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Instructions for contributors



Instructions for contributors of "Archaeological News"


Editorial policy

1.1. These rules define the character of interaction between the contributors, reviewers and editorial board, and regulate the publication process.

1.2. No publication fee is required for accepted papers.

1.3. The materials that have been published earlier or are under consideration in other journals will be rejected without consideration.

1.4. Manuscripts should be carefully prepared in accordance with the journal rules (see section 3), checked and submitted in final form.

1.5. Manuscripts should be sent via e-mail to vesti@archeo.ru, or delivered directly to the editorial office (St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya nab. 18, room 307). In the latter case the manuscript and accompanying materials are submitted on an optical carrier, with the author's name, phone number, e-mail address and the paper title marked on it.

1.6. Upon receiving a manuscript, confirmation will be sent to the submitting author. The manuscript will then be either accepted for consideration or, if it does not answer to editorial requirements, sent back to the authors for reworking.

1.7. After the article has been preliminarily approved by the Editor, it will be peer-reviewed.

1.8. Articles recommended by referees for publication (section 4) undergo technical and, if necessary, literary editing and correcting. The final version of the article is sent to the author(s) for approval.

1.9. The author and journal sign an agreement (sent to the author via e-mail) of free use of the data submitted for publication. Upon filling and signing the original of Agreement, the author should send it to the editorial office via either e-mail or regular mail.

1.10. Each author (co-author) receives a free copy of the issue with his/her article.



2.1. Manuscript, illustrations and tables should be submitted in electronic form only.

2.2. Text is submitted as a separate rtf. file. The name of the file should include the name(s) of the author(s) and first words of the paper title. For example: Иванов_Поясные_накладки.rtf.

2.3. The author's working address (with zip code), position held and academic degrees (if available) and e-mail address should be indicated in the footnote accompanying the author's name in the paper heading.

2.4. Pages are to be numbered (bottom, right). Please do not use any specialized formatting, hyperlinks and automatic division of words.

2.5. Abstracts, annotations, keywords, figure and table captions are provided in Russian language only as a separate rtf. file. Do not insert them into the text. The name of the file should include the author's name and short description of the materials contained. For example: Иванов_рез_анн_кл_сл.rtf.

2.6. Illustrations (with graphical information) should be submitted as separate TIFF or JPEG files, with each file containing just one plate or table. Do not insert them into the text. The name of each file should include the author's name and illustration number. For example: Иванов_рис_01.tif.

2.7. Tables (with textual information) should be submitted as separate Word or RTF files. Do not insert them into the text. The name of each file should include the author's name and table number. For example: Иванов_табл_01_05.doc.

2.8. Letters sent via e-mail should not exceed 20 Mb (including attached files). To send bigger volumes of information the contributors are advised either to contact the editorial office for transferring the files through FTP server or use file hosting service. It is the contributors' responsibility to carry out a virus check of their files and optical media (if any) before submitting them to the editors.


Manuscript preparation


3.1. The articles submitted for consideration should include:

3.1.1. RTF file containing the text of the article;

3.1.2. separate RTF file containing the abstract, annotation, keywords, figure and table captions;

3.1.3. TIFF or JPEG files containing illustrations;

3.1.4. RTF files containing tables.

3.2. All graphic files should be submitted in black and white only. Contributors are urged to adhere to the following recommendations:

3.2.1. Graphics should be supplied as high resolution (600 dpi for scanned line arts, and 300 dpi for scanned tone arts and photographs) uncompressed TIFF files.

3.2.2. Digital photographs are accepted in their original format (cropped and framed if necessary).

3.2.3. Maximum size of illustrations is 165 × 220 mm.

3.3. Articles should normally be up to 25 pages for theoretical and review works, and up to 15 pages for the other publications, including tables, illustrations and lists of references. The working (not home) and e-mail address of each author should appear at the end of the text.

3.4. Text should be 12-point Times New Roman, with 1,5 line spacing, aligned justified (left and right margin 2,5 cm, top and bottom margin 2,5 cm). First line indents (1,25 cm), quotation marks (« »), inner quotation marks (“ ”), brackets ( ) and other signs should be uniform throughout the whole text.

