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Berytus manuscript layout guide

This brief layout guide will help you to format your manuscript to get it ready to submit to the Berytus journal.  

Manuscripts which do not follow this style will be returned for formatting. 

If your article is accepted for publication, the manuscript will be further formatted and typeset in the correct style for the journal.  

Completed manuscripts should be submitted by email to:

Large size files can be transferred using WeTransfer, after first notifying the journal by email.


Manuscript format 


Use Times New Roman typeface in font size 12pt with 1.5-line spacing.  


Margins should be 2.5cm (1 inch).  

Manuscript sections

The manuscript should be presented in the following order: Author information, Title, Abstract, Keywords, Main text, Acknowledgements, References, Figure and Table captions, Figures and Tables. 

Author information

For each author of the manuscript provide the full name, position held, and an address, if applicable this may be an institutional or company address. 


Use bold for your article title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.  


Indicate the abstract paragraph with a heading or by formatting the text in Times New Roman Italic. The abstract has a 150 word limit.  

Abstracts are really important. It may be short, but your abstract is your opportunity to 'pitch' your article to the journal editors, and later, its readers. It should focus on what your research is about, what methods have been used, and what you found out. 


Keywords help readers find your article, so are vital for discoverability. Aim to provide five or six keywords.  


Please follow this guide to show the level of the section headings in your article: 

1.    First-level headings (e.g. Introduction, Conclusion) should be in bold, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns. 

2.    Second-level headings should be in bold italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns. 

3.    Third-level headings should be in italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.  

Usually there is no need to go beyond third-level headings, however, if this is the case then:

4.    Fourth-level headings should be in bold italics, at the beginning of a paragraph. The text follows immediately after a full stop (full point) or other punctuation mark. 

5.    Fifth-level headings should be in italics, at the beginning of a paragraph. The text follows immediately after a full stop or other punctuation mark.  

Tables and figures 

Show clearly in the article text where the tables and figures should appear, for example, by writing [Table 1 near here].  However, note that the position of tables and figures in the published article is determined ultimately by design layout factors. 

Supply a list of figure and table captions at the end of the text. 

Please supply clearly labelled tables and figures (in low resolution) at the end of the text and high-resolution copies of figures in separate named files.   

It is very important that you have been given permission to use any tables or figures you are reproducing from another source before you submit.  

Spelling and punctuation 

Make sure you apply a consistent spelling and punctuation style throughout your article. It is usual to use UK spellings and punctuation in the journal. 

Special characters 

If you are preparing your manuscript in Microsoft Word and your article contains special characters, accents, or diacritics, we recommend you follow these steps: 

·         European accents (Greek, Hebrew, or Cyrillic letters, or phonetic symbols): choose Times New Roman font from the dropdown menu in the “Insert symbol" window and insert the character you require. 

·         Transliterated Arabic: choose either Times New Roman or Arial Unicode (unless the instructions for authors specify a particular font). For ayns and hamzas, choose Arial Unicode font from the dropdown menu in the “Insert symbol" window. Type the Unicode hexes directly into the “Character code" box, using 02BF for ayn, and 02BE for hamza.  


The use of notes must be limited as far as possible. Essential notes should follow the text (endnotes). 


Within the text: (Garrard 2017) or (Garrard 2017: 691–94) or (cf. Garrard 2017: 691–94) or 'advocated by Garrard (2015, 2017)'.  Use 'and' between two authors: (Garrard and Yazbeck 2013) or (Edwards, Garrard and Yazbeck 2017). Use 'et al.' for more than three authors (Garrard et al. 2018). (Do not use 'et al.' in the references however.) Use a, b, c etc. for titles published within one year (Garrard 2017a; 2017b). If used within parentheses, the above citations do not change parentheses to square brackets: (see the innovative study recently produced by Yazbeck (2016)) 

Within the References section follow the conventions evident in recently published issues (2017 onwards).  Use capitalization in book titles, and only for proper nouns in the article titles of journals.  In French and German, follow appropriate language conventions for capitalization of words. 

Some examples: 

Hachlili, R. 2009. Ancient Mosaic Pavements: Themes, Issues, and Trends. Leiden and Boston: Brill. 

Renfrew, C., M. J. Rowlands and S. A. Segraves (eds). 1982. Theory and Explanation in Archaeology. New York: Academic Press. 

Garrard, A. and C. Yazbeck. 2004. Qadisha Valley Prehistory Project (Northern Lebanon). Results of 2003 survey season. BAAL 8: 5–46. 

Edwards, Y., A. N. Garrard, and C. Yazbeck. 2017. Hunting and trapping strategies in the coastal mountains of northern Lebanon during the Epipalaeolithic. Levant 49: 237–258. 

Anthes, R. 1943. Die deutschen Grabungen auf der Westseite von Theben in den Jahren 1911 und 1913. Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo 12: 1−68. 

Fleisch, H. 1970. Les sables de Beyrouth (Liban) et leurs industries préhistoriques. In H. R. Schwabedissen (ed.), Frühe Menschheit und Umwelt, Rust-Festschrift. Fundamenta Reihe A/2. Köln: Böhlau Verlag, 170–181.

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