SUBMITTING A Manuscript:


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. J. Kevin Hanselka                  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
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (2011). The Writing Center
  • University of Washington. Odegaard Undergraduate Library. (2011). Writing & Research Center


This section describes the Editorial and Peer Review Processes, Copyrights for JTAH and Authors, Attribution & Usage Policies, Personal Use Exceptions, and General Terms and Conditions of Use:

  • Editorial Decision Process
  • Peer Review Process
  • Copyrights for Authors and JTAH
  • Attribution & Usage Policies
  • Personal Use Exceptions
  • General Terms and Conditions of Use

Editorial Decision Process

Manuscripts are received by the Editors-in-Chief who conducts a preliminary review of the work for adherence to general submission guidelines. As warranted, the submission may be discussed anonymously with a member of the Editorial Board with appropriate expertise for evaluating the manuscript.  Once approved, the manuscript is sent by the Editors-in-Chief to selected reviewers to initiate the peer review process.  All decisions regarding a manuscript will be at the sole discretion of the Editors-in-Chief and those decisions are final.  The Editors-in-Chief will advise authors of all manuscript decisions.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts accepted for peer review will be submitted to a minimum of two peer reviewers and in most cases there will be three peer reviewers; one of which will be a member of our Editorial Board.  It will be the Editors-in-Chief’s sole discretion whether or not to disclose the identity of the reviewers of any manuscript.

Peer Reviewers communicate their findings via stand-alone comments and a tracked-changes marked-up version directly to the Editor-in-Chief who will make a decision to either:

  • Accept as is
  • Accept with minor revisions
  • Major revisions recommended
  • Reject

Submissions are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Conceptualization
  1. A core research question is posed, and is connected to or emerges from previous scholarship
  2. A thesis is stated in the introduction, addressed throughout each section of the manuscript, and reiterated in the conclusion
  3. The manuscript is well-structured and organized with labeled sections and sub-arguments introduced at the beginning of sections
  4. A research methodology is identified and applied, and analysis is well-supported and relates to the core research question
  5. The submission includes an informative abstract which contains the core research question, announcement of sub-topics, key findings (connected to chosen methodology), and thesis statement.
  • Execution
  1. The author’s voice is clear and consistent and sentence structure flows well
  2. The author’s language reflects advanced and scholarly competency
  3. The manuscript contains correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • References

1.    APA citation style, 6th edition, is applied consistently and correctly throughout the manuscript

  1. There are at sufficient current, pertinent, scholarly references
  • Value
  1. The manuscript is relevant, original, and significantly contributes to archeology or history scholarship.

If you have questions regarding the submission process, please contact the Editors-in-Chief.

Rights for Authors and

As further described in the submission agreement (“Submission Agreement”), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium is permitted by a personal-use exemption granted by, requires credit to as copyright holder (e.g., Journal of Texas Archeology and © 2020).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  1. Storage and back-up of the article on the author’s computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  2. Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  3. Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)’s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota’s Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  4. Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

Please note: “Publication” in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. By submitting material to, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at If you have concerns or questions about the submission terms for JTAH, please contact the Co-Editors-in-Chief.

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the website and/or publications agree not to misuse the product in any way.

The failure of to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the Policies does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies constitute the entire agreement between and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

AUTHORS’ Submittal Agreement on Copyright Transfer to, Inc.

By act of submittal of an article or “Special Publication” manuscript, the author or authors thereby indicate their full agreement of these foregoing Policies, requirements, stipulations and specifically including the transfer of Copyright ownership in full to the

Authors seeking an exception or who have questions about use regarding the Publishing Policies and Fine Print must contact the Publisher

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