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1. Manuscript categories and suitable topics
     Acta Anthropologica Sinica publishes original contributions in two categories: Articles, including research or review papers, and Short Papers, including notes, book reviews, papers describing new methods, and news. All submissions should deal with some aspect of physical anthropology or lithic archaeology, and submission to Acta Anthropologica Sinica is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  Manuscripts for Articles should preferably not exceed 20000 letter, including tables and figures, on A4 paper with 2.5 cm (1 in) margins on all sides. For Short Papers, the limit is 6000 letters.

2. Manuscript format
 Manuscripts should be in Chinese with an English abstract or in English with a Chinese abstract. The text should be arranged in the following order: title, author name(s), author address(es), abstract (for Articles), 3−5 key words, body of text, acknowledgements, and references. Tables, figures (including photographs) and captions are inserted in the text below the paragraph in which they are first mentioned. Generic and specific names should be in italics. Avoid capitalizing whole words, including generic and specific names, except in the title. Pages must be numbered. .The font should be Times New Roman.  Authors are encouraged to consult a recent issue of the journal as a general guide to formatting.

3. Abstract
 Abstracts are required only for Articles, not for Short Papers. The abstract should preferably be no longer than 300 words and should clearly summarize key facts, ideas and conclusions presented in the paper.

   Authors who submit a paper in English are encouraged to provide their own Chinese translation of the abstract. If non-Chinese authors have difficulty providing a Chinese abstract, the Editorial Office can arrange to have the English abstract translated into Chinese.

4. Tables
 Tables must be referred to by number in the text and inserted below the paragraph in which they are first mentioned, with a numbered title in bold lowercase letters above each table. If any table is too large to be properly inserted, its preferred position in the text should be clearly indicated.

5. Figures (including line illustrations and photographs)
 Figures must be referred to by number in the text. The preferred position in the text for each figure should be clearly indicated below the paragraph in which it is first mentioned, with a numbered caption in lowercase letters. The abbreviations used in the figures must be explained in the captions. Figure legends should be complete, but should not repeat information given in the main text. Lettering that identifies parts of a figure should be in uppercase 12 point text, and other labels should be in 9 point text.

  Figures should be prepared at the size at which they are to be printed, and be no larger than 14 cm wide and 19 cm high. Scale bars should be used in the figure where necessary. Photographs should be high-quality, with adequate contrast. The figure resolution should be at least 300 dpi. Black-and-white figures are preferred, but color figures are acceptable if necessary. Figures that appear in black-and-white in the print edition of the journal will appear in color freely in the online edition, assuming color originals are supplied. Each figure must be saved as a separate file in tif or jpg format (filename: [AUTHOR]_Figure [NUMBER], e.g., Yang_Figure01).

7. Measurements
 The metric system should be used for all measurements. Metric abbreviations should be expressed in lower case, without periods (e.g., 25 mm).

8. References
 All literature cited in the text must be included in the References. References in the text should be cited using superscript sequence numbers in parentheses. References should be ordered by the sequence numbers. Where there are three or more authors, only the first 3 authors’ name should be given, followed by et al. Style and punctuation of the reference list should conform to recent issues of the journal, illustrated by the following examples.

Journal articles:

[1] Mandeville MD. A consideration of the thermal pretreatment of chert[J]. Plains Anthropologist, 1973, 18:177-202

[2] Borradaile GJ, Kissin SA, Stemart JD, et al. Magnetic and optical methods for detecting the heat treatment of chert[J]. Journal of Archaeological Science, 1993, 19:601-614

[3] White T, Asfaw B, De Gusta D, et al. Pleistocene Homo sapiens  from Middle Awash, Ethiopia[J]. Nature, 2003, 423: 742-747

[1] Wu XZ
Huang WWQi GuoqinPaleoanthropology Sites in China [M]Shanghai: Shanghai Science Technology and Education Press, 1999, 91-134

Contributions to an edited book:

[10] Brown BWalker AThe dentitionIn: Walker A, Leakey R edsThe Nariokotome Homo erectus Skeleton[C]Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993, 161-192

Standard abbreviations should be used for journal titles. Unpublished manuscripts may be cited in the text with a footnote, but should not be listed in the “References” section. Manuscripts accepted for publication may be cited as “in press” in the text, and should be listed as such in the “References” section. The full article title and the standard abbreviation of the journal name should be included.

9. Manuscript submission
  Authors are required to submit their manuscript (including illustrations and tables) electronically to the Acta Anthropologica Sinica Editorial Office by email ( The preferred format is a Microsoft Word document. For the sake of convenience, authors can either embed low-resolution (e.g., 200 ppi, resulting in a reasonable file size) versions of the figures in their Word document or combine the figures into a separate pdf file for their initial submission. However, full-resolution versions of the figures must be sent to the Editorial Office after the paper is accepted, either by e-mail or mailing a CD. The mailing address is:


Acta Anthropologica Sinica Editorial Office
Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
P.O. Box 643
142 Xizhimenwai Street, Beijing 100044, People’s Republic of China
Tel.: ++8610 88369241, Fax: ++8610 68337001


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