Publishing Policies of the JTAH.org
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 JTAH.org 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.
All material published by the JTAH.org, whether for the Annual Volume or “Special Publications” are subject to the copyright requirements of the JTAH.org and become the copyrighted property of the JTAH.org. 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 JTAH.org. Acceptance of an article or another item for peer review by the Editors-in-Chief does not constitute a contract or agreement by the JTAH.org 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 JTAH.org 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.
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 JTAH.org 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 graphics (photo, chart, drawing, etc.) they wish to be associated with the article in online references and social media outlets.
The JTAH.org 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 JTAH.org 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 JTAH.org. We hope the general public and researchers worldwide will enjoy and appreciate easy access these fine research reports.