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Author Guidelines

AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology welcomes original contributions that match the aims and scope of the journal and have not been previously published anywhere else, or are not on the way to be published elsewhere. Being online and free access can be misunderstood as a sign of quality degradation, but in reality this is not a barrier; it is just a way to adapt from the very first moment to the new panorama in research, where the Internet is the main medium for communication, and more specifically in our field, since journals are unaffordable for any researcher that is not linked to a research institution. We try to give the widest publicity to the journal; to make it truly public.

Since we are now part of the OJS platform, the main way of submitting a paper will be through the system:

  • Register/Log in as author
  • Click 'submit' and follow the instructions

If you had any problem during the process, you can contact us at



Forums – They are normally commissioned by the editors, but sometimes they are open. In any case, we will only accept papers of less than 1.500 words (including notes and references) with a maximum of 4 figures (tables are counted as text).

Full articles - We will only accept papers of less than 10.000 words (including notes and references) with a maximum of 10 figures (tables are counted as text).

Work reports – We will only accept papers of less than 5.000 words (including notes and references) with a maximum of 5 figures (tables are counted as text).

Points of You - We will only accept papers of less than 1.500 words (including notes and references) with 1 figure.

Reviews – We will only accept papers of less than 2.000 words (including notes and references) with 1 figure, which will be the cover in the case of book reviews. In other cases (conferences, film festivals, etc.), the figure must clearly reflect the event.


Following the indications of Public Archaeology, all material should follow the MHRA Style Guide, which can be freely downloaded from:


The quality of figures should be good enough to be clearly seen in a PDF file. There will not be any weird rule for the submission of the files. Just submit the figures in any readable format (able to be edited in Adobe Photoshop ®). Every camera, software or scanner can make good quality images, so just submit originals. If any figure is subject to copyright, the author is required to attach a written permission from the holder of the rights. In order to avoid any inconvenience, we encourage the publication of self-owned images. In any case, the author is responsible for any violation of copyright issues.

We have the technology to embed YouTube videos and 3D materials. If you have any special queries, just ask us.

Notes and references:

It is preferable to avoid footnotes in the text; just quote or explain in brackets.

For references, use Harvard style (Author 2010: 322) followed by a final bibliography.  For example: ‘according to Author (2010: 123) Public Archaeology can be...’ or ‘it has been pointed out (Author 2010: 13) that...’ etc.

Multiple citations should be in alphabetical order and separated by a semicolon, (Author et al., 1990; Creator and Author 2003; Producer 1982).

Where an author has several publications from the same year, distinguish them with lower-case letters (Author 2010a, 2010b). Do not use ibid.

In the final bibliography follow the system below:


Castillo Mena, A. 2003. La Gestión del Patrimonio Arqueológico en la Comunidad de Madrid. Unpublished PhD thesis, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.   

Journal article

Matsuda, A. 2004. The concept of “the Public” and the aims of Public Archaeology. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 15, 66-76.    


Demoule, J. P. 2007. L’archéologie préventive dans le monde. Apports de l’archéologie preventive a la connaisance du passé. Paris, La Décuverte.  

Edited book

Durbin, G. (ed.) 1996. Developing Museum Exhibitions for Livelong Learning. London, GEM.

Section in book

McEwan, C., Silva, M. I. and Hudson, Ch. 2006. Using the past to forge the future: the genesis of the community site museum at Aguablanca, Ecuador. In H. Silverman (ed.), Archaeological site museums in Latin America. Gainesville, University of Florida Press, 187-216.  

Internet reference

United Nations 1992, Agenda 21. Retrieved on 29 January 2010 from WWW

(As this is an online publication, all quotes referring to an Internet address should be active links. If any of the links is not working, try copy-paste or recovering it from

In the case of any other kind of reference not mentioned here, please contact the editors.


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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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