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Author Guidelines

Queensland Archaeological Research accepts submissions via direct email to the Editors.

1. General

Queensland Archaeological Research is a peer-reviewed journal published since 1984 devoted to publishing substantive, original and high-quality archaeological research pertaining to Queensland, Australia and adjacent areas. Data-rich manuscripts are particularly welcome. Queensland Archaeological Research is published in English in one volume each year. Submission of articles to Queensland Archaeological Research is free. Access to articles in Queensland Archaeological Research is free.

These Author Guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

2. Submission of contributions

Submissions that do not conform to these Author Guidelines may be returned to authors for correction before they are processed. The Editors will consider contributions of any word length. Typically articles published in the journal are between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length. All contributions must be typed, double line spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman font or similar. Use margins of at least 2.5 cm. Do not use more than three heading levels. Do not use footnotes. Do not use double spaces after full stops at the end of sentences. Use single quotation marks. Number all pages submitted consecutively. For further guidance on style refer to the most recent issue of Queensland Archaeological Research. A 150-200 word abstract must be included. The abstract should be a complete, concise summary of the paper. A cover page must be included listing contribution title and full names, affiliations and postal addresses for correspondence (including email) of all authors as well as ORCiDs and social media handles (where available). The corresponding author should be clearly identified (if not the first named author). Author affiliations should reflect where the research was undertaken. No changes to author affiliations will be permitted after an article is accepted. Do not include author names on pages other than the cover page. Queensland Archaeological Research accepts submissions via direct email to the Editors.

3. Processing of contributions

All material submitted to Queensland Archaeological Research is subject to double-blind peer review. The Editors will acknowledge receipt of all contributions. Queensland Archaeological Research is committed to rigour and integrity in research and the peer review process. For more information please read our Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. An Editor and two Editorial Advisory Board members or external experts will peer review all contributions. Editors are responsible for nominating appropriate Editorial Advisory Board members or external experts to peer review all contributions. Editorial Advisory Board members and external experts are selected based on their expertise in the field of research that is the subject of the contribution. Reviewers must make objective recommendations, declare any conflicts of interest, treat review material confidentially and point out relevant published work which is not yet cited. Published Queensland Archaeological Research authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process when requested. Editors are responsible for the review of peer review reports and the final decision on publication. As for any refereed journal, authors may be asked to make revisions to their manuscript. If substantial revision is required manuscripts may be re-reviewed before a decision to publish is made. Once a paper is accepted in its final form, page-proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for approval. Proof Approval and Author Agreement forms will be sent with the page-proofs and must be completed and returned before publication can proceed. Final acceptance of manuscripts for publication is at the discretion of the Editors.

4. Citations

Published research influencing the research must be cited and included in the References. Authors must not cite papers in preparation. Papers may be cited as 'in press' where they have been accepted for publication.

References should be cited in text by author's surname, publication year and page (e.g. Smith 1988:45). For three or more authors 'et al.' (without italics) should be used after the first surname (e.g. David et al. 1994). If multiple references are cited they should be ordered alphabetically and then by publication year, with author's names separated by a semicolon (e.g. Appleby 1990:19-25; Childe 1952; David 1988:34-36, 56; David and Chant 1995; David et al. 1994, 1999; White and O'Connell 1982:42, 50).

5. References

All articles must include a list of references at the end of the manuscript. Include all and only those references cited in the paper. For general publication categories the format should follow the examples below. Please pay particular attention to capitalisation, punctuation and spacing.

Journal Articles
Bird, C.F.M. and D. Frankel 1991 Problems in constructing a prehistoric regional sequence: Holocene south-east Australia. World Archaeology 23(2):179-192.

Book Chapters
Carter, M. 2006 North of the Cape and south of the Fly: Discovering the archaeology of social complexity in Torres Strait. In B. David, B. Barker and I.J. McNiven (eds), The Social Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Societies, pp.287-303. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Lourandos, H. 1997 Continent of Hunter-Gatherers: New Perspectives in Australian Prehistory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Edited Books
David, D., B. Barker and I.J. McNiven (eds), The Social Archaeology of Australian Indigenous Societies. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Ferrier, Å. 2015 Journeys into the Rainforest: Archaeology of Culture Change and Continuity on the Evelyn Tableland, North Queensland. Terra Australis 43. Canberra: ANU Press.

David, B. 1994 A Space-Time Odyssey: Rock Art and Regionalisation in North Queensland Prehistory. Unpublished PhD thesis, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Artym, U. 2018 Profiling the Police: Exploring Officer-Trooper Interactions in the Queensland Native Mounted Police. Unpublished BArch (Hons) thesis, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide.