3.5. All materials are published in Russian. The editors take responsibility for translating abstracts, annotations, keywords, and captions to illustrations and tables into English. It is incumbent on the contributors to provide the English equivalents of special terms and names, including the desirable transcription of their own names.

3.6. Translated terms and names:

3.6.1. Foreign names, when mentioned for the first time, should be followed by their original spelling enclosed in brackets (with the exception of commonly known names and names referred to in the list of literature). The same applies to Russian abbreviations of the names of foreign institutions, universities, etc.

3.6.2. Newly introduced or rarely used translations of foreign terms should be accompanied by their original equivalents (enclosed in brackets).

3.7. Footnotes should be consecutively numbered (1, 2, 3...), with footnote marks appearing right next to the words or sentences they refer to. At the end of sentences footnote marks are put before the dot.

3.8. Acronyms and abbreviations should be standardized, uncustomary abbreviations should be defined. Abbreviations consisting of several words should be space-separated (760 мм рт. ст.).

3.9. All illustrations, whether graphic drawings or photographs, are designated as «figures» with continuous numbering corresponding to the order they are referred to in the text. Each figure should have a joint name, with its different parts having their names too. For example: Fig. 1. Comb from barrow № 1 of the Yaloman cemetery: 1 – details preserved; 2 – reconstruction of the comb

3.10. All textual explanations to illustrations should be given in figure captions to avoid the overburdening of the drawings. Figure captions should correspond to the content of the drawings. Captions accompanying the drawings of artifacts should include information about the raw material they are made from! For example: Fig. 1. Inventory of burial № 3: 1 – spearhead; 2 – knife; 3 – jar; 4 – bead. 1, 2 – iron, 3 – ceramics, 4 – glass. Each illustration is submitted as a separate graphic file. All figure captions are provided in a separate file. The responsibility for the quality of drawings and photographs rests with the authors.

3.11. All tables with textual data are designated as «tables» with continuous numeration, according to the order they are referred to in the text. Each table should be named, for example: Table 1. Information on the hearths of Kostenki IV. To save space in columns it is allowed to use abbreviations, the meaning of which should be explained in notes to the tables. All tables (including their names, ordinal numbers, notes) are submitted in a separate file.

3.12. Citing references in the text:

3.12.1. Works printed in Cyrillic should be referred to as follows: «Fragment of a bracelet with an identical composition was found at the settlement of Nastas'ino (Сарачева, Сапрыкина, 2004. С. 53, рис. 90, 9)».

3.12.2. Page numbers are required for direct quotations, for example: «M. P. Gryaznov noted: “Vessels of the same form are found on the right bank of the Yenisey in the Tuba river basin” (Грязнов 1968: 188)».

3.12.3. Works printed in Latin characters should be referred to as follows: (Owens, 1991) or «...after Yamanouchi (Yamanouchi, 1964. Fig. 42)...».

3.12.4. Works of the same author should be listed in references in chronological order, using letters to differentiate the works published in the same year, for example: (Nowakowski, 1995a; 1996b) or V. F. Gaidukevich (1949; 1981).

3.12.5. Works of different authors should be listed in chronological order and divided by semicolon: (Hansen, 1985; Паромов, 1998; Тункина, 2003).

3.12.6. Joint works of more than two authors are cited with the use of acronyms «и др.» or «et al.» following the name of the first author: (Александровский и др., 1998; Cruz-Uribe et al., 2003).

3.12.7. References to Internet resources, as well as to unpublished works and works in press should be avoided.

3.13. List of literature should follow the main text (after a page break). It is arranged in alphabetical order, with right indentation for each paragraph. The works of the same author are listed in chronological order. Works printed in Cyrillic go first, followed by works printed in Latin characters. All works included in the list of literature should be referred to in the text, and all works cited in the text should be included in the list of literature.

3.14. Authors' surnames (without initials) should be shown in italics and followed with a comma and the publication year, dash, authors' surnames with space-separated initials, publication name, place, name of the publisher, publication year, total number of pages.

