Guidelines for Submissions

Guidelines for Archaeolog Contributors

The following guidelines are offered as a tool to preserve and accurately communicate contributors’ original ideas and to minimize editorial delay.


Archaeolog is open to a variety of presentation formats and encourages innovative scholarship and reporting. Archaeolog welcomes short essays, book reviews, commentaries, and debate pieces spanning a range of topics and concerns across the discipline.

Submission Process

Interested contributors are welcome to contact the chief archaeologgers with questions at any point before or during the submission process. Completed work, images, and instructions should be submitted via email to:

Matt Edgeworth —
Alfredo González-Ruibal —
Timothy Webmoor —
Christopher Witmore —

A chief archaeologger will consult with individual contributors during the editorial process. Depending on the volume of contributions, focus of pieces, and other organizational factors, publishing schedules will vary. Archaeologgers will notify contributors about the date of posting as soon as possible.

Format & Style

1. Language
English is preferred. Material written in other languages will be considered if an abstract is provided in English. Either American or British spellings are acceptable, but please use a consistent style throughout.

2. Suggested Word Count
Contributions should not exceed 1,500 words. Archaeologgers may consider lengthier submissions, but these will be divided up and released as parts within a series over an extended time period. Please contact a chief archaeologger with queries regarding extended pieces.

3. Page Numbers and Section Headings
Page numbers are not necessary. The first paragraphs of each piece will appear on the main page of Archaeolog. A link will appear at the end of the initial paragraphs leading to the rest of the text. All remaining text will be presented on one continuous page. Section headings or subtitles are strongly suggested for subdividing text. These must be provided by the contributor.

4. Text Formatting and Layout
Pieces should be written and submitted as a Word document. There are no requirements for specific spacing, font type or size, as this will be formatted automatically within Movable Type. It is necessary to insert a full return between every paragraph. Chief archaeologgers will architect the submissions visually in consideration of preferences expressed by contributors.

Do use italics, bold text formatting, and variable font size when appropriate and also when desired in the original submission so that the style can be replicated in the online publishing process.

Please carefully spell-check submissions and avoid extra spacing between words and after punctuation marks.

5. Abbreviations 
Abbreviations may be used, but please first include the full title or name with abbreviation in adjacent parentheses. For example: American Journal of Archaeology (AJA).

6. Citations
Contributors are responsible for providing accurate and appropriate citations. Please be consistent throughout.

Suggested format for in-text citations:

(Latour 1999, 58-61)
(Olsen 2003)
(Serres and Latour 1995, 166; Olsen 2003)

7. Works Cited 
All submissions using in-text citations should include a Works Cited section to appear at the bottom of the text according to the following formats. Works Cited must be organized alphabetically with complete publication information. Please do not number entries.

Dobres, M. 2000. Technology and social agency. London: Blackwell.

Book with multiple authors or editors:
DeMarrais, E., C. Gosden and C Renfrew (eds) 2004. Rethinking materiality: The engagement of mind with the material world. Cambridge: MacDonald Institute Monographs.

Chapter of a Book:
Snodgrass, A. 1990. ‘Survey Archaeology and the Rural Landscape of the Greek City.’ In The Greek City from Homer to Alexander, edited by O. Murray and S. Price, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press, 113-36.

Olsen, B. 2003. ‘Material culture after text: Re-membering things,’ Norwegian Archaeological Review, 36(2), 87-104.

Conference Papers or Proceedings:
González-Ruibal, A. 2003. Restoring ontological security: Roman and native objects in Early Roman Gallaecia (NW Iberia). TRAC 2002. Proceedings of the 12th annual theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, University of Kent at Canterbury 2002 (G. Carr, E. Swift, J. Weeks, eds.). Oxford: Oxbow, 30-47.

Serres, M. and B. Latour 1995. Conversations on science, culture, and time. (trans. R. Lapidus.) Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.

Theses or Dissertations:
Hoff, M.C. 1988. ‘The Roman Agora at Athens.’ Ph.D. diss., Boston University.

Publications in Digital Journals:
Holtorf, C. 2007. ‘On heritage and reconstruction’, Archaeolog. Available at: (accessed May 2007).

Wolle, A. 2000. ‘Catalhöyuk: Excavations of a Neolithic Anatolian Höyuk’ (accessed June 2000:

8. Images
Images should be submitted in jpeg format. Image dimensions should measure approximately 550-600 pixels wide (for landscape orientation) or high (for portrait orientation), though these guidelines may vary for aesthetic purposes. Before submitting to Archaeolog contributors are expected to assume responsibility for receiving copyright permissions to reproduce images. Please indicate to the archaeologgers where images should appear in the text. Images may be sent with the original submission or as a separate file.

Please provide captions and citations (if necessary) for images. Archaeologgers will not add these to images if they are not provided with the submission. 

9. Links 
Website links may be included within the text. Please keep all links in html format (as it appears in a web browser window) and provide the entire link. This is best done by copying and pasting web addresses directly into the text. In many cases web addresses will be rather long, but archaeologgers can provide an abbreviated link when editing online. For example, archaeologgers can reformat a link such as to appear more concisely as (link to Ethics Bowl). Contributors are welcome to suggest key words for to appear in abbreviated links.

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