Unpublished Reports
Smith, J.R. and H.J. Hall 1996 Beaudesert Shire Regional Archaeological Project. Unpublished report to the Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra.

Conference Papers
Bateman, L., H. Burke, B. Barker, N. Cole, L. Wallis, E. Hatte and Rinyurru Aboriginal Corporation 2017 Domesticity on the Frontier: An Investigation of Daily Life at a Queensland Native Police Camp. Unpublished paper to Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, 6-8 December.

Internet Resources
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1996 Education: Participation in Education: The Education of Indigenous People. Retrieved 6 November 2003 from 

Listserver Communications 
Ross, A. 2004 Useless Australian archaeology graduates. Message posted to the AUSARCH-L listserver, 31 May 2004, archived at

6. Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements should appear immediately before the References. Supply details of the sources of all funding (both monetary and in-kind) contributing to the research, including grant numbers (where applicable). Name all individuals (who do not qualify as authors) and organisations who contributed to the conduct of the research. If applicable, include details of any ethical clearances (including reference numbers).

7. Initial Submission

In the first instance, papers should be submitted by email with the contribution as a single attachment, including text, figures and tables, using Microsoft® WORD (.doc or .docx) or Adobe® Portable Document Format (.pdf). Specifications for tables and figures should follow the guidelines below.

8. Final Paper Submission Instructions

Once accepted for publication, final versions of papers (including figures and tables) should be submitted as email attachments. Specifications for tables and figures should follow the guidelines below.

9. Text

Text should be submitted using Microsoft® WORD (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) format.

10. Tables

Tables (including a caption) should be included in the body of the text as close as possible to where they are first cited. Table captions should appear above the table. Number and refer to tables in the text with Arabic numerals (i.e. Table 1 etc). Tables should be submitted using Microsoft® WORD (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).

11. Figures (Line Drawings and Photographs)

Line drawings and photographs should both be referred to as Figures, and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals (i.e. Figure 1 etc). Figures should be included in the body of the text as close as possible to where they are first cited. Figure captions should appear below the figure. For final submission, figures should be submitted electronically as separate files as TIFF, JPEG (maximum quality) or EPS (with preview) files. Figures should be submitted at final size, ready for the printing process. Figures should be submitted at resolutions of 600 dpi at final size. That is, the figure and its caption should be sized to fit either within the margins of a double columned page (170 mm) or a single column (81 mm). The available space within margins for the full length of a page is 250 mm (this leaves room for a one line caption). Please choose appropriate letter size, line thickness and shading/stippling. Photocopies of drawings are not acceptable. If not your own work, you must acknowledge the origin of all figures and, where applicable, it is the author's responsibility to obtain written unfettered permission to publish from the copyright owner of the original.

12. Data and Code Availability

Authors must make all data and any code required to replicate findings reported in papers available at the time of publication. We encourage authors to lodge data and code in suitable public repositories (e.g. Figshare, Open Science Framework, tDAR, Archaeology Data Service, Open Context, JOAD Dataverse, Zenodo) and/or report these data as Supplementary Information in Queensland Archaeological Research and provide cross-references in the paper. Exemptions to this policy on legal or ethical grounds must be approved by an Editor.

13. Supplementary Information

Supplementary information relating to articles may be accepted for publication where such materials are directly relevant to the arguments presented in a paper. Such additional information may include, for example, detailed data tables where it is only appropriate to place a summary table in the article itself. At the initial submission stage authors should clearly identify material as supplementary information. Supplementary material will normally be restricted to tables and figures, but may also include video or audio files. Supplementary tables and figures should be numbered consecutively in the form Table S1, Figure S1 etc. All supplementary information will be peer-reviewed, at the same time as the normal refereeing process for the paper.

14. Reporting and Citing Ages/Dates and Calibration

The reporting of any radiocarbon, thermoluminesence (TL) and optically-stimulated luminesence (OSL) ages must follow the specifications outlined in the Style Sheet for Australian Archaeology (see section 3.13 Reporting and citing ages/dates).

15. Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

All authors must read and agree to the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

16. Copyright

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms: (1) Authors are responsible for ensuring that any material that has influenced the research or writing has been properly cited and credited both in the text and in the list of references. Contributors are responsible for gaining copyright clearance on figures, photographs or lengthy quotes used in their manuscript that have been published elsewhere; (2) 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; (3) 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; (4) 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); and (5) An article will not be published until the signed Author Agreement has been completed and returned to the Editors by the contributor.

17. Other

Contributors are encouraged to contact the Editors if they have any questions or concerns about the submission process.

18. Correspondence and Submissions

All correspondence and submissions should be addressed to:


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