For example:

Арсеньева, 1977 – Арсеньева Т. М. Некрополь Танаиса. М., 1977.

Яганов, Рузаева, 2003 – Яганов А. В., Рузаева Е. И. Успенский собор в Дмитрове. М., 2003.

3.15.  Works of the same author published in the same year should be designated by letters.

For example:

Егоров, 1985a – Егоров В. Л. Граница Руси с Золотой Ордой в XIII–XIV вв. // ВИ. 1985. № 1.

Егоров, 1985б Егоров В. Л. Историческая география Золотой Орды в XIII–XIV вв. М., 1985.

3.16. Names of works published in languages other than Russian should be given in full accordance with the original (including the positioning of capital and small letters). Neither comma between the author's surname and initials nor symbol «&» should be used.

For example:

Singer, Wymer, 1982 – Singer R., Wymer J. The Middle Stone Age at Klasies River Mouth in South Africa. Chicago, 1982.

3.17. Issue numbers of Russian and foreign journals are designated by symbols «№» and «N», respectively. Volume and issue numbers and corresponding figures should be space-separated.

For example:

«Т. 29. № 2» или «Vol. 29. N 2».

Макаров, 1992 – Макаров Н. А. Древнерусские амулеты-топорики // РА. 1992. № 2.

D’Errico, Henshilwood, 2007 – D’Errico F., Henshilwood C. Additional evidence for bone technology in the southern African Middle Stone Age // Journal of Human Evolution. 2007. Vol. 52. No. 2.

3.18. Moscow and St. Petersburg should be abbreviated as М. and СПб., respectively.

3.19. Abstract:

The abstract should reflect the main results of the work. Its normal size is between 2/3 and 1 pages. The texts to be translated into English (abstract, annotation, keywords, figure captions) are to be submitted in one RTF file. In addition, this file should contain (after a page break) the desired transliteration of the authors' names, special terms and specific expressions used in the article. It is advisable that the abstract contains references to the tables and illustrations.

3.20. Annotation:

Annotation (up to 800 symbols) should reflect the main content of the work, including its purpose, methods, results and conclusions. Abbreviations and references should be avoided.

3.21.  Keywords:

Up to 10 keywords, reflecting the topics discussed in the article, chronology and cultural affiliation of the materials under study, etc.

3.22.  Offprints

No offprints are provided. All articles can be downloaded as PDF files from our website


Reviewing procedure


4.1. Upon receiving a manuscript, confirmation is sent to the submitting author (usually via e-mail).

4.2. The author's name and other personal data are removed prior to the forwarding of a manuscript to reviewers.

4.3. Forms of reviewing:

4.3.1. internal – reviewing by members of the editorial board;

4.3.2. external – reviewing by independent experts.

4.4. Completed reviews are submitted either in the form of scanned copies via e-mail or sent on paper by regular mail.

4.5. Depending of the results of reviewing the article can be rejected, sent back to the author for reworking or accepted for publishing. In case of article rejection a notice is sent to the author with the explanation of the reasons of rejection. The articles reworked by the authors are returned to the same reviewers for repeated reviewing.

4.6. In case the article does not correspond to the journal's profile or formal publication requirements, it can be rejected without further consideration.

4.7. No substantial changes or additions are possible after the material has been accepted for publication. If the author does wish to introduce substantial modifications, the publication can be postponed.

4.8. The date of receipt is the date when the final version of the article was accepted for publication.

4.9. Publication can be postponed if the respective issue is overfilled.

4.10.  Reviewing procedure is anonymous both for the expert and author. Breach of confidentiality is possible in exceptional cases only (reviewer's claims of falsification, plagiary, etc.).

4.11. Reviewer fills a reviewer's form, containing questions concerning the general content of the paper, reliability of methodology and analytical procedures, validity and originality of conclusions. The review should also include a general assessment of the article and recommendations for its improvement.

4.12. If the reviewer points to the necessity to improve the article, the typescript is returned to the author for revision. The revision is assumed to be done within one month. In this case the date of receipt is the date of submission of the revised article.

