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The cover page of the submitted article must contain the journal name and volume number; the title of the article; and the name of the author(s), academic degree and institutional affiliation, phone number and email address


It is important that contributors adhere to the ‘Atiqot Guide to Contributors. This will ensure smooth administration and subsequent acceptance. The manuscript should include the following elements, each as a separate document: 

  1. Abstract and list of keywords.
  2. Text, including footnotes and a list of references. Please note: if the document includes special fonts or characters, please submit a PDF file as well. 
  3. List of Illustrations and List of Tables.
  4. Tables (data tables, tables accompanying plates and appendices), including their titles.
  5. Plans (including plans and sections)—both in a WORD/PDF draft and as separate high-quality image files.
  6. Illustrations (including maps, photographs, graphs and plates)—both in a WORD/PDF draft and as separate high-quality image/excel files


‘Atiqot does not have any length restrictions for excavation reports. However, synthesis articles may not exceed 8000 words.

Language of Publication

‘Atiqot publishes manuscripts in English only. In special cases, the Editor may accept papers in Hebrew and recommend their translation to English ([email protected]).

Spelling and Grammar

Spelling should follow standard American English conventions, as should the grammar. Except for specific instructions here, the directives of the Chicago Manual of Style (16th and 17th editions) should be followed. For Hebrew and Arabic words that have entered English—for example, kibbutz, menorah, wadi and tell—please check American English spelling in a dictionary.

Text Format

Manuscripts must be left justified with a 1.5 line spacing, in Times New Roman font, size 12. Illustrations must be organized sequentially in a WORD document, including the figure number, caption and MENORAH system number (for IAA employees) or file names. 


The abstract should be interesting and inviting, clear and concise, and reflect the main discussion points in the article. It is appropriate to include some of your results or analysis. The abstract should not exceed 150 words (800 characters, including spaces). 


Please select between 5 and 10 keywords to aid the retrieval of your article. 


Headings and sub-headings should be capitalized. Headings for subdivisions of an article should accord with the following format:

  1. Centered, large + small capitals, for major divisions.
  2. Left justified, large + small capitals.
  3. Left justified, bold, first letter of each word capitalized, on a separate line, followed by a space.
  4. Left justified, italics, first letter of each word capitalized, on a separate line/
  5. Left justified, italics, first letter of each word capitalized, followed by a period and an m-dash, on same line as the following text, for items such as pottery types.


Use Arabic numbers in all figure and plate references, and in journal volume numbers (even when Roman numerals are used in the original publication). Centuries should be written out; however, use figures for centuries in tables (e.g., text—thirteenth century; table—13th c.).

Use Roman numerals for ancient rulers (e.g., Ramses II, Sargon I) and for Egyptian dynasties (e.g., Dynasty XIII). 

All measurements should be given in the metric system.


Periodicals and books should be abbreviated as they appear in the List of Abbreviations. Exceptions should be spelled out. When a certain work appears more than once, cite it in full, not as ibid.

Archaeological periods should always be written out in full in titles and the first time they appear. Periods should not be abbreviated when there are no subdivisions. The following are the accepted abbreviations for the subdivisions of archaeological periods: 

Early Bronze Age I–IV = EB I–IV Middle

Bronze Age I, IIA, IIB = MB I, IIA, IIB 

Late Bronze Age I, II = LB I, II

‘Before the Common Era’ is abbreviated to BCE; the ‘Common Era’ is abbreviated to CE. In tables only, centuries can be abbreviated as c.


Site names are transliterated according to the Registry of Monuments and Historical Sites, published in Reshumot—Yalqut Hapirsumim (1964→), or as printed on maps published by the Survey of Israel.

Biblical place names that are cited for the site name (e.g., in pottery parallels) should be transliterated according to the Hebrew site name, for example, Ḥaẓor, not Hazor; Tel Lakhish, and not Lachish; Afeq, and not Aphek; Ta‘anakh, and not Ti‘inik. Place names that are not transliterated are: Jerusalem, Hebron, Tiberias, Caesarea, Haifa; but note Ẓefat (not Safed), Elat (not Eilat).

Definite articles of the Hebrew are transliterated with a hyphen and both components are capitalized, e.g., Rosh Ha-‘Ayin, Gan Ha-Shelosha.

Personal names appearing in street names are spelled according to their rendering on official street maps. 


There is no limit to the number of figures, but you should make sure that the number is commensurate with the length of your article. ‘Atiqot distinguishes between Figures (maps, drawings, photographs, charts) and Plans (plans and sections).

All illustrations should be submitted in a WORD draft but in addition, they must be provided as separate high quality image files. The files should be clearly named (e.g., Fig. 1.JPG, Fig. 2.JPG, etc.) and numbered according to the order in which they first appear. Every illustration must be cited in the text. They must also have a clear, distinct caption that should be documented in a separate List of Illustrations (see above) along with any necessary credits and additional copyright information (see below).

