Publishing Policies

Publishing Policies of the

Following are the Policies governing publishing the Journal of Texas Archeology and History annual volume and Special Publications plus other Distributed Products of others:


  • Who Can Submit
  • Types of articles Will Consider
  • Submission Process

Who Can Submit?

JTAH accepts manuscripts from authors conducting scholarly research at a graduate level and above regarding the general subjects of archeology and history that is relevant to the Texas Borderlands Region (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Northern Mexico) provided the author owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners.

Copyright Ownership

All material published by the, whether for the Annual Volume or “Special Publications” are subject to the copyright requirements of the and become the copyrighted property of the  Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their original works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).  The act of submitting an article or other material for publication shall serve to document the author’s agreement that copyright is transferred to the if and when the manuscript is published by the JTAH. Acceptance of an article or other items for peer review by the Editors-in-Chief does not constitute a contract or agreement by the to publish the article.  Copyright ownership of any rejected article or special publication shall remain with the author.  A decision to publish shall rest entirely with the Editors-in-Chief and their decision shall be final.   Note, the website serves as a distribution outlet for certain agencies and/or institutions.  Such publications are considered “distributed products” and will be found on a separate tab or web page entitled “Distributed Products”.  Copyrights for distributed products remain with the provider of that material.

Types of Articles JTAH Will Consider

JTAH accepts manuscripts primarily of original research but will consider articles of critical reviews, critical essays, and evidence summaries covering topics in all fields of archeology and history that advances intellectual inquiry in the field.  Each manuscript submitted should investigate an original idea or set of ideas or circumstance, and may be empirical, critical, or theoretical in nature.

Critical reviews and critical essays should analyze and contribute an interpretation, or analytical perspective, or new theme or concept to a theory or body of work. Critical review essays may include essays about a collection of published scholarship.

Submission Process

All authors are required to submit their work electronically into our review system via email to the Co-Editors-in-Chief. Authors submitting their manuscript should provide their contact information in a cover sheet or transmittal email that includes: First and last name; email address; phone number; employer, institute, etc; acknowledgment of copyright ownership.  The author shall provide the following details for each submission:

Keywords: Please include 5-12 keywords, and phrases, that best describe your submission. These are to make sure the article is discoverable on the internet and generate the most “hits” by individuals seeking information on those subjects.  See “Online Search-Metadata Requirements”.

Abstract: Please include an abstract that describes the nature of the work. Abstracts should be clear, and self-explanatory, and not exceed 750 words.

Cover Letter: Not required but is strongly encouraged.  The cover letter may be submitted as a brief statement of the purpose of your submission and include all additional relevant information regarding the submittal.

Deadline for Submissions:  There is no deadline.  Manuscripts may be submitted at any time.  As a digital publication, we will add peer-reviewed and approved articles as they occur.  The current annual volume will be closed on June 30th and the next volume will open automatically on July 1st. If your approved submittal misses the current volume, it may be included in the next one.

Revisions to Paper Submitted: Any revision to an existing submission should be made to the original file already submitted by an author, and not made as a separate, additional submission. Authors must contact the Editors-in-Chief to discuss coordination of the re-submittal to avoid confusion and duplication of effort.

Online Search – Metadata Requirements

When an article has completed the peer review process, authors shall provide the with certain necessary information regarding their article prior to it being published online.  The required information, online search metadata, will be registered with the Directory of Open Access Journals plus other indexing agencies and tagged to the published article. Registering and tagging the article with this metadata will index the published article thus making it globally discoverable.  The widest possible audience searching via the online World Wide Web database for information relevant to their search parameters will locate matching articles.  Click here to fill out the online form which is required prior to publication.  When completed, the form automatically will be forwarded to the Publisher.  Additionally, the author should indicate which graphic (photo, chart, drawing, etc.) they wish to be associated with the article in online references and social media outlets.


The proudly serves government agencies and institutional research organizations, including C.R.M. firms, in their mandated efforts to improve public outreach through the distribution of various research reports and publications on our indexed website.  These are items that have been internally generated, peer-reviewed and approved for distribution by that agency or organization.  “Distributed products” by others have been reviewed and approved by the Editor-in-Chief as meeting the standards of academic, graduate level, research.  Important Note regarding peer review status of “distributed works” found on the JTAH website page titled “Distributed Products”:  Items found on this page have not been subjected to the rigorous peer review process conducted by our Editorial Board.  These items do not carry the seal of approval by our Editorial Board and have not been peer-reviewed by them.  The government agency or research organization responsible for producing the item maintains full copyright and control over it and not the  We hope the general public and researchers worldwide will enjoy and appreciate easy access these fine research reports.


