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Instructions for Authors (Journal of Lithic Studies): Proceedings of "Ground Stone Artifacts and Society", AGSR meeting, Haifa, 5-9 July 2015.


Peer-review process

All manuscripts submitted will be reviewed together with all illustrations, tables and other data. On the basis of the opinion of the referees, the Scientific Committee will decide whether or not to approve or reject the manuscript for publication or will ask for correction and modifications before re-submission.


Files to submit

Please name files as follows:

Main text file: (one author) - AUTHOR.doc; (two authors) - FIRSTAUTHOR_SECONDAUTHOR.doc; (more than two authors) - FIRSTAUTHOR_etal.doc.

Figures (may be jpg or tiff): AUTHOR-Fig1.jpg; AUTHOR-Fig2.tif.

Tables (may be Excel): AUTHOR-Table1.xls; AUTHOR-Table 2.xls; AUTHOR-Table 3.xls.


Cover letter

Along with your manuscript, please include a cover page with the following information.

Title: XXX;

Names of authors: XXX;

Affiliated institutions of all authors: XXX

Correspondence details of all authors (including email addresses): XXX;

Note the corresponding author (in the case of more than one co-author): XXX.


Also, please add the following text:


I confirm the following:

• this manuscript has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

• the names of all the co-authors have been included in the manuscript and these co-authors all had an active part in the final manuscript, approved the manuscript and agree with its submission.

• all of the research presented in and connected with this study meets the ethical guidelines, including adherence to legal requirements, of the study country.

• I have received written permission from all persons mentioned in personal communications and acknowledgments.

• I have received written permission to reproduce any copyright materials (text, images, data or otherwise) which appear within this manuscript. In cases where materials under copyright have been used in the manuscript, please contact the editor for further instructions.



The submitted manuscript should conform to the followings instructions: Manuscripts should be in English (U.K.). Articles must be accompanied by an English abstract of 200 to 400 words and at least three keywords. The abstract should cover the theme, methodology and results in concise form and should be clear and understandable on its own. Do not cite references in the abstract. Articles should not exceed 6000 words (excluding the bibliography and tables). Please compose your articles in a format compatible with MS Word (e.g. .doc, .docx). Font type and size, line spacing, and alignment (e.g., left, right, justified) are not necessary as these will be standardised by the editors.


The article should have the following sections (or sections of a similar nature). Of course, subsections are also possible at the discretion of the author:

            1. Introduction

            2. Materials and methods

            3. Results

            4. Discussion and conclusions

            5. Acknowledgments

6. References

Label section headings as in the following example:

            Heading level 1           1. Introduction

            Heading level 2           1.1 Previous research

            Heading level 2           1.2 Hypotheses

            Heading level 1           2. Methods

            Heading level 2           2.1. Field surveys and prospecting

            Heading level 2           2.2. Preparation of samples


Prior to using acronyms, the full term should be written out, followed by the acronym in parentheses. Subsequent usage may be simply by the acronym (e.g. "This study employed the use of Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) to help match artefacts to raw materials. NAA is a widely used analytical method in geochemical analyses").



Do not format lists using automatic numbering or bullets. Create lists as normal text. If you wish to modify the margins, do so manually. Automatically formatted lists can potentially cause problems when articles and issues are formatted. Similarly, section headings should be numbered manually.


Figures and tables

Images should be prepared in TIFF or JPG format at 300 dpi or higher (preferably at 600 dpi or higher), and should be embedded in the text as well as submitted as separate files. Figures should be embedded in line with the text. They should not be placed within text boxes and they should not float above the text. They must be placed at a fixed position in the text between paragraphs. Colour images are preferred. If images are in colour, please prepare a black-and-white/greyscale equivalent for use in printed copies of the volume (digital versions will be in colour). Do not use letters under size 8 point within the illustrations.


Figures should be made clear and understandable. The diagrams should contain quantity units, preferably in SI but some general units accepted by professionals (e.g., ppm, kbar) are also acceptable with consent of the editors and the referees. Maps, photos and sketches should contain a scale bar, and maps should have a North arrow. Do not use numerical ratios to describe the scale because the scale may change in printing or re-sizing. Maps should mention the source of the data in the map.


Tables should be organised in manageable size (preferred font size: 10 point), and data communicated in tables should not be repeated in the text.


Figures and tables should be numbered sequentially and each should contain a descriptive caption. Captions should appear on the first line after the figure/table itself (e.g. Figure 1. Pestles, Table 1. The ground-stone tools assemblage). Do not place captions in a text box. All figures and tables included with the articles must be cited within the text. Figures and tables should appear after the first paragraph in which they are mentioned.


