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Notes for Contributors

Skyllis: Aims and areas of work

The SKYLLIS journal was named after the famous Greek diver, of whom we know by tradition, that he recovered valuable artefacts from the seabed in 480 B.C. 


According to the aims of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Unterwasserarchäologie e.V." (DEGUWA), SKYLLIS serves the exchange of results from international underwater archaeological research projects. Moreover it involves the discussion on methodologies and the informing and education of wider circles of interested people. A special interest of SKYLLIS is to create a bridge between archaeologists and sport-divers. The term Underwater Archaeology is rooted quite widely and exceeds over the mere concept of the combination of diving with archaeology. It encompasses all historic and prehistoric periods and is not only limited to the European influenced parts of the world.

The most important results of research are water-crafts of all kinds, their shape, building technology, equipping and handling, but also their cargo and through shipping encouraged cultural exchange, henceforth also structures in or at the water like harbours and landing places, civil and military fortifications, settlements, bridges, navigation marks, implements of fishery, or to put it in a nutshell: Basically everything that had an impact on the life of human-beings on rivers, lakes and the sea and that influenced the culture in a special way.

Furthermore anthropological and ethnological questions, customs, traditions, celebrations and religious ideas of maritime cultures shall be considered, but also geological, biological and other methods borrowed from other sciences. Other important aspects are new methods and techniques in diving and underwater archaeological research and not at least the problems encountered in protecting the underwater cultural heritage.

Articles that focus on surveys and excavations (incl. interim ones), analyses of finds, evaluations of typologies, descriptions of historical developments, studies on iconographic, written and other sources, and accounts on research-projects, museums, other research institutions and technical innovations. We also welcome new challenges to long disputed issues, reports of congresses, news about the development of policies for the protection of the underwater cultural heritage and book-reviews. 


No responsibility is accepted by the DEGUWA or the editors for opinions expressed by contributors. The author is fully responsible for content and quotes and, moreover, for the permission to publish or to reproduce it. The editors reserve the right to accept/reject any of the received contributions and to make suggestions for alteration that might become necessary to make contributions conform to the editorial standards of the SKYLLIS journal. 


Contributions could be submitted in English, German, French, Italian and Dutch. Since 2006 SKYLLIS appears in both English and German. French, Italian and Dutch manuscripts are translated into German by the editors.

The text-version should be submitted on a floppy-disk, which should be labelled with the author's name, the title and the software used (preferably Microsoft Word). Moreover a complete printout is required (in addition to the floppy-disk!), which should have the following order: Title – Summary (c. 100 words, in English) – Text – Notes – Bibliography – Source of illustrations – Name and address of the author (phone number and e-mail are optional) – Captions. A printout of images is also required additionally.


The text should be written in only one fond type (preferably Adobe Garamont Pro). The fond size should be 11pt and for headings 12pt. Highlighting should be avoided with following exceptions: Any quotations, technical terms and of course quotations from historical sources should be in italic. Headings and references to illustrations should be bold (e.g. fig. 1 a-b). Real ship-names should be in capitals (e.g. VASA, MARY ROSE, BATAVIA [the first letter 11pt, all other 9pt]), but not other names (e.g. Gellen-wreck, Zwammerdam 2, Oberstimm 1).

Notes will always appear in the end of the article. For monographs and journals that are often referred to, abbreviations of the title could be made, which will be listed in Anm. 1 (=Note 1). The Harvard System should only be used, if it would diminish extensive lists of only once mentioned references or if endnotes could be avoided as a result.

Quoted references should contain the author's name, title and place and year of publication.


llustrations should be high quality photographs (incl. slides) or line-drawings. Reproductions and xerocopies are also acceptable, if there is no better solution. However in such cases we cannot guarantee a satisfactory quality in the published version. Please consider that large line-drawings that extent over the type area of 17.5cm should still feature all relevant details, labels and symbols when they are reduced in size. All illustrations should be either submitted as original, copy or as digital image-file. Digital images should at least have a resolution of 300dpi, CMYK- or BW- colour mode and of larger size than the intended published size. Only “tiff”-formatted image-files will be accepted. 


Authors will get a proof-version and will be asked to check it thoroughly and to send it back as soon as possible. Extensive changes, which would make an alteration in the layout necessary, are not always possible. Therefore we advise to contact the editors in such special circumstances.

Back issues

The production of offprints is not possible, due to the high costs involved. But each contributor will get between five to ten issues, depending on the extensiveness of his/her contribution. If more are required, please contact the editors. Of submitted material, only original images will be send back, if not otherwise reconciled.   


All contributions should be send to: 

Prof. Dr. Winfried Held
Archäologisches Seminar der Philipps-Universität Marburg
Biegenstraße 11, 35032 Marburg.

For enquiries regarding layout, software and graphics: 

Frau Dr. Claudia Greiner, Bernhard A. Greiner Verlag, Silcherstr. 14, D-73630 Weinstadt; Tel. 07151-27 66 45;

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