Articles for publication in the Journal should initially be submitted as hard-copy, typed on one side only of A4 paper, using 1 inch margins and double line spacing. The text should not be justified to the right-hand side. Each paragraph and section should begin full out to the left margin. The text should be accompanied by all relevant notes and references to be cited and by an outline of the illustrations to be included. The text should conform to the conventions adopted by the Journal, as outlined below and used in previous issues.
The article will then be sent for anonymous peer review within the Editorial Committee and the text eventually returned with recommended alterations. Following discussion with the editor, the finalised article should be submitted as both hard-copy (as above) and on computer disc (see below), with accompanying line-drawings, photographs and tables. All authors will receive galley and page proofs which must be corrected to an agreed deadline prior to publication. The author or principal author will receive 20 offprints of their article from the final journal publication.
Each article should be laid out in the following manner:
Articles should be submitted on double-sided 3.5 inch computer disc. Discs can be accepted from either DOS or MAC computer systems, preferably in plain ASCII text and not formatted in any special way. Each disc should be clearly labelled with the following information: authors name, computer format (DOS or MAC), word processor used and version, disc format (single or double-sided).
The following guidelines should be observed for text presented on computer disc:
In general use a full point if an abbreviation (ed. for editor), no full point if a contraction (edn for edition). The following abbreviations are commonly used (underlining = italics):
c., ibid., id., op. cit., loc. cit., etc., [sic], f., ff., et al., cf., i.e., e.g., a.m.
fig. (plural figs), n. (= note; plural nn.), no. (= number; plural nos), p. (plural pp.), pl. (plural pls), vol. (plural vols). Type a full space between an abbreviation and a number: fig. 6.
Mr, Mrs, Messrs, Dr, Revd, St (= saint), St. (= street). Use full point with initials: S.P. O Riordain (type with no space between initials)
Titles, society and institution names when abbreviated should not be followed by points: NMI, TD, RIA.
Major headings should be in capitals; minor sub-headings should begin with a capital, followed by lower case.
The Journal uses the Harvard system where references in the text give the author and date of publication in round brackets (Walsh 1982) and the full reference appears in a bibliography at the end of the article. Where more than two authors are involved in the text reference, the first should be cited followed by et al., as in '...analysis of the material (Brown et al. 1957).
In the REFERENCE section at the end of the article, entries must be laid out as follows:
Author surname, initial(s). (date of publication) 'Title of article', Journal name, Volume number, first page - last page.
Author surname, initial(s). (date of publication) Title, place of publication.
Author name, initial(s). (date of publication) 'Title of paper', in ed(s). editor surname(s), initial(s) Title of compilation, place of publication, paper first page-last page.
Note: capitalise book titles, but not article titles. Article titles should be placed in single inverted commas. Journal, book and compilation titles will be placed in italics by the editor - authors should mark text for italics by underlining in red.
The following abbreviations should be used in journal/periodical titles:
Ann. for Annals; Antiq. for Antiquarian, Antiquity; Archaeol. for Archaeology(ical); Assoc. for Association; Bull. for Bulletin; J. for Journal; Nat. for Natural; Prehist. for Prehistory, Prehistoric; Proc. for Proceedings; Rapp. for Rapports; Rev. for Review; Rep. for Reports; Sci. for Science, Scientific; Soc. for Society; Trans. for Transactions; Roy. for Royal; Z. for Zeitschrift.
Proper names, or the single names of journals, proceedings etc. should not be abbreviated. Thus Antiquity, Archaeometry, Sibrium, Nature etc., but American J. Archaeol., Ulster J. Archaeol., J. Roy. Soc. Antiq. Ireland.
Where 'footnotes' are to be used, they should be numbered using Arabic numerals enclosed within square brackets, as in '...it is widely accepted  that...' or '...and is described by several authors. . All notes will appear in a separate section at the end of the main text and not at the foot of each page
Should be used for the following:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE WORDS
Italics should be used for the following:
IMPORTANT: Authors should mark text to be italicised by underlining with a red pen; italic commands should not be inserted on the accompanying computer disc. Underlining itself will not normally be used; where required, please indicate by the word 'rule' in the margin.
Should normally be in metric; in cases where imperial measurements are necessary, give the metric equivalent in brackets. Abbreviated units of measurement have no full point: mm, cm. m. km. g. kg. ml. l. (unless could be confused with number 1), ft, in (may have to had full point after 'in' if ambiguous). No Change in plural: cms, kms. Type a full space between figure and unit of measurement: 50 km.
These should be cited as follows:
In calendrical form: 2500 BC, AD 670, 1921-2, 1980-90, 1911-19, 1845-1913. Do not elide BC dates: AD 23-5, but 25-23 BC. In the case of a precise date like: 25 March 1992 (not punctuation, no -st, -th). Except in captions where figures are acceptable, spell out centuries: the nineteenth century (hyphenated when adjective: nineteenth-century art). Calendrical time may also be cited in year before present, however this should always be expressed as upper case BP to distinguish from uncalibrated radiocarbon dates.
Where uncalibrated radiocarbon dates are cited, they should always be presented as lower case bp (before present: 1950), together with standard deviation and laboratory reference number (latter in brackets): (GrN-16722) 3040+45 bp. Radiocarbon dates which have been converted to calendrical years by calibration should be written as BC or AD (not as Cal. BC); where the uncalibrated determination is not also given, the calibrated date may also be followed by the laboratory number (in brackets).
Quotations over 60 words will normally be displayed as an indented text panel; line space above and below. Shorter quotations may also be displayed if they are a continuation of, or the same character as, longer quotations which have already been displayed. No quotation marks around display quotes; single quotes within. Author's interpolations within quotations to be in square brackets. Preserve spelling, capitalisation, punctuation and paragraphing of the original.
The quotation source can be indicated either in the preceding text or at the end of the quotation. In the latter case, give the reference in brackets below the quotation, with no full point after it.
Note: with regard to inverted commas, these should always be single, except for quotes within quotes.
Where special foreign language characters or mathematical symbols are to be used, please mark their precise position in the text and illustrate clearly on the margin of the hard copy. Do not insert special character commands on the accompanying computer disc.
All tables should be submitted separately (with captions) in both hard copy and on computer disc. Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals, both within the text and in the accompanying captions: Table 1. A hard copy of all tables to be used should be included with the initial article submission.
The Journal can accept illustrations in both line drawing and photographic form, the latter reproduced as half-tones. Colour photographs will not normally be accepted, except where an appropriate financial subsidy is available. Authors should include original line drawings and quality black-and-white photographs with the final text submission. Authors should bear in mind the A4 format of the Journal when preparing illustrations.
Line drawings or 'figures' should be numbered in Arabic within the text and in the accompanying captions: Fig. 1 (note type a space between full point and number). Photographs or 'plates' should be numbered separately in Arabic within the text and the accompanying captions: Plate 1. A hard copy of all illustrations to be used (a photocopy will suffice in case of photographs) should be included with the initial article submission.