Instructions for Authors

Editorial policy

Americae accepts original manuscripts (i.e., previously unpublished) reporting on archaeological and/or ethnohistoric research carried out in any region of North or South America and the Caribbean. Three main types of papers are published:

  1. Articles. Articles are longer pieces that should address a broad audience, such as discussions of method and theory, or major findings that are of great importance to larger regions.
  2. Research Reports. Reports are shorter pieces that may interest a more specialized audience, such as detailed descriptions of a specific excavation context, a new method protocol, analysis of a specific museum piece, etc.
  3. Conference Proceedings. Conference proceedings are collections of manuscripts that were originally presented together at a conference symposium and are all clearly focused on one specific theme. The session coordinator should take responsibility for the submission of the collection and will serve as the intermediary between Americae’s editorial staff and the papers’ individual authors. We ask that the session coordinator have already edited the ensemble of manuscripts prior to submission (and made a selection of manuscripts to submit, if applicable). Those interested in submitting a collection of conference papers for publication should contact the editorial staff of Americae.

A note on the language of publication

As Americae’s objective is to reach the widest readership possible in the Americanist community, we encourage authors to submit their manuscripts in English or Spanish, the two most widely read languages among Americanist scholars. Neverthless, Americae also accepts and publishes papers in Portuguese and French.

Instructions for authors

Submission procedure

Manuscripts should be prepared and submitted electronically using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word. Files should be sent in .Doc or .Rtf format. No print manuscripts or .PDF files will be accepted.

Preparing the manuscript

Americae accepts manuscripts written in English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese. Manuscripts should not exceed 7,500 words (excluding the bibliography).

Sections of the manuscript

A manuscript submission should contain the following sections (unless indicated differently below, each should begin on a new page):

  1. Title page
  2. Abstracts and keywords (see below for details)
  3. Text
  4. Acknowledgments (should immediately follow text)
  5. References cited
  6. Figures cited in text
  7. Figure titles (titles listed sequentially)
  8. Tables cited in text (separate page for each)

Other supporting files

Non-text based supporting files (e.g., video, audio, etc.) should be submitted separately, but identified as being related to the manuscript (with the title and authors’ names). In the case of difficulties with submitting such files electronically (e.g., due to their size), please contact the editorial staff (americae [at]


Order of the Manuscript

The title page

The title page should list:

  1. The title of the manuscript
  2. The name(s) of the author(s)
  3. Each author’s institutional address (should be combined for multiple authors from the same institution)
  4. Each author’s email address


To maximize the accessibility of Americae’s content to our readers, all manuscripts must be accompanied by multiple abstracts. These include:

  1. An English abstract
  2. A Spanish abstract
  3. An abstract in the language of the text (if not English or Spanish)

Once these requirements have been met, Americae is willing to publish additional abstracts in other language of the Americas (defined here as English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French). Each abstract should be approximately 200 words (abstracts for research reports may be shorter).


-A paper written in English on Southwestern archaeology must be accompanied by English and Spanish abstracts. The author could optionally include an abstract in French or Portuguese as well.

– A paper written in Spanish on Andean Archaeology must be accompanied by Spanish and English abstracts. The author could optionally include an abstract in French or Portuguese as well.

-A paper written in French on Mesoamerican Archaeology must be accompanied by French, English, and Spanish abstracts. The author could optionally include an abstract in Portuguese as well.

-A paper written in Portuguese on Amazonian Archaeology in Brazil must be accompanied by Portuguese, English, and Spanish abstracts. The author could optionally include an abstract in French as well.

Each abstract should be followed by up to five keywords, written in the language of the abstract.

Currently, the journal is unable to provide a translation service. Thus, the preparation of the abstracts is the responsibility of the author(s).

The text

Typically, the sections of the manuscript will include: Introduction, Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion (research reports may not necessarily include all of these sections).

Please do not use tabs, spaces or page breaks to format your text, as they will disappear when the text is published online. The entire text should be single spaced.

  • The text: Times New Roman 12.
  • For the titles of your paragraphs use the style “title 1, title 2 etc.” accessible on your toolbar as following:

  • Hyperlinks must refer back to sites that are accessible on the World Wide Web; they should not be linked to local files on the author’s computer.
  • Tables should be created by using the menu “table + insertion” in word
  • Graphics produced with Excel must be converted into image files (see below)
  • Notes should be numbered sequentially and appear at the bottom of each page.
  • References cited should be placed at the end of the text in alphabetical order according to the names of the authors.

Image format

Figures should be inserted directly into the manuscript text, but they should also be attached as separate files. We recommend that you verify the quality of your images when printed. The resolution for figures should be at least 300 dpi. The final image will be at least 1,000 pixels large.

Please save your images in a format such as TIFF, PSD or PNG. For the publishable version, if you use Photoshop, you should “Save as” and not “Save for the web”. You may use the JPEG format with maximum quality (12). Because the PNG format tends to produce large files, it should be used only for manuscripts with very few images. If your images include transparent zones do not use the PNG format.

Figure placement in text

Figures embedded in the manuscript should be presented as follows:

  • Image
  • Title of your image, numbered sequentially (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). The image’s title will be located below the image and thus should not be included in the image file itself.
  • Source of your image (if necessary)
  • All maps must contain a scale and north arrow.

Image source

Please indicate clearly the source of the image (if it does not belong to you) and/or the source of the data used for the production of the image (e.g., US census, 2001). Please verify that you have the right to cite or reproduce the image before submitting your article.

Table placement in text

Like figures, tables should be both embedded in the text and attached as a separate file (one table per page with the corresponding title). They should be numbered sequentially (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, etc.). In the text, the title should appear below the table.

In-text citations

Bibliographic references cited in the text should take the following forms:

Single author:

Taylor (1964) ; (Taylor 1964) ; (Taylor 1964:23-25) ; (Taylor 1964: Table 2)

Two authors:

Jones and Wilson (1971) ; (Jones and Wilson 1971) ; (Jones and Wilson 1971:215-216)

Three or more authors:

Fisher et al. (2003) ; (Fisher et al. 2003) ; (Fisher et al. 2003:4957)

Presentation of the References Cited

Under the title heading “References Cited”, list all of the references cited in the manuscript using the appropriate format (see below). Do not include references that are not cited in the manuscript text. Authors’ first names should be spelled out completely (not abbreviated as initials).

Journal Articles

Eeckhout, Peter and Lawrence Stewart Owen (2008). Human Sacrifice at Pachacamac. Latin American Antiquity, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 375-398.

Book Chapters

Alix, Claire (2009). Persistence and Change in Thule Wood Use, AD 1100–1450. In Herbert Maschner, Owen K. Mason and Robert McGhee (eds.), The Northern World, AD 900-1400. pp. 125-135, The University of Utah Press.


Baudez, Claude (1994). Maya Sculpture of Copán: The Iconography. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma.

Electronic articles

Hofman, Corinne L., Alistair J. Bright, and Reniel Rodríguez Ramos (2010). Crossing the Caribbean Sea: Towards a holistic view of Pre-Columbian mobility and Exchange. Journal of Caribbean Archaeology, Special Publication #3, 18 p. ( )


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