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Instructions to authors

PALEO will only accept original articles in English or French.

The published articles are the sole responsibility of the author(s).

The manuscripts will be submitted to at least two rapporteurs, selected for their recognized expertise in their specialty. The editor will pass on to the author(s) a copy of the report and the comments made by peer review and if necessary by the editorial board. If revisions are required, the author(s) will have a deadline for submitting the final version of his/her (their) text. The deadline must be respected so as to avoid postponing the publication of the article to the next issue.

Before final printing, the author (or the first author signing the article) will receive, for checking, a proof from the printer to be sent back by return to PALEO’s secretariat. No transformation of the text will be applied on the proof. The corrections will only concern spelling, misprints and layout errors on the page.

Accepted papers will be translated into English and, after validation by the authors, will be freely available on

Manuscripts and correspondence should be sent to :

Musée national de Préhistoire
1, rue du Musée 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, France
telephone : 33 (0)5 53 06 45 48
mail :

For publication in the current year, the proposed articles must reach PALEO’s secretariat before June 30th.

The editorial board of the journal may decide, in agreement with the author, to postpone the publication of an article to the following year if the table of contents of the current issue is full at the arrival of the manuscript.

Except by prior agreement, the originals or CD are not returned to the authors.

Each proposed article should include :

  • Two paper copies of the printed text and corresponding figures

  • A copy of the text and illustrations on CD.

The text

After the title, it will consist of, successively :

  • The first and last names of the authors, followed by their administrative attachment and their email address, - An abstract of 2,500 characters maximum (including spaces) and its translation into English or French as appropriate,

  • Key words in both French and English (8-10 maximum)

  • The body of the text,

  • Acknowledgements (if applicable)

  • References

  • And lastly, the captions of the illustrations (figures, plates,tables) in French and English.

The entire manuscript should not exceed 100,000 characters, including spaces and illustrations (a figure or a full-page plate being equivalent to 5,500 characters).

- Printed text

The text should not bear handwritten corrections. It will be printed on A4 paper (21 x 29.7 cm), single-sided and double-spaced, with a margin of 2.5 to 3 cm on all four edges. The text, written in Helvetica or Arial, will be paginated.

- Text recorded on magnetic disk

The entry must be done with Microsoft Word wordprocessing software. As the formatting (change of body, of character, standardization of titles, etc..) will be performed by the layout designer, the text will be entered as continuous text, flushed left. Manual hyphenation, indented lines or tabulations are prohibited. A blank line will be left to differentiate the paragraphs. For punctuation, the standards are the following : a space after (.), (,), ( ;), ( :), ( ?), ( !). Mathematical signs will be preceded and followed by a space.

Page numbering

The page numbering will include the title page. It will be continuous without bis, ter, etc..


Each reference will be formulated in a suitable presentation of the Z44-005, December 1984, ISO 690 standard and drawn from the title page of the document and not its cover. Abbreviations may be used. Their list should be given at the beginning of the bibliography.


  • For a book
    DAUVOIS M. 1976 – Précis de dessin dynamique et structural des industries lithiques préhistoriques. Périgueux : Fanlac, 236p. ill.

  • For a journal article
    BORDES F. 1968 – Emplacements de tentes du Périgordien supérieur évolué à Corbiac (près Bergerac) Dordogne. Quartar, 19, p. 251-262, fig. tabl. pl.

  • For a thesis
    GENESTE J.-M. 1985 – Analyse lithique d’industries moustériennes du Périgord : une approche technologique du comportement des groupes humains au Paléolithique moyen. Bordeaux : Université de Bordeaux I, 1985. 2t., X +572 p. ill. Thèse N.D. : Sc. : Bordeaux I ; 2.

  • For a conference article
    MOSS E.H. 1983 – The functions of burins and tanged points from Tell Abu Hureyra (Syria). In : M.-C. Cauvin (Ed.), Traces d’utilisation sur les outils néolthiques du Proche-Orient. Table Ronde CNRS à Lyon (8-12 juin 1982). Lyon, Maison de l’Orient méditerranéen, p. 143-161, (Travaux de la Maison de l’Orient, n° 5).

