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Instructions for authors

Aims and Scope

Cuadernos de arte rupestre (Rock Art Papers) is the first e-journal exclusively dedicated to the art rock of any stage of Prehistory and contemporary indigenous societies, both in the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of the world.

Cuadernos de arte rupestre aims to publish high-level scientific papers focused in research and management in any topic related to prehistoric graphical productions.

This journal is published biannually by the Dirección General de Bienes Culturales (Directorate General of Cultural Heritage) of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia.

Cuadernos de arte rupestre is distributed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivative Works 4.0 International. To access the contents of the journal is required registration. Registered users can view and download all issues and articles published in this journal.

Instructions for Authors


Manuscripts submitted for publication in Cuadernos de Arte Rupestre should be sent to the editor through the web service available at This service is based on Open Journal System.

Authors will provide a file in .doc, .docx, .txt, .RTF or Open Office format. The text will be made on a A4 format page with pages numbered consecutively.

First page will show the title of the paper, abstract and keywords in English and Spanish. The full names of all authors and their institutional affiliation or home addresses (including fulll postal adress and email) should be specified. The author who is responsible for editorial correspondence will be clearly indicated.

Abstracts must not exceed 150 words. Its structure must include the mention of objectives, working methods, results and conclusions. Keywords must include references to the subject of the article, methodology, geographical location, chronology and cultural context. A maximum of six keywords are allowed.

The article should be divided into clearly defined and numbered sections of the type: 1; 1.1; 1.1.1; 1.2; 2; 2.1 and so on. A standard structure is not required but will be taken into account that the aim of the work and state of the art are specified, the methodology is explained, and results and discussion sections are included.

All articles must be accompanied by an extended abstract in English, in the case that is going to be published in any other language, and in Spanish, in case the text of the article is originally written in English.

An acknowledments separate section should be included at the end of the manuscript if it is required. In this section should be mentioned the sources of funding and individuals who provided help during research.

Finally, a reference section should be included.

As far as possible notes and footnotes should be avoided. If authors consider them essential should be included as footnotes and follow a sequential numbering.

Cuadernos de arte rupestre is an online journal so there is not limits for maximum length of articles. However, we suggest that papers have between 4,000 and 12,000 words in length, excluding tables, captions and references. There is currently no limit for the maximum number of figures, illustrations and tables. On the contrary, Cuadernos de arte rupestre encourages authors to send high resolution color images, and to include all types of multimedia material that can be incorporated into a pdf file. If video, multimedia elements, 3D models, etc... are included they must be loaded as additional material during submission process.

All images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at a minimum size of 15 x 10 cm, both in  .jpeg or .tiff.

Illustrations or graphics will be submitted in vectorial formats (.ai, .svg, .pdf) or raster format (in this case, at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi). Scales should be included  when necessary (eg. tracings or topographies). If text should be included in artwork then authors should provide a version without text and another one with text embedded. The same applies for graphic scales. All these graphical elements will be included by Cuadernos de arte rupestre team during design and will be adapted accordingly to the artwork size.

Images and illustrations should be numbered consecutively in a single list. All of them will be referred under the term "figure", and will appear in the text in abbreviated form between brackets followed by the corresponding number (eg. Fig.10). Authors should provide indications of the approximate position where figures should be placed.

Captions will be sent in a separate file according to the following format: Figure 10.  "Rock art motif …". The credits of the picture or graphic should be mentioned after description of the figure.


Beginning with volume 7, Cuadernos de arte rupestre is following the Harvard system - European Archaeology for references. This citation style is available for free in bibliography managers like Mendeley or Zotero, as well as in most of the commercial managers. We strongly recommend using one of these managers for citations in text and bibliography.

