Information for Authors


Submitting manuscripts:: Electronic submission of manuscripts via e-mail is preferred. Manuscripts may be submitted as either a current version of MS Word or as a PDF, double spaced throughout, including quotations and bibliography, with margins of at least one inch. Please do not include running heads except as needed for page numbering. Abstracts followed by no more than five keywords are required for all manuscripts. A separate cover letter should include the author(s)'s telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Illustrations should be submitted as separate TIFF files at 300 dpi. It is a good idea to send a separate e-mail informing the editor that a manuscript has been sent. Following review and acceptance, the final draft and illustrations may be e-mailed to the editor or written on a compact disc and mailed. A current version of MS Word or RTF is preferred. If mailed, the file name(s) and word processing program should be written on the CD along with the author(s)'s name(s).

Manuscripts may also be mailed if necessary. Please submit a hard copy of the manuscript including all figures and tables (photocopies are fine) printed on 8 ½ by 11 inch paper following the guidelines above. Photocopies of figures should be of high enough quality that the reviewers may assess them. Authors may be required to submit originals should better quality images be needed by the reviewers. The cover letter should include the author(s)'s telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.

Authors of accepted manuscripts are allowed three months to make any necessary revisions and return the revised manuscript to the editor. Revised papers returned after three months will be delayed in publication. The editor reserves the right to return significantly overdue manuscripts or require that they go through review again.

The lead author of an article submitted for publication in Plains Anthropologist must be a member of the Society.

Style: Plains Anthropologist follows the Chicago Manual of Style for overall style, including in-text references, notes, punctuation, usage, and headings. Use a single space after periods. The bibliography, however, should follow the format of American Antiquity (http://www.saa.org/StyleGuideText/tabid/985/Default.aspx).

Illustrations and tables: Figures (line drawings, photographs, and other graphics) and tables should be numbered and referenced sequentially in the text. Copies of figures should be submitted with the original manuscript. Include a list of captions on a separate sheet. Do not incorporate captions or titles in the artwork itself. Upon acceptance, figures and tables should be submitted either in digital format or as hard copies. Digital images should be saved in TIF format. For hard copies, line drawings should be carefully drawn in ink on good quality white paper or tracing medium, photographic prints for halftone plates should be submitted unmounted and numbered lightly on the back in pencil, and photographs should have good contrast. Authors should be aware that figures may have to be reduced.


Further information on editorial policies may be found in the May 2013 (Vol. 57, No. 223) issue of Plains Anthropologist or may be requested from the editor. Reprint order forms are sent to authors of articles as each issue goes to press. Reprints may be ordered at that time at a 30% discount.

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