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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text and illustrations adhere to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

(Download a pdf of the author guidelines here)

 Please use British spelling consistently throughout your manuscript. We recommend linguistic revision before review.


Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments and funding details; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) and figure(s); captions (as a list).

The file can be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format

Word and Illustration Limits

Research articles should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of tables, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes, but exclusive of bibliography.

Debate articles should be no more than 3000 words, inclusive of tables, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes, but exclusive of bibliography.

Brief communication should be no more than 2000 words, inclusive of tables, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes, but exclusive of bibliography.

In general, illustrations for articles should not exceed 2 per 1.000 words.

Style Guidelines

Author Details

Please include all authors’ full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the cover page. Where available, please also include ORCiDs. One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted.


Use bold for your article title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.


Max 200 words


Please provide 5-6 keywords to help readers find your article.


  1. First-level headings (e.g. Introduction, Conclusion) should be in bold, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.
  2. Second-level headings should be in bold italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.
  1. Third-level headings should be in italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.

Tables and figures

Indicate in the text where the tables and figures should appear, for example by inserting [Table 1 near here].


Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.


These may be used when essential; their numbers should be placed after all other forms of punctuation and without a space, e.g. … XX.3


Please include the laboratory number, the radiocarbon date, and calibrated age ranges at 1 and 2 standard deviations.


In general, references must include page number(s) please never use f/ff. Only use references to year alone, if referring to the overall topic of the publication:

In a survey by Mikkelsen (1988) on house typology…

As demonstrated by Mikkelsen (1988, 20-23)…

If you want to include two or more references within the same parentheses, use alphabetical order and separate with semicolon:

Several authors have developed models, which describe this development (Holst 2001; Johnson 1991; Olsen and Holst 2003).

If you want to include more references by the same author, separate with comma:

Several authors have developed models, which describe this development (Holst 2001, 2007; Johnson 1991; Olsen and Holst 2003).

If two or more references by the same author published in the same year are cited, distinguish these by adding a, b, c, etc. after the year:

Bryan (2017a) discussed….

If more than two authors, give the surname of the first author followed by et al.

…. (Mikkelsen et al. 2013).

If you refer to a source quoted in another source, cite both in the text, but only list the work you read in the bibliography:

A study by James (2005 cited Beck 2017) showed that…

Author names starting with the letters Æ, Ø and Å should be placed last in the reference list.

Reference list

The journal is a Crossref member. Reference linking is required for all Crossref members and for all current journal content. Reference linking is encouraged, but not required, for other content types such as books and conference proceedings

Please add hyperlinks to Crossref DOI when you create your citation list whenever possible. The tool Crossref Metadata Search might be helpful, https://search.crossref.org/references.  

You can read about Crossref here https://www.crossref.org/services/reference-linking/


Andren, A., 1998. Between Artifacts and Texts. Historical Archaeology in Global Perspective. New York: Plenum Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-9409-0

Edited book

Fabech, C. and Ringtved, J., eds. 1999. Settlement and landscape. Proceedings of a conference in Århus, Denmark. May 4-7 1998. Højbjerg: Jysk Arkæologisk Selskab.


Austin, D. and Thomas, J., 1990. ‘The “proper study” of medieval archaeology: a case study’. In: L. Alcock and D. Austin, eds. From the Baltic to the Black Sea. Studies in Medieval Archaeology. London: Unwin Hyman, 43-78. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203598320  


Frei, K.M., Frei, R., Mannering, U., Gleba, M., Nosch, M.L. and Lyngstrøm, H. 2009. Provenance of Ancient textiles – a pilot study evaluating the Sr isotope system. Archaeometry, 51 (2), 252-276.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4754.2008.00396.x

Web-page, website, e-book

Bronk Ramsey, C., 2013. OxCal 4.2 Available from: http://c14. Arch.ox.ac.uk/oxcal [Accessed 16 June 2016]

If no author, reference by title.

Unpublished reports

Laursen, S.V., FHM 5147 Hummelure. Moesgaard Museum.

Funding details

This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].


All illustrations should be numbered (Figure 1), (Table 1) and uploaded separately. Do not place them in the text document. In general, we prefer a limit of 2 illustrations per 1.000 words.

The illustrations must be professionally scanned as JPEG, PNG or TIF and 600 dpi resolution.

3D-models should be in *.obj or in *.u3d file (including texture). 

The recommended number of polygons is 50.000-200.000 and the texture atlas size should not be greater than 4096 pixels.

If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, you will need to obtain permission from the copyright owner prior to submission

Figure 1. Chronological sequence of the longhouse types from Jutland in the Late Iron Age according to Hansen et al. (1999). Drawing: D. Kaldal Mikkelsen.

Figure 10. Map depicting the bioavailable strontium isotope ranges as measured in surface waters from Denmark (after Frei and Frei 2011).

Supplemental material

Supplemental material can be a video, dataset, fileset, sound file, or anything which supports (and is pertinent to) your paper.

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