Please follow these guidelines when submitting images for publication in the Society’s books and journals.
Preparing your images
Images must be supplied in digital format, at high resolution and have permissions cleared for print and online distribution. Most images sourced on the internet cannot be used. If you find an image on the internet, you will need to locate its original source and request a high-resolution version from its owner. The author is responsible for supplying printable images with all permissions cleared; unfortunately, the Society does not have resources to research images or pay for permission fees.
To check an image resolution on a Windows PC, first right-click on the file and select ‘Properties’, then navigate to the ‘Details’ tab to find the resolution value given in DPI (dots per inch).
All images that are to be printed in colour should be supplied as CMYK (not RGB) images. All images that are to be printed in black only should be supplied as black only i.e., greyscale.
A digital photograph should have a minimum resolution of 300 DPI at the final, printed size of the image and be saved as TIFF or JPEG.
A photograph developed from film should be scanned to give a minimum resolution of 300 DPI at the final, printed size of the image and saved as TIFF or JPEG.
A photograph that is printed in a book should be scanned at a minimum of 1200 DPI which will give same size reproduction and be saved as TIFF or JPEG.
A digital line drawing should have a minimum resolution of 1200 DPI at the final, printed size of the image and be saved as TIFF or JPEG.
A printed line drawing should be scanned at a minimum of 1200 DPI which will give same size reproduction and be saved as a TIFF or JPEG.
A vector line drawing should be supplied as an EPS file or, if that is not possible, as PDF or AI file. Please do not use a line weight of less than 1 point in drawings because the file will be reduced in size to fit comfortably on the page and the line weights will therefore be reduced correspondingly. Images or parts of images that are supplied as vectored images and are to be printed in black only must be supplied as black only and not made up of other colours.
NB: A metric scale and north point must appear on every map or site plan. A metric scale must appear on every artefact drawing. Scales (when used) and styles in images should be consistent throughout the paper.
If you have a different type of image that you would like to include in your submission then please consult with the Publications Officer first. Images created by or pasted in Microsoft Word or Excel cannot be accepted.
Sending your images
Please use https://wetransfer.com/ to supply your images (this is a free service). Alternatively, we can download images from other file transfer programmes, such as Dropbox. Please contact the Publications Officer if you need help with transferring your images. Please do not supply images as email attachments.
Files can be supplied on a CD, DVD or memory stick, which you can send by post to the Publications Officer at the following address: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF.
Information to supply with your images
The image files should be named by the corresponding illustration number, as it is to appear in your text. Please number illustrations sequentially (Illus 1, Illus 2, Illus 3) and where an illustration is made up of multiple parts, use lower case letters (Illus 4a, Illus 4b, Illus 4c).
Please supply a list of illustrations with captions as a separate text file. Captions should include source or copyright holder acknowledgements. Captions should not have a full stop at the end (this includes multi-sentence captions; the final sentence should not have a full stop at the end):
Illus 1.1 Title of the figure, with an initial capital for the first word and any proper nouns (Source and copyright information included in brackets)
Please indicate in text where illustrations should appear, eg <illus 3 here>.
If illustrations are to be reproduced at a specific size or orientation (landscape or portrait) then this must be stipulated upon submission. The Society reserves the right to make changes if the author’s requirements cannot be met. Images cannot be resized or turned once the paper has been typeset.