Photographs. For photographs in the IAA MENORAH system—their identification numbers must be specified; other photographs must be submitted in TIFF or JPG format, in a resolution of at least 300 dpi. If needed, text can be added to the photographs in a separate layer in the digital file.

Photographs obtained from an external source, such as an archive, collection or museum, may be submitted for publication with written permission only; the source and photographer’s name must be stated in the caption.

Plates. A plate may include solely drawings, or drawings and a selection of photographs alongside them. Plates are organized in horizontal rows and numbered from left to right. The final size of the plate is maximum 14 × 20 cm. An exact layout of the plate (a mock-up made of photocopies of the drawn vessels, as well as the accompanying photographs, if any) must be prepared by the author and appended to the manuscript. The layout must correspond to the dimensions, the percentage of reduction and the order of the vessels in the final plate. After the layout has been approved by the editors, it will be produced from the original drawings (inked or digital). Scales must be indicated! Original drawings must be in Adobe Illustrator or layered PDF format, in a resolution of 1200 dpi.

Plans. The plans must be legible and must correspond with the text. They must be submitted in Adobe Illustrator or layered PDF format, in a resolution of 1200 dpi. The final size of a plan will be maximum 15 × 21 cm. Every plan must include an arrow indicating north and a linear scale. Sections will be marked with numbers (not letters). As the plans are published in color, it is advisable to mark the different layers in different colors. If needed, text can be added to the plans in a separate layer in the digital file. For plans produced outside the Israel Antiquities Authority, a written confirmation from the publisher must be attached. A reference to the source of the map must be indicated in the figure caption.

Location Maps. The map should be planned so that it will fit a width of 10 cm; If necessary, maps up to 14 cm wide can be prepared. The map should include at least one known place (a modern settlement, known tell, road, etc.). It is also desirable that any adjacent archaeological sites associated with the site appear. The site being published should be positioned, as much as possible, in the center of the map, and be clearly marked. Every location map must include a coordinate grid and an arrow indicating north. Maps produced in the GIS system must be submitted in Adobe Illustrator or a PDF file where the text appears in a separate layer.

It is possible to incorporate maps based on other published maps. For maps produced outside the Israel Antiquities Authority, a written confirmation from the publisher must be attached. A reference to the source of the map must be indicated in the figure caption.

Other Non-Text Files. For the inclusion of other data formats (e.g., videos, data files, sound files), please contact [email protected].


Tables should present new information and not duplicate what is in the text. Please supply editable files.

Two main types of tables are used in ‘Atiqot: specification tables accompanying plates—these are NOT marked as Tables but as Figures; and data tables (e.g., statistics, measurements), which are marked as Tables and should be listed in a separate List of Tables. Loci and wall lists should be marked as an Appendix. Tables and Appendices must have a clear, distinct title; footnotes may accompany them (marked in lowercase Roman numerals). Tables should be documented in a separate List of Tables along with any necessary credits and any additional copyright information.

Specification Tables. Plates depicting pottery and/or small finds must be accompanied by tables. A table must include at the very least the type of object, the locus in which it was found, the registration or basket number, a description of the sherd and a list of parallels compiled according to the reference method in the text, as well as the proposed date. Tables describing pottery plates are part of the figure, and therefore receive the same ‘Fig.’ number.


Footnotes are meant for citing secondary details that are not connected with the discussion and are not essential to its understanding but should nevertheless be mentioned. References to problems or a field of study that are not addressed in the article, but which deserve to be mentioned or explained why they are not discussed, can also be included in the footnotes. The footnotes should include technical details relating to the excavation, as the names of the participants and researchers that assisted in the treatment of the material—all first names must be spelled-out; thanks for permission to publish material or for assistance in preparing the article; thanks and credit to a researcher of a specialist study; a technical explanation about the excavation; or a reference to a research method. 

Citations and List of References 

‘Atiqot follows the author-date citation system of the Chicago Manual of Style (16th and 17th editions).

Citations. Bibliographic citations in the text are used to denote that the information presented in the previous sentence, paragraph or section is based on or taken from another source or sources. Citations must note the exact source of information, i.e., the page(s) or figure(s) from which it is taken.

Citations must be inserted in the body of the text in parentheses. They should include the author’s surname and the year of the publication followed by the page and/or figure and plate numbers to which they refer. A series of citations should be arranged in chronological order, and alphabetically within chronology if there was more than one publication in the same year; they should be separated by a semicolon. All citations must correspond—in spelling, in the rendering of the year of publication and in page numbers—to the entry in the reference list (see below).

References. The list of references (the bibliographic sources) appears at the end of the manuscript. It must include all the publications mentioned in the citations. In this list, the publications must appear in alphabetical order according to the authors’ surname, arranged according to year of publication when more than one article by the same author is cited. If an author has more than one publication in a single year, they are arranged alphabetically by title, excluding ‘The’, ‘A’, ‘An’. For a list of bibliographic entries compiled according to ‘Atiqot Style, see References List.