Guidelines for Contributors to Publications of the German Archaeological Institute

The guidelines for publications of the DAI were last realigned in 2005 and came into force in January 2006. Since this reorganisation some additions and improvements appeared necessary, so a new, slightly altered version is presented. The guidelines published here become effective as of April 2013, from which point they apply for the drafting of manuscripts. All previously published guidelines, in particular those published in Archäologischer Anzeiger 2005/2, 309–399, are no longer valid.

Editorial Information

Contributions are published in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.
Manuscripts submitted for review must be finished, complete and ready for setting.
In the peer-review process, the editors are assisted by an advisory committee; its members return expert evaluations on the anonymous manuscripts.
Authors should note the instructions issued for each of the DAI journals which state the individual deadlines for submissions and give information on specific abbreviations.

Citation Norms

Articles published in journals and monographs use the footnote system. Concerning the citing of literature in footnotes, authors have the choice between two alternatives; the method selected must be maintained throughout the manuscript:

1) Author-year system

For each cited work a short-form citation appears in the notes, consisting of the author’s name and the year of publication. Excepts can be lexicon entries (Keyword list on the format and style of manuscripts Lexicon).
The short citations are set out in full in a bibliography that contains the complete bibliographic information. The bibliography can be drawn up entirely without abbreviations or, alternatively, using abbreviations, composed in the LISTS OF ABBREVIATIONS (see below).

2) Full-citation system

Full citations are given as a rule in the notes using abbreviations, composed in the LISTS OF ABBREVIATIONS (see below).
For selected, frequently cited (more than 5 citations) publications it is possible additionally to give a short-form citation consisting of the author’s name and the year of publication. These short citations are set out in full in a list of references.

Further Information

The CHECKLIST is intended to assist authors in the drafting and submission of manuscripts.
Detailed information on citation systems and the presentation of manuscripts may be found in the KEYWORD LIST which gives an explanation of and a concrete example for each keyword.
The abbreviations of the DAI for journals, series, corpora and reference works are given in the LISTS OF ABBREVIATIONS.

Checklist on the Form and Submission of Manuscripts

Keyword list on the Format and Style of Manuscripts

List of Abbreviations for Journals, Series, Lexica and Frequently Cited Works

List of Abbreviated Journals, Series, Lexica and Frequently Cited Works

List of Other Abbreviations

PDF-files for downloading:
checklist, keyword list, list of abbreviations for journals, list of abbreviated journals, list of other abbreviations

For further information on the deadlines, members of the advisory board and specific abbreviations and guidelines of individual journals, please look at following sites:

Zentrale Berlin (Jahrbuch des DAI, Archäologischer Anzeiger)
Eurasien-Abteilung (Eurasia Antiqua, Richtlinien für Veröffentlichungen der Eurasien-Abteilung)
Orient-Abteilung (Orient-Archäologie, Zeitschrift für Orient-Archäologie, Guidelines Orient-Archäologie, Guidelines Studien zur Musikarchäologie, Guidelines ZOrA)
Außenstelle Damaskus der Orient-Abteilung (Zeitschrift für Orient-Archäologie, Damaszener Forschungen)
Außenstelle Sanaa der Orient-Abteilung (Zeitschrift für Orient-ArchäologieArchäologische Berichte aus dem Yemen)
Kommission für Archäologie Außereuropäischer Kulturen (KAAK) Bonn (KAAK) Bonn (Beiträge zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Archäologie)
Römisch-Germanische Kommission (RGK) Frankfurt a.M.
Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik München (Chiron)
Abteilung Athen (Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Athenische Abteilung )
Abteilung Istanbul (Istanbuler Mitteilungen)
Abteilung Kairo (Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Kairo)
Abteilung Madrid (Madrider Mitteilungen)
Abteilung Rom (Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Römische Abteilung)

Publication Guidelines Relating to Artefacts of Unknown Origin

Editors, authors and reviewers are requested to respect the following guidelines when writing, editing and reviewing manuscripts. The Directorate of the German Archeological Institute unanimously passed these guidelines, which are endorsed by the Advisory Board of the German Archaeological Institute.
Publication Guidelines Relating to Artefacts of Unknown Origin


The German Archaeological Institute (DAI) is a »scientific corporation« of the Federal Institution under the auspices of the Foreign Office. The staff of the Institute carries out research in the area of archaeology and in related fields and maintains relations with international scholars.
Furthermore, it organizes congresses, colloquia and tours, and informs the public through the media about its work.  

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