Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology is an open access research journal published by the Department of Archaeology, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India. The journal publishes research papers on multidisciplinary studies in archaeology. Papers are expected to have a clear archaeological context, be of high academic standards, and present original data of global or regional relevance. Scholars who wish to contribute to Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology, kindly send the manuscripts to the following email address: heritageku@gmail.com

Professional Considerations
The authors listed on the title page should all have had some involvement in the writing of the article and/or the research and development underlying it. Authors should be listed in descending order of responsibility. If your submission is substantially similar to a prior publication, we ask that you note this in your cover letter and explain why you feel Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology should treat it as an original submission. We do not accept articles that duplicate previously published work, except in selected cases where the earlier version appeared in a language or format not readily accessible to our readership. We do not accept articles that are or will be under consideration for publication in another journal (“dual submission”) while being reviewed by Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology. Authors are strongly encouraged to disclose all relevant financial interests and sources of research funding that could be perceived to compromise the integrity of their article submitted to the journal.
Editorial and Review Process
All submissions are primarily screened by the editorial team for assessing the relevance of the paper to the journal. The submissions assigned by the editorial team are reviewed by at least two reviewers who are experts in the subject matter of the paper. The editorial team retains the right to the final decision regarding the assignment of the reviewers. Based on the review reports the editorial team may ask the corresponding author to revise and submit the manuscript. The authors must address all the queries/suggestions in the review report, and the revised portions of the manuscript must be duly indicated (highlighted/track changes). The revised versions submitted within the stipulated time will only be considered for further acceptance and publication. All correspondence, including the editorial team’s decisions and requests for revision, will be to the corresponding author’s e-mail.
In cases where a review is incomplete or ambiguous, or where an author offers substantive criticism of the review, we may send a submission out to one or more additional reviewers before making a decision on acceptability. We will consider authors’ objections to negative reviews, but in submitting papers to Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology, authors must understand that the final decision about publication rests with the journal editors alone. Under normal circumstances, we aim to return manuscripts with a decision to accept or decline within two months of the first submission by the author. However, this may take more time, depending on the case-specific circumstances.
A PDF offprint will be provided to each contributor. Printed offprints may be purchased from the publisher according to a scale of charges.
Structure of the Manuscript
  • 1. Article title
  • 2. Authorʹs name, address, phone number and email address (provide details of all authors along with pin code, Phone number and email address)
  • 3. Abstract (150 words maximum)
  • 4. Keywords (7 number)
  • 5. Text
  • 6. Acknowledgements
  • 7. References
  • 8. Figure captions (All figures must be referred to at least once in the main text)
  • 9. Tables (All tables must be referred to at least once in the main text)
  • 10. Supplementary material

Initials in personal names should be separated by full‐stops with spaces, e.g. A. J. Vijay, but no full‐stop should be used for upper‐case abbreviations, e.g. USA, RCAHMS

Quotes should be placed in normal text and within double quotation marks

Short quotes should be placed within the text, longer quotes should be indented

Compass points should be hyphenated, e.g. north-west, south-southeast

n-dashes (–) should be used to represent a range, e.g. 1342-1350 BC, and in page spans 45-50


Roman numerals are to be avoided whenever possible. Numbers less than 10 should be spelt out; Arabic numerals should be used for all numbers 10 and above except century names, which are always spelt out. If a number occurs in a phrase in which most of the numbers are above nine, use Arabic numerals for all: e.g.

  • first century
  • nine sherds
  • 11 pot sherds, 15 bangle fragments and 3 beads
  • twentieth century

Use a space instead of a comma in long numbers, except if under 10 000, e.g.

  • 5467
  • 11 465
  • 4 500 000

The Journal uses BC/AD not BCE/CE.

Dates in text should be given as (number) (month) (year), no ordinals: e.g. 30 January 2010. Dates should be hyphenated when used adjectivally, e.g. nineteenth-century object, but not in noun phrases, e.g. the early nineteenth century.

  • Abbreviations should end in a full-stop e.g. no. (number), fig. (figure), pl. (plate)
  • Contractions do not require a full-stop, e.g. St, Dr, Mr, Mrs
  • Measurements should be abbreviated and follow the number without a space and without full-stops, e.g. 100km, 56mm (millimetres should be used in preference to centimetres)
  • Areas should be written as, e.g. 24m²
  • Per cent is two words but authors may use the symbol (%) where it appears frequently, please be consistent
  • Radiocarbon, when not spelled out should be presented as 14C

Use capitals sparingly: initials and proper names only, e.g. the Near East, but eastern England. Standard archaeological periods are capitalised, e.g. Neolithic, Mesolithic.

Latin words
Latin and other foreign words and abbreviations should only be used sparingly. Commonly used Latin words and abbreviations are not italicised, less common words and abbreviations should be italicised.
All contributors should submit the declaration form. Manuscripts not accompanied by declaration form will not be accepted for publication.