International Journal of Nautical Archaeology

Cover image for Vol. 45 Issue 1

Edited By: Miranda Richardson

Online ISSN: 1095-9270

Author Guidelines

IJNA Notes for Contributors


Aims and Scope

The journal covers all aspects of nautical archaeological research, exploring humankind's use and development of water transport from prehistory to the recent past. IJNA keeps readers abreast of the latest discoveries, excavations, techniques and theoretical approaches. Archaeologists and other scholars will find the closely dated collections of artefacts from shipwrecks especially valuable in developing a wider understanding of chronological typologies and material culture. The material covered by the Journal ranges from shipwrecks to maritime landscapes and aims to encourage a broader appreciation of our maritime past within its wider cultural context.

Coverage includes:

Archaeological evidence for ships and boats, navigation and trade,

Survey and excavation of sites in rivers, lakes and the sea,

Harbours and other coastal sites,

Artefact studies,

Legislation and cultural heritage management,

Theoretical approaches.


Ethical Statement

IJNA welcomes submissions from all persons engaged in archaeology with a maritime/nautical relevance anywhere in the world. However, as publication in a refereed journal gives long-term academic respectability to any material published, the Editor asks for clear information to be provided about how surveys and excavations were financed, and the location, conservation and long-term curation of all finds, and of the paper and digital archive.


The Editor expects authors to have worked within the principles laid down in the Annex to the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. These include Rule 1. 'The protection of underwater cultural heritage through in situ preservation shall be considered as the first option'; Rule 2. 'The commercial exploitation of underwater cultural heritage for trade or speculation or its irretrievable dispersal is fundamentally incompatible with the protection and proper management of underwater cultural heritage. Underwater cultural heritage shall not be traded, sold, bought or bartered as commercial goods.'


Authors must provide proof to the editor that they have permission to use any material for which they do not hold copyright (generally images). Research students must provide evidence of the approval of their supervisor(s).


IJNA is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics, and the Editor aims to work according to its Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (



All articles submitted are subject to peer review. If you wish to see the notes sent to peer reviewers, click here. Click here for details of IJNA's House Style.


Contributions should fall into one of the following categories:


Original articles:excavation or survey reports of substance, or original discussions of issues relating to maritime archaeology. This material should not have been previously published elsewhere, or should be the first publication in English. Such articles should be appropriately illustrated and not exceed 12,000 words.


Notes: shorter articles, reports and technical notes: up to 5000 words, with illustrations, outlining or discussing discoveries, problems, or work in progress, and thus not necessarily definitive. These are also normally subject to peer review. Also included in this category are comments on recently published material.


Conference reports, obituaries, letters to the Editor: may be illustrated, and are not peer-reviewed.


Book reviews are by invitation. The book reviews editor is Paula Martin who can be contacted via


For guidance on how to go about writing a book review, click here. For guidance on the presentation of book reviews, click here.


Extra material

It is now possible to host extra associated material, such as large datasets or 3-D images, linked to a published article on the IJNA page of the Wiley Online Library.


Guidelines for Submission


Electronic submission is expected. This should consist of one text file (ideally .doc, or .odt), containing the minimum of formatting, as this can be surprisingly hard to undo. While a pdf including the images can be useful for sending to a referee, it is of no use for editing, and each image must be sent as a separate file (see below for more details). Any submission sent solely as a pdf or word file with embedded images will not be accepted.


Submissions should be sent as email attachments to Miranda Richardson, If email is unavailable, files should be sent on a CD to Miranda Richardson, Les Rives, 81140 Castelnau de Montmiral, France.



An article should consist of title, author name(s) and address(es), summary, key words, main text, acknowledgements, (endnotes), (appendices), references and captions.



The title should be straightforward, unambiguous and accurately reflect the content of the article, and should, where relevant, include clear indications of the location(s) and period(s) discussed. 'Clever' titles, especially those including quotations, will confuse search-engines.