4.13. In case of article rejection a notice is sent to the author with the explanation of the reasons of rejection.

4.14. Manuscripts of all reviews are retained in Editorial for a period of 5 years.

4.15. Upon request of the The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and another government agencies, the copies of reviews may be forwarded to them.



Examples of end references


Journal article


Author's surname(s) without initials, year – author's surname(s) with initials. Title of the article // Name of the journal. Year. Volume. Number (issue).


Бокий, Плетнёва, 1988 – Бокий Н. М., Плетнёва С. А. Захоронение семьи воина-кочевника Х в. в бассейне Ингула // СА. 1988. № 2.

Армарчук, Новичихин, 2004 – Армарчук Е. А., Новичихин А. М. Украшения конской упряжи X–XII вв. из могильника «Андреевская щель» // КСИА. 2004. Вып. 216.

Klein, 2000 – Klein R. G. The Earlier Stone Age of southern Africa // South African Archaeological Bulletin. 2000. Vol. 55. N 172.


Book chapter


Author's surname(s) without initials, year – author's surname(s) with initials. Title of the article // Editor's surname with initials (ed.). Name of the book. Place of publication, year.


Вишневский, 2003 – Вишневский В. И. Новые материалы по погребальному обряду позднедьяковского населения Верхнего Поволжья // Леонтьев А. Е. (отв. ред.). Археология: история и перспективы: Сб. статей Первой межрегион. конф. / Отв. ред. А. Е. Леонтьев. Ярославль, 2003.

McBrearty, Tryon, 2006 – McBrearty S., Tryon C. From Acheulean to Middle Stone Age in the Kapthurin Formation, Kenya // Transitions Before the Transition. Evolution and Stability in the Middle Paleolithic and Middle Stone Age / Hovers E., Kuhn S. L. (eds.). New York, 2006.

Мамия Риндзо, 1969 – Мамия Риндзо. Записки о Восточной Татарии // Сборник исторических работ о жизни народа в Японии. Санъитисебо, 1969 (на яп. яз.).

Гвоздовер, 1964 – Гвоздовер М. Д. Позднепалеолитические памятники Нижнего Дона // Борисковский П. И., Праслов Н. Д. Палеолит бассейна Днепра и Приазовья. М.; Л., 1964 (САИ. Вып. А1-05).

Никитин, 1971 – Никитин А. В. К характеристике материалов раскопок в Дмитрове (1933–1934 гг.) // Древности Московского Кремля. М., 1971 (МИА. № 167).

Айбабин, 2003 – Айбабин А. И. Степь и Юго-западный Крым // Крым, Северо-Восточное Причерноморье и Закавказье в эпоху средневековья: IV–XIII века. М., 2003 (Археология).

Schild, 1996 – Schild R. Radiochronology of the Early Mesolithic in Poland // The Earliest Settlement of Scandinavia and its relationship to neighbouring areas / Larsson L. (ed.). 1996 (Acta Archaeologica Lundensia. Vol. 80. No. 24).


Collection of articles


First words of the book title (followed by ellipsis)... year – full name of the book / Editor's surname with initials (ed.). Place of publication, year.


Радиоуглеродная хронология …, 1997 – Радиоуглеродная хронология палеолита Восточной Европы и Северной Америки: Проблемы и перспективы / Под ред. А. А. Синицына и Н. Д. Праслова. СПб., 1997.

Кубенское озеро…, 2001 – Кубенское озеро: взгляд сквозь тысячелетия: Шесть лет исследования Мининского археологического комплекса / Отв. ред. Н. А. Макаров. Вологда, 2001.


Conference proceedings


Author's surname(s) without initials, year – author's surname(s) with initials. Title of the article // Name of the conference / Editor's surname with initials (ed.). Place of publication, year.


Гоняный, Зайцев, 1990 – Гоняный М. И., Зайцев А. К. Предварительные итоги и задачи изучения древнерусских памятников района Куликова поля // VI Междунар. конгресс славянской археологии: Тез. докл. М., 1990.

Леонтьев, 1997 – Леонтьев А. Е. Ростов в X–XI // Тр. VI Междунар. конгресса славянской археологии. М., 1997. Т. 2: Славянский средневековый город.

