Archaeology in Oceania

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Edited By: Dr J. Peter White

Impact Factor: 0.645

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 43/82 (Anthropology)

Online ISSN: 1834-4453

Associated Title(s): Oceania

Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Archaeology in Oceania. Please consult the following instructions to help you prepare your manuscript, and feel free to contact us with any questions. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review. We are looking forward to your submission.


Archaeology in Oceania is published online and in print versions three times a year: April, July and October. It accepts articles and research reports in prehistoric and historical archaeology. Studies of modern material culture and human biology of ancient and modern human populations are accepted if directed towards anthropological problems. Its primary geographic focus is Australia, the islands of the Pacific Ocean and lands of the western Pacific rim.


The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. All articles and research reports accepted as being within the remit of the journal and of appropriate standard will be peer reviewed by two anonymous scholars and the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication. All Editors agree to abide by the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors as formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Manuscripts should be in a clear, concise, direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the Editor and the Publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.


Author Services. Prior to submission, we encourage you to browse the ‘Author Resources’ section of the Wiley Blackwell ‘Author Services’ website:

This site includes useful information covering such topics as copyright matters, ethics, electronic artwork guidelines, and how to optimise articles for search engines.

Pre-submission English-language editing. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found on the Author Services web pages ( Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at Chinese authors might also be interested in visiting Wiley Blackwell’s Chinese Scholars Network, a resource for authors providing information on such topics as manuscript preparation and the peer review process

All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.


Manuscript categories

Word limit: 40,000 words
Abstract: 200 words maximum
Description: Full-length reports of current research.

Research Reports
Word limit: 3000 words
Abstract: 150 words maximum
Description: Reports on data of current interest in the field.

Word limit: 1000 words
Abstract: 100 words maximum
Description: These are comments made on another paper previously published in the Journal. Should the comment be accepted by the review process (in this case normally one reviewer), the Editor will send the comment to the author/s of the original paper and will invite a Reply.

Book Reviews
Word limit: as specified in the invitation letter
Abstract: not required.
References in reviews are accepted.

Only by invitation of Editors.

Manuscript style

  • Word length. Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 40,000 words including footnotes. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and placed together at the end of the manuscript. Also include in your submission, an abstract (<200 words), up to 6 keywords, and bibliographic references.
  • Section order. Manuscripts submitted as Original Articles and Research Reports should be presented in the following order: (i) title page; (ii) abstract and key words; (iii) text; (iv) acknowledgments; (v) references; (vi) supporting information; (vii) figure legends; (viii) tables (each table complete with title and notes); and (ix) figures.
  • Endnotes are accepted but should be avoided if possible.
  • Spelling should follow Australian conventions and must be consistent throughout the manuscript.
  • Abbreviations. In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word(s) in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
  • Quotes. Short quotes (less than 30 words) should be indicated by single quotation marks. Longer quotes should be separated as an indented paragraph.
  • Units. Report original radiocarbon dates in upper case (BP) and calibrated ages as calBP. Report laboratory number, material dated, calibration system used and any corrections made.

All articles submitted to the journal must comply with these instructions. Failure to do so may result in return of the manuscript and possible delay in publication.

Parts of the manuscript

Abstract and key words

Original Articles must have an abstract of 200 words or fewer that states the purpose, basic procedures, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. Review Articles should have an abstract of 250 words or fewer. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references.

A maximum of six key words, for the purposes of indexing, should be supplied below the abstract, in alphabetical order.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type each table on a separate page with the legend above. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Column headings should be brief, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.


All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text and should not be framed. Each figure should be supplied as a separate file, with the figure number incorporated in the file name. For submission, low-resolution figures saved as .jpg or .bmp files should be uploaded, for ease of transmission during the review process. Upon acceptance of the article, high-resolution figures (at least 300 d.p.i.) saved as .eps or .tif files should be uploaded. JPG or PDF are not accepted. More information about figures is available on Author Services at:

All figures will be published in colour in the online version of the Journal, but only a select number will be printed in colour. Authors should indicate in the covering letter which pictures they wish to print in colour; the Editor will discuss and advise beforehand if any printing charges will apply.

Figure legends

Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement. Acknowledgment should be made to the source of the figure, if this is not the author.


The source of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations if appropriate. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.


Archaeology in Oceania uses the parenthetical (author date) system of referencing - examples are given below. In the text, give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000). If there are two authors, use ‘and’: Smith and Jones (2001); but if cited within parentheses use ‘&’: (Smith & Jones 2001). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used: MacDonald et al. (2002). In the reference list, references should be listed in alphabetical order. Page numbers must be included after the year for quoted material; for example, (Smith & Jones 2001: 77). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

In the reference list, cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more, list the first three followed by et al. Do not use ibid. or op cit. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A 2000, unpublished data). All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.

