Author Guidelines

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Virtual Archaeology Review, Author Guidelines

The journal Virtual Archaeology Review (VAR) does not have either article submission charges or article processing charges (APCs).
 

Paper submission

Article online submission: Original submissions will be through the platform. To start submission, the system requires the first time to be registered as an author; or login and access the author’s profile (if already registered). Submission of an original article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract, part of a published lecture, academic thesis or diploma thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English, Spanish or in any other language.
 
Results of work contained in papers submitted to Virtual Archaeology Review (VAR) must not have been published previously in an international refereed scientific journal. Previous presentation at a scientific meeting or the use data in field day reports or similar documents, including local technical press, does not preclude the publication of such data in VAR. Views expressed in papers published in VAR represent the opinion of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Spanish Society of Virtual Archaeology (SEAV) or the Editors.
 
Virtual Archaeology Review does not have either article submission charges or article processing charges (APCs).
 

Preparation of manuscripts

Language: The papers will be published only in English and also in Spanish. Please write your text in good language (e.g. American or British, but not a mixture of these; similarly with Spanish). It is strongly recommended to check English/Spanish grammar by a fluent native speaker before submission of the article.
 
Template: Papers must conform to the template provided by the journal (click here for download the MS Word template or PDF template). This format will not be amended or replaced by a different format.
 
Personal data: There must be neither names nor affiliations of the authors in the file that the user uploads to the platform. Similarly any possible reference that might induce to know who the author is must be omitted. These data must be filled in in the corresponding fields on the platform (as metadata) through the submission process, adding as many authors as signing the article.
 
Order: The paper (without appendices) should be compiled in the following order:
   – Title;
   – Abstract;
   – Main text (including Tables and Figures) and conventional headings (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions, among others). Section headings should be concise and numbered sequentially, using a decimal system for subsections.
   – Acknowledgements (if any, in blank for reviewing);
   – References;
Try not to exceed 25 pages, including artwork and references. Arial font will be always used. Regarding units, the International System of Units (SI) should be used. Not frequent characters or symbols should be explained in the text.
Papers sections: 
   – Title (VAR Title): The title of a technical paper should be concise and indicate clearly the subject matter (Arial font, bold, size 14, centred, capital letters).
   – Authors (VAR Authors): The title should be followed in another line by authors’ names (name and surname, Arial font, size 11, centred). Next line will contain the place of work (affiliation, city and country) and e-mail address (VAR Affiliation: Arial font, size 8, centred).
   – Abstract (VAR Abstract Header: Arial font, bold, size 9, left): Next line, abstract in English (a concise outline of the content of the paper using no more than 300 words) and up to six English keywords. Spanish versions of the abstract should be provided as far as the authors’ capability permits and up to six Spanish keywords. (VAR Abstract: Arial font, size 9, justified text).
   – Keywords (VAR Keywords Header): Indicate 3 to 6 keywords in English (VAR Keywords).
It is recommended to include the title, the abstract and the keywords also in Spanish, as far as the authors’ capability permits. If one is translated into Spanish, the other two must be also translated.
   – Title in Spanish (VAR Título: Arial font, size 9, justified, capital letters). Optional.
   – Abstract (VAR Abstract Header: Arial font, bold, size 9, left): Next line, abstract in Spanish as far as the authors’ capability permits. (VAR Abstract: Arial font, size 9, justified text). Optional.
   – Keywords (VAR Keywords Header): Indicate 3 to 6 keywords in Spanish (VAR Keywords). Optional.
   – Section headings (VAR Header 1: Arial font, bold, size 11, centred, numbered) should be concise and numbered sequentially, using a decimal system for both header sections and header subsections (VAR Header 2: Arial font, bold, size 10, left, numbered; VAR Header 3: Arial font, bold, size 9, left, numbered; VARHeader 4: Arial font, size 9, left, numbered).
   – Text (VAR Normal: Arial font, size 9, justified text, two columns): Type text single-space in double columns.
 

Illustrations and tables

All the figures, graphics, image and tables must be placed in the text in the appropriate location, as close as possible to the reference. They will be ordered sequentially (Figure 1, Figure 2; Table 1…). If references are part of text, it is recommended to use its complete form (e.g. ‘Figure 1’); if they are not connected to the text, they must be referenced in brackets as (e.g. ‘Fig. 1’).
 
VAR Figure Caption Label (Arial font, bold, size 8, centred) and VAR Figure Caption (Arial font, size 8, centred) will be simultaneously used for the figure captions (just beneath the illustration), the former label style for ‘Figure X’ and the latter for the caption itself.
 
