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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are prepared and sent separately according to the Author Guidelines.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

All submissions are electronic

All papers are submitted to peer review. Manuscripts in Bulgarian or English are accepted for consideration. Research papers and studies should not exceed 80 000 characters, including spaces, and 20 figures. Other papers (discussions, event and book reviews, etc.) should not exceed 20 000 characters, including spaces and 5 figures. Manuscripts over this limit are subject to negotiation.

The Editorial Board will consider texts written in an academic language and with clear structure that follows the models adopted by renowned scientific journals.

NEW: A priority will be given to papers in English, as the long-term vision is this rubric to be published entirely in English. English is also strongly recommended for the sections reports and archaeometry.  All the other sections – discussion, reviews and news – continue to accept manuscripts in both English and Bulgarian. All articles in English should have their references written entirely in ROMAN script (see for specific requirements the section references). All articles submitted in Bulgarian should provide citations in the text and in the bibliography ONLY in Roman script. All non-Roman script publications in the text and the reference list should be transliterated. More details and examples are given in the section references.


Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations

The name/s of the author/s (name and surname without abbreviations) are placed after the title. The order of authors is determined by the percentage of their input, starting with the name of the author with greatest contribution. Below the names the authors’ affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) are required. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author

Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.


A short English abstract of up to 1800 characters is required. The abstract should state briefly and clearly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, references and uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.


Immediately after the abstract, provide 3-7 keywords, using British spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, “and”, “of”). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Main Text


Define the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background.

Data and methods

Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be recognized and adequately considered (empirical data, methodological and/or conceptual approaches). Only innovative aspects (if present) of the methods applied should be described.


A Theory section aims to reinforce the background to the article and to draw some avenues for future research. The practical application of the theoretical model should be developed in a separate paragraph within the section.


Results should be clearly formulated.


This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


This section comprising the main conclusions of the study may be presented separately or as a subsection of Discussion/Results and Discussion.


(if available)


At the end of the text list those individuals and institutions who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

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Additional formatting and special style of the texts is not permissible, except in cases of the correct rendering of foreign languages, special annotations or symbols.


Research papers and studies should have an extended summary in English, if the paper is in Bulgarian and in Bulgarian, if the paper is in English. It should follow the structure of the paper but in condensed form (from 1/6 to 1/8 of the main text).


A limited number of footnotes are allowed that should be clarifications of the main text and should not exceed 500 characters, in total. Footnotes should not occur after the title and the names of the authors. Acknowledgements are mentioned at the end of the main text, not in footnotes.


NEW: The references of all materials published in English should be written in Roman script. If the quoted reference has an English title and an English summary, this title is included in the list of references. In any other case, the title of the cited work is transliterated according to the following convention -

In-text references are within parenthesis, containing the name of the author, the year of publication and a space between; page numbers are added after a comma. Multiple references (different years or different authors) are divided by a semi-colon. The maximum number of authors in collaborative works is two, in cases of more authors – et al. – is added. Example: (Anderson 1998; 2004; Chabot, Anderson 2005, 5, fig. 2; Wittaker 2003, 65, pl. 2).

In the text

– one author/name (Insoll 2007)
– two authors (Gurova, Nachev 2008)
– with direct quotation on a page (Nikolov 1996, 7)
– multiple publications and authors (Perlès 1992; 2001; 2004; Rosen 1997, fig. 12)


A full list of references should be provided at the end of the text. The recommended format is an adapted Harvard system. Unpublished results and personal communications should not be present in the list of references. They may appear in the main text and in the footnotes. (separate page with examples)


Prepairing the submission


The use of UNICODE font (for example, Arial, Times New Roman) is compulsory. The title should be written in full, with no acronyms or abbreviations, together with the full name and surname (not initials) of the author/s. The required file format is .odt, .doc or .rtf. The units of measurement used in the journal are following the International System of Units (SI).


Italic is usable only for names/terms in Latin.


Sub-headings in the text may be in bold or underlined.


 The names of institutions, organizations or archaeological periods, are first written in the text with full name. The abbreviation or acronym could be given in parentheses for their subsequent use in the text: e.g., Late Neolithic (LN). Abbreviations and acronyms are not accepted in the reference list.


High-quality colour and black and white photographs and graphic illustrations are accepted as separate files, with authors name, in numerical order of their appearance in the text  (for example Smith_fig01.jpg; Baker_fig02.tif, etc). Photographs, plans, maps and graphic tables are accepted as illustrations. A required format is JPEG or TIFF, with resolution of at least 300 dpi; EPS files are also accepted. Any other format is inadmissible.

Full page illustration may contain different images arranged in a frame of 155 / 230 mm (with 2
lines of captions) or 155 / 220-225 mm (with 4-5 lines of captions).

Figure captions are compulsory and should be submitted in a separate file (preferably in both the
English and Bulgarian languages). The authorship of each figure is explicitly acknowledged. The use of adapted and already published illustrations should be acknowledged in parenthesis, with the name of the author, year of publication, page number and/or the original figure number. The publication should be included in the bibliography. Utilization/borrowing of original illustrations requires written permission from the author or the publisher. References to illustrations in the text should be presented as following (fig. 1.2; fig. 2.3-9).

The place of the illustrations in the text could be marked at the relevant spot with its number in parenthesis – for example (fig. 1), preceded and followed by a new line. Illustration that are inserted in the text files (.odt, .doc or .rtf) or that are submitted as one PDF file, are not accepted.

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