Submission instructions

Scholars considering publishing in the SIMA series are encouraged to contact the Editors in advance. Authors should submit their manuscripts to:

Jenny Webb and David Frankel
Editors-in-chief, SIMA
Archaeology Program
La Trobe University
Victoria 3086

The submitted manuscript must contain:

Title page

Title of the manuscript with name of author(s) and academic institution. Include full address details with telephone, fax and e-mail address.
Indicate on the title page the total number of pages, tables, figures and plates included in the manuscript.


A summary (200–300 words) of the manuscript’s aims and scope.

Information about the author

Author’s name, affiliation, postal and e-mail address, together with brief biographical information and a list of key publications.

Manuscript organisation:

Preliminary material (page numbers in Roman numerals)

Title page
Publication/bibliographic details
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Plates
Any other special notes

Main text (page numbers in Arabic numerals)

Book chapters

Additional material



Manuscripts submitted for consideration should follow the general format of the SIMA style. Once accepted, volumes must conform strictly to these guidelines

The final preparation for printing is the responsibility of the author, unless special arrangements are made with the editors.

Authors are encouraged to prepare the final layout themselves following the guidelines. The editors can give advice on this. A copy of the final layout (ie page proofs) should be sent to the Editors before final submission as highest quality (print-quality) PDF files on a CD or DVD. Where this is not possible AE can arrange layout, but this may result in delays and, of course, additional costs. Where AE organises the layout authors should prepare the final text in Microsoft WORD as highest quality (press-quality) PDF files; tables on separate worksheets in EXCEL; photographs as high quality TIFF files; and all figures (artefact drawings, diagrams and plans) fully prepared as Adobe Illustrator or high-quality TIFF files.

General style

For general principles of style we recommend: Style Manual: For Authors, Editors and Printers, 6th Edition Wiley Australia (2002) (paperback ISBN 0 7016 3648 3; hardback ISBN 0 7016 3647 5).

The SIMA style

SIMA style templates for both the monograph and PB series are available as downloadable InDesign files (.indd).

Heading numbering
Where used this should normally be for Chapters and Level 1 and 2 headings only
     1.1   First level 
     1.1.1  Second level

Figures and Plates
Illustrations in the text are 'figures' (Fig. 0.00)
Illustrations at the end of the volume are 'plates' (Pl. 00 – plate numbers in Arabic numerals).
References to figures and plates  are abbreviated to ‘Fig.’ and ‘Pl.’ when in brackets (Fig. 3.1, Figs 3.4–3.6, Pl. 2, Pls 4–5) but spelt out in full when part of the normal text, as ‘Figure 2.3 presents the results of a principal components analysis of ….’

References should follow the modern scientific (Harvard) convention using in-text references to author, date and page, eg (Åström 1972: 10) or (Karageorghis et al. 2000: 26; Stewart 1961).

Bibliographic style
Åström, P., D.M. Bailey and V. Karageorghis 1976: Hala Sultan Tekke 1. Excavations 1897-1971 (SIMA 45.1), Gothenburg
(ie series within brackets, series number in Arabic numbers, place of publication in English, the publisher is not listed)

Karageorghis, V. 1976: Two Late Bronze Age tombs from Hala Sultan Tekke, in P. Åström, D.M. Bailey and V. Karageorghis, Hala Sultan Tekke 1. Excavations 1897-1971 (SIMA 45.1), 70–89, Gothenburg
Hamilakis, Y. 1998: Eating the dead: Mortuary feasting and the politics of memory in the Aegean Bronze Age societies, in K. Branigan (ed), Cemetery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age (Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology 1), 115–132, Sheffield
 (ie page numbers at the end of the reference before the place of publication without 'p.' or 'pp.'; en dash between the page numbers)

Journal article:
Swiny, S. 1981: Bronze Age settlement patterns in south-west Cyprus, Levant13, 51–87
(ie page numbers without 'p.' or 'pp.'; en dash between the page numbers)

Abbreviations for publications should follow those of the American Journal of Archaeology, with additional abbreviations listed at the beginning of the Bibliography.

Footnotes and endnotes should be avoided entirely. If material cannot be incorporated in the text it should be left out.

