[Internet Archaeology]

Guidelines for Authors

Here are a few reasons why publishing in IA might be good for you and your research. The journal has a very broad remit and a wide-ranging Editorial Policy. There is no target length for an article and in fact we will publish data papers, methodologies, research articles, themed issues, reviews all the way to large monographs. Our straight-forward submission process is outlined below.

Step 1: Submit a Proposal

Submit your publication proposal to editor@intarch.ac.uk using the sections listed below. Please do not send a draft of your article unless it has been explicitly requested by the Editor. Incomplete proposals are unlikely to be assessed favourably so please give as much information as you can.

I: About the author(s)

II: About the content

III: Technical details

IV: Open Access

Use this section to tell us about how you can contribute to the publication costs.

Submit your completed article proposal to editor@intarch.ac.uk. The Editor will screen the proposal and circulate to Advisory editors for further comment. Proposals are either declined or accepted in principle and you will usually receive a response from the Editor within 10 working days (but often much quicker than that). This is stage one of a two stage review process. Articles undergo double-blind peer-review once a full draft is submitted.

Step 2: Write!

As you write, think about your article structure and how to use the linking benefits of the medium. Try to think beyond a linear text with supplementary images. A web document doesn't necessarily have a beginning, middle and end. It might help to think in visual terms about the final structure e.g. writing hierarchically means important detail can be included `lower down' in the article (after all, depth and the building up of layers and meaning are concepts that every archaeologist is familiar with!). A summary or series of summary sections may be helpful. Alternatively consider a 'wheel' arrangement, with a central hub [main argument] and spokes [supporting data/discussion] radiating outwards. It may also help to draw out or 'storyboard' your main sections to aid planning.

General guidelines

Step 3: Submit Your Draft

The editorial workflow will run smoothest if your text files are in a common word processing format (e.g. MS Word not PDF). HTML is also accepted but please inform the editor beforehand and use minimal formatting (no CSS), validate to HTML 5 or XHTML 1 (strict).

Language Editing

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but it does help to ensure that the academic content is clear and fully understood by both the journal editor and the referee. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. There are specialist language editing companies that offer such services but note that authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

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After submission, you may also be asked to supply additional files and information (metadata) beyond what will appear in the published article. This is to aid preservation of the content which will be fully archived by the Archaeology Data Service. You may also be asked to provide a statement on how any underlying research materials can be accessed.

Articles can be submitted as email attachments for shorter contributions, but we prefer to use the University of York's Drop-Off system and access is arranged by the Editor once you are ready to submit. All submissions will be acknowledged by email as soon as possible after receipt.

Step 4: Refereeing

IA operates a two stage review process. Articles undergo double-blind peer-review after editorial screening at the proposal stage. The editor endeavours to pass back referee comments on submissions usually within 4 weeks (often quicker), but will contact you if the refereeing process takes longer than this. A set of guidelines for referees has been complied and potential authors might also find it useful to read through this advice before submission.

The editor will liaise with you over any revisions and will arrange a suitable deadline for the submission of the revised draft.


IA disseminates content under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY 3.0) licence. Under this licence, authors do not assign their copyright to Internet Archaeology but instead retain ownership of the copyright for their content, and allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and the source are cited with re-users making clear the licence terms under which the work was published.

Authors 'sign' a digital licence indicating these terms (triggered once a revised draft has been submitted). Only one digital licence is required per article (usually by the main corresponding author who signs on behalf of all other contributors).

Authors should note that the CC-BY licence does not affect any content that the author does not own or control e.g. content created by a 3rd party. The licence covers only the rights held by the author(s). All 3rd party content (which is not covered under the CC licence) should be clearly attributed and labelled (e.g. Figure X ©Institution Y. 2013 or Figure Z ©Institution Y. 2013. CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access Policy

Internet Archaeology is a RoMEO Green publisher and you are free to deposit/repost your accepted author copy where you see fit.
For those in UK required to deposit their published articles in their institutional repository (e.g. for REF purposes), we have been advised by HEFCE that you may use the 'gold OA' exception. Ben Johnson (HEFCE) confirmed in an email to Judith Winters, 15 June 2016, that "[we] recommend that you advise your authors that they should use the 'gold OA' exception in the policy (paragraph 38f in this doc: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/media/HEFCE,2014/Content/Pubs/2014/201407/HEFCE2014_07_updated%20July%202015.pdf). This exception means that the author does not need to deposit their work in a repository. This, I hope, addresses your concerns that the form and nature of the outputs that are published in Internet Archaeology are not particularly suited to being posted in a repository."

Post-publication Access

The final version of your article is the online HTML version with all its other elements (such as interactive/data components). We do not routinely provide a PDF version (and in many cases, the complete article cannot be squeezed into such a format).


We are interested in reviewing all manner of digital archaeological/heritage content. We tend not to review books unless they have a very specific computing/digital slant but we do make exceptions. See our separate review page for more information.

Editorial correspondence

All editorial correspondence should be addressed to:

The Editor
Internet Archaeology
Department of Archaeology
University of York

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Internet Archaeology is an open access journal. Except where otherwise noted, content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s), the title of the work, the Internet Archaeology journal and the relevant URL/DOI.
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