Information for Authors
Australian Archaeology, is a peer-reviewed journal published continuously since 1974. It accepts original articles in all fields of archaeology and other subjects relevant to archaeological research and practice in Australia and nearby areas. Contributions are accepted in seven sections:
- Articles (5000–8000 words)
- Short Reports (1000–3000 words)
- Forum Pieces (3000–8000 words) [in addition to 'Comments' from Invited Authors (1000 words) and Response from Forum Piece Author(s) (1000 words)]
- Obituaries (500–2000 words)
- Thesis Abstracts (200–500 words)
- Book Reviews (500–2000 words) and
- Backfill (which includes letters, conference details, announcements and other material of interest to members).
Australian Archaeology is published twice a year, in June and December. In order to meet delivery deadlines, all copy for the June issue must be ready no later than 1 April, and for the December issue by 1 October.
2. Submission of contributions
Before submitting a paper to Australian Archaeology, authors should download the AA style sheet [AA_stylesheet Version 9 10 November 2013]. Submissions that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned to authors for correction before they are processed.
All contributions must be typed using 12 point Times New Roman font or similar. Please use single spacing for your manuscript. Do not use more than three heading levels and do not number your headings. Do not use footnotes unless absolutely necessary. Do not use double spaces after full stops at the end of sentences. Number all pages submitted consecutively.
A 150–200 word abstract must be included for all articles and short reports. The abstract should be a complete, concise summary of the paper, including the results and their interpretation, not just a teaser about what the paper is going to cover.
You must include the full names, affiliations and mailing addresses for correspondence of all authors underneath the manuscript title. Email addresses must be included for all authors. Do not include author names on pages other than the initial page.
If you are a recent graduate submitting a THESIS ABSTRACT, you MUST include the following information:
- Thesis title
- Thesis author name
- The Department/School and University where the thesis was completed
- The thesis type - which typically would be one of the following: PhD, MA (research), Master of Archaeology, Master of CHM, Grad Dip Archaeology, Grad Dip CHM, BA(Hons), BArch (Hons), BSc(Hons) or other (if latter please specify)
- Thesis author contact details (including email, postal address and phone number)
- Month and Year of Submission
Thesis abstract submissions that do not include all of this information will be returned to the author unpublished with a request for the necessary information to be included.
3. Processing of contributions
The Editors will acknowledge via email receipt of all contributions submitted. All contributions to Australian Archaeology are triple blind reviewed (by two external reviewers and one member of the Editorial Advisory Board), with the Editors also reviewing all contributions. The review process typically takes approximately 3 months to be completed, and authors are notified of the outcome at the earliest opportunity. As is the case for any refereed journal, authors may be asked to make revisions to their manuscript. If substantial revision is required the Editors may require that a manuscript be re-reviewed before a decision to publish is made. Once a paper is accepted in its final form, page-proofs will be sent to the senior author for checking. Proof Approval and Author Agreement forms will be sent with the page-proofs and must be completed and returned before publication can proceed. Final acceptance of manuscripts for publication is at the discretion of the Editors. For paper submission instructions see below.
References should be cited in text by author’s surname, publication year and page (e.g. Smith 1988:45). For three or more authors ‘et al.’ (not italicised) should be used after the first surname (e.g. David et al. 1994). If multiple references are cited they should be ordered alphabetically and then by publication year, with authors’ names separated by a semicolon (e.g. Appleby 1990:19-25; Childe 1952; David 1988; David and Chant 1995; David et al. 1994, 1999; White and O’Connell 1982:42, 50).
Type all (and only) the sources cited in the manuscript starting on a new page; note that this list should be titled ‘References‘ (not ‘Bibliography’). Do not cite papers in preparation. Papers may be cited as ‘in press’ where they have been accepted for publication, in which case the date of acceptance from the Editors should be noted (and authors may be requested to provide confirmation of acceptance). For general publication categories the format should follow the examples below. Please pay particular attention to capitalisation, punctuation and spacing. Submissions that do not conform to these referencing guidelines will be returned to authors for correction.
