Submission guidelines

Before submission

The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (PSAS) publishes academic articles treating original ideas, interpretations and discoveries or results of research which are likely to stimulate discussion and further understanding. Papers published in PSAS may be on any subject surrounding Scotland’s heritage, historical and archaeological past, and should be of national or international interest.

Before making a submission, please read through the author guidelines below and prepare your material accordingly. Incomplete submissions cannot be accepted.

Length

Papers in PSAS should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words long (including all text, endnotes, references, captions, appendices and tables). We will consider publishing a longer paper in exceptional circumstances. If your paper is over 10,000 words, please contact the Managing Editor in advance of submission.

Peer review

The Society operates double-blind peer review. This means that your paper will be anonymously assessed by at least two expert reviewers. Authors are asked to remove all author and contributor names and details from the typescript, as well as funding details and acknowledgements that contain identifying information.

Production timetable

PSAS is an annual journal published in December each year. Submissions are accepted throughout the year, but the annual deadline for publication in the next year's volume is 30 November. If you submit a paper after this date, it will be considered for the next cycle. Please note that we always receive more papers than we are able to publish in a given year and so early submissions are recommended.

Publication costs and Open Access

There is no charge to authors for publishing in PSAS, but funding contributions are welcome. PSAS is a hybrid Open Access journal, offering both Gold and Green Open Access alongside traditional print publication. Authors have the option of making their paper Gold Open Access upon payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC). This does not change the evaluation process and reviewers are not informed of the funding status of a paper. Please see our Open Access services and policy page for more information.

Preparing your paper

Title

The title should be concise, accurate and informative. The title directly affects the discoverability of your paper through search engines, so please ensure that it is specific and contains the keywords readers interested in the subject would be searching for. We recommend against using phrases such as ‘A note on…’; ‘An investigation of…’ in titles.

Abstract

An abstract of 150-300 words which gives a clear indication of the paper’s content and conclusions. Abstracts should be succinct but sufficiently comprehensive to provide a clear summary of the article.

Corresponding author

Please note that we will only communicate with a single representative for each submission. The corresponding author should fill out the submission sheet with his/her contact details. All communication regarding the peer review and proofs will be sent to that person. It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to relay information to others involved in the project.

When a number of people have contributed to a single paper, the corresponding author should ensure the standardisation of abbreviations, measurements and references throughout the paper, and ensure that all sections have been prepared in accordance with our guidelines.

Formatting

All text should be set in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, left-aligned (not justified) and pages should be numbered consecutively. Page numbers must be included in the footer of the document. Headers and footers should not be used for any other purpose.

A detailed style sheet provides further guidelines on language and formatting.

Headings

Tag all headings and subheadings with letters in angle brackets. No more than three levels of subheadings should be used:

<CH> Chapter heading (ie title of the paper)
<A> Level 1 subheading (ie abstract, introduction, discussion)
<B> Level 2 subheading
<C> Level 3 subheading

A section written by a contributor other than the lead author should include the person’s full name (excluding ‘by’ and with an ampersand between the last two names for multi-authored sections).

Illustrations

We can accept submissions with low-resolution images for peer review, but you will be asked to send us press-ready images for publication in the journal. Images for publication must be supplied in digital format, at high resolution and have permissions for print and online distribution. The image submission guidelines provide further details about preparing your images for publication.  

Endnotes

Endnotes may be used for papers on historical topics and when references are predominantly to documentary material. Footnotes should never be used. The referencing style must be consistent throughout the paper. Endnotes should be inserted using the endnote function in your word processing program. They will appear before the references at the end of the paper.

Copyright and permissions

If you are using third party material in your paper (illustrations or text), you must obtain written permission from the copyright holder in order to do so. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that any material used has the appropriate permission cleared. Please provide a copy of the correspondence granting permission to use the material when you submit your paper.

Supplementary material

Please provide an electronic list of deposited specialist reports or archive material not republished in the paper, including repository and ascension numbers.

Submitting your paper

Once you have prepared your paper in accordance with the guidelines, please complete the submission sheet and send it along with your submission material directly to the Managing Editor at editor@socantscot.org. Large files such as images should be transferred via https://wetransfer.com/ (this is a free service). Alternatively, we can download images from other file transfer programmes, such as Dropbox.

If you have a pre-submission query then please contact the Managing Editor at editor@socantscot.org or 01312474145.

Please note that these guidelines are for authors submitting to the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland only. Guidelines for submissions to the Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports series are available here.