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Manuscript preparation: Research, Method and Debate

Please follow the guidelines below when creating a manuscript for Research, Method or Debate articles.


Manuscripts should be structured as follows:

  • Article title
  • Author's names and contact details for publication
  • Text (DO NOT include an abstract)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Figure captions
  • Tables
  • Supplementary material

DO NOT include the cover letter in the body of the manuscript.

Line spacing

Text should be prepared in 1.5-line-spacing.


The use of footnotes is prohibited in all manuscripts.

Word limits

Word limits are as follows:

  • Research: 5000 words
  • Method: 3000 words
  • Debate: 3000 words

The word limit MUST include all text. This includes acknowledgements, references, tables and all figure and table captions. Any submission which substantially exceeds the published word limit may be returned to the author(s).

Supplementary material may be submitted. This is not included in the word limits above and will be published online only (subject to acceptance).

Do not include an abstract.

Manuscript file formats

Wherever possible you are required to submit the manuscript as a single Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file containing all text, tables and figures. For detailed information on how to generate a PDF file go to instructions for creating PDFs.

DO NOT include the cover letter in your main manuscript PDF file, you will be asked to provide this on the submission pages.

If you cannot submit your manuscript as a PDF file, you may submit separate text and graphics files. Our preferred text format is Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx). If you are unable to provide this format please contact the Editorial Office (assistant [at] for advice. If submitting your manuscript as a Word file, DO NOT embed figures in the text. Accepted figure formats for manuscripts are: .bmp, .eps, .gif, .jpg and .jpeg, .tif and .tiff.

Supplemental file formats

We accept the following file types as supplemental files. Please note, if the reviewers selected for your paper cannot view the file type you have submitted, you may be asked to supply a different format.

  • Microsoft Suite formats: Excel (.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx), Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Video/Animation formats: .avi, .mpg and .mpeg, .mov, .qt, .swf, .wmv
  • Protein DataBank format: .pdb
  • Vector graphics: .eps, .pdf

Please keep all files as small as possible. Supplemental files should not exceed 20MB.

Publication image formats and specifications

If your paper is accepted, you will be asked to provide separate high-resolution, publication-quality graphics in .tif/.tiff or .eps format for print and online publication. It is therefore best for the initial submission to create any graphics using applications that are capable of preparing acceptable images in these formats.

Resolutions must be 300dpi or higher and image dimensions should be either half-page width (65mm) or full-page width (135mm). The maximum acceptable height is 185mm.

Use uniform lettering on figures and ensure that the text on all figures accords with Antiquity's text preparation guidelines. Maps and plans must include an accurate scale and north point.

There is no charge to authors for publication of colour images.