- Elkin, A.P. 1930 Rock-paintings of north-west Australia. Oceania 1(3):257–279.
- Bird, C.F.M. and D. Frankel 1991 Problems in constructing a prehistoric regional sequence: Holocene south-east Australia. World Archaeology 23(2):179–192.
- Denison, M.J., P. Davies, L. Billington and J.D. Mason 1989 The archaeology of Aboriginal art in southwest Texas: A review. Rock Art Research 6(1):71–72.
- Flemming, N.C. 2006 The attraction of non-rational archaeological hypotheses: The individual and sociological factors. In G.G. Fagan (ed.), Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public, pp.47–70. New York: Routledge.
- Craib, J.L. and G.R. Mangold 1999 Storm in a test pit: Effects of cyclonic storms on coastal archaeological sites in western Micronesia. In J. Hall and I.J. McNiven (eds), Australian Coastal Archaeology, pp.299–306. Research Papers in Archaeology and Natural History 31. Canberra: ANH Publications, Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University.
- Domingo Sanz, I., D. Fiore and S.K. May 2008 Archaeologies of art: Time, place and identity in rock art, portable art and body art. In I. Domingo Sanz, D. Fiore and S.K. May (eds), Archaeologies of Art: Time, Place and Identity, pp.15–28. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
- Colley, S. 2002 Uncovering Australia: Archaeology, Indigenous People and the Public. Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin.
- Flood, L. and M. Baker 1999 Archaeology and Anthropology. Sydney: Harper Collins.
- Walston, E., L. Bradley and P. Watson 1997 Why Archaeology Matters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Donaldson, M. and K. Kenneally (eds) 1993 Rock Art of the Kimberley: Proceedings of the Kimberley Society Rock Art Seminar held at the University of Western Australia, Perth, 10 September 2005. Perth: Kimberley Society Inc.
- Hall, J. and I.J. McNiven (eds) 1999 Australian Coastal Archaeology. Research Papers in Archaeology and Natural History 31. Canberra: ANH Publications, Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University.
- Kohl, P.L. and C. Fawcett (eds) 1995 Nationalism, Politics and the Practice of Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Franklin, N.R. 2004 Explorations of Variability in Australian Prehistoric Rock Engravings. BAR International Series 1318. Oxford: Archaeopress.
- Wickler, S. 2001 The Prehistory of Buka: A Stepping Stone Island in the Northern Solomons. Terra Australis 16. Canberra: Department of Archaeology and Natural History and Centre for Archaeological Research, The Australian National University.
- Damhuis, S. 2005 Hand Stencils: A Key to Identifying Gender at Rock Art Sites. Unpublished BArch(Hons) thesis, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide.
- David, B. 1994 A Space-Time Odyssey: Rock Art and Regionalisation in North Queensland Prehistory. Unpublished PhD thesis, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Queensland, St Lucia.
- Ross, J. 1997 Painted Relationships: An Archaeological Analysis of a Distinctive Anthropomorphic Rock Art Motif in Northwest Central Queensland. Unpublished BA(Hons) thesis, School of Humanities, University of New England, Armidale.
- Morwood, M.J., M. McIntyre and P.J. Hughes 1978 Archaeological Report on Art Sites in the Mt Isa Area, October 12–18. Unpublished report prepared for Cultural Heritage Branch, Department of Environment, Brisbane.
- Smith, J.R. and H.J. Hall 1996 Beaudesert Shire Regional Archaeological Project. Unpublished report prepared for the Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra.
- Wallis, L.A. 2003 Archaeological Investigations in Wanamara Country, Northwest Queensland, Aug–Oct 2002. Unpublished report prepared for Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and Woolgar Valley Aboriginal Corporation.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics 1996 Education: Participation in Education: The Education of Indigenous People. Retrieved 6 November 2003 from <http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats>.
- Barry, M. 2010 Michael Barry’s Rock Art Page. Retrieved 15 November 2010 from <http://www.timemap.net/~barry/storef~1.htm>.