Author names

Multiple authors who all made an equal contribution should be listed in alphabetical order. The only exception is when occasionally for the sake of space they can be listed alphabetically within sub-groups from various institutions. Listing multiple authors in any other order implies that the first-named author made the greatest contribution, the last-named the least. It is unethical to include, for any reason, the name(s) of anyone who did not make a serious contribution. The Acknowledgements can be used to list indirect contributions. You are also welcome, if you feel the need, to indicate at an appropriate place in the text which authors were responsible for which areas of work.


Corresponding author

Multiple authors should designate a corresponding author who should handle all dealings with the editor, and may sign the copyright form on behalf of all. It is his/her responsibility to ensure that all the other named authors have approved the original submission, and any subsequent changes, and seen the proofs if necessary.


Author addresses

Each author should provide his/her address. We do not include job titles, but providing a work address allows an author to explain a bit about his/her status and background. You are welcome to add an email address if you are happy to do so.



This is limited to 100 words, and should provide a clear summary of the content of the article, without excessive detail. It should not be used as an introduction. It should be constructed with potential readers and potential search-terms in mind.


Key words

We only allow six. You do not need to repeat words in the title. As more and more material is available with full-text searching, key words are less important than they once were.



First-level sub-headings should be in bold, second-level in bold italic. I would rather avoid further levels, but if necessary a third level can be created using italics. Given our two-column format, please try to limit sub-headings to a maximum of 40 characters (a heading which runs onto a second line wastes space and looks over-dominant).



Limited to 100 words if possible.



Notes should not be bibliographical. You should also consider whether if something is worth saying at all it should be worth saying in the main text. However, Notes may be useful for technical data (relating to scientific dating, for example), or for the original of a translated quotation, or for occasional bits of information which, while relevant, would interrupt the flow of the main text. In general, endnotes should be kept to a minimum.



Large blocks of data , such as specialist reports, can be hosted on the IJNA web-site as extra material.



A bibliography in alphabetical order of authors' surnames. For detailed instructions, click on the following links for Bibliography and References.



Captions should include any necessary information on scale or scale divisions. Every caption should include a credit, even if it is to the author/project. Where appropriate, there should also be a statement about copyright and/or permission. Authors should provide the editor with evidence that they have received permission to reproduce images which are not their own and which are still in copyright. If a copyright-holder requests a precise form of words, please use it.




Tables should be numbered in sequence and provided in one or more separate electronic files. Each Table should have a caption, including a reference to sources if necessary.



For further information on illustrations click here.



Proofs. The publisher will send an email to the principal author, inviting him/her to download proofs from the website. Those who do not have email can ask to have proofs posted. Proofs should be corrected and returned to the Editor by the deadline given. The production process will not wait if they are not returned on time.


Offprints. The corresponding author of an Article or Note will receive a pdf file and may request up to 10 printed offprints prior to publication (additional offprints may be ordered at standard rates). Book reviewers, will receive a pdf file (unless a printed version is requested in advance).


Copyright. Authors offer papers on the understanding that, if accepted, copyright remains with them, but the Nautical Archaeology Society shall be assigned an exclusive licence to publish the article. This includes illustrations, but relates only to the particular combination of text and illustrations, and gives no rights for other use of illustrations. The Exclusive Licence Form will be sent for signature after an article is accepted. The Publisher will not put any limitation on the personal freedom of the author to use material published in the Journal in other subsequent works. Articles, Notes and Reviews will only proceed to production once the signed copyright form has been received.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the Exclusive Licence Form

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Exclusive Licence Form to sign. The terms and conditions of the Exclusive Licence Form can be previewed below:

Terms and Conditions for Articles and Notes link.

Terms and Conditions for Book Reviews link.

Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements

Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.


Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Early View. IJNA articles (but not notes or book reviews) are published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue, through Wiley-Blackwell's Early View service. 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.


Author Services enables authors to track their article from typesetting to publication. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated emails at key stages of production. The author will receive an email with a unique link which enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete email address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.