The manuscript, tables and figures must be uploaded online at


Publishing on AMQ is free of charge. No additional costs are required for color figures and tables.


The journal publishes papers in British English or American English; a mix of the two will not be accepted. The Authors are fully responsible for the quality of the final written language. To avoid unnecessary errors, you are strongly advised to use the spell-check and grammar-check functions of your word processor.

Repository and Archiving Policy

The author can deposit either the published manuscript or the final peer-reviewed version in an Open Access repository, without embargo.

The journal is archived at the National Library Center of Rome.

Peer-review policy and editing process

The Editor-in-Chief and Associated Editors receive the manuscript and assign it to at least two reviewers, who will carry out the revision process within four weeks. Authors must accomplish the requests of the Editors and reviewers within four weeks. If the manuscript is accepted, the corresponding Author is requested to send one final version in Word with track changes and one final version in Word, clean of all comments and corrections. The same procedure must be applied to Tables. If illustrations have been changed, they must be sent again. For both tables and figures please check the requirements below.

Reasoned request of change to the authorship (addition, removal, rearrangement) can be sent by the Corresponding Author to the Editor before the article is published on-line; to make such changes the agreement of all authors, including those removed, is requested. If accepted, the paper is sent to production.


Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for final approval. Corrections can only concern errors introduced during the production process and must be resent within 48 hours.


The corresponding author will be notified as soon as the paper will be available online at the website



The submission includes:

  1. The cover letter
  2. The word file containing the first page, the main text, the reference list, the figure captions, the tables captions
  3. Figures
  4. Tables
  5. Supplementary material
  6. A pdf file containing all the above cited elements except the cover letter

The cover letter

The cover letter must be signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors stating that:

  1. the publication is approved by all the authors;
  2. it has not been published previously nor being considered for publication elsewhere, except in the form of abstract or as oral communication;
  3. the work including figures, tables and artworks are original. Reproduction of figures and tables published in other journal is allowed by exhibiting the permission grant.

The cover letter should also specify:

  1. the complete address and contacts (e-mail, phone, fax) of the corresponding author;
  2. potential reviewers with the indication of their complete address and contacts.


The word file

Word-processing and first page

Please use the template as a guide.

Use word processor to prepare your manuscript as an editable .doc file or .docx file with a single-column and simple layout without justify. Number the pages and number the lines progressively. You can use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts. Divide your article into numbered sections. The abstract should not be included in section numbering.

The first page of the manuscript should contain this information:

  1. Title
  2. Running title (a short title to be included in the head of each page, maximum 60 characters long)
  3. Authors
  4. Affiliations
  5. Name of corresponding author
  6. Abstract
  7. Keywords


Title and authors

For the title, as short and descriptive as possible, keep in mind that the terms will be used for indexing purposes and by databases and do not use all uppercase letters.

After the title, the authors' names should be in full with superscript numbers and followed by a numerical list of affiliation, full postal address and country name of authors; in the next line "Corresponding author:" and the relative e-mail address should be indicated.


Abstract and keywords

The abstract must be informative on the aims, methods and results of the paper. It should not exceed 500 words.
Up to five keywords are required. They must be specific and informative, and will be used for indexing purposes. Name of the general area is appropriate (e.g., Southern Italy), while local names must be avoided (e.g., Scilla). Constrain, if possible, time intervals (e.g., Calabrian instead of Quaternary).


Main Text

The manuscript normally should not exceed 15,000 words and can contain a maximum of 25 figures/ tables. Contributions longer than 15,000 words require a specific agreement with the Editor.

For the text a .doc, .docx or .txt format is required.

Number the pages and number the lines progressively.

Abbreviations should be clearly stated when they first appear in the text or in an appendix at the end of the article, to be inserted before references.

The text must be divided into chapters (e.g., 1., 2.) and paragraphs (1.1., 1.2., etc.). Terms which are not English must be in italics. Secondary parts of the text can be written with smaller body.

Acknowledgements are reported before references.


All references in the reference list must be cited in the text.

References should be cited in the text as follows:

In brackets: (Westaway et al., 2009)

In sentences: Westaway et al. (2009)

For works with two authors use: Westaway & Bridgland (2007).

The reference list must be reported at the end of the article in alphabetical then chronological order:


For articles:

Westaway R. (1993) - Quaternary uplift of southern Italy. Journal of Geophysical Research, 98(B12), 21741-21772.
Westaway R. (2003) - Kinematics of the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean updated. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, 12(1), 5-46.

