Publish with OSPA

Would you like to publish with OSPA? Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Guidelines for contributors to OSPA 

This section provides a rough overview about the 

  • Allowed file formats for the manuscript: ODT, DOCX or RTF. LaTeX manuscripts must be submitted as PDF. 
  • Allowed file formats for tables: CSV, ODS, XLSX. 
  • Allowed file formats for figures: 
  • Vector graphics: SVG, PDF, AI or EPS 
  • Raster images: TIFF, PNG or JPG are submitted in min. 600 dpi (color) and min. 800 dpi (black and white)
  • Language: English, German or French. 

The Manuscript 

  • Use Times New Roman or an open font. 
  • Use font size 12 pt and a lines pacing of 1.0. 
  • Do not use hyphenation. 
  • Do not use any special formatting or layout functions (page breaks, headings, columns, headers, footers, etc.) in your manuscript. 
  • Be coherent in the use of either British or American English. 
  • Be consistent in the capitalistation rule you use for titles. 

Title, author(s), affiliation(s), ORCID and CRediT 

  • Indicate maintitle and subtitle of your contribution. 
  • List all author(s) with first name (or initials, if used), middle name (or initials, if used) and last name (surname, family name). Indicate the affiliation(s) of each author by numbers following his or her entry in the list. 
  • Each author on the list must have an affiliation. The affiliation includes department, university, or organizational affiliation and its location, including city, state/province (if applicable), and country. If wished the e-mail addresses can be added. 
  • Provide a long-lasting e-mail address for the corresponding author. 
  • Provide an ORCID ( for all or at least the corresponding author of the contribution. 
  • If your contribution has more than one author you may like to use CRediT – Contributor Roles Taxonomy ( to indicate each author’s role within your work. 

Abstract and keywords 

  • Abstract length is max. 300 words. 
  • The abstract must be provided in all cases be provided in English, German and French. For help concerning nessessary translations please contact the series editors. 
  • The abstracts will be used for advertisement and, if wanted, can be printed on the back cover of the book. 
  • Please provide min. 3 and max. 5 keywords to your work. 


  • Indicate cal before your dating reference-system if you refer to 14C-dates (e.g. 1999 cal BC, 6789 cal BP). For absolute calendar dates (e.g. dendro-dates) this is not needed. 
  • Quotations should be indicated by quotation marks and set in italics
  • Attach information about the administrative district and country when sites or locations are first mentioned. Depending on the context your work, maybe country or bigger administrative districts do not need to be mentioned. Please, be consistent how the additional information follows the site’s name (e.g.  Stossesboden (Bern, Switzerland) or Stossesbode, Bern, Bern). 
  • Footnotes are allowed. They are not used for referencing! 
  • Be consistent within your manuscript with the usage of: 
  • special characters (e.g. – vs. –, ‘…’ vs. “…”). 
  • fixed spaces (e.g. 5 cm, 12 pt, 9999 cal BCE). 
  • abbreviations like e.g., et al., ff., etc. or else and their formatting (e.g. normal or italics). 
  • dating reference-systems (e.g. BCE, BC, BP, etc.). 
  • highlighting or emphasing text and words (e.g. bold or italics). 
  • where footnotes are situated (e.g. end of sentence.1 or end of sentence1.) 


  • Tables can be submitted in CSV, ODS or XLSX format. 
  • The table layouts are made in the editorial office. 
  • Keep the tables easy (e.g. no footnotes, no enumeration, etc.
  • If there are any special formatting wishes for a table please provide either an extra readme file where they are disrcibed or provide a formatted example. 
  • Number tables in consecutive order. 
  • Mark the placement in the text after the paragraph it is mentioned and make a reference to the filename of the table followed by the table caption like this example: 


tab: filename.csv 

tab_caption: Tab. 1. Table caption. 



  • Figures can be submitted as vector graphics or raster images. 
  • Allowed file formats for vector graphics are: SVG, PDF, AI or EPS. 
  • Allowed file formats for vector graphics are: TIFF, PNG or JPG 
  • Colour pictures need to be submitted in min. 600 dpi
  • Black and white pictures need to have min. 800 dpi
  • Rasterised drawings should be provided with min. 1000 dpi
  • Indicate when a figure must be printed to an exact scale. 
  • Number figures in consecutive order. 
  • Mark the placement in the text after the paragraph it is mentioned and make a reference to the filename of the figure followed by the figure caption like in this example: 


fig: filename.csv 

fig_caption: Fig. 1. Table caption. 


  • Make sure you have obtained copyright for any figures you use before sending the article and your figures in. The copyright is your own responsibility!!! 

Reference style 

Supporting information 

Authors can submit essential supporting files and multimedia files along with their manuscripts. All 

supporting information will be subject to peer review. 

Data reporting 

All data and related metadata underlying the findings reported in a submitted manuscript should be deposited in an appropriate public repository, unless already provided as part of the submitted article. 

Repositories may be either subject-specific (where these exist) and accept specific types of structured 

data, or generalist repositories that accept multiple data types. We recommend that authors select 

Zenodo as a repository. DOIs or accession numbers must be provided and the data are at least as open 

as CC-BY. 

Additionally, all included data will be made available via the publishers repository under a DOI. 

Copyright and licences of data