Reference call

In the text, the mention of the bibliographic references will follow the method of the first element and the date in brackets : (Moss 1983). Where appropriate, relevant pages can be specified : (Geneste 1985 - p. 170-177). If there are several references in the same year for an author, add a, b, c, etc., after the date, both in the mention and in the bibliography : (Bordes 1968a). When at least three authors have signed the text, use the name of the first author followed by et al. : (Peyrony et al. 1930). If several different references are mentioned, use a semicolon to separate them : (Breuil 1951, 1954 ; Peyrony 1949).


The footnotes must be exceptional and as short as possible. The author will include them at the end of the article on a separate page. The printer will replace them at the bottom of the corresponding page. In the text, their mention will be as : (Note 1) (Note 2), etc.


All illustrations, including photographs, must always accompany the first sending of the article. In addition to each original, the author will provide a copy with the desired dimensions for publication : full page, half page, on a column, etc.. The name of the author(s), the number of the figure and the indication of the top of the illustration will be added at the back.

The maximal size of the figures must be 17 cm, or 27 cm if the figure is positioned vertically. The author must indicate the required width for inserting of the figures : 8 cm, 17 cm or vertical full-page. The texts on the illustrations will be in Helvetica or Arial fonts.

Original drawings

They will be drawn with Indian ink or printed from computer processing in good conditions. In the latter case, avoid drawn frames. For lithic objects, the sketches called « diacritical diagrams » will benefit from being accompanied by drawings treated with enhancing shadings that will show their technical morphology.

Photographs and illustrations

The documents must be perfectly clear with good contrast.

They can be supplied :

  • In the form of digital files on CD :

  • in Photoshop © 5.0 / CMYK color or 300 dpi grayscale or 600 dpi bitmap / Tiff / JPEG (compression 12 – maximal quality) publication size.

  • in Illustrator © 7.0 (or any other vector drawing software) / EPS / PDF texts converted to vectors. All threads and contours will have a thickness of at least 0.5 points, publication size, with color intensity greater than 20 %.

  • for details on these « digital » documents, please contact the layout designer.

  • Or as a slide,

  • Or as a print on white glossy paper, with at the back, inpencil, the indication of the figure number and the name of the author(s).


The journal does not carry out the drawing-up of the tables. They should be submitted as Acrobat©PDF files (print / grayscale / publication size /300 dpi) or Illustrator© files (grayscale EPS / PDF / publication size / 300 dpi) respecting the justification and layout of the journal. Use preferably Arial or Helvetica fonts. Whatever the software used, always ask for "the integration of all the fonts" when saving. All threads and contours will have a thickness of at least 0.5 points, publication size, with color intensity greater than 20 %.

The authors must indicate the precise location where they want to place the illustrations, drawings, photographs and tables in the text.

Captions and figure calls

The captions of all the figures and tables will be placed at the end of the text after the references (see above). They will be translated into English or French as appropriate. The author(s) will give particular attention to the quality of the captions. Indeed, the illustrations and their captions are often the first contact of the reader with the article.

In the text, the illustrations calls will be in Arabic numerals and formulated as follows : (fig. 1), (tabl. 2), (pl. 3 - fig. 4), etc.. Photographs will be called figures.


As often as possible, a life-size representation will be sought. When reducing is necessary, the author(s) will take care to provide a constant reducing scale for similar categories of remains. For each map or plan, the author will give a graphic scale and the direction of the North. For objects drawn or photographed, a scale, if possible constant, will accompany each object or group of objects.

Publication of symposium proceedings and other scientific meetings

The same rules apply to the publication of symposium proceedings and other scientific meetings.

Online journal

PALEO’s issues 1 to 23 of are available online on the Persée website : or that of :

Future issues will be automatically posted online on the (see above) site. In addition, as stated above, the accepted papers will be translated into English and distributed via the same site. Authors who do not wish their paper to be posted online must always let us know when sending their manuscript.

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