Authors' Guide - Journal of Research on Archaeometry
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Authors' Guide

Author Guidelines

Journal of Research on Archaeometry (JRA) is a research journal covering the application of the physical and biological sciences to archaeology and the history of art. The topics covered include dating methods, artifact studies, mathematical methods, remote sensing techniques, conservation science, environmental reconstruction, biological anthropology etc. Papers are expected to have a clear archaeological or art historical context, be of the highest scientific standards, and present data of international relevance.

Citation Style Guide pdf Template of JRA for English paper

Authorship Criteria
Please see here.

Submission of manuscripts

You can submit your paper to JRA via online submission system at:

  • Manuscripts should be in English, double-spaced and with wide margins.
  • All submissions must be as Word (.doc, .docx) files only, no PDF submissions will be accepted as these cannot be copy-edited.
  • Notes and footnotes should be avoided.
  • PLEASE NOTE: the journal enforces a word limit on all papers. The text which must include Title, Authors, Abstract, Keywords, text, references and Table and Figure captions should be a maximum of 8,000 words. The journal allows a total number of figures and tables which must not exceed 10.
  • If your paper does not comply with these guidelines your paper will be unsubmitted by the Editorial Office and returned to you for editing.
  • Review articles surveying recent developments in a field are normally commissioned, but suggestions in the form of a one-page synopsis are welcomed.

Symbols and units

The conventions for abbreviations of units and symbols are those recommended by the British Standards Institution (leaflet B.S. 5775).

Abstracts should be suitable for separate publication and should not exceed 300 words. Keywords (up to a maximum of 7) should cover, as appropriate, geographical region, period, scientific techniques used, object type, material or species, and information sought.

Use the Vancouver style of referencing, citing in the text author's name, date of publication, and any specific page references, and give the full reference (including full-page references of an article) in an alphabetical list of authors at the end of the article.

We recommend the use of a tool such as an EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:


Whether photographs or drawings, illustrations should be numbered in one series in their order of mention. Captions should be listed on a separate sheet.
Figures must be in separate files from the text. When submitting electronic artwork, please send it in one of the following formats if possible. Line drawings: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) or 800 dpi TIFF (CMYK color or greyscale). Continuous tone figures: 300 dpi TIFF (CMYK color or greyscale).

Color illustrations

Illustrations in color can be accepted for publication if the clarity of the presentation is significantly increased and if the authors defray the cost of publication.

Proofs will be sent directly to the authors by the publisher and should be returned immediately after correction. The corresponding author will receive an email containing the proof as a PDF (portable document format) file.

This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and/or printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Remarks should be sent to the executive editor preferably by e-mail or fax. Proofs must be returned to the executive editor by airmail within seven days of receipt.

A PDF offprint will be provided to each contributor. Printed offprints may be purchased from the publisher according to a scale of charges.

Text, References and a list of Figure captions should be included, without any character and paragraph style formatting. The preferred format is Microsoft Word 2007 or earlier. Turn off hyphenation; one font size throughout; do not justify at the right; do not indent paragraphs; do not use bold text in headings.

Headings and subheadings: type these at the left margin (do not center nor indent), utilizing the following simplified hierarchy:

(a) uppercase throughout (no full point at the end), preceded and followed by two hard returns

(b) upper (first letter of the first word) and then lower case (no full point at the end) preceded and followed by two hard returns

(c) upper (first letter of the first word) and then lower case (no full point at the end), preceded and followed by two spaces, then text.

Separate all paragraphs with two hard returns.


Separate all references by two hard returns; do not indent turnover lines (the second and subsequent lines of a reference). Tables must be in separate files from the text: the preferred format is Microsoft EXCEL. Figures must be in separate files from the text: the preferred formats are TIFF or EPS (see above).

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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission was obtained from the copyright holder for both the print and the online editions of the journal.
  3. All authors have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper and satisfy the authorship guidelines.
  4. The submission file is in open office, Microsoft Word, RTF, or Word Perfect document file format.
  5. All DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
  6. Tables and figures are all cited in the text. Tables are included within the text document, whilst figure files are uploaded as supplementary files.
  7. Figures/images have a resolution of at least 200dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each file is no more than 10MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, and EPS (to maximize quality, the original source file is preferred).
  8. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, this includes following the instructions to ensure blind peer review.

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