[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 wide-ranging Editorial Policy. There is no target length for an article in IA. We will publish data papers and methodologies through to research articles, reviews and e-monographs. Our straight-forward submission process is outlined below.

Step 1: Submit a Proposal

Submit your article proposal to editor@intarch.ac.uk using the sections listed below. We do also consider proposals for themed issues. Do not send a draft of your article unless it has been explicitly requested by the Editor.

I: About you

II: About the content

III: Technical details

IV: IA Open Access option

The Editor will assess/acreen the proposal and the submitted details may also be circulated to the Editorial Advisory committee for further comment. Proposals are either declined or accepted in principle and you will receive a response from the Editor within 10 working days (but usually much quicker than that).

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

Refereeing in Internet Archaeology is anonymous (double blind). The editor endeavours to pass back refereeing 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.

Copyright

IA disseminates content under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY 3.0) licence. Under this license, 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 license 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).

Internet Archaeology Open Access Option

IA authors have the option to publish their article under Open Access (OA) where, for a charge, an article will be made freely available online immediately upon publication (Gold Open Access). If you do not/are not able to opt for the IA Open Access option, your article will still be published under our standard low-cost subscription-based access and you will not be charged. Internet Archaeology is compliant with many funding bodies' Open Access policies, including RCUK.

There is no fixed OA fee as the content and technical requirements for each article varies considerably. The Editor can provide you with a customised charge based on the requirements of your article.

Although publication costs are no longer eligible to be included in RCUK grant applications, we have had assurance that grant applicants may include a 'data publishing' charge (included as one of the data management costs in applications) that will pay for the dissemination of the data. This leaves authors then only needing to apply to their APC fund to cover the dissemination of the research (i.e. the publication).

Waivers and discounted fees for authors from developing countries are available and will be negotiated individually with the corresponding author.

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access Policy

Internet Archaeology is a RoMEO Green publisher.

Post-publication Access (when an article is not Open Access)

The author access details you will use as your article develops prior to publication, will continue to be active after publication. These details become the journal's way of providing you with an 'off-print'. Access is online only and is the only sure way we can provide you with complete and full access to the complete and original published version and all its elements (incl. interactive/data components). We will not provide a PDF file (which in many cases cannot be the complete article).

The only condition we place is that these access details should be used reasonably i.e. it is reasonable to pass the details to individuals on request or to selected individuals as you would a paper off-print, but they are not for re-posting on a public website or circulated via email lists etc. Internet Archaeology reserves the right to re-issue different details should unusual activity using such details (in the web logs) be detected.

Authors can contact the editor at any time to request a reminder or to re-set their access details.

Reviews

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
http://intarch.ac.uk/
Department of Archaeology
University of York
YO1 7EP
editor@intarch.ac.uk


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