We recommend the use of a tool such as 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:

Journal article
Choe YS, Jeong J 1993 Charitable Contributions by Low- and Middle-Income Taxpayers: Further Evidence with a New Method. National Tax Journal 46, 33–39.

Online article not yet published in an issue
An online article that has not yet been published in an issue (therefore has no volume, issue or page numbers) can be cited by its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI will remain valid and allow an article to be tracked even after its allocation to an issue.

Murphy K, Tyler TR, Curtis A 2009 Nurturing regulatory compliance: Is procedural justice effective when people question the legitimacy of the law? Regulation & Governance, doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2009.01043.x

Fujita M, Krugman P, Venables AJ 2001 The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Chapter in a book
Anderson K, Tyers R 1990 How Developing Countries Could Gain from Agricultural Trade Liberalization in the Uruguay round. In: Goldin I, Knudsen O (eds) Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Implications for Developing Countries, pp. 387-424. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris.

Web references
As cited URLs tend to disappear months or years after citing online material, the Journal requires authors to use WebCite® technology to archive cited web references first before they cite them. Please go to and enter the URL you want to cite. The system will take a "snapshot" of the webpage or online document (e.g. pdf) so that it will remain available for future readers. For more information on web reference citation, please visit

Darwin City Council, Central Darwin Streetscape Strategy, 2006, Accessed September 2011, archived by WebCite at

Burton J (1984) Axe Makers of the Wahgi. Unpublished PhD thesis, Australian National University, Canberra.


Endnotes should be placed as a list at the end of the paper only, not at the foot of each page. They should be numbered in the list and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep endnotes brief; they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper.


These should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text. If written by a person other than the author of the main text, the writer’s name should be included below the title.

Supporting Information

Wiley Blackwell is able to host online approved supporting information that authors submit with their paper. Supporting information must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but which does not or cannot appear in the printed and online edition of the journal. Supporting information can comprise additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Like the manuscript accompanying it, it should be original and not previously published. If previously published it must be submitted with the necessary permissions. For details about preparation of supporting information, please refer to the supporting information guidelines available here:

Please note that the provision of supplementary material is not encouraged as a general rule. It will be assessed critically by reviewers and editors and will only be accepted if it is essential.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at

Authors must supply an email address as all correspondence will be by email.


The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection tool. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Colour figure reproduction

All figures submitted in colour will be published in colour online. If authors would also like to publish colour figures in print, they can nominate those figures via the submission system. Authors will then be advised by the Editor whether or not charges will apply for colour printing, and the author may then decide whether to proceed with colour printing. No other publication fees are applicable.

Submission requirements

Each submission must include: a covering letter, title page, copyright form and manuscript.

Covering letter

Papers are accepted for publication in the Journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This must be stated in the covering letter.

The covering letter must also contain an acknowledgement that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript. In keeping with the latest guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, each author’s contribution to the paper is to be identified.

Title page

The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors and (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out together with (iv) the full postal and email address, plus facsimile and telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent. The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. Do not use abbreviations in the title. A short running title (less than 40 characters) should also be provided.

Conflict of interest

Authors must declare any financial support or relationships that may pose conflict of interest.


Manuscripts must contain a statement to the effect that all human studies have been reviewed by the appropriate ethics committee and have therefore been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in an appropriate version of the 2000 Declaration of Helsinki as well as the Declaration of Istanbul 2008. It should also be stated clearly in the text that all persons gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study. Details that might disclose the identity of the subjects under the study should be omitted.


Copyright, Licensing and Online Open

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to sign a license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley’s OnlineOpen option.

Copyright Transfer Agreement: The terms of the Archaeology in Oceania copyright transfer agreement can be viewed here, although actual signing will take place via Wiley’s electronic system after acceptance. In signing the agreement it is assumed that authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material and have permission to publish from any Traditional Owners involved in the research.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. In addition, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access—known as “gold road” open access.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND). To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please click here.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements.

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specifically about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.


It is essential that corresponding authors supply an email address to which correspondence can be emailed. Notification of the URL from where to download a Portable Document Format (PDF) typeset page proof, associated forms and further instructions will be sent by email to the corresponding author. The purpose of the PDF proof is a final check of the layout, and of tables and figures. Alterations other than the essential correction of errors are unacceptable at PDF proof stage. The proof should be checked, and approval to publish the article should be emailed to the Publisher by the date indicated; otherwise, it may be signed off on by the Editor or held over to the next issue.

Early View

Archaeology in Oceania offers rapid speed to publication using Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at


A minimum of 50 offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields. If you have queries about offprints please email


Visit the Archaeology in Oceania home page at  for more information, and Wiley Online Library’s web pages for submission guidelines and digital graphics standards.


Editorial Office, Archaeology in Oceania
University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Tel: +61 2 9351 2158; fax: +61 2 9351 7488.