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Submission of an article is understood to imply that it is original and unpublished, and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere. A written statement to this effect will be required on acceptance of any article.

A maximum of 4000 words per article. Longer articles will be considered for publication at the Editor’s discretion.

Articles may be submitted via email in MS Word format. Please do not use excessive formatting. Do not use any automatic formatting functions. We prefer 12pt Times New Roman or Arial, single spacing and non-justified.

The title page should include the name(s) of the author(s), their affiliations, and email addresses. In the case of multiple authors please indicate the corresponding author.

Notes and footnotes should be avoided.

For radiocarbon dates: refer to radiocarbon rather than C14. Use capitals without fullstops for AD, BC, BP. If dates have been calibrated, this should be clearly stated. Laboratory numbers should be given for each date. Please use this format: 15 000 BP, 2 000 BC, AD 500 (note spacing).

Metric measurements should be used. Where an original measurement is given in another system, a metric equivalent must be supplied in brackets afterwards. Please use 7m, 30km and so on (note spacing).

There is no limit on the number of figures that can be used per article, although authors are asked to make sure they are relevant to the article. Only JPEG formats will be accepted at a minimum of 300dpi or better. Figures must be of good quality and must be reducible to the width of one or two columns of text. Figures must be numbered according to their appearance in the text and a list of figure captions must be supplied. Preferably black and white line drawings should be submitted. The images have to be sent in a separate from the text document.

Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary. The Editor reserves the right to make alterations to the text to meet current standards of language usage and spelling.

Authors bear the responsibility for securing permission to use figures, tables, maps and other material which is not their own. The Editors will need to be shown copies of such permissions before the figures will be accepted for publication.

Referencing follows Harvard style. They should be listed alphabetically at the end of the manuscript, under the heading “References”. If personal communications have been used, it is understood that such citations have been approved. We stress the need for complete and accurate referencing, following the guidelines below. Please make sure that each reference you use has the information required and that it is correct. Articles with inadequate referencing will be returned for correction.

Referencing styles should be as follows:
Book: Summers, R. 1958. Inyanga: Prehistoric settlements in Southern Rhodesia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Article: Beach, D.N. 1983. The Rozvi in search of their past. History in Africa 10: 13-34.
Chapter in a book: Jones, N. 1937. The 1934 Expedition. In Fouche, L. (Ed.), Mapungubwe: Ancient Bantu civilization on the Limpopo. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 9-29.

Within the text, put the author's surname and year of publication in brackets at the appropriate point, together with the page number where relevant. Where the author’s name is part of the sentence, only the year and page numbers go in brackets. E.g. some researchers… (Hall 1987; Thorp 1983) OR Garlake (1982) has produced…

The Editors reserve the right to reject or return manuscripts for revision or retyping if they do not comply with the guidelines set out above.


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