In preparing the complete manuscript please consider that some readers may print the article. PDF versions of the articles will be provided in A4 page size, with 3 cm margins. The size of the figures and tables intended to be included in the main articles should reflect these size limitations. Online, the illustrations and tables will be visible in line with the text as well as being available as separate files. Tables containing data which cannot fit on a single printed page might not appear in print and PDF versions of the articles (except as references to their online counterparts), or may be re-sized or rotated in order to fit. The editors maintain the right to re-size illustrations if necessary. The editors may also resize or rearrange tables for optimal appearance or place them among the supplementary materials.


Supplementary materials

If you feel that your article would benefit from the use of a non-printable media (e.g. video or sound) please let us know as it will be possible to include these in the digital version of the proceedings. These supplementary materials will be accessible online together with the document but will not be printed in hard copy versions of the volume or in PDF versions. Instead a link to the online material will be listed.  Authors can also refer to external documents accessible on the internet but the editors cannot guarantee their long term integrity and accessibility. It is therefore better for such content to be placed online along with the article if the author has proper authorisation to do so.



Citations should be made within the text (see the details below) and references should be listed in full after the text. Avoid the use of footnotes and endnotes. For citations with one author, made at the end of a statement, use the format (Binford 1962). For two authors, use the format (Gurova & Nachev 2008), and for more than two authors, (Julig et al. 1992). If a book is cited, note the relevant pages as (Willey & Phillips 1958: 2). If more than one work is cited, use the following format (Willey & Phillips 1958: 2; Binford 1962; Julig et al. 1992; Gurova & Nachev 2008). Multiple citations should be sorted chronologically and then alphabetically. For citations within the text with one author, use the format Binford (1962). For two authors use the format Gurova & Nachev (2008) and for more than two authors use the format Julig et al. (1992). For example,

Binford (1962) discusses the role which archaeology plays within the field of anthropology.

Willey & Phillips (1958) and Binford (1962) have discussed the role which archaeology plays within the field of anthropology.

Several authors have discussed the role which archaeology plays within the field of anthropology (see for example, Willey & Phillips 1958; Binford 1962).


Do not use citation abbreviations such as ibid., op. cit., infra., or supra. Instead, show all citations (even those of the same source) as described above.



The list of references at the end of the text should be given in alphabetical order by the family name of the first author, followed by year, and then by title. Letters with accents and other diacritical symbols should be ordered as if they had no diacritics. If more than one reference by the same author was used, do not cluster them, but rather list each reference individually.


Titles which are not in English should indicate the primary language at the end of the reference, along with an English translation of the title. If an English title is provided in the original publication, this one should be used. Otherwise, the author of the manuscript should provide an adequate translation. Names of authors which do not appear using the Latin alphabet in the original publication should be transcribed into the Latin alphabet. If the author has written his or her name using the Latin alphabet in another publication, this spelling should be used. In cases where more than one Latin spelling is used by the original authors, the author of the manuscript should choose one and consistently use it. For example, Віктор Петрунь may be transcribed as either Viktor Petrun or Viktor Petrougne as both have been used in his publications. Names which use diacritics (such as accents) or extended letters of the Latin alphabet (for example the letters ð and þ used in Icelandic) should be written as they appear in the original publications. References to works published using non-Latin alphabets should include the original title, in the original alphabet, with a translation of the title into English at the end, as with other non-English titles.


When confusion may occur between two authors with the same surname and the same first initial, the given name of the author should be written in full in the references. For example:


Skinner, Alanson 1914, Notes on the Plains Cree, American Anthropologist, New Series, 16(1): 68-87. doi:10.1525/aa.1914.16.1.02a00060


Skinner, Anne & Rudolph, M. N. 1996, The use of the E′ signal in flint for ESR dating, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 47(11–12): 1399-1404. doi:10.1016/s0969-8043(96)00252-7


When known, the DOI of a publication should be noted in the references. If a stable URL for the article exists on the journal’s website or its official indexing site (e.g., JStor), this should be included as well in the reference.


Do not abbreviate the names of journals.


Refer to personal communications only in exceptional cases with preference given to highly accessible works. If personal communications must be referred to, use the format (personal communications with NAME on DATE). Do not list personal communications in the references section.


Authors are HIGHLY recommended to use citation software (e.g., EndNote) to produce the reference section of the article. If authors choose to create the reference section manually, and it contains too many errors (i.e., it does not conform to the instructions and examples given here or is missing information) then the paper will returned to the authors for revision, regardless of recommendations made by the reviewers. If the editors review the article a second time and the bibliography still does not conform to proper format or is missing information, then the authors will be requested to create the bibliography using citation software.


