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Style Guide, Editorial Policy and Information for Authors
ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture

Published and distributed for The Center for Archaeoastronomy and the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (ISAAC) by the University of Texas Press, Austin.

Archaeoastronomy (including Ethnoastronomy) is an interdisciplinary field incorporating the values, methodologies, and goals consistent with a number of established disciplines such as Astronomy, Anthropology (including Archaeology and Ethnology), History of Science (History of Astronomy), Art History, Geography, and Religious Studies. Because Archaeoastronomy has become essentially an "Anthropology of Astronomy" -- the study of astronomy in culture -- with a particularly close association with world archaeology, we have chosen a style for the Journal that (1) is consistent with one of the premier archaeological journals in the United States and (2) is even more complete in the documentation of the references cited than is usual in many professional journals, for the sake of the disciplinary and cultural diversity of the international readership.

ARCHAEOASTRONOMY is an English-language journal, but abstracts in other languages appropriate to the subject of the article are accepted and encouraged.

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) publishes the journals American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity. We have essentially adopted the American Antiquity style, editorial policy, and instructions to authors for the preparation of texts. The SAA is located at: 900 Second St., NE, Suite 12, Washington, DC 20002-3557. Their Style Guide is available at: This style should be followed with the following modifications:

    (A) An abstract in English of approximately 100 words must accompany each article. This and the title of the article will be translated into Spanish and included with your article. You may forward your own translations if you prefer.

    (B) In the Reference section, full names of all authors and editors, as they appear on the title page of a cited reference, must be used.

    (C) The full names of journals cited must be used.

    (D) Publishers and cities of publication for more "obscure" and specialized journals should be included where possible.

    (E) Use page numbers for your in-text citations regularly, and always for quotations, regardless of how brief the publication might be.

    (F) Use the accents and diacritical marks appropriate to the language source cited.

    (G) Reviewers of books and films must include all relevant information about the subject under review, e.g., full title, full name of publisher and cities of publication, number of pages, nature of the illustrations (black & white only, color plates, etc.), ISBN numbers (paper or cloth bindings), distributors of films with addresses, etc.

    (H) If in doubt, err on the side of providing more information and "completeness." The goal is to make it as easy as possible for your reader to be able to locate the sources that you cite, regardless of professional discipline or cultural background represented.

    (I) Your illustrations should be submitted as TIFF files at 250-300 DPI minimum at the expected final size. Black-and-white glossy photographs are also accepted. Captions must be supplied along with all necessary letters of permission.

    (J) For each author, include a brief biographical sketch, preferred mailing address, and all contact information (including email address, if possible).

Manuscripts should be submitted for consideration either as an attachment to one (or more, if in excess of 2 MB) email message(s) or in two typed double-spaced, single-sided copies with a text file on a standard floppy diskette, or a CD.

Please send your complete packet to the Managing Editor, John B. Carlson, Center for Archaeoastronomy, P.O. Box "X", College Park, MD 20741-3022 email For guidelines as to format requirements for image or other data files, please consult the Journals Division of the University of Texas Press, P. O. Box 7819, Austin, TX, 78713-7819, at, (512) 471-7233, or contact Stacey Salling, Journals Production Coordinator,

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