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Edited By: Mark Pollard, Ina Reiche, James Burton, Gilberto Artioli and Cathy Batt

Impact Factor: 1.364

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 30/46 (Chemistry Inorganic & Nuclear); 51/75 (Chemistry Analytical); 115/184 (Geosciences Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1475-4754

Author Guidelines

Archaeometry is an international 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 and archaeological theory. Papers are expected to have a clear archaeological or art historical context, be of the highest scientific standards, and to present data of international relevance.

Submission of manuscripts

You can now submit your paper to Archaeometry online using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Benefits of online submission include:

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*** Please note that Scholar One cannot currently accept Word 2007 files in the .docx format. Please therefore submit as .doc files. ***

  • Manuscripts should be in English, double-spaced and with wide margins.
  • All submissions must be as Word (.doc) files only, no PDF submissions will be accepted as these cannot be copyedited. Scholar One automatically creates a PDF version upon uploading.
  • 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 6.
    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 commisioned, but suggestions in the form of a one-page synopsis are welcomed.

All materials for publication should be sent for the attention of one of the four Managing Editors:

Professor A M Pollard, Research Laboratory for Archaeology & the History of Art, University of Oxford, Dyson Perrins Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QY, UK

J Burton, Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1393, USA

G Artioli, Dipartimento di Mineralogia e Petrologia, Università degli Studi di Padova, Corso Garibaldi 37, I-35137 Padova, Italy  

Professor E Pernicka, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen Schloss, Hohentübingen 72070, Tübingen, Germany  

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 100 words. Keywords (up to a maximum of 10) should cover, as appropriate, geographical region, period, scientific techniques used, object type, material or species and information sought.

Use the Harvard (author-date) 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 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 colour or greyscale). Continuous tone figures: 300 dpi TIFF (CMYK colour or greyscale).

Colour illustrations
Illustrations in colour can be accepted for publication if the clarity of the presentation is significantly increased and if the authors defray the cost of publication. A copy of the Colour Work Agreement form can be downloaded here.

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 alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site:

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. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately. 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 2002 or earlier; otherwise files should be sent in Rich Text Format (RTF). 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 centre nor indent), utilizing the following simplified hierarchy:
(a) upper case throughout (no full point at the end), preceded and followed by two hard returns
(b) upper (first letter of first word) and then lower case (no full point at the end) preceded and followed by two hard returns
(c) upper (first letter of first word) and then lower case (no full point at the end), preceded and followed by two spaces, then text.

Separate all paragraphs by two hard returns.

References: 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).

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.

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.

Institutions 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: