Advances in Archaeological Practice publishes original articles that present creative solutions to the challenges archaeologists face in the ways that they approach the archaeological record to learn about the past and manage archaeological resources. “Practice” is defined broadly and topics can include, but are not limited to, innovations in approach, technique, method, technology, business models, collaboration, compliance, process, ethics, public engagement, stewardship, and training.
Manuscripts are to be problem oriented. They should identify a problem or issue encountered in the practice of archaeology and go on to discuss how that problem was overcome. Readers, regardless of their academic, government, or private employment sector, should be able to quickly identify and associate with the problem, understand the innovative solution, and be able to apply what they have learned to their own work. While the topic of the journal is practice, the journal is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal and manuscripts are to represent substantive works of scholarship equivalent to SAA’s other journals.
The approaches to archaeological practice presented in manuscripts are to be innovative. As the journal title suggests, published articles are to represent advances in practice. Practices that are not original will be considered for publication if they are being applied in new ways or to new aspects of archaeology. Manuscripts that don’t illustrate “successes” will also be considered if they advance archaeological understanding—innovators sometimes make great strides even though the final result was not what was expected.
The optimal manuscript size is 6,000 words excluding cited references and an abstract. An abstract in both English and Spanish is to be submitted with the manuscript. The SAA Style Guide provides technical guidance for grammar, style, usage, and abbreviations. Readers of Advances in Archaeological Practice come from a wide range of professional settings and, thus, authors should avoid jargon readers cannot easily decipher. Technical terms in specialty areas should be defined. To accommodate authors publishing algorithms, solutions using rapidly changing technology, or other intellectual property that is time sensitive, the journal strives for very quick review and publication of manuscripts. Particular concerns should be conveyed to the editor, although the time of publication can’t be guaranteed.
Articles published in the journal are well illustrated with color photographs, graphs, maps, and illustrations. There are no charges for the use of color. The number of illustrations is subject to approval by the Editor, but as a general rule between 6-8 images is considered ideal for the format. Additional graphics can be accommodated as supplemental material. Authors should critically consider substituting illustrations for text when they are more effective or more efficient in expressing information in the same amount of space. Due to the graphical nature of articles in the journal, conference posters are an ideal starting point for preparing a manuscript.
All digital photographs and graphics submitted must be at least 300 dpi in resolution at 7 inches wide (4 megapixels). Written permission must be obtained from the copyright holder (usually the photographer), and also from each individual depicted in a recognizable fashion in the image. For further questions about copyright permissions, please contact the managing editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supplemental digital materials can be attached to published articles. Supplemental materials can be data, additional graphics, video, animations, software, etc. Authors should consult the SAA policy on supplemental material and notify the Editor as soon as possible if the inclusion of supplemental material is requested.
Advances in Archaeological Practice does not currently publish reviews, obituaries, news, notes, calendars, or comments.