Similarly as figures, tables also have styles. VAR Table Caption Label (Arial font, bold, size 8, centred) and VAR Table Caption (Arial font, size 8, centred) will be simultaneously used for the table captions (above the table), the former label style for ‘Table T’ and the latter for the caption itself. For the first row of the table, the VAR Table First Row (Arial font, size 8, centred, italics) will be used. The rest of the values will follow the style VAR Table Data(Arial font, size 8, centred).
 

Mathematics

Normal mathematical conventions should be followed for equations. This implies Times New Roman italics for symbols representing scalars and points (VAR Scalar: Times New Roman font, size 9, italics e.g. x y z X Y Z), lower case normal symbols for vectors (v) (VAR Vector: Times New Roman font, size 9), upper case normal symbols for matrices (ATA, confirm the convention for transpose, with superscript T) (VAR Matrix: Times New Roman font, size 9, capital letters), and normal type for units (m, mm…) and all numerals including subscripts and superscripts (12, x3, α12) (not italic, VAR Superscript and VAR Subscript, respectively). All symbols should be defined when first used, and the use of the same symbol for different parameters within the same paper should be avoided. Equations must be numbered sequentially and referenced in the text.
 

Abbreviations and acronyms

They should be clearly spelled out and defined the first time they are used in the text.
 

Acknowledgements

Please insert acknowledgements (VAR Header: Arial font, bold, size 11, centred, unnumbered) in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. Do not include them as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those persons or companies who provided help during the research (e.g., proof reading, language help, free provided data, etc.).
 

Citations and references

Citations must follow the author-date style for referencing according to the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition. For in-text reference with one author, for information prominent, the author’s name, year are within parenthesis (Barceló, 2012); for author prominent, the author’s name is outside the parenthesis, for instance Fangi (2009) states that… When the reference has two authors the citation must be (Carrasco & Englehardt, 2015). If the reference has three or more authors the citation will be (Schmidt et al., 2015). However, all the authors should appear in each entry of the References section (VAR Header: Arial font, bold, size 11, centred, unnumbered), i.e. authors must avoid the “et al.” abbreviation in that section. References (VAR References: Arial font, size 11, justified text with an indentation of 5 mm) should be given in the following form (APA 6th + DOI as far as it exits):
 
      – Book:
Forte, M., & Siliotti, A. (1997). Virtual archaeology: re-creating ancient worlds. London: Harry N Abrams B.V.
      – Chapter from an edited book:
Böhler, W. (2006). Comparison of 3D laser scanning and other 3D measurement techniques. In M. Baltsavias, A. Gruen, L. Van Gool, & M. Pateraki (Eds.), Recording, Modeling And Visualization of Cultural Heritage (pp. 89–100). London: Taylor & Francis Group
      – Journal article:
Barceló, J. A. (2012). Computer simulation in archaeology. Art, science or nightmare? Virtual Archaeology Review3(5), 8–12. http://doi.org/10.4995/var.2012.4489
Domingo, I., Villaverde, V., López-Montalvo, E., Lerma, J. L., & Cabrelles, M. (2013). Latest developments in rock art recording: towards an integral documentation of Levantine rock art sites combining 2D and 3D recording techniques. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40(4), 1879–1889. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2012.11.024
Papers which appear in long-running series such as the ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, or The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences should be referenced as:
Remondino, F., Barazzetti, L., Nex, F., Scaioni, M., & Sarazzi, D. (2011). UAV photogrammetry for mapping and 3d modeling–current status and future perspectives. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 38-1/C22, 25–31.
      – Paper in conference proceedings:
Fangi, G. (2009). Further Developments of the Spherical Photogrammetry for Cultural Heritage. In XXII CIPA Symposium (pp. 11–15). Kyoto, Japan
      – Thesis and dissertations:
El-Sheimy, N. (1996). The development of VISAT-a mobile survey system for GIS applications. University of Calgary.
Van Genechten, B. (2009). Creating Built Heritage Orthophotographs from Laser Scan. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
      – Monography:
Cothren, J. D. (2005). Reliability in constrained Gauss-Markov models: an analytical and differential approach with applications in photogrammetry. Geodetic and GeoInformation Science. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science. Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University.
      – Webpage:
Wu, C. (2011). VisualSFM: A Visual Structure from Motion System. Retrieved March 22, 2016, from http://ccwu.me/vsfm/
Other publications will always contain author, year, title, and publication venue.