This section describes:

  • How to Submit an Article
  • Guidelines
  • Formatting Requirements
  • Spanish Language Articles
  • Writing Resources

Submit an Article

We invite researchers and authors to submit their manuscripts for review.  Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.docx file format.  Figures (in .jpg, .tif, or .pdf file format) and tables must be submitted as separate files. For complete details or questions regarding manuscript submission, please contact the Editors-in-Chief. The Journal of Texas Archaeology and History (JTAH) will publish original papers on the archaeology and 15th-20th century history of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Northern Mexico; we have coined this region the “Texas Borderlands”.  Authors should submit manuscripts to the Editor for consideration as substantive articles, comments (on previously published articles in the JTAH), or topical review essays. Book reviews will be solicited by the Editor.

Dr. Todd M. Ahlman                   Dr. Mary Jo Galindo

Co-Editor-in-Chief                        Co-Editor-in-Chief

Article Guidelines

Authors shall submit their manuscripts electronically to the Editors as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file. A complete manuscript is one with a title, a short (750 words or less) abstract, main body with subdivisions, and completed photographic or drafted illustrations. Footnotes should be avoided, if at all possible, in the manuscript, unless approval is obtained from the Editors and Editorial Board for their use. In that case, footnote style should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (2010, References to published literature (by author, date, and page or figure number) should be placed in parentheses within the body of the text, with a full bibliographic citation at the end. Authors should also consult “Style Guide for American Antiquity” for information on style, table formatting, citations, and references (see

Any accompanying tables shall be submitted as individual Microsoft Word files, and not embedded in the text. Any accompanying numbered illustrations for a manuscript are to also be submitted electronically to the Editor, as TIF, JPEG, PDF, or EPS files, preferably in full color and full resolution at a minimum of 300 dpi; photographs should be taken with a camera of a minimum 8-megapixel resolution. Any scanned graphics should be saved and submitted at no less than 300 dpi; drawings should be scanned at 600 dpi or greater. All illustrations are to be submitted as individual files, not embedded in the manuscript, and labeled consecutively, beginning with Figure 1.

The Editors-in-Chief reserve the exclusive right to evaluate manuscripts (with or without peer review) for appropriate subject matter and quality. Manuscripts may be returned to authors if they fail to meet editorial expectation and guidelines. Manuscripts are evaluated by the Editors-in-Chief in consultation with the Editorial Board and peer referees, as appropriate. Authors will be notified as soon as a decision is reached to accept (either with revisions or outright) or reject a manuscript. Final decisions regarding the publication of manuscripts rest strictly with the Editors-in-Chief.

Formatting Requirements

  • Articles must be composed in English using standard word processing software, such as MS-Word. Note that all submittals must be saved in MS Word.doc or .docx file format.
  • All text may be either single or double-spaced.
  • No amplifying footnotes or endnotes. If, in your judgment, the text of such a note is crucial to your paper, please work it into the body of your article or contact the Editors-in-Chief.
  • Long quotations should be indented from both left and right-margins.
  • Please use a standard font and size (Times New Roman 12 pt is preferred) and do not add additional spaces or line breaks. Please note that your choice of font will not be preserved when we prepare your article for publication.
  • Include an abstract of no more than 750 words on the first page of your article.
  • Include a list of 8 to 12 keywords that will be used to identify your work on the internet.
  • Do indent the first line of a paragraph.
  • Do not use right-justified margins.
  • Do not use running headers or footers.
  • Do number all pages.

Alternate Language Articles

JTAH encourages the participation of researchers and historians working in Northern Mexico.   Additionally, we want to support our authors who desire their works to be available in alternate languages such as Spanish and French.  The will publish peer-reviewed or internally reviewed manuscripts in alternate languages as outlined in this section.  Note that all Editorial and Peer Review activities will be conducted in English.  Spanish and French language authors should carefully convert their works into English for acceptance and peer review prior to initial manuscript submission. However, upon completion of all editorial reviews and final approval by the Editors-in-Chief, an alternate language version of the approved manuscript may be submitted to the Publisher for inclusion in the Volume.  The Publisher will employ the services of technically qualified alternate language editors to perform a “comparative analysis” for accuracy in the translated manuscript.  This review will ensure the final approved manuscript has been faithfully translated prior to publication.  Conversely, English language authors are encouraged to also provide their approved works in Spanish or French to be included in the annual volume or as a “Special Publication” on the website, as an option.  We hope that such efforts will serve to improve regional collaboration with our fellow researchers in Mexico.

Writing Resources

This section lists selected general resources that may be helpful to authors submitting work for publication.

Required Writing Style

Other Helpful Research & Writing Guides

  • Cornell University Library. (2011). “How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography”
  • Strunk, W. (1999). Elements of Style
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2011). The Writing Center
  • The University of Washington. Odegaard Undergraduate Library. (2011). Writing & Research Center

Click here to download all information about the Journal and the submission process.

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