Author Guidelines

Lithics invites contributions from anyone engaged in the study of past societies through stone tools. We publish research articles (2000–4000 words in length) which have been reviewed by two independent researchers experienced in the period in question. We employ a rigorous blind review process whereby your work will be read without knowledge of the writer’s name, personal information, qualifications or past submissions. We also publish shorter communications (up to 1000 words). These can be short reports on particular artefacts, reviews (books, site visits, conferences, exhibitions), obituaries and other related lithic activities. Where applicable, these may be peer reviewed.

If you wish to submit an article to Lithics, please contact the Editor to discuss your proposed submission and any particular requirements you may have. All submissions must be made electronically via e–mail.

Rolling submissions: As of 2016, authors may submit their work throughout the year without regard to deadlines. Articles will be sent for review as soon as they are received and works will be published online with accompanying doi as soon as the final proof is accepted. Articles will subsequently appear in the hard copy version of Lithics.

All contributions must be submitted following the Lithics housestyle, which is detailed in the style sheet (available here). Please include a completed electronic copy of our Cover Sheet (Form LS1) along with your submission. This form will enable you and us to track the progress of your submission, provide feedback of reviewers’ comments, and generally maintain contact during the editorial process. You can also download a correctly formatted sample paper (available here) and a Microsoft Word (.dot) template (available here).

All potential authors should note that any submissions which do not follow the style sheet guidelines will be returned for re-formatting.

The review and publication process works as follows.

  • Initial e-mail submission of manuscript to the Editor, accompanied by Form LS1.
  • Manuscript reviewed by two anonymous referees and decision (accept/reject) returned to the author/lead author (for multi-author papers). If manuscript is accepted, author/lead author informed of the Editorial Board member who will be involved with the remainder of the editing and submission process.
  • Re-submission of modified manuscript (unless rejected, or accepted without need for editing).
  • Second review of manuscript and comments returned to author/lead author from member of Editorial Board.
  • Final submission of manuscript and hard copies (printouts) of any images. Approval by Editorial Board and return of proofs to author/lead author.
  • Publication of manuscript in Lithics.

If you have any queries regarding the submission process (and, in particular, regarding the submission of digital images) please contact Dr Frederick Foulds. All submissions should be sent in Microsoft .doc files and images in standard format files (i.e. jpg, tiff).

Key Reminders

All submissions:

  • to be in digital format;
  • to follow the style sheet guidelines; and
  • to be accompanied by form LS1.

Lithics Green open access policy

Funders and other institutions are increasingly adopting policies that require research articles funded by them to be made open access. We have the following Green OA policy to allow authors, librarians and others to comply with their obligations to their institutions and funders.

Authors may upload the version of record, here defined as the PDF of the final published manuscript as it appears in the journal, to an institutional and/or centrally organised repository, and/or in free public servers, upon publication in the journal.

When uploading the version of record, the repository metadata should include a link to the article on the Lithics journal webpages, which will guarantee that the definitive version is accessible and that the article can be cited correctly. In addition, the following credit line should be included when depositing:

This article has been accepted for publication in Lithics: the journal of the Lithic Studies Society ©: [year] the Author(s). Published by the Lithic Studies Society. All rights reserved.

Depositing early view articles

Lithics has recently begun releasing articles in early view ahead of their publication in a volume of the journal. Early view articles may be deposited as outlined above. However, as the final citation will not yet be finalised, the following credit line should be used instead:

This is a copyedited, early view PDF of an article accepted for publication in Lithics: the journal of the Lithic Studies Society following peer-review. ©: the Author(s). Published by the Lithic Studies Society. All rights reserved.


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