Archaeological Textiles Review

Guidelines for authors



The ATR aims to provide a source of information relating to all aspects of archaeological textiles. Archaeological textiles from both prehistoric and historical periods and from all parts of the world are covered in the ATR's range of interests. 



Submission of manuscripts

All submissions are to be made in electronic text file format (preferably Microsoft Word) and are to be sent electronically or by post (a CD-ROM/USB).

N.B. Contributions can be in written English, German or French.


Types of contributions

Research articles are welcome – these will be peer-reviewed. Contributions may include accounts of work in progress, research and activities related to archaeological textiles from recent excavations or in museums/galleries. PhD and other project reports are also welcome – these will not be peer-reviewed. Such reports may encompass technology and analysis, experimental archaeology, documentation, exhibitions, conservation and storage. Bibliographical information on new books is also welcome for our ‘New Books’ section. Announcements and reviews of exhibitions, seminars, conferences, special courses and lectures can be sent in for inclusion in the ‘News’ section of ATR. Brief information relating to current projects and any queries concerning the study of archaeological textiles will as a rule only be published on the ATR website and Facebook page.



Each manuscript should contain:


Title page with: full title and subtitle (if any); for the purposes of blind refereeing, the full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/email/phone details;

an abstract of 100-150 words in English for use in the peer review process; 5-10 key words


Main text


Research articles should be no longer than 10,000 words. PhD and other project reports should be no more than 2000 words. The text is to be clearly organised, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations above 40 words displayed indented in the text. There are four ready-made styles for subheadings:  Bold for the top level, Bold/Italics for the second level, Italics for the third level and Small Caps for the fourth level.

Do not put in running headers or double columns.

Things to AVOID:

1. Please do not insert a tab at the beginning of the first paragraph following a heading.

2. Please do not use underlining, use italics instead.

3. Please do not supply embedded illustrations or tables (submit them as separate individual files).

4. Please avoid superscript th in 6th, 8th, etc.


Things to DO:

1. Please insert tabs at the beginning of paragraphs, except after headings.

2. Please be consistent with spelling, use of punctuation and abbreviations.

3. Please use full stops after initials in people’s names and make sure there are SPACES between them as well. Thus Sinclair Hood should be M. S. F. Hood, and NOT M.S.F. Hood or MSF Hood. This applies to the bibliography as well as the text.



Use a clear, readable style. If technical terms or acronyms not related to textile terminology must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language and plurals rather than he/she. Capitalise archaeological features, e.g. House B and not house B. Capitalise magnetic directions only when part of a recognised name, such as North Africa, otherwise, e.g. southern Denmark. Capitalise archaeological periods, such as Neolithic, whether as noun or adjective, and also capitalise further refinements, such as Early, Late, Upper, or Lower, thus: Early Neolithic period. Chemical elements should be spelled out in textual passages, but given in their abbreviated form, e.g. Au, Pb, in statistical paragraphs, tables and figures.



When writing in English, use only UK spelling and grammar.



Use single quotation marks for emphasis and double quotes for short direct quotations. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD).



Give dates as date, month, year: e.g. 6 November 1632. Use 1960s (not sixties) without an apostrophe and use the numbers for centuries or millennia: e.g. 4th century AD or 3rd millennium BC. Invert the order of date and AD when using specific numbers, e.g. AD 980 (NOT 980 AD). There are no commas in thousands of years old, but there are in tens of thousands of years old: e.g. 12,000 BP. Uncalibrated radiocarbon years follow ordinary conventions, dates are given in lowercase bp. When using calibrated radiocarbon dates, it should be clear which calibration is being used.


Foreign words

All foreign words, with the exception of place names, should be italicized

                             e.g.  Carol has a muy guapo husband!


                             Carol’s good-looking husband lives in Lund, Sweden.


Do not italicise e.g., i.e., et al., ibidThis includes the common-place terms, such as vice versa and in situ, that are not abbreviated.



All numbers should be written as follows:

Numbers 1-10 will be spelled out:  e.g. One NOT 1; nine balloons NOT 9 balloons

Numbers 11 and above, Arabic numbers:  12 NOT twelve, 371 not three hundred and seventy-one.  The only exception to this is if the number is the first word in the sentence:

e.g.  Twenty archaeologists pelted my home with spindle whorls last night.


20 archaeologists pelted my home with spindle whorls last night.



For all SI units (metres, grams, etc.), use the standard abbreviated terms preceded by a space and WITHOUT FULL STOPS!

                             e.g. 200 g  NOT 200 grams or 200g.

                             1,050 m  NOT 1,050 metres squared or 1,050 metres2

                             432 kg NOT 432kg. or 432 kilograms

In the rare cases where non-metric measurements are cited, please use conventional abbreviations, once again without full stops.

                             e.g. 400 in NOT 400 in. or 400 inches.


Other abbreviations are as follows:

c. =                                     circa

Fig. or Figs =                         Figure(s)

No. or Nos =                         Number(s)

Pl. or Pls =                            Plate(s)

Ed. Or Eds =                                           Editor(s)


All other abbreviations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style format.



If absolutely necessary, these should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the acknowledgments or bibliography, whichever comes next.



If necessary, these should be included at the end of the article before the bibliography. They must be written in the first person (i.e. “I would like to thank…”). Titles for people mentioned can be included or not, but please be consistent in this! (E.g. “I would like to thank Dr Simon Richards at Durham University and Ms Elizabeth Dutton in the Leicester City Archives” OR “I would like to thank Simon Richards at Durham University and Elizabeth Dutton in the Leicester City Archives”, NOT “I would like to thank Dr Simon Richards at Durham University and Elizabeth Dutton in the Leicester City Archives”).