Citations within the text will indicate the author's surname and year of publication, both in parentheses (Pérez 2012). When there are two authors both names should be indicated followed by year (Martinez and Smith 2004). If there are three or more authors, citation will be first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication (Piette et al.1975). If you want to cite a specific range of pages place them after the year separated by colon (Mithen 2004: 115; Tilley 1986: 234-238). If there are several publications by the same author the publication years will be separated by commas (Leroi-Gourhan 1975, 1982, 1984). More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters in alphabetical order (a, b, c, etc.) placed after the year of publication (Alonso 1985a, 1997; Beltrán 1992a: 24). If more than one author is cited at the same time references should be separated by semicolons, and ordered by the year of publication. Initial of first name should be provided to avoid ambiguity when more than one author with the same surname is included in reference list (Martínez, J. 1992; Martínez, R. 2005). A clear statement of any unpublished or in press manuscript should be indicated after the name (Lopez, in press; García, unpublished).

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).

Reference list

A reference list including all references arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted by year should be included at the end of the manuscript.

Citation of books should include surname of author or authors followed by initial of first name. The authors should be separated by a comma. It should include all authors of the publication; first author followed by et al. is not admissible. The last two authors should separated by "and" or “&”. Year of publication should be provided after the last author. Then the full title of the publication, in italics, city and publisher should be indicated. If the authors have played the role of coordinators or editors will be indicated as "coord"  or "eds”.

For example:

García, J.J., Collado, H., & Nash, G. (eds.) 2011. The Levantine Question. Budapest: Archeolingua.

References that are chapters of a collective book will be cited in the same way that full books. The format should be author/s, year, title of the article or chapter, followed by editors or coordinators of the work, full title of the book in italics, range of pages, city and publisher after colon.

For example:

Hernanz, A., Ruiz, J.F., & Gavira, J.M. 2011.  Pigments, binders and patinas: Physicochemical characterization of technology of Levantine rock paintings. In J.J. García, H. Collado, & G. Nash (eds.) The Levantine Question, 345-365. Budapest: Archeolingua.

Rogerio, M.Á., Soares, S., Guimarães, P., & Baptista, A. 2010. Análisis de imagen de pinturas rupestres del yacimiento de Faia (Parque Arqueológico de Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Guarda, Portugal).  In M.E. Saiz, R. López, M.A. Cano, & J.C. García (eds) VIII Congreso Ibérico de Arqueometría. Actas. Teruel, 19-21 de octubre de 2009, 1–9. Teruel: Seminario de Arqueología y Etnología Turolense.

References of  papers should include authors surnames followed by the initial of the name, separated by commas, and year of publication. Between the last two authors should be placed "&". Following the title of the paper, journal (in italics), volume (and issue if any) and finally page numbers separated by colon.

For example:

Aubry, T., Llach, X.M., Sampaio , J.D., & Sellami, F. 2002. Open-air rock-art, territories and modes of exploitation during the Upper Palaeolithic in the Côa Valley (Portugal). Antiquity 76 (291): 62-76.

For web pages references surnames of the authors should be specified followed by the initial of the name, separated by commas and year of web publication. Between the last two authors should be include "&". Title of the article will be indicated followed by the full web address, preceded by the words "available at" and followed by the date of online access or consultation (month and year format).

For example:

Pereira, J. 2013. Ajuste tonal automatizado en ACR con Colorchecker. Available at: [Accessed June 2013]


Authors must observe the following style rules:

- Capital letters in Spanish or Romance languages will always be accented.

- Symbols such as units of measure, area, weight or volume are always written without dots (eg. cm, g, ha, asl, m2).

- Years do not have a decimal thousand separator: 1971.

- Latinisms will be written in italics: et al, oppida, per se, in situ, ca..

- 14C dates: they will be shown as radiocarbon dates (BP format; eg. 5300±25 BP) followed by acronym of the laboratory, sample number, and type of material. Calibrated dates will include the range of calendar dates in BC format and standard deviation (preferably 2σ) (eg. 6500-5800 cal BC 2σ). Software used for calibration and the calibration curve should be indicated.

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