Author Guidelines

The journal METALLA is a platinum open access journal where publication is free for authors and all content is freely accessible to readers. The online journal does not work with fixed publication dates. Therefore, we offer our authors the possibility of publication throughout the year. In case of a positive review, the articles are usually published within six months of submission. The print version of the journal is published twice a year as a summary of the articles published online.

Articles submitted must be original texts only. They will be subject to double-blind peer review as described in our peer review guidelines.


Checklist for submission preparation

As part of the submission process, authors must consider compliance with the submission guidelines. Submissions that do not comply with these guidelines may be returned. The content of the article must be up to date with the current scientific discussion and meet the stylistic and bibliographical requirements described in the author guidelines.

If your native language is not English, please make sure that your article is checked for style, expression and grammar before it is sent to the journal's editorial office.

Only articles that have not yet been published and for which no other publications can be considered will be considered.

Articles should be submitted by email to the Managing Editor at the following address:



In order to publish the article, all authors must sign a statement confirming that they have the right to publish the information and images submitted and that they agree to the conditions for publication.

Authors are responsible for having written reproduction permission and the appropriate authorised files for any copyrighted material in their contributions. The author assures these written permissions as copyright holder for the relevant files/images/media for publication in METALLA under the international licence CC-BY 4.0 in the author contract.

The Creative Commons licence of the article determines the regulation of the use of images or other third-party material, unless a separate copyright is indicated.


Guidelines for the text

We ask that the work is less than 10,000 words including references, though exceptions can be made. The text of the article should be structured according to the following points, depending on the topic:

Title of the article (capitalized); Author; Keywords (5, lowercase, except proper names); Abstract; Introduction; Finds/Features/Material/Method/Sampling; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgements; References; Authors affiliation, E-mail address, ORCID- number.

The summary/abstract should be less than 300 words, summarizing the topic and the main  results of the work. Five words should be added to the list of keywords.

Please submit the text and captions in a word processing file (for example Microsoft Word,  Apple Pages, or Open Office).

Tables may be embedded in the word processing file or as separate spreadsheet files. For decimals, do not use commas, use periods instead.

Photos and figures should be saved as jpeg or tiff files with a resolution of 300 dpi / 20 cm, CMYK standard.

Art work, illustrations, photos and figures should not be embedded in text. Each figure  should be submitted as a separate file and numbered.

Please label all photos, diagrams, graphs, and illustrations as ‘Figure 1 ...’ and tables as ‘Table 1’. Each figure and table should be referred to in the text. Captions should appear in a list at the end of the article.

Carefully format of the reference list using the correct style. No abbreviations of journals.

Years should be given in BC/AD, AH, or ‘before present’ in this journal.

All changes to the text by the author must be comprehensible to the editors and the reviewer at all times. They must be made clear in the text.



Supplementary files can be added and will be linked to the article and accessible via the article’s landing page. Files may be added with a size limit of 2Mb. Preferred formats are pdf, excel, jpg.



The language of the journal is English (British or American, but be consistent), and we ask authors to be proactive in ensuring the quality of the language.



Please use the Harvard referencing style, refer to ARU-| Universitätsbibliothek: Harvard System

Use parenthetical citation, no space between page (p., pp.) and number (author, year, p.1 or pp.1-2) one author

(author and author, year, p.1 or pp.1-2) two authors

(author, author and author, year, p.1 or pp.1-2) three authors

(author, et al., year, p.1 or pp.1-2) four or more authors

All (and only) cited reference should be in the reference list in the proper format.



In text:

(Slater and Jones, 1996)

(Green, Harris and Dunne, 1969)

More than three authors: (Green, et. al., 1969); Green, et al. (1995) (Lawrence, 1966, p.124)

Brown (1994, p.32)

Brown (1994, pp.32-38)

(Brown, 1966 cited in Bassett, 1986, p.142)

Cormack (1994, pp.32-33) states that "when writing for a professional readership, writers invariably make reference to already published works".


(Degas, 1883 reproduced in Terrasse, 1972, p.41)


Reference list



Boughton, J.M., 2002. The Bretton Woods proposal: a brief look. Political Science Quarterly,  42(6), p.564.


Articles/Journals publically available on the internet

Kipper, D., 2008. Japan's new dawn. Popular Science and Technology, [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 22 June 2009].


Journals with DOI

Boon, S., Johnston, B. and Webber, S., 2007. A phenomenographic study of English faculty's conceptions of information literacy. Journal of Documentation, [e-journal] 63(2), pp.204-228.

Goodall, A.H., 2006. Should top universities be led by top researchers and are they?: A citations analysis. Journal of Documentation, [e-journal] 62(3), pp.388-411.


Books with one author

Baron, D.P., 2008. Business and the organisation. Chester: Pearson.