The following is an example of a references section listing several references in order.



Binford, L.R. 1962, Archaeology as Anthropology. American Antiquity, 28(2): 217-225. doi:10.2307/278380

Biró, K.T. 2006a, Carpathian obsidians: myth and reality. In: Proceedings of the 34th International Symposium on Archaeometry, (Pérez-Arantegui, J., Ed.), Institución “Fernando el Católico”, Zaragoza: p. 267-277.

Biró, K.T. 2006b, Sources of Hungarian petroarchaeological information on the internet. In: Stone Age - Mining Age; Proceedings of the VIIIth International Flint Symposium, September 13-17 1999, Bochum, (Körlin, G., & Weisgerber, G., Eds.), Veröffentlichungen aus dem Deutschen Bergbaumuseum Bochum 148; Der Anschnitt Beiheft Vol. 19. Deutschen Bergbaumuseum, Bochum: p. 483-488.

de Bruin, M., Korthoven, P.J.M., van der Steen, A.J., Houtman, J.P.W., & Duin, R.P.W. 1976, The Use of Trace Element Concentrations in the Identification of Objects. Archaeometry, 18(1): 75-83. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4754.1976.tb00146.x

Comşa, E. 1975, Le silex de type ‘Balkanique’. Peuce, 4: 5–19. (in French) ("‘Balkanic’ type flint")

Crandell, O.N. 2006, Macroscopic and microscopic analysis of chert; A proposal for standardisation of methodology and terminology. Buletinul Cercurilor Științifice Studențești, 12: 7-30.

Dal, E.K. 2011, Telling a story. Using narrative interpretations at archaeological exhibitions. Master thesis no. 1887/18370 at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, Leiden, 143 p.

Gurova, M. 2001, Функционален анализ на кремъчен ансамбъл от селищна могила Капитан Димитриево. Археология (Arkeologiya), 42(3-4): 38-47. (in Bulgarian) ("Micro-Wear Analysis of the Flint Assemblage from Tell Kapitan Dimitrievo")

Gurova, M., & Nachev, C.I. 2008, Formal Early Neolithic flint toolkits: archaeological and sedimеntological aspects. In: Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy. Proceedings of the International Conference, 29-30 October 2008 Sofia, (Kostov, R.I., Gaydarska, B., & Gurova, M., Eds.), Publishing House “St. Ivan Rilski”, Sofia: p. 29-35.

Jarvis, H.W. 1988, INAA Characterization of Onondaga Chert: A Preliminary Study in Western New York. Master of Arts thesis at the Anthropology Department, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, 81 p.

Julig, P.J., Pavlish, L.A., Clark, C., & Hancock, R.G.V. 1992, Chemical characterization and sourcing of Upper Great Lakes cherts by INAA. Ontario Archaeology, 54: 37-50.

Julig, P. J. 1995, The Sourcing of Chert Artifacts by INAA: Some Examples from the Great Lakes Region. Journal of World Anthropology, 1(2), Accessed: 09 October 2012. URL: http://wings.buffalo.edu/research/anthrogis/JWA/V1N2/julig-pap.html

Odell, G.H., (Ed.), 1996, Stone Tools: theoretical insights into human prehistory, Interdisciplinary contributions to archaeology. Springer, New York, 401 p.

Odell, G.H. 2000, Stone tool research at the end of the millennium: Procurement and technology. Journal of Archaeological Research, 8(4): 269-331. doi:10.1023/a:1009439725979

Odell, G.H. 2004, Lithic Analysis, Manuals in archaeological method, theory, and technique. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, 262 p.

Saini-Eidukat, B., & Michlovic, M.G. 2005, Material Analysis of Lithic Flaking Debris. The Plains Anthropologist, 50(196): 159-167. URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25670846

Skinner, Alanson 1914, Notes on the Plains Cree. American Anthropologist, New Series, 16(1): 68-87. URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/659500

Skinner, Anne & Rudolph, M.N. 1996, The use of the E′ signal in flint for ESR dating. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 47(11–12): 1399-1404. doi:10.1016/s0969-8043(96)00252-7

Weisgerber, G., Slotta, R., & Weiner, J., (Eds.) 1980, 5000 Jahre Feuersteinbergbau. Die Suche nach dem Stahl der Steinzeit, (1st ed.), Veröffentlichungen aus dem Deutschen Bergbau-Museum Bochum Vol. 22. Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum, 672 p. (in German) ("5000 years of flint mining: The search for the steel of the Stone Age")

Willey, G.R., & Phillips, P. 1958, Method and Theory in American Archaeology. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 270 p.

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