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 Editors:

       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

• Footnotes: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (2010)
• Style, Table Formatting, Citations, and References: “Style Guide for American Antiquity”
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

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