Submission of contributions

Before submitting a paper to Australian Archaeology, authors should download the AA style sheet.

Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned to authors for correction before they are processed.

In the first instance authors should submit an electronic version of their manuscript as an attachment to: journal@australianarchaeology.com

 

3. Processing of contributions

The Editors will acknowledge via email receipt of all contributions submitted. All contributions to Australian Archaeology are triple blind reviewed (by two external reviewers and one member of the Editorial Advisory Board), with the Editors also reviewing all contributions. The review process typically takes approximately 3 months to be completed, and authors are notified of the outcome at the earliest opportunity. As is the case for any refereed journal, authors may be asked to make revisions to their manuscript. If substantial revision is required the Editors may require that a manuscript be re-reviewed before a decision to publish is made. Once a paper is accepted in its final form, page-proofs will be sent to the senior author for checking. Proof Approval and Author Agreement forms will be sent with the page-proofs and must be completed and returned before publication can proceed. Final acceptance of manuscripts for publication is at the discretion of the Editors. For paper submission instructions see below.

4. Style Guide

Go here for the version 7 of the AA style sheet (18 January 2016).

5. References

References should be cited in text by author’s surname, publication year and page in Harvard style (e.g. Smith 1988:45). Note that there is no space between the colon and the page number.

For three or more authors ‘et al.’ (without italics) should be used after the first surname (e.g. David et al. 1994:24).

If multiple references are cited they should be ordered alphabetically and then by publication year, with authors’ names separated by a semicolon (e.g. Appleby 1990:19–25; Childe 1952; David 1988; David and Chant 1995; David et al. 1994, 1999; White and O’Connell 1982:42, 50).

If you are referring to an author with several contributions in the same year, distinguish them by adding a letter to the year (2001a, 2002b).

In-text referencing
  • References should be cited in text by author’s surname, publication year and page in Harvard style (e.g. Smith 1988:45). Note that there is no space between the colon and the page number.
  • For three or more authors ‘et al.’ (without italics) should be used after the first surname (e.g. David et al. 1994:24).
  • If multiple references are cited they should be ordered alphabetically and then by publication year, with authors’ names separated by a semicolon (e.g. Appleby 1990:19–25; Childe 1952; David 1988; David and Chant 1995; David et al. 1994, 1999; White and O’Connell 1982:42, 50).
  • If you are referring to an author with several contributions in the same year, distinguish them by adding a letter to the year (2001a, 2002b).
  • Do not use ‘ibid’, ‘op. cit.’ or any other Latin conventions associated with the footnoting system.
  • If using a personal communication citation in the body of the manuscript include the person’s first and surname, the words ‘pers. comm.’ and the year. For example, (Ken Mulvaney pers. comm. 2012).
The reference list
  • At the end of your manuscript (before the Captions, Figures and Tables, and after any Acknowledgements) type the references starting on a new page.
  • Note that your reference list should be titled ‘References’ not ‘Bibliography’.
  • Include all and only those references cited in the paper. Do not cite papers in preparation. Papers may be cited as ‘in press’ where they have been accepted for publication, in which case a date of acceptance and the journal name should be provided.
  • Use a hanging indent for each item in the reference list.
  • Do not use a blank line between each item in the reference list.
  • For general publication categories the format should follow the examples below. Please pay particular attention to capitalisation, punctuation and spacing. Submissions that do not conform to these referencing guidelines will be returned to authors for correction.
  • Start a new line for each reference list entry.

See the Style Sheet for detailed information on referencing style.

6. Reporting Radiocarbon Ages and Calibration

Conventional radiocarbon ages should be reported as ‘BP’ (as defined by Stuiver and Polach 1977, Radiocarbon 19:355–363) and calibrated ages as ‘cal. BP’. Report laboratory number, material dated (including genus/species, if known), ᵹ13C (where available), calibration method used and any corrections made (e.g. marine reservoir correction). Calibrated ages must include the 68% and/or 95% probability ranges.

7. Copyright

Authors are responsible for ensuring that any material that has influenced the research or writing has been properly cited and credited both in the text and in the list of references. Contributors are responsible for gaining copyright clearance on figures, photographs or lengthy quotes used in their manuscript that have been published elsewhere. Once accepted for publication in Australian Archaeology, the author retains copyright in the work and may publish or authorise others to publish the entire work or any part thereof, provided that due acknowledgement is made in any further publication that the work was originally published in Australian Archaeology. An article will not be published until the signed Author Agreement has been completed and returned to the Editors by the contributor.

Any royalties deriving from the published manuscript belong to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. and will be used to further the goals of the Association and/or for the production of future issues of Australian Archaeology.

8. Correspondence and Submissions

Contributors are encouraged to contact the Editors if they have any questions or concerns about the submission process.

All correspondence and submissions should be addressed to:

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