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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The paper conforms to our statement of ethics regarding archaeological excavations conducted in areas of conflict.
  • The submission should be under 20 MB. If not, the paper will be returned to the author for changes. Often, the trouble is in the figure files. It's important that both reviewers and editors can easily download the submission without clogging up their bandwidth.
  • The instructions in 'Ensuring a Blind Review' have been followed.
  • Accessibility
    In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your figures, please make sure that

    * All figures have descriptive captions so that blind users can use text-to-speech software or a text-to-Braille hardware
    * Patterns are used instead of or in addition to colors for conveying information so that colorblind users can to distinguish the visual elements
    * Any figure lettering has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1

Author Guidelines

All submissions to Archaeology of Food and Foodways must be made online. Please make sure you have read the full author guidelines before beginning the submission process. To make a submission, you must be registered as an author and be logged in. 

Click here to download the guidelines which you will find in PDF format.  All articles are peer-reviewed. At this time AFF does not publish book reviews. We will acknowledge your submission upon receipt and let you know the anticipated timeframe for a decision. If your article is accepted, we will send you further instructions for submitting the final manuscript of your article.

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Research Articles

We publish submissions of original research by archaeologists, historians, Classicists, and other scholars who address methodologies, historical trajectories, cross-cultural comparisons, and controversies surrounding material culture and past foodways. We welcome submissions that make use of any form of material culture or scientific methodologies, covering time periods from prehistory through the end of the 19th century. Papers of a more methodological focus will also be considered as long as they have an archaeological basis. Research Article submissions may include up to 8 images and should include 6,000-12,000 words of text, excluding bibliography, abstracts, and photo captions.

Thematic Essays

We publish submissions of original work by scholars addressing theoretical convergences, historical trajectories,paradigmatic shifts, broad cross- cultural comparisons, and debates in foodways scholarship. As with Research Article submissions, these contributions should address approaches to foodways in time periods from prehistory through the end of the 19th century. Thematic Essay submissions may include up to 8 images and should include 6,000-12,000 words of text, excluding bibliography, abstracts, and photo captions.

Applied Archaeological Findings

We also encourage the submission of work by scholars and other specialists who have applied archaeological findings to such domains as public policy, culinary arts, tourism industries, food revitalization projects, religious practice, and dietary regimes. Applied Articles may include up to 8 images and should include 4,000-10,000 words of text, excluding bibliography, abstracts, and photo captions.

Photo Essays

We publish photo essays that document experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and applied ethnography to enhance understandings of foodways in the past or demonstrate applied techniques formulated through archaeological research. Photo Essay submissions may include up to 20 colour or black and white images, and should include 2,000-3,000 words of text, excluding bibliography, abstracts, and photo captions.

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