- Kimberley Society 2010 Kimberley Society Incorporated. Retrieved 23 October 2010 from <http://www.kimberleysociety.org/index.phtml>.
- Ross, A. 2004 Useless Australian archaeology graduates. Message posted to the AUSARCH-L listserver, 31 May 2004, archived at <http://mailman.anu.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/ausarch-l>.
Conference Papers or Posters
- Ross, A. and S. Ulm 2010 Online heritage: Accommodating interpretation of a living Aboriginal heritage site. Unpublished paper presented to National Association for Interpretation (NAI) International, Townsville, 13–17 April.
- Wallis, L.A., R. Wright, I. Moffat, K. Domett and the Woolgar Valley Aboriginal Corporation 2005 Investigating the Woolgar Aboriginal massacre, northwest Queensland: A preliminary report. Unpublished paper presented to Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, Fremantle, 27–30 November.
- Hua, Q., S. Ulm, V. Levchenko, W.L. Fash, R. Agurcia, R. Sharer, L. Traxler and F. Petchey 2011 Reliable AMS Ages for Mayan caches at Copán, Honduras based on Spondylus sp. marine shells. Unpublished poster presented to the AMS-12 Accelerator Mass Sprectrometry Conference 2011, Wellington, New Zealand, 20–25 March.
- O’Connor, S., S. Fallon, S. Ulm, A. Barham and I. Loch 2009 Marine reservoir variability in the Kimberley region, WA. Unpublished poster presented to the 20th International Radiocarbon Conference, Big Island, Hawaii, 31 May–5 June.
- Leech, G. 1998 The first boat people. The Australian Magazine 18–19 July, pp.16–21.
- O’Neill, G. 2000 Rock the boat. The Bulletin 3 October, pp.68–70.
- Rothwell. N. 2007 Lone wolf discovered art for ages. The Australian 24 August, p.12.
- Morwood, M.J. 1996 Review of ‘Bradshaws: Ancient Paintings of North-West Australia’ by Grahame L. Walsh. Australian Archaeology 43:47–48.
- Ulm, S. 2000 Review of ‘Prehistory of Australia’ by John Mulvaney and Johan Kamminga. Journal of Australian Studies 64:257–259.
6. Initial Submission
In the first instance, papers should be submitted by email with the contribution as a single attachment, including text, figures and tables, using Microsoft® WORD (.doc). If necessary (such as owing to the size of the images), the figures alone may be submitted in Adobe® Portable Document Format (.pdf). Specifications for tables and figures should follow the guidelines below.
The figures and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript (i.e. after the references) and start on a new page. They should not be placed in the body of the manuscript itself. Ensure that all figures and tables included are refered to somewhere in the body of the manuscript.
7. Reporting Radiocarbon Ages and Calibration
Conventional radiocarbon ages should be reported as ‘BP’ (as defined by Stuiver and Polach 1977, Radiocarbon 19:355–363) and calibrated ages as ‘cal. BP’. Report laboratory number, material dated (including genus/species, if known), ᵹ13C (where available), calibration method used and any corrections made (e.g. marine reservoir correction). Calibrated ages must include the 68% and/or 95% probability ranges.
Authors are responsible for ensuring that any material that has influenced the research or writing has been properly cited and credited both in the text and in the list of references. Contributors are responsible for gaining copyright clearance on figures, photographs or lengthy quotes used in their manuscript that have been published elsewhere. Once accepted for publication in Australian Archaeology, the author retains copyright in the work and may publish or authorise others to publish the entire work or any part thereof, provided that due acknowledgement is made in any further publication that the work was originally published in Australian Archaeology. An article will not be published until the signed Author Agreement has been completed and returned to the Editors by the contributor. Any royalties deriving from the published manuscript belong to the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. and will be used to further the goals of the Association and/or for the production of future issues of Australian Archaeology.
Contributors are encouraged to contact the Editors if they have any questions or concerns about the submission process.
10. Correspondence and Submissions
All correspondence and submissions should be addressed to:
Editors – Australian Archaeology
PO Box 10
Flinders University LPO
Flinders University SA 5048