Publishing in P@lethnology

Submitting an article

Submitting an article for publication in P@lethnology implies that the work has not been published previously. We in turn commit to only publishing peer-reviewed work of the highest scientific quality. Articles are to be submitted in either French or English; if they are accepted, they will be published in both languages.

All submitted articles are sent to at least two reviewers. The articles are made anonymous before being sent to the reviewers, whose identities are not disclosed to the authors.

From submission to publication
for a thematic section

The author commits to not submitting their article to another journal during the evaluation period. Thematic section is published within 12-18 months of their submission date.

Month 0
Submission of the article by the author (according to guidelines).
Months 1-3
Article sent to 2 anonymous reviewers, and the journal receives their reports.
Month 4
Communication to the author of one of the following responses: accepted, accepted with corrections, or declined.
Months 5-8
Author sends final corrected version, according to the manuscript guidelines.
Months 6-12
Article received, verification of corrections, editorial proofreading, translation, regular contact with the author.
Months 9-15
Drafting of page layout, and corrections thereof.
Months 12-18
Publication online.

From submission to publication for an article
in VARIA section

Articles are published within 4 months of their submission date, with the same process as thematic section.

Guide for authors

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Manuscript format

Submit the texts in Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx, .rtf), double spaced.

The texts (without bibliography), including the abstract and keywords, must not exceed 25 000 characters (spaces not included). This limit is imperative.

The hierarchy of the titles and subtitles should be clear, with a maximum of four levels numbered with Hindu-Arabic numerals.

Compose the text in Times 11 pt. font and the legends in Myriad 9 pt font.

Compose words and expressions in a foreign language in italics, unless they appear in the English dictionary. Words in English written form, integrated in the English lexicon, should thus not be in italics.

Compose citations in quotes.

Do not hyphenate words yourself.

Pay attention to punctuation and spaces and use indivisible spaces.

Numbers lower than 10 should be written out. Measures, percentages and dates must be written in Hindu-Arabic numerals, as well as centuries and millennia, followed by “th”, “st” or “rd”.

Lengths, capacities and weights are abbreviated only if they follow a number and are not followed by a period.

References cited list
General rules

Use Hindu-Arabic numerals to designate volumes and issue numbers.

Put collection titles in quotation marks.

The references cited list follows the text, in alphabetical order, and for the same author, by publication date. When there are several publications in the same year, order them alphabetically: Binford, 1988.

Citation of references in the text

When there are one or two authors, write the name(s) without initials, followed by the publication date and page(s) if citing a specific section: Mohen, Scarre, 2002 : 130.

When there are more than two authors, write the first name followed by the mention et al. : Boëda et al., 1998. Attention : et al. is never used in the citation list at the end of the article. Each reference must list the name and initials of all the authors.

Journal article

Costamagno S., 1999 – Coudoulous II : taphonomie d’un aven-piège. Contribution des accumulations d’origine naturelle à l’interprétation des archéofaunes du Paléolithique moyen, Anthropozoologica, 29, 13-32.


Mohen J.-P., Scarre C., 2002Les tumulus de Bougon. Complexe mégalithique du Ve au IIIe millénaire, Paris, Errance, 256 p.

Book chapter

Boëda E., Bourguignon L., Griggo C., 1998 – Activités de subsistance au Paléolithique moyen : couche VI3b’ du gisement d’Umm el Tlel (Syrie), in Brugal J.-P., Meignen L., Patou-Mathis M. (dir.), Économie préhistorique : les comportements de subsistance au Paléolithique, XVIIIes Rencontres internationales d’archéologie et d’histoire d’Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, APCDA-CNRS, 243-258.

Plisson H., 1988 – Technologie et tracéologie des outils lithiques moustériens en Union soviétique : les travaux de V.E. Shchelinskiï, in Binford L., Rigaud J.-P. (dir.), L’homme de Neandertal, vol. 4 La technique, Liège, Université de Liège (« ERAUL » 31), 121-168.

Mourre V., 2004 – Le débitage sur enclume au Paléolithique moyen dans le sud-ouest de la France, in Van Peer P., Bonjean D., Semal P. (dir.), Le Paléolithique, Actes du 14e congrès de l’UISPP, Liège, 2001, Oxford, Archaeopress (« BAR International Series » 1239), 29-38.

Dissertation or thesis

Guyodo J.-N., 2001Les assemblages lithiques des groupes néolithiques sur le Massif armoricain et ses marges, Thèse de doctorat, Rennes, Université Rennes I, 2 vol., 467 p.


Colonge D., Delfour G., Fondeville C., Jarry M., 2002Raspide 2 (Blagnac, Haute-Garonne). Rapport final d’opération, INRAP Grand Sud-Ouest, Toulouse, Service régional de l’Archéologie de Midi-Pyrénées, 83 p.