Authors should consult the books and the sample pages appended below, taking account of the specifications given here and allowing for minor variations to ensure clarity where demanded by unusual material and organisation.
D. Frankel and J.M. Webb 2006. Marki Alonia. An Early and Middle Bronze Age Settlement in Cyprus. Excavations 1995–2000 (SIMA 123.2), Sävedalen
D. Frankel and J.M. Webb 2007. The Bronze Age Cemeteries at Deneia in Cyprus (SIMA 135), Sävedalen
J.M. Webb, D. Frankel, K.O. Eriksson and J.B. Hennessy 2009. The Early and Middle Bronze Age Cemeteries at Karmi in Cyprus. Excavations by J.R. Stewart (SIMA 136), Sävedalen

Page size
Paper size: A4 (210x297mm)
Size of printed page: 165x237 mm) Columns: 2
     Top: 30mm
     Bottom: 30mm
     Inner margin: 25mm
     Outer margin: 20mm
     Gutter (space between columns): 6mm
     Justification: left and right justified

Type and layout
Palatino/Palatino Linotype
Main text: 9.5 pt, Roman
Catalogues and lengthy descriptions: 9 pt, Roman
References in text to Figures, Tables and Plates: 9.5, Roman, Bold
Captions for Figures, Tables and Plates: 9pt, Italic
Tables: 8pt, Italic
Headers: 9pt, Italic
     Chapter headings: Sentence case (ie upper and lower case), 14 pt, left justified
     1st level: 11 pt, Roman, Bold (2 spaces above, 1 space below)
          1.1  First level (two spaces after the number)
     2nd level: 9.5 pt, Roman, Bold (1 space above, 1 space below)
          1.1.1  Second level (two spaces after the number)
     3rd level: 9.5, Italic (1 space above, normally 1 space below)
     4th level: 9.5, Roman, (1 space above, no spaces below)
     Indent: 5 mm
     First line after a heading: left justified (ie no indent)
     Hanging indents 5mm
     One space between entries

Recommendations on layout and bibliography

There are now readily available and user-friendly layout programs. We encourage all authors to make use of these to lay out their volumes themselves as much as possible —it is not too difficult to learn the basics. It is of great help to have control over the whole volume during the final stages of preparation. We recommend Adobe InDesign which forms part of the Adobe CS suite (which includes Photoshop and Illustrator).

We also recommend the use of reference manager software for the bibliography. There are several easily available programs such as Endnote, Reference manager or ProCite.

SIMA style templates for both the monograph and PB series are available as downloadable InDesign files (.indd).

Sample pages of basic layout, including cover and bibliographic page are also available as pdf files.


Before acceptance, the authors must declare that they have permission to make use of all copyrighted material, images and text sources included in the manuscript. If needed a permission request is available for download (link***).

The copyright for manuscripts accepted for publication in SIMA will be transferred to Åströms förlag. A separate Book Publishing agreement (***) has to be signed. Authors will, however, retain the right to use their material for personal and internal institutional use.

Printing subsidy

Every effort should be made to obtain a subsidy to support the cost of publication. This will however, not be a criterion for acceptance.

Thematic volumes, conference proceedings and festschrift volumes

Thematic edited volumes, edited conference proceedings and edited festschrift volumes which fall within the scope of SIMA may be considered for publication in the white PB series. The following guidelines apply:

Editors of thematic, conference and festschrift volumes must arrange formal refereeing of all papers by two referees prior to submission of the complete manuscript to SIMA. Copies of referees’ reports should be submitted to SIMA together with the final manuscript. Conference volumes should include only those papers directly relevant to the topic of the conference and considered of high merit by referees and volume editors. Delivery of a paper at a conference should not in itself guarantee publication. Thematic and festschrift volumes, similarly, should only include papers judged by referees and volume editors to be worthy of inclusion. For thematic, conference and festschrift volumes editors should ensure that papers written in a language which is not the author’s first language are clear and grammatically correct, that referencing, bibliographic and other aspects of style conform to those of the SIMA series, that all illustrations are of the highest quality and that copyright permission has been obtained for all relevant material.

Thematic, conference and festschrift volumes submitted to SIMA will be subject to the normal SIMA review process in order to assess their suitability for publication by SIMA. Where volumes are accepted, the Editors may still reject individual papers which do not conform to the topic or standards outlined above. Such volumes should make, where possible, a significant contribution to archaeological method and theory as well as to specific topics or areas of research.


While some theses lend themselves to publication, the majority do not. Theses may provide the basis of a book, but the particular demands of the thesis format, designed to satisfy a degree structure and examination, generally require substantial recasting and rewriting. 

More specifically, those considering rewriting their theses as books for SIMA should recognize that a book should have a broader appeal to a wider audience than the generally narrower focus of a thesis. They should also pay close attention to:

1. Reducing or considerably modifying the formal framework of structure, style and contents and associated requirements of the thesis,
2. Developing a clear aim which expresses the importance of the subject matter,
3. Providing a clear and sophisticated methodological and theoretical stance, with a coherent integration of aims, approach, data and argument supported by reference to current theoretical and methodological literature,
4. Presenting appropriate data to support arguments, but recognizing that lengthy descriptions of previously published material are not appropriate unless they involve significant critical re-evaluation,
5. Making, where possible, a significant contribution to archaeological method and theory as well as to the substantive and specific topic,
6. Revising the text to reflect a maturity and sophistication of writing and presentation.
7. Ensuring that referencing, bibliographic and other aspects of style conform to those of the SIMA series, that all illustrations are of the highest quality and that copyright permission has been obtained for all relevant material.