Кудряшов, 2003 – Кудряшов А. В. Поселение и могильник у д. Телешово на реке Согоже // Археология: история и перспективы: Первая межрегиональная конференция: Сб. статей. Ярославль, 2003.

Обломский, 2004 – Обломский А. М. Раннесредневековое трупоположение у с. Лихачевка Полтавской обл. // Культурные трансформации и взаимовлияния в Днепровском регионе на исходе римского времени и в раннем средневековье: Докл. науч. конф., посвященной 60-летию со дня рождения Е. А. Горюнова (Санкт-Петербург, 14–17 ноября 2000 г.). СПб., 2004.

Dyer, 1997 – Dyer C. Material culture: production and consumption // Material culture in Medieval Europe: Papers of the Medieval Europe Brugge 1997 Conference. Zellik, 1997. Vol. 7.




Author's surname(s) without initials, year – author's surname(s) with initials. Title of the book. Place of publication, year.


Бобринский, 1978 – Бобринский А. А. Гончарство Восточной Европы. М., 1978.

Юань-ши, 1958 – Юань-ши. История династии Юань. Пекин; Шанхай, 1958 (на кит. яз.).

Николаева, 1983 – Николаева Т. В. Древнерусская мелкая пластика из камня. XI–XV вв. М., 1983 (САИ. Вып. Е1-60).

Броневский, 1999 – Броневский С. Новейшие географические и исторические известия о Кавказе. Нальчик, 1999 (Переиздание книги: М., 1823).

Lawrence, 1983 – Lawrence A. W. Greek Architecture. London, 1983.




Духовные и договорные грамоты…, 1950 – Духовные и договорные грамоты великих и удельных князей XIV–XVI вв. М.; Л., 1950.

Писцовые книги …, 2001 – Писцовые книги русского Севера // Каталог писцовых книг Русского государства. М., 2001. Вып. 1.

ПСРЛ, 2000 – Полное собрание русских летописей. М., 2000. Т. 3: Новгородская первая летопись старшего и младшего изводов.

Словарь книжников …, 1989 – Словарь книжников и книжности Древней Руси. Л., 1989. Вып. 2: (вторая половина XIV–XVI вв.), ч. 2: Л–Я.



Author's surname (without initials), year – author's surname with initials. Title of the work (followed by colon): Ph.D. thesis. Place of publication, year.


Панова, 1990 – Панова Т. Д. Городской погребальный обряд средневековой Руси (XI–XVI вв.): Дис. … канд. ист. наук. М., 1990.


Dissertation abstract:

Author's surname without initials, year – author's surname with initials. Title of the work (followed by colon): Abstract of Ph.D. thesis. Place of publication, year.


Акимов, 2001 – Акимов Д. В. Лесостепное Подонье на рубеже древности и средневековья (III–V вв.): Автореф. дис. … канд. ист. наук. Воронеж, 2001.




Древности страны Луров…, 1992 – Древности страны Луров: Каталог выставки. СПб., 1992.

Каталог собрания древностей …, 1908 – Каталог собрания древностей графа Алексея Сергеевича Уварова. М., 1908. Отд. VIII–IX.


Archive materials:


Никитинский, 1982 – Никитинский И. Ф. Отчет о работе Вологодской экспедиции в 1982 году // Архив ИА. Р-1, № 9341. 1982.

Медведев 2002 – Медведев П. В. Описание конструкции печи // Кренке Н.А. Отчет об археологических раскопках на Романовом дворе в Москве в 2002 г. Т. 1. (Архив ИА РАН).

РГАДА. Ф. 214. Стб. 408: Царская грамота из Москвы в Березов об аманатах из Карачейских самоедов. 1652 г., 5 апреля; Стб. 1056, ч. 1: Челобитная остяков Березовского уезда (в том числе Надымского городка) об освобождении князца Пося Хулеева и других аманатов, захваченных у карачейских самоедов. 1652 г., 16 февраля; Оп. 1, ч. 8, д. 6046: Расписной список г. Березова. 1750 г.