Westaway R., Bridgland D. (2007) - Late Cenozoic uplift of southern Italy deduced from fluvial and marine sediments: Coupling between surface processes and lower-crustal flow. Quaternary International,175(1), 86-124.
Westaway R., Arnoldus D.R., Sinha R., Demir T. (2009) - Fluvial sequences as evidence for landscape and climatic evolution in the Late Cenozoic: A synthesis of data from IGCP 518. Global and Planetary Change, 68(4), 237-253.

At the end the Digital Object Identifier should be used:

Kopp R., Simons F. J., Mitrovica J. X., Oppenheimer M. (2009) - Probabilistic assessment of sea level during the last interglacial stage. Nature, 462, 863-867.

Doi: 10.1038/nature08686


For books:

Waltam T., Bell F., Culshaw M. (2005) - Sinkholes and subsidence. Karst and cavernous rocks in engineering and costruction. Praxis Publishing Ltd, Chichester, UK, pp. 236.


Figures and tables

All figures and tables should be cited in the main text as Figure 1, Table 1, etc. and a caption for each of them must be provided.

Figures must be numbered consecutively in the order they appear in the text using the prefix Fig. The same for tables using the prefix Tab.

Figures and tables should be provided with separate files, not included in the word text. Figures should be in .jpg or .tif format, with a minimum 300 dpi resolution (600 dpi for graphs, drawings and maps),


The size of the figures must be:

Width 7.6 cm, 10.0 cm or 16.2 cm

Length maximum 23.4 cm 

Symbols and letters must be of appropriate size (minimum 7 pt), taking into account the final dimension of illustrations. The editorial staff reserves the right to change the size of the pictures for printing needs.
Tables should be submitted in .xls and, additionally, in .jpg or .pdf formats. Maps should be provided with an index map, latitude and longitude of extremes, north arrow and scale bar. For easier geographical reference, some elements of topography and toponyms must be also produced.


Supplementary material

The article can be supplied with supporting material, such as large maps, graphs, tables, database, images, available only online. Maps should have an index map, latitude and longitude, north arrow and scale bar. The full reference to the article should be clearly reported in the map.

At the authors’ request, the supporting material could be inserted in the hard-copy version of the issue. Costs and feasibility must be previously checked and agreed with the Editor in Chief. In case the supporting material is not inserted in the hard-copy version of the issue, the paper must nevertheless maintain its original meaning.

The pdf file

Please provide a file in pdf format that includes, in this order: the word file with the first page, the main text, the reference list, the figure captions, the tables captions; all the figures, each on a page with the indication of the relative figure number; all the tables, each on a page with the indication of the table number.


Units and abbreviations

Units of measurement (unit names, unit symbols, prefixes, etc.) must refer to the International System of Units. For "above sea level" the abbreviation a.s.l. should be used instead of asl.

Ages and radiometric dating

The symbols "a" and "ka" should be used for expressing year and one thousand years, respectively.
Uncalibrated radiocarbon ages should be expressed as 14C a/ka BP; calibrated calendar ages as cal a/ka BP or as years BC/AD. The calibration curve and software used for calibrating the radiocarbon datings should be clearly stated in the methods, with reference to literature. For other original radiometric dating methods (fission track, Ar/Ar, U/Th, OSL, cosmogenic nuclides ...) a brief description of the methodology and standards is recommended, referring to literature for exhaustive information. If several radiometric ages are used in the text, data should be grouped in tables.


For the reference stratigraphic nomenclature it is recommended to use the formal subdivisions of the statigraphic chart referring to the guidelines of the International Commission of Stratigraphy. Regional stratigraphic frameworks should be consistent with the International Stratigraphic Code (Salvador, 1994). Units not yet formally defined in the international nomenclature (i.e., climate stratigraphy, event stratigraphy) must refer to internationally accessible, peer-reviewed published papers. All formal subdivisions must be written with an upper-case initial letter. The informal terms lowermost and uppermost should be used in a chronostratigraphic framework, latest and earliest in a geochronological one.

For botanical and zoological nomenclature, the latest editions of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants and of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature should be respectively followed. Specialized nomenclatures (e.g., formal names, palynological types, fossil vertebrate taxa) should rely on internationally accessible, published references. Species and genus names must be in italics.



AMQ does not require an explicit copyright transfer by the authors.

Figures and other materials published on AMQ may be used in other publications by simply citing the source.
It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission for the reproduction of illustrations from other copyright journals.

Since 2021, articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution License. This license allows re-users to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator.

All articles published in AMQ before 2021 should now be considered as having been released under the same Creative Commons Attribution License. In this sense copyright is retained by the authors by default.


Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

For ethical guidelines of the journal see here.


Guide for authors (pdf)

AMQ Template (docx)