References should follow the Harvard or scientific convention (e.g. Smith 2007, 56), with the bibliography at the end. Please reference in the following way:

Author (last name only!) year, page: e.g.  Nosch 2000, 321. 

For additional citations in a single footnote, separate them with a semicolon (;): e.g. Nosch 2000, 321; Kim 2001, 333.

For two authors in a single citation: Author and Author year, page: e.g. Kim and Nosch 2001, 359.

We will also use the usual conventions for multiple authors, et al.: e.g. Kim et al. 1998, 403.

If several sources are referred to, please list them in chronological (NOT alphabetical order)

Several works by the same authors should be quoted in the following way: Author year, page; year, page: e.g. Ryder 1969; 1974; 1983, 205.

Personal communications should be referred to as: Name Surname, pers. comm. Year: e.g. Ulla Mannering pers. comm. 2009.


Please write out all page numbers in full, e.g. Nosch 2000, 321-355. (NOT Nosch 2000, 321-55, and NOT Nosch 2000, 321 ff.)




Author’s last name, author’s first name initials followed by a full stop and separated by a space if more than one (year) Title in Initial Capitals and Italics. Place: Publisher.

e.g. Gleba, M. (2008) Textile Production in Pre-Roman Italy. Oxford: Oxbow Books.


Articles in periodicals

Author(s) as above (year) Title of article with small initial letters (except for proper nouns). Name of the Periodical in Initial Capitals and Italics volume no. (issue no.), pages.

e.g. Mårtensson, L., Nosch, M-L. and Andersson Strand, E. (2009) Shape of things: understanding a loom weight. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 28 (4), 373-398.


Articles in edited volumes

Author(s) as above (year) Title of chapter with small initial letters (except for proper nouns). In Name(s) of editor(s) (eds), Title of Edited Volume in Initial Capitals and Italics. Place: publisher, pages. 

e.g. Raeder Knudsen, L. (2012) The tablet-woven borders of Verucchio. In M. Gleba and U. Mannering (eds), Textiles and Textile Production in Europe from Prehistory to AD 400. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 254-264.


Internet sources

Please provide the URL and date accessed

e.g. Petrie Museum Catalogue: (accessed 15 March 2011).



Authors should be written with family name first, then the abbreviated first name.

Andersson, E. (1995) Invisible handicrafts. The general picture of textile and skin crafts in Scandinavian surveys. Lund Archaeological Review 1, 7-20.



If there are more than two authors:

Photos-Jones, E., Hall, A. J., Atkinson, J. A., Tompsett, G., Cottier, A. and Sanders, G. D. R. (1999) The Aghia Kyriaki, Melos Survey: prospecting for the elusive earths in the Roman period in the Aegean. The Annual of the British School at Athens 94, 377-413.



Accepted abbreviations are:




Write out all other titles.



It is in the author's interest to provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for greyscale and 300 dpi for colour.

Figures must be saved separate to the text. Please do not embed figures in the main manuscript file.

Image files should be saved in one of the following formats:

TIFF or EPS: These are our preferred formats for scanned images. If you do not have professional quality scanning facilities, please send the artwork to us for scanning here.

                        Scan photos and slides at 300 dpi.

                        Scan b/w line artwork at 600 dpi.

                              Scan mixed line and tone illustrations at 600 dpi.


Excel: Tints and patterns in Excel charts should be noticeably different. Tints need to be in increments of at least 25%. Do not use complicated patterns. Vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines are best, and check that they are easily recognisable in the legend. DO NOT place the chart on a grey background.


Word: High resolution line artwork and tables. We CANNOT accept embedded halftones.


Adobe Illustrator: Convert to black and white. If using versions earlier than 9 please make sure that all fonts are embedded or included on the disk, or save them as a PDF.


CorelDraw: Convert files to black and white. Please save as high resolution PDFs with all fonts embedded.


Photoshop: All formats are OK.


PDF: High resolution black and white with all fonts embedded at 100%. They need to be compatible with the latest version of Acrobat.


DO NOT SEND anything in these formats:

Low resolution JPEGs (see note below)


PowerPoint files (the resolution is too low)

WMF files



We prefer not to have JPEGs where possible, but if there is no other option we can accept them providing they are high resolution (e.g. not 72 dpi taken from the internet).


Taking photos for publication with digital cameras

Please set to the highest quality picture setting.


Numbering and captions

All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g. Fig. 1, Fig. 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. Fig. 1a, Fig. 1b).

Figure captions must be included as part of the file containing the complete text of the paper, and numbered correspondingly.

The filename for a graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Fig1, Fig2a.

Tables: tables should be typed (double line-spaced) on separate sheets and their position indicated by a marginal note in the text. All tables should have short descriptive captions.



N.B. AUTHORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING PERMISSIONS FROM COPYRIGHT HOLDERS for reproducing through any medium of communication (including electronic, i.e. ATR website) any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.



All contributions will be peer-reviewed by the members of the scientific committee or invited specialists.

The Editors reserve the right to suggest alterations in the wording of manuscripts sent for publication.



Authors will receive proofs of their articles in electronic form and be asked to send corrections back within two weeks. Additionally, they will receive a complimentary copy of the journal and controlled access to a PDF of their article after publication.



Copyright in text remains with the individual authors. Copyright in images remains with the original source.



The views expressed by authors in articles printed in the Archaeological Textiles Review are not necessarily those of the Editors and are the sole responsibility of the individual contributors.