Information for Authors

Below is information for authors, including details on how The Post Hole uses content provided by authors, the terms under which it uses that content and the ways in which it may and may not make use of it.


The Post Hole accepts papers of any conceivable topic as long as it relates to archaeology, heritage or the past. See the 'topics covered' page for some ideas.


We aim to publish at least one issue of the journal every 10 weeks, although the frequency with which articles are submitted plays a critical role in that estimation. We accept submissions at any time of the year, and so cannot guarantee that the Issue you submit for will be the Issue in which your work is published. After your article has been edited, you will receive a copy to read over and approve. If we have not received a reply from you within 2 weeks, we will trust that you are happy with the changes and will publish. This prevents our editors’ hard work going to waste.


Submissions to The Post Hole may be of any length, though we ask that they don't exceed 4000 words, although 2500-3000 words is preferable. Please contact Laura Koski, our Submissions Editor, at submissions [at] for advice on this or anything else relating to your submission that you are unsure about.


Inclusion of images - such as photographs, plans and graphs - in submissions are welcome. Please ensure when submitting to The Post Hole that you send original copies of your images in either JPEG or PNG format, as well as the image embedded within the text of the submission. This ensures visual clarity of all images displayed in online articles. Captions should also be included for all images. References must also be provided when appropriate, otherwise please caption images as 'author's own'.

Website links

Links to other websites are acceptable; however, please ensure to include the full URL in brackets after the text, rather than simply creating a hyperlink in the document.

Regulations for Submission

All submissions must meet with the following requirements before being considered for publication. The decisions of the editors are final.

  1. All sources used must be fully referenced. Please use Harvard Referencing, and avoid the use of footnotes or endnotes. For online resources that are not also catalogued publications, a URL (accompanied by the date the URL was accessed for the purposes of writing the article) are required. Articles which have not referenced using this style will be returned to the author for alteration. Some common sources are given as examples below, any referencing queries should be sent directly to Laura Koski (Submissions Editor).
    Balme, J. and Paterson, A. (2006) Archaeology in practice: a student guide to archaeological analysis. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
    Drewett, P.L. (2011) Field archaeology: an introduction, 2nd edn. London: Routledge.
    Chapter in an edited book
    Albarella, U. (2007) The end of the sheep age: people and animals in the Late Iron Age. In: C. Haselgrove and T. Moore (eds), The Later Iron Age in Britain and beyond. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 389-402.
    Journal article
    Banks, W. E., d’Errico, F., Peterson, A. T., Kageyama, M., Sima, A. and Sánchez-Goñi, M. F. (2008) Neanderthals extinction by competitive exclusion. PloS ONE, 3(12), 1-8.
    Hutton, R. (2011) Why does Lindow Man matter? Time and Mind, 4(2), 135-148.
    Online resource
    Celestin, J.M. (2012) Django Unchained: Hollywood Belittles Slavery to Make a Slick Flick. Haitian Times. Available at: [Accessed 13 February 2014].
    Lewis, S. K. (2006) Tollund Man. Available at: [Accessed 2 May 2014].
  2. No plagiarism.
  3. No slander.
  4. It is the author or authors' responsibility to secure permission to reproduce any material. Although reproduced material is acceptable, it should not make up a significant proportion of the submission, must be fully referenced and it must be explicitly indicated in the text that permission has been sought and granted by the owner of the original material.
  5. Reproduced information (see above) withstanding, submissions must consists of original material only. "Self-plagiarism" (simply regurgitating something you have published elsewhere) is not of interest to The Post Hole. Authors are requested to respect the spirit of this condition, rather than the letter of the law.
  6. Please supply your full name as you would like it to appear, a valid email address and the address of your institution (if applicable) with all submissions.
  7. Submissions should be formatted as follows; Ariel font, size 11, titles should be in bold, text should be justified and spacing set to 1.5. Please refrain from using page breaks or additional sections as this interferes with the final formatting of the full Issue.
  8. All article images must be supplied separately as JPEG files as well as being placed in article document. Images should be no less than 800px along the longest dimension.
  9. We do not accept the use of footnotes or endnotes in submissions.

Authors will be notified that their submission has been accepted for publication before it is published and will be contacted by Eleanor Drew, Editor-in-Chief, to approve the edited paper.

Copyright agreement

The following terms apply to any material you submit to The Post Hole for publication, including, but not limited to, text, images or multimedia material.

  1. By submitting material to The Post Hole you grant The Post Hole editorial team exclusive and perpetual rights to make use of that content in the following ways and as governed by the editorial standards. Here "material" refers to the text of a submission, any supplied figures/multimedia and the author(s)' biographical information.
    • To publish the material in any media format as part of an issue of The Post Hole.
    • To publish an abridged version in print if an article is excessively long. Where possible, this will be undertaken in consultation with the author. Articles will always be made available in full in the journal's online version, and the vast majority of articles will be published in full in print.
    • To publish and archive the material in any relevant media format including, but not limited to, offline digital formats, online/web hypertext (HTML) and in print.
    • To use elements of material submitted (eg. figures/multimedia) in promotional material for The Post Hole.
    • To authorise the use of the submission by third parties provided the terms for third-party re-use of material published in The Post Hole are met (see above).
  2. Authors must agree to be bound by the all the above terms upon submitting any work for publication in The Post Hole. While these terms may change over time, work published will continue to be bound by the version of terms contemporary to that work's date of publication. Authors will always be contacted if uses of the material outside of the respective binding terms are proposed.
  3. Authors retain copyright over their submissions, but should note that once published an article is often ineligible for publication elsewhere: other (academic) publishers usually require sole rights to a published piece. The Post Hole does not specialise in fully referenced academic papers, but rather thoughts, comments, and observations on aspects of archaeological theory, practice and experience. You are thus free to submit any kind of content to The Post Hole, but if you plan to publish something similar in an academic journal we would suggest you write a separate, paper for us.
  4. Where a submission is reproduced in full (i.e. in the print or online version of The Post Hole) author(s) will always be given full credit for their work and may provide additional biographical information if they wish. Where elements of a submission (e.g. "sound bites" or parts of figures) are reproduced as part of promotional material we reserve the right to include reduced or no citational information. If materials are promoting a particular article then author(s) details will typically be included.


Please email submissions to the Submissions Editor, Laura Koski, at submissions [at] Submissions must be sent as a Microsoft Word file.

ISSN 2052-0778 (print)
ISSN 2051-9745 (online)

The Post Hole
The King's Manor
Department of Archaeology
University of York
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