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General Author Guidelines

Before you submit your article to us for consideration, please think about its structure. However, here are a few pointers for you to think about at this stage.

Structuring your Text

  • Use the benefits of the Web to your advantage and remember that you are not writing for the printed, linear page. The CDLJ is not looking for a linear text that simply uses images as supplementary illustrations.
  • Think in visual terms about the final structure. You could write hierarchically where important detail can be included "lower down" in the structure - after all, depth and the building up of layers and meaning are concepts that every archaeologist is familiar with! Alternatively you could use a "core and periphery" model, setting out a central theme in one file with links to files that provide the details and examples.
  • Readers can jump into an article from a variety of sometimes unexpected directions, so you should not make assumptions about what the reader may or may not already know. The conventional "see above", "see below", "as already mentioned", are not helpful (cross-references like this work better as hypertext links anyway).
  • Think about your audience. Consider including a glossary of terms for the non-specialist, or a database of finds with clickable maps to pinpoint regions/interrogate sites and finds. A summary or series of summary sections allow readers to pick out where they want to go at a glance, and so delve "deeper" into the article.
  • Use sub-sections liberally but remember to name and number headings.
  • Bibliographic references can be entered into a tagged database so that they can be easily retrieved.
  • Feedback has shown us that a substantial proportion of readers use the CDLJ as a reliable source of primary reference material. Double-check your data and your references before submission. It is your responsibility to provide the correct information.
  • Size is not important! Articles in the CDLJ can be of any word length..

Using links

  • Files are linked together in all manner of ways. We may also add links to your article once it has been submitted to us - but you know your text best and we encourage you to think about where the links might go and how that might affect the reading of your article.
  • If you are writing in HTML, think about how your article links together. It's easy to link files using progression of argument but consider linking your text by theme too - highlighting related words, phrases or even images that occur throughout your text. These Author Guidelines files are a good example: I've allowed navigation using the main index page (link at the bottom) as the core point of reference but all the other hypertext links to related files allow for a very different navigation.

Images and Multimedia

  • Unlike print, it costs no more to use color in your images and diagrams than it does to include it as black and white. Images are important to the reader. They help to maintain interest but they are also very efficient means of communicating ideas, especially over the web.
  • We welcome articles that can incorporate all manner of multimedia and other visual aids too - interactive maps, diagrams, video and virtual reality. If you are including a database as part of your article, it will be important to consider its internal structure and how you would like the end product to look and be queried. If you have not already created your database, it would be useful for us to see an outline of your proposed structure at an early stage.

Submitting your Article

  • Ensure that you have included all the correct bibliographic information in your draft (properly and consistently referenced). Make sure that you have copy-edited your text. It is a waste of referees' and journal staff's time to correct poor spelling and bad grammar - and last but not least, sloppy drafts create a poor impression of your work in the referee's mind (whom you are trying to impress after all!).
  • If you are conversant with html, then you can create your paper as a series of separate files from the start. Just keep the mark-up basic and use our style guidelines for reference.
  • If you do not know how to `mark up', don't panic. Although we do prefer papers to be submitted in HTML, we don't expect you to learn unless of course you want to! A word-processed file of your paper or a text file with `cues' indicating links/new sections etc. - like a play with stage directions - will also be fine.
  • Once we have received this draft, your article will be sent to an appropriate specialists in the field for peer-review.

If you have any other ideas, just get in touch with us and we can work through them together.


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