Redman, P., 2006. Good essay writing: a social sciences guide. 3rd ed. London: Open University in assoc. with Sage.


Books with more than one authors

Adams, R.J., Weiss, T.D. and Coatie, J.J., 2010. The World Health Organisation, its history and impact. London: Perseus.

Barker, R., Kirk, J. and Munday, R.J., 1988. Narrative analysis. 3rd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


Edited books

Keene, E. ed., 1988. Natural language. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press.

Silverman, D.F. and Propp, K.K. eds., 1990. The active interview. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage.

Allouche, J. ed., 2006. Corporate social responsibility, Volume 1: concepts, accountability and reporting. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


Chapters in edited books

Samson, C., 1970. Problems of information studies in history. In: S. Stone, ed. 1980. Humanities information research. Sheffield: CRUS. pp.44-68.

Smith, J., 1975. A source of information. In: W. Jones, ed. 2000. One hundred and one ways to find information about health. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Ch.2.



Fishman, R., 2005. The rise and fall of suburbia. [e-book] Chester: Castle Press. Available through: ARU Library website <> [Accessed 12 May 2010].

Carlsen, J. and Charters, S., eds. 2007. Global wine tourism. [e-book] Wallingford: CABI Pub. Available through: ARU Library website <> [Accessed 9 June 2008].


Volumes with text collections as a series/anthologies’

Killick, D., 2015. Archaeometallurgy as Archaeology. In: A. Hauptmann and D. Modarressi- Tehrani, eds. 2015. Archaeometallurgy in Europe III. Der Anschnitt, Beiheft, 26. Bochum: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum. pp.295-300.

Schwab, R., 2014. Resources and Recycling. Copper Alloys and Non-ferrous Metalworking in the Oppidum of Manching (Germany). In: E. Pernicka and R. Schwab, eds. 2014. Under the Volcano. Proceedings of the International Symposium on the Metallurgy of the European Iron Age (SMEIA) held in Mannheim, Germany, 20-22 April 2010. Forschungen zur Archäometrie und Altertumswissenschaft, 5. Rahden/Westfalen: Verlag Marie Leidorf. pp.175-188.

Vavelidis, M., Bassiakos J., Begemann, F., Patriarcheas, K., Pernicka, E., Schmitt-Strecker, S. and Wagner, G.A. Geologie und Erzvorkommen der Insel Sifnos. In: G.A. Wagner and G. Weisgerber, eds. 1985. Blei, Silber und Gold auf Sifnos. Prähistorische und antike Metallproduktion. Der Anschnitt, Beiheft, 3. Bochum: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum. pp.59-80.

Pernicka, E., 1999. Trace Element Fingerprinting of Ancient Copper: A Guide to Technology or Provenance? In: S.M.M. Young, A.M. Pollard, P. Budd and R.A. Ixer, eds. 1999. Metals in Antiquity. BAR International Series, 792. Oxford: BAR Publishing. pp.163-171.


Anthologies as conference proceedings with texts or with abstracts

Villa, I.M., 2016. Provenancing Bronze: Exclusion, Inclusion, Uniqueness, and Occam’s Razor. In: G. Grupe and G.C. McGlynn, eds. 2016. Isotopic Landscapes in Bioarchaeology. Proceedings of the International Workshop ‘A Critical Look at the Concept of Isotopic Landscapes and its Application in Future Bioarchaeological Research’, München, October 13–15, 2014. Berlin – Heidelberg: Springer. pp.141-155.

Wagner, F.E., Gebhard, R., Gan, W.M. and Hofmann, M., 2017. The Metallurgical Texture of gold artefacts from the Bronze Age Rampart of Bernstorf (Bavaria) Studied by Neutron Diffraction. Book of Abstracts, NINMACH 2017 – 2nd International Conference on Neutron Imaging and Neutron Methods in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Research. p.46.


Pictures, Images and Photographs

Beaton, C., 1956. Marilyn Monroe. [photograph] (Marilyn Monroe's own private collection).

Beaton, C., 1944. China 1944: A mother resting her head on her sick child's pillow in the Canadian Mission Hospital in Chengtu. [photograph] (London, Imperial War Museum Collection).

For an image with a creator who is not the author of your source.

Terrasse, A., 1972. degas. London: Thames and Hudson.


Maps – Print maps, Digimaps and Google Earth

Ordnance Survey, 2006. Chester and North Wales. Landranger series, Sheet 106, 1:50000. Southampton: Ordnance Survey.

Ordinance Survey, 2011. Anglia Ruskin University: Chelmsford Campus, 1:1.500. EDINA Digimap. [online] Available through: ARU Library <> [Accessed 31 August 2011].

Google Earth 6.0, 2008. Hylands House and Estates 51°42'39.17"N, 0°26'11.30"W, elevation 60M. 3D Buildings data layer. [online] Available through: <> [Accessed 31 August 2011].