Medieval Settlement Research welcomes both short reports (for example, covering recent fieldwork projects) and lengthier research papers. Submissions should be made by e-mail, sent directly to the Editor, Dr Mark McKerracher:

The submission deadline for each year's volume is 1st April.

Please download our Author Guidelines - also copied below - and follow these when preparing your submission.

If you have any queries, at any point in the process, please do contact the Editor.


Guidelines for contributors

Each journal includes peer-reviewed research articles together with reports on fieldwork, excavation and other work undertaken during the previous year. All submissions should be focused on topics relevant to the core interest of the Group, which is medieval settlement in Britain, Ireland and Europe.

Please note:

  1. Short items for Reports summarising fieldwork or projects should be kept concise, in the range of 1,500–4,000 words, plus one or two illustrations (unless the work is of a scale that necessitates a longer article – for example reports on major projects). Shorter items, such as project announcements or reports under 1,500 words, should be submitted to the MSRG newsletter. See for more information.
  2. Research Articles should be 4,000–10,000 words in length, with as many illustrations as are deemed necessary to support the argument. As the journal is printed in full colour, there is no limit on the amount of colour illustrations. All submissions to this section are fully peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.


General points

Please make sure all files are clearly labelled, with the name of the (lead) author included in the file name.

It is the responsibility of contributors to ensure that they have copyright of all material submitted and acknowledge appropriately.

Guidelines for text

Please submit the text in British English, in Times New Roman, 12 point regular font. Text should be left aligned.

The title should be followed with the name(s) of the author(s) and their affiliation or place of residence.

Please include an abstract for the on-line ADS archive (max. 150 words) – see for examples.

Headings should be in bold; sub-headings in italics.

Measurements should be in metric units.

Write all numbers up to 20 in words; numbers above that should be in Arabic numerals. Exceptions to this rule are dates (but not centuries, i.e. ‘the twelfth century’ and ‘a twelfth-century object’) and measurements.

Page ranges should be given in full, with a long dash rather than a hyphen, i.e. ‘see Townend 2014, 141–142’ (and NOT ‘see Townend 2014, 141-42’).

References to principal sites should be accompanied by national grid references. For the UK, provide Ordnance Survey NGR as 2 letters and at least 6 numbers. For other countries, use appropriate national grid systems or WGS84. Please also give the name of the local government area/county. In the UK, where relevant, opt for pre-1974 county names. 


Use Harvard references, not footnotes.

In the reference list, bibliographical details should be quoted in full. Please follow the formatting in the examples included below.

In the case of books, their date, place of publication and publisher should be cited in addition to the author and title. Note that the main titles are capitalised, but subtitles are not.

For book chapters, the editors and inclusive page numbers are also required. Do not put the paper title in inverted commas.

For articles in journals, the title, date, volume number (in bold) and inclusive pages are required. Do not put the paper title in inverted commas.

For websites and on-line resources, the URL and date at which the source was last accessed by the writer should also be included.

For non-English titles, please include a translation of the title in brackets following the title in the original language.




Banham, D. and Faith, R. 2014. Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Roberts, B. and Wrathmell, S. 2002. Region and Place: a study of English rural settlement. London: English Heritage.

Chapters in books:

Hindle, P. 2016. Sources for the English medieval road system. In V. Allen and R. Evans (eds.), Roadworks: medieval Britain, medieval roads. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 33–49.

Journal papers:

Donnelly, V., Green, C. and Ten Harkel, L. 2014. English landscapes and identities. The early medieval landscape: methods and approaches. Medieval Settlement Research 29: 43–55.

Websites/on-line resources:

Medieval Settlement Research Group. Available at Last consulted 04/01/2017.

Archive material:

An address to the Farmer 1915. Unpublished manuscript. Holdbury Collection. 600. London: Holdbury Library. [Note, in the bibliography this would be listed alphabetically under ‘address’ – do not use ‘Anonymous’ if author name is unknown.]


Ordnance Survey 2006. Chester and North Wales. Landranger series, Sheet 106, 1:50000. Southampton: Ordnance Survey.


1st edition OS map, Devon (1:2500 County Series 1st Edition [TIFF geospatial data], Scale 1:2500, Tiles: devo-06916-1 and devo-07009-1, Updated: 30 November 2010, Historic, Using: EDINA Historic Digimap Service, <>, Downloaded: 2016-07-25 14:39:39.932).


Images should be supplied initially by email as separate low-resolution digital files. Do not embed images within the text.

High-resolution digital images will be required for printing (photos at least 300 dpi; line drawings 600 dpi): submit these by email or on CD/downloadable link (i.e. Dropbox, Google Docs) if over 15MB. Acceptable formats include tiff, png, ai, eps or high-res good-quality jpgs.

We prefer to avoid handling hard copy illustrations. If submitted, however, they should be clean, clear originals that are capable of reproduction at either column or page width, but please note that we will not be able to return any original artwork. Please ensure that small details (hachuring, stipple and lettering) are capable of such small reproduction.

Graphs may be submitted as Excel files (.xlsx).

Figure captions should be clearly labelled and submitted as text, either at the end of the article/report following the bibliography, or in a separate document.