Manen C., 2008Le Taï (Remoulins, Gard). Rapport de fouille, Montpellier, Service régional de l’Archéologie de « nom de la région », 104 p.


If published as a book

If the colloquium has a title: Mourre V., 2004 – Le débitage sur enclume au Paléolithique moyen dans le sud-ouest de la France, in Van Peer P., Bonjean D., Semal P. (dir.), Le Paléolithique, Actes du 14e congrès de l’UISPP, Liège, 2001, Oxford, Archaeopress (« BAR International Series » 1239), 29-38.

If the colloquium does not have a title: Name of author initial, date – Title of the contribution, in Name of the scientific editor initial (ed.), Proceedings of the Xe colloquium [or roundtable], Colloquium location, Year, City of Publication, Editor (“name of collection”, if one exists), Pages.

If the colloquium is a journal volume

If it is a special volume of the journal: Name of author initial, date – Title of the contribution, in Name of the scientific editor initial (ed.), Colloquium title, Proceedings of the Xth colloquium [or roundtable], Colloquium location, Year, Journal name [no italics], City of Publication, Editor (“name of collection”, if one exists), Pages.

If it is a volume of the journal: Otte M., Noiret P., 2007 – Le Gravettien du nord-ouest de l’Europe, in Rigaud J.-P. (dir.), Le Gravettien : entités régionales d’une paléoculture européenne, Actes de la table ronde des Eyzies-de-Tayac, 2004, Paléo, 19, 243-255.

The references to foreign articles must use the format of their language.

For French:

– a space before major punctuations (:, ;, ?, !);

– (dir.) in the place of (ed.) or (eds.);

– french city names: Londres, Barcelone, …;

– only the first word of titles is capitalized.

Pour other languages refer to the conventions used in the countries concerned.

Citation of figures in the text

Write out, in lower case, the figure citations in the body of the text and put them all in the same color (other than black or gray).

Figures : (figure 1) ; Tables: (table 1)


To improve readability and facilitate the page layout, footnotes should not be numerous, and as brief as possible. Number them with Hindu-Arabic numerals.

Illustration recommendations

Dimensions: 154 mm × 235 mm, including legends.

Accepted formats: .tif, .ai, .pdf.

Attention : avoid .jpg whenever possible.

The authors must ensure that their illustrations are free of copyrights. The review will not be held responsible for problems that could arise for this reason.

The authors should pay particular attention to the composition of the figures, which must be submitted in their final form, already composed. The composition must be balanced, without too much lost space (blank areas). Graphic scales are indispensible and must be simple and readable. The characters must be clear the scale reducible. All maps must have a scale and an orientation.

The legends must be complete, precise and mention the authors of the illustrations.

Figure 1 – Lithic assemblage attributable to the Michelsberg culture discovered on the surface at Itzig-“Buchels” (L), (after F. Le Brun-Ricalens ; C. Mascino © MNHA).

Table 1 -The dating elements associated with the NaCAL blades, La Chevételière at Saint-Mathurin (Vendée) (after Péridy 2003, 2004, 2005. Logiciel de calibration : Calib Rev 5.0.1. [Reimer et al., 2004]).

Excel files

The tables must be directly integrated in the Word document.

The graphics must be submitted in .xls format (native Excel) and .pdf.

Use only one font: Myriad 9 pt.

Vector files (Adobe Illustrator)

Submit the document in its native format (.ai), accompanied by a high resolution PDF file.

Color space: CMJN.

Use only one font: Myriad 9 pt.

Do not vectorize the fonts.

Line thickness: the minimum thickness must be 0.25 pt for full lines and 0.5 for dashed lines, including in motifs.

Bitmap files (Adobe Photoshop)

Submit the file in .tif format (Lzw compression recommended).

Color space: CMJN.

Use only one font: Myriad 9 pt.

Résolution : 300 dpi minimum à 100 % de l’échelle désirée.

Resolution: 300 dpi minimum at 100% of the desired scale. For line drawings, do not hesitate to scan at 600/800 dpi.

Photographs must be of a high quality, focused and contrasted. If text elements are added to the photos and composition, leave the text layers, without “collapsing” the image.

In the case of compositions, submit each separated file.

Documents to submit to the editors

Submit two files to the editors

– The first file (on a removable medium) includes:

The article in .doc, .docx or .rtf format with an 800 to 1000 character abstract, the keywords, references cited list, legends and tables.

The article in .pdf format.

The contact information of the authors.

A file containing the illustrations in the requested format: name the file with the number of the figure (Figure-01.tif).

– The second file includes:

A printed version of the article including the abstract and references cited list.

A printed version of the figure and table legends.

A printed version of the illustrations (number the figures in pencil and indicate their orientation if necessary).

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