Publication Guidelines

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 29 February 2016

Guidelines can be downloaded here.

Please follow the Journal of Human Evolution format for publication, which we have excerpted here with minor changes. You may also find it helpful to refer to a recently published article in JHE for guidance. For additional reference, the complete JHE “Author Information Pack” can been found here.

General Formatting Guidelines

  • Papers must be submitted in English (UK spelling)
  • 10,000 word limit (not including references)
  • A4 page size (21 cm x 29.7 cm), normal margins (2.54 cm)
  • One-column text
  • Left alignment (do not justify text or hyphenate words across lines)
  • Times New Roman, 12pt font
  • Double-spaced text throughout, including references
  • No automatic spacing before and after new paragraphs
  • All pages numbered serially
  • Continuous line numbering throughout (Page Layout>Line Numbers>Continuous)
  • No footnotes
  • The position of tables and figures should be indicated in the text
  • Tables with captions should appear following the References
  • Figures (low-resolution) with captions should appear at the end
  • High resolution figures can be uploaded as separate files at a later date
  • Use “spell check” and “grammar check” to avoid any unnecessary errors

General Structure

  • Title page
  • Introduction
  • Materials and methods
  • Results
  • Discussion (may be included with Results or Conclusion sections)
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • You may use additional or alternative main headings as you wish

Title page

  • Title
  • Author names [given name(s) followed by family name(s)] and affiliations
  • Provide the authors’ affiliation(s) on separate lines below the names
  • Indicate affiliation(s) with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author’s name and in front of the appropriate address
  • Provide the full address of each affiliation, including the country name and e-mail address of each author
  • Indicate the primary author with a superscript * following the affiliation


  • 300 word limit
  • Avoid literature citations
  • Keywords
    • Maximum of 5 keywords (sentence case, separated by semicolon)
  • You may use the same title, abstract, keywords, etc., as in the conference abstract book if you wish

Section Headings

  • Main headings in bold, sentence case, followed by next text on next line
  • Subheadings in italics, sentence case, followed by text on next line
  • Sub-subheadings underlined, sentence case, followed by text on same line
  • Do not number headings and subheadings

In-text Citations

  • One or two authors:
  • Kimura and Yaguramaki (2009), or (Kimura and Yaguramaki, 2009)
  • More than two authors:
    • McGrew et al. (2009) or (McGrew et al., 2009)
  • More than one paper by the same author(s) appearing in one year:
    • (McGrew, 2010a; McGrew, 2010b)
  • Citations listed in the text should be separated by a semicolon and arranged in chronological order, not in alphabetical order, beginning with the earliest publication year:
    • (Schoening et al., 2008; Boesch et al., 2009; Ungar and Sponheimer, 2011; Kamilar and Marshack, 2012)


  • Templates for different reference management software can be downloaded here
  • References should be double-spaced and listed alphabetically* at the end of the paper, formatted as in the following examples:

Journal article

Demes, B., O’Neill, M.C., 2013. Ground reaction forces and center of mass mechanics of bipedal capuchin monkeys: implications for the evolution of human bipedalism. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 150, 76-86.

Journal article in press

Benazzi, S., Gruppioni, G., Strait, D.S., Hublin, J.-J., In press. Virtual reconstruction of KNM-ER 1813 Homo habilis cranium. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22376.

Authored book

Larsen, C.S., 2010. Essentials of Physical Anthropology. Discovering Our Origins. Norton, New York.

Edited volume

Slice, D.E. (Ed.), 2005. Modern Morphometrics in Physical Anthropology. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.

Book chapter

MacLatchy, L., DeSilva, J., Sanders, W., Wood, B., 2010. Hominini. In: Werdelin, L., Sanders, W. (Eds.), Cenozoic Mammals of Africa. University of California Press, Berkeley, pp. 471-540.

Ph.D. dissertation

O’Malley, R.C., 2011. Environmental, nutritional and social aspects of insectivory by Gombe chimpanzees. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California.

References by same first author from same year

Raichlen, D.A., 2005a. Effects of limb mass distribution on the ontogeny of quadrupedalism in infant baboons (Papio cynocephalus) and implications for the evolution of primate quadrupedalism. J. Hum. Evol. 49, 415-431.

Raichlen, D.A., 2005b. Ontogeny of limb mass distribution in Papio cynocephalus. J. Hum. Evol. 49, 452-467.

*Dual-authored references by the same first author should be arranged alphabetically, not chronologically

Nekaris, K.A.I., Bearder, S.K., 2007. The lorisiform primates of Asia and mainland Africa. In: Campbell, C.J., Fuentes, A., Mackinnon, K.C., Panger, M., Bearder, S.K. (Eds.), Primates in Perspective. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 24-45.

Nekaris, K.A.I., Rasmussen, D.T., 2003. Diet of the slender loris. Int. J. Primatol. 24, 33-46.

Multiple-authored references by the same first author should be arranged chronologically

Rothman, J.M., Van Soest, P.J., Pell, A.N., 2006. Decaying wood is a sodium source for mountain gorillas. Biol. Lett. 2, 321-324.

Rothman, J.M., Dierenfeld, E.S., Hintz, H.F., Pell, A.N., 2008. Nutritional quality of gorilla diets: consequences of age, sex and season. Oecologia 155, 111-122.

Rothman, J.M., Chapman, C.A., van Soest, P.J., 2012. Methods in primate nutritional ecology: a user’s guide. Int. J. Primatol. 33, 542-566.

  • Note that journal titles are not in italics, but are abbreviated. You may find a list of journal abbreviations here


  • Indicate the position of tables in the manuscript on a separate line within brackets; for example:

[Insert Table 1 here]

  • In-text references to tables should be capitalized and not be abbreviated; for example:

Table 1 shows…

(Table 1)

  • Insert a solid upper and lower line for the headings row and a solid line below the table. There are no vertical lines in the tables.
  • Compile the tables sequentially following the References section; one table per page with a brief caption above each table.
  • You may wish to consult a recently published article in JHE as a reference.


  • Indicate the position of figures in the manuscript on a separate line within brackets; for example:

[Insert Figure 1 here]

  • In-text references to figures within a sentence should capitalized and not be abbreviated; for example:

…as illustrated in Figure 1.

  • References to figures within parentheses should be capitalized and abbreviated; for example:

(Fig. 1)

  • Compile the figures sequentially following the Tables section; one figure per page.
  • Compile captions separately, not attached to the figures.
  • Initially, please include only low-resolution images to reduce the file size.
  • We will set up a file share system in order for you to deliver high-resolution images for the final publication.
  • More detailed guidelines for preparing figures for final publication can be found here