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The Journal of Bioanthropology  publishes original scientific papers, brief communications and review papers in the fields of biological anthropology, including bioarchaeology, biomechanics, biomedicine, ergonomics, forensics, genetics, human evolution, public health, and related subjects. Our particular attention is towards interdisciplinary approaches.


Manuscripts must be written in concise English.

Manuscripts containing original material are accepted for consideration on the understanding that the material has neither been published previously (except in form of an abstract) nor is under consideration for publication elsewhere and that its publication is approved by all coauthors. With delivery of the manuscript for publication and the subsequent acceptance by the Editor, the author transfers all necessary copyrights for publication and distribution to the publisher.

All submitted material is subject to a peer-reviewing process by the editors and external experts. The authors are encouraged to propose up to five names of potential reviewers, but the editors reserve the right of final selection.

All authors submitting their article for publication have to agree to the Authorship statement.

IMPORTANT: Authorship statement form needs to be signed by all co-authors, scanned and sent to Journal of Bioanthropology office. Please note that the manuscript will not be processed until journal office receives a valid Authorship statement form!


Manuscripts should be submitted in .doc compatible format. Use 12-point Times Roman font, double-spaced throughout the manuscript. All pages should be numbered in Arabic numerals, starting from the title page, with numbers in the bottom right corner. Do not use field functions. Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.


Figures must be numbered consecutively. The number of figures must be kept to a minimum consistent with the clarity of the text and should not repeat numerical data presented in tables or text. Numbers, symbols, and lines must be of a size sufficient for easy reading after appropriate reduction of the figure to fit the column width. Each figure must be accompanied by a brief self-explanatory legend, which includes a definition of all symbols and abbreviations used in the figure. Submit all figures as separate files and do not integrate them into the text file; the file names should include the relevant number of the figure (e.g. Fig 1). Acceptable file formats are:.jpg; .tif; .png (min 300 dpi)

Do not use presentation programmes (e.g., PowerPoint) or files downloaded from the internet to submit figures; in most cases, data cannot be processed.

Preparing your manuscript

Title page

The title page should include:

  • title of the paper
  • list the full names and institutional addresses and e-mails for all authors​​​​​​​
  • indicate the corresponding author
  • abstract
  • keywords


The abstract should briefly summarize the aim, findings or purpose of the article. Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite references in the abstract. The Abstract must not exceed 250 words and should not contain references or abbreviations.


Three to five keywords representing the main content of the article.

Parts of the manuscript

Manuscript should contain the following parts: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Discussion, Conclusion,  Acknowledgements, Figure captions, References


The Introduction section should introduce the study topic and give all relevant background information on the given topic of study, including theoretical isses

Materials and methods

Materials and methods section should have all relevant information on materials and methods used in the analysis, including the research design, description or appropriately cited references for methods used in the analysis. Studies involving human participants, data or tissue or animals must include statement on ethics approval and consent.


This section should list all relevant results of the study, including statistical data (if appropriate)

Discussion (can be combined in ‘Results and Discussion’ section)

For research articles this section should discuss the implications of the findings in context of existing research and highlight limitations of the study. For methodological papers, this section should include a discussion of any practical or operational issues involved in performing the study and any issues not covered in other sections.

Conclusions (can be combined in „Discussion and Conclusion“ section)

This should state clearly the main conclusions and provide an explanation of the importance and relevance of the study to the field.


This secton contains appropriate acknowledgements to funding agencies, Institutions or individuals that provided financial or other type of support relevant to the study.

Figure captions

Figure captions should be referenced in the text as (Fig. 1, Fig. 2 and so on) and a full list of figures with acknowlegdenents (if appropriate, e.g. photo credits) should be given at the end of the paper.


Bibliographic references must be reported in alphabetic and chronological order in the text (e.g. Meindl & Lovejoy, 1985). For more than two authors use first author’s last name followed by et al. and publication year). List of full references is listed in the reference section.

Example reference style:

Journal article

Meindl, R.S., & Lovejoy, C.O. (1985). Ectocranial suture closure: A revised method for the determination of skeletal age at death based on the lateral-anterior suture. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 68, 57-66.

Article by DOI (with page numbers)

Slifka, M.K., & Whitton, J.L. (2000). Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Journal of Molecular Medicine, 78(2), 74-80. doi:10.1007/s001090000086.

Article by DOI (before issue publication and without page numbers)

Kreger, M., Brindis, C.D., Manuel, D.M., & Sassoubre, L. (2007). Lessons learned in systems change initiatives: benchmarks and indicators. American Journal of Community Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10464-007-9108-14.

Article in electronic journal by DOI (no paginated version)

Kruger, M., Brandis, C.D., Mandel, D.M., & Sassoure, J. (2007). Lessons to be learned in systems change initiatives: benchmarks and indicators. American Journal of Digital Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10469-007-5108-14.

Complete book

Aufderheide, A.C., & Rodríguez-Martín, C. (1998). The Cambridge encyclopedia of human paleopathology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book chapter

Balen, J. (2016). The development of Eneolithic cultures between the Sava and Drava rivers. In D. Davison, V. Gaffney, P. Miracle, & J. Sofaer (Eds.), Croatia at the crossroads, a consideration of archaeological and historical connectivity (pp. 59-73). Oxford: Archaeopress.

Online First chapter in a series (without a volume designation but with a DOI)

Saito, Y., & Hyuga, H. (2007). Rate equation approaches to amplification of enantiomeric excess and chiral symmetry breaking. Topics in Current Chemistry. doi:10.1007/128_2006_108.

Complete book, also showing a translated edition [Either edition may be listed first.]

Adorno, T.W. (1966). Negative Dialektik. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp. English edition: Adorno, TW (1973). Negative Dialectics (trans: Ashton, E.B.). London: Routledge.

Online document

Abou-Allaban, Y., Dell, M.L., Greenberg, W., Lomax, J., Peteet, J., Torres, M., & Cowell, V. (2006). Religious/spiritual commitments and psychiatric practice. Resource document. American Psychiatric Association. Accessed 25 June 2007.

Online database

German emigrants database (1998). Historisches Museum Bremerhaven. Accessed 21 June 2007.


Online First

The accepted article will be published online after receipt of the corrected proofs. Reviewers will suggest the final categorization of the paper (i.e. original scientific paper, brief communication, review paper, professional papers) but the final decision is the responsibility of the editor.

This is the official first publication citable with the assigned DOI. The electronic edition of your article will be available at


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