Guidelines for contributors

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Version 3.0 – 10/07/2014

Types of contributions

Original research papers:

  • articles about archaeological field work or research, written by individual authors or teams of authors
  • between 4,000-8,000 words (not including reference list, but including all captions and tables)
  • up to 10 illustrations that will be printed in colour. Only two of these can be double-column illustrations (too large to fit into one column). Contributors need permission to use all photographs and illustrations submitted for publication, and they must be the highest resolution possible. In addition, the photographer/illustrator must be cited, as well as the date (month and year) the image was captured/created.
  • fully referenced using the AA referencing style – Really! We will not format your references for you:
  • when submitting the paper, contributors must provide names and email addresses of three persons with expertise in the field the paper relates to, which can be contacted by the editors of Dig It about peer reviewing. Reviewers can be of any academic status, however students or recent graduates are preferred in agreement with the mission statement of Dig It as providing the opportunity for professional training to students.

Research essays

  • thematical articles based on literature review
  • between 2,000-4,000 words (not including reference list, but including all captions and tables)
  • following the same guidelines concerning illustrations, referencing and abstract submission as the research papers

Personal accounts/opinion pieces:

  • articles about recent field work, conferences, seminars, other events (this does not have to be in relation to Flinders University or Flinders ArchSoc)
  • between 250 and 1000 words


Transcripts of consensual interview sessions from individuals or groups who have contributed or are involved with archaeology and heritage. Interviewees may include, but are not restricted to:

  • an archaeology student(s);
  • an archaeological professional(s);
  • a professional(s) involved in a related field; and
  • an individual or group whose work relates and contributes to the archaeological record (e.g. historical societies, volunteers, local heritage officers, etc.)

Interview topics are varied and can be related to the theme of the publication, if applicable. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

  • personal experiences;
  • recent or past publications; and
  • current research and projects being undertaken.

Book reviews:

Between 500 and 1500 words

Thesis abstracts:

Between 200 and 500 words

Referee feedback

All contributions are reviewed by the editors and by members of the Dig It review panel, however original research articles and essays additionally undergo a stricter review process also involving external experts in an anonymous peer review. Referees will review each contribution and recommend one of the following:

(1) published as it is;
(2) published after recommended changes, improvements, deletions or additions have been effected;
(3) re-written completely;
(4) published on the Flinders Archaeological Society blog; or
(5) rejected.

After the review, articles are returned to the author to accept any changes before being accepted for publication. Note that the Dig It review panel may determine an article more suitable to be published on the Flinders Archaeological Society blog, rather than in an issue of Dig It.

Copyright Statement:

1. Upon accepting the editor’s offer to publish, the author/s grant/s to Dig It an irrevocable and non-exclusive right to publish, reproduce and communicate their work in whatever form the editorial board deems fit.

2. The author/s retain/s copyright in their work and may publish or authorise others to publish the entire work or any part thereof, provided always that due acknowledgement is made in any further publication that the work was originally published in the Dig It.

3. The author/s warrant/s that they are the sole copyright owners of the work and that it contains nothing that is defamatory or of such a nature to incur liability of any kind whatsoever, and the author/s further agree/s to indemnify the publisher and its employees and agents against any liability, loss or harm caused by actions arising from the publication of the work.

4. The publisher has the sole right to determine publication and may make editorial changes of a non-substantive nature to the work without consulting the author/s.

A plain English explanation of the statement:

1. By submitting your article to Dig It, you as author assign ‘first publication rights’ to Dig It. Whenever anybody (including you) re-publishes the paper or substantial parts of it, this first publication in Dig It has to be cited. This acknowledges the work the editors and reviewers put towards the publication. That also means we can circulate the publication without asking your consent. Which gives us the opportunity to make Dig It an open access journal and advertise it (and thereby your work) by spreading it as much as we can. You can google ‘first publication rights’ for more information.

2. Pretty straight forward. Copyright means intellectual ownership. We acknowledge that the paper is your intellectual property. But, as said above, Dig It must be acknowledged if you re-publish the paper or substantial parts of it.

3. This means that you as author hold the rights to publish the data and illustrations you use, and that these are either your intellectual property or referenced properly. We as journal are no liable if you fail to do that.

So, if you use data for your paper and/or include a drawing, map, photo etc., you must

  • have created that illustration or data yourself, or
  • reference it (if it has been published elsewhere) or
  • (if it has not been published yet) you must get the publication permission from the person that holds copyright (often the person who created the data, the photo, the drawing etc).

The last case can be a bit tricky with internet material. We would advise to for example not use google maps and the like – they do not give permission to publish their stuff. It can also get tricky if you work in a team – please make sure you talk to your colleagues before you publish data e.g. from your field work.

The editors will make sure to double check with you if we have doubt about some data or illustration.

4. “Changes of a non-substantive nature” would for example be changing the words in your title from capitals to lowercase, or ‘artefact’ to ‘artifact’.

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