Journal of Urban Archaeology welcomes contributions covering a range of subjects, from major new fieldwork in urban sites to discussions of theory and methodology, or wider studies exploring the culture, conditions, and connectivities of urban societies in the past.

Contributions can be up to 12,000 words (not including bibliography and captions), and you can have up to 25 illustrations (b/w). It is also possible to have colour plates, but please discuss this with the founding editors or the editorial assistant in advance of submission.

Before submitting, please ensure you have read the styleguides used by JUA. If your contribution does not follow the styleguides, we may reject it on those grounds. You will find a PDF with a style sheet for authors below.

Contributions should be submitted to For other enquiries, contact us on the same address.


JUA condemns unequivocally the looting of archaeological sites and the illicit trade in antiquities. No research that directly or indirectly violates relevant national or international laws will be published. JUA supports the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and subsequent treaties. JUA does not publish research on unprovenanced material without clear evidence that it legally entered a collection before 1970. Complete transparency is expected in this matter. JUA adheres to the 2004 resolution of the Archaeological Institute of America on recently acquired antiquities as implemented by the publishing policy of the Archaeological Institute of America:

“The publication and presentation venues of the Archaeological Institute of America will not serve for the initial scholarly publication or announcement of any object in a private or public collection acquired after December 30, 1973, unless its existence is documented before that date, or it was legally exported from the country of origin. An exception may be made if, in the view of the Editor or Program Committee, the aim of publication is to emphasize the loss of archaeological context or acquisition history”.