Technical Briefs Guide for Authors


Editorial Policy

Manuscripts submitted to Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology must be written in English, be no more than 3000 words in length, and constitute original pieces of work. Manuscripts previously published on a personal or institutional homepage may be considered unpublished works and eligible for publication in the series. All manuscripts must follow the SHA Style Guide for the journal Historical Archaeology or they will not be accepted for peer review. Submitted papers are expected to meet a high standard of quality in keeping with SHA journal criteria. The Technical Briefs Editor reserves the right to reject (with or without review by referees) or return for revision any submission that is of poor quality, excessive length or that addresses an inappropriate subject matter. Copyright ownership for published papers is transferred by the author(s) to the Society for Historical Archaeology as detailed in the copyright agreement employed by the journal Historical Archaeology.

Manuscript Submission and Review

Manuscripts are submitted electronically to the Technical Briefs Editor as a Microsoft Word document file. Manuscripts must incorporate a title page, the manuscript text, acknowledgements, a list of references cited, a list of figure and table captions should they be required, formatted tables should they be required and an abstract of no more than 100 words. Figures, including photographs, are to be high quality artwork and submitted as separate files in JPG format with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. Figures are not to be imbedded in the manuscript text file.

The Technical Briefs Editor reviews manuscripts for appropriate subject content and format, and a decision will be made on its suitability for peer review. Authors will be immediately notified of the decision. An author whose manuscript does not meet SHA style guidelines but where the subject matter is appropriate may be encouraged to revise and resubmit the work. An Associate Editor and one additional external reviewer with appropriate expertise are responsible for peer review of the manuscript. Based on their assessment, the Technical Briefs Editor and the SHA Editor will be responsible for acceptance and publication of all papers. The Technical Briefs Editor will notify the author that the manuscript has been accepted unconditionally, has been accepted after the author has addressed recommended revisions, or that the manuscript has been rejected. Once accepted unconditionally, authors will be mailed the SHA copyright release form for their signature and return.

Manuscript Publication

Manuscripts with SHA copyright ownership are copy-edited to SHA style guidelines. The Technical Briefs series is indexed by year, with each year given a sequential number. Papers are given sequential page numbers within the yearly volume. Formatted manuscripts are first posted on a designated SHA Website accessible only to authors. Authors will receive email notification of the posting and will be responsible for proof reading the text and making corrections. Authors are given a maximum response time of 72 hours for page proof revisions. Manuscripts are published on the SHA server in HTML and PDF formats through links to the SHA homepage. Technical Briefs in Historical Archaeology Volume 1 includes 2005 publications. The Table of Contents for Volume 1 will be updated as papers are added to the volume. The series is accessible to all Intern users accessing the SHA home page.

Reprint Requests and External Links

Requests may be made to the SHA Journal Editor, J.W. Joseph, at jwjoseph@newsouthassoc.com for permission to reprint articles from the series, or to establish external website links. The SHA Editor may grant permission to reprint entire articles or excerpts but will not grant permission to print abstracts or condensations other than those original to the article. Briefs must be reprinted as published, except that typographical errors may be corrected. No changes favoring alternate spellings are permitted ("color" to "colour" or "archaeology" to "archeology").



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