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Submission of Articles to Ancient TL


  1. Articles dealing with experimental and theoretical results in luminescence dating
  2. Electron spin resonance dating and related techniques
  3. Thesis abstracts
  4. Letters

Thesis Abstracts

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Thesis abstracts are to be sent to the Editor and in principle do not need reviewing; but Authors are kindly requested to make sure that the English is correct before submitting the manuscript. Thesis abstracts should not exceed 750 words; figures and tables are not accepted.

Reviewing System

In order to ensure acceptable standards and minimize delay in publication, a modification of the conventional refereeing system has been devised for Ancient TL:

Articles can be sent directly by Authors to a member of the Reviewers Panel chosen on the basis of subject matter, but who is not in any of the Authors' laboratories. At the discretion of the Editor, Reviewers who are not listed in the Panel may be used.

The reviewing system aims to encourage direct dialogue between Author and Reviewer. The Editor should be kept advised of the progress of articles under review by sending her copies of all correspondence. She is available for advice where reviewing difficulties have arisen. Authors whose native language is not English are required to have their manuscript revised for English before submitting it.

We ask Reviewers to specify (where required) the minimum of revision that is consistent with achieving a clear explanation of the subject of the paper, the emphasis being on rapid publication; Reviewers are encouraged to make comments for publication. Where a contribution is judged not to meet an adequate standard without substantial modification, the Author will be advised that the contribution is not suitable for publication. Articles that are not considered to be of sufficient interest may also be rejected.


  1. Authors should submit articles to an appropriate member of the Reviewing Panel or Editorial Board, chosen on the basis of subject matter, but who is not in any of the Authors' laboratories. The Editor should be copied to all e-mails between the Reviewer and Author.
  2. Articles should not normally exceed the equivalent of 5,000 words inclusive of diagrams, tables, and references. Greater space will be appropriate for certain topics; for these the Editor should first be consulted. Short notes and letters are also invited. These should not exceed two printed pages, including diagrams, tables, and references (equivalent to ~1,400 words of text).
  3. Upon receipt of an article, the Editor will send an acknowledgement to the Author. If a Reviewer is unable to review with the contribution within 4 weeks, the Author can choose to send it to another member of the Reviewers Panel, advising the Editor; alternatively the paper will be sent to the Editor.
  4. Diagrams and figures should be ready for direct reproduction. A separate file should be provided for each figure. Figures consisting of several components (e.g., Fig 1a, 1b) should be combined into one file. PDF, EPS, or high-resolution JPEG are accepted. Single-column figures have ideally a width of 90 mm (min. 1,063 px) and should not be smaller than 30 mm (min. 354 px). 1.5 column figures have a width of 140 mm (min. 1,654 px). Full-width figures (i.e., double column) have a width of 190 mm (min. 2,244 px). Separate figure captions should be supplied. Inappropriately scaled drawings and labels will be returned for alteration.
  5. Authors are asked to submit the paper—including diagrams—to the Reviewer and a duplicate copy to the Editor. The final version of the text must be submitted to the Editor electronically using Microsoft Word for PC or an equivalent file format. Electronic copies should be submitted according to the instructions above. Ancient TL is typeset in LaTeX. Authors who wish to aid with typesetting can download a template here. While it is not required, the Editor appreciates it if references are sent in BibTeX bibliography style to speed up and simplify typesetting of the manuscript.

Requirements for Various Situations

When agreement concerning an article has been reached:

The Reviewer informs the Editor, including comments for publication (if any).

The Author should send a final electronic version of the paper to the Editor according to the instructions above.

If the article has not been rejected, but agreement on its final form cannot be reached, or where there are protracted delays in the reviewing process, the Editor may request an assessment from the Reviewer, whereupon responsibility passes to the Editor.

If an article is rejected, the Editor and Author will both receive a notification from the Reviewer, with an indication of the reason for the rejection.