Sociedad Española de Antropología Física




Original articles on every field of research underlying the Physical Anthropology as a scientific field are accepted.

In addition, REAF publishes comments and editorials on invitation, as well as reviews of recently published books and any other activities of general interest for the national and international community of Physical Anthropologists. All opinions expressed are complete responsibility of the authors.



Scientific articles or any other kind of publications will be sent to the following official address:

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Authors can send their enquiries to:

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1.1. Format: The manuscripts should meet the following requirements:

a)  The page layout size will be set to A4, with double line spacing both in the text and in the list of References and legends for Tables and Figures.

b)  Text font will be Times New Roman size 12.

c)  Margins for the page setup will be 3 cm (top, bottom, left and right).

d)  The works and associated scientific information will be sent in MS Word format (.doc/.docx).

e)  In some cases, pictures can also be sent in JPEG (.jpg) or TIFF (.tif) format.

1.2. Kinds of contributions: Articles and Short Reports.

1.3. Length of the works: The works will have a maximum of 25 pages, including Bibliography, Tables and Figures. Those presenting specific results in scientific research (Short Reports) will have a maximum of 10 pages, including Bibliography, Tables and Figures.

1.4. Languages: Spanish or English.



2.1. The first page of the article (Front Page) will contain the following information:

a) Title of the work.

b) List of Authors in order of appearance (ex. Gómez B.A., García L., Peñalver A., Aparicio J.A., Smith S.) as well as the name of the Institutions to which they are currently linked.

c) Complete mailing address, e-mail and Fax number of the author to whom correspondence will be sent during the process of editing the article.

d) A proposal of Running Title for the work (with no more of 50 characters, including spaces).

e) Number of Tables and Figures included.


2.2. Abstract: With no more of 250 words, the abstract should concisely present the object, the methodology used, the highlight results and the main conclusions of the study. The abstract should not include references or abbreviations and must be written both in Spanish and English with same content.

2.3. Keywords: A list of 4 to 6 keywords will be included both in Spanish and English following each of the abstracts.

2.4. Introduction: The introduction should reflect the current state of the matter being investigated, showing that the authors have an up to date knowledge on the field of research. The main question brought up on the work will be formulated, as well as the approach.

2.5. Materials and Methods: This section will be written clearly enough to facilitate the replication of the results obtained in the research. In case a methodology is well known within the scientific community, only the reference of the authors will be necessary. When equipment is used, authors should specifically specify the model and the name of the manufacturing company.

2.6. Results: They should be presented in a coherent manner, concurrently following the selected methodology, quoted by the authors in the section Materials and Methods. The results will be accompanied by the correspondent Tables and Figures.

2.7. Discussion: Is the more creative section in a scientific article. That is the reason why the authors should provide: answers to the specific questions formulated in the Introduction section, the most outstanding contributions of the work, the interpretation of the results based in current knowledge, the novelty and importance of the research, the limits and implications of the results regarding other relevant studies; and, as where possible, to formulate new and plausible hypotheses. Therefore, Discussion is not a repetition of the Results.

2.8. Aknowledgements: Maximum of 5 lines.


2.9. Bibliographic references:

2.9.1. Within the text:

They will be indicated by the second name of the first author, not in italics, followed by the year in round brackets, for example: Gómez et al. (2009); or where applicable (Gómez et al. 2009). When there are two authors, both names will appear in the text, for example: Gómez & Rodríguez (2010) or (Gómez & Rodríguez 2010).

In the case of quoting many works by the same author, from different publications or published in different years, the quotes will appear in chronological ascending order. Articles in press should be included in the list of bibliographic references.

Bibliographic references will appear in alphabetical order in the corresponding section. In case an author is referenced more than once with publications from the same year, the quote will be arranged using letters from the alphabet; for example: Gómez et al. (2000a), Gómez et al. (2000b).


2.9.2. Final list of bibliographic references: It will contain only those quoted in the text:

a) For an article:

Charlesworth B., Hughes K.A. (1996) Age-specific inbreeding depression and components of genetic variance in relation to the evolution of senescence. Proc Natl Acad Sc USA 93: 6140-6145.

b) For a book or a non-periodical publication:

Charlesworth B. (1994) Evolution in Age-Structured populations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

b) For an article of a book:

Little M.A.(2002) Human biology, health, and ecology of nomadic Turkana pastoralists. En: W.R. Leonard & M.H. Crawford (Ed.). Human Biology of Pastoral Populations: 151-182. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.


The names of the Journals will be shown in abbreviated form, following the indications in the last edition of Index Medicus or consulting the Biological Journal and Abbreviations (



3.1. Figures and Images: They should be in separate and numbered pages –never included within the text- and will correspond to those cited in the article itself. Legends for figures and images will be in a separate page.

If the authors use an image or reproduction previously published, it will be mandatory for them to show the original source of the information and to quote it in the corresponding epigraph (legend). Where appropriate, express consent of the original author of a published figure or image could be required to subsequently use it in any other article.

Characteristics of images and figures

  • A minimum size of 1800x1200 pixels is recommended. Such resolution can provide printouts of approximately 15x10 cm in 300 dpi (dots per inch), which is usually suitable for publication.
  • In those special cases when important details could be lost, a greater size can be chosen.
  • If that is the case, it will be necessary to send the image separately for edition, being the accepted formats JPEG (recommended for photography) and TIFF (recommended for drawings or graphics).


3.2. Tables: Tables should be in separate pages, with the corresponding legends, numbered and quoted in the article itself. Legends for the tables should be in the headline of the table itself. The information contained on the tables should correspond to the data discussed in the text.

Characteristics of tables: Tables should be designed in MS Word (.doc/ .docx) format and decimal numbers should be written with dot.

The presentation for tables and figures has to be careful both in shape (structure and design) and core (contents), to achieve a strong scientific comprehension by the reader.

Tables and Figures presented directly for submission in an Excel sheet or statistical software will not be accepted.



Revision of texts by their authors should be accompanied by a cover letter explaining the changes that have been made and the way to deal with questions raised by the referees.

Once the work is accepted, the authors should send a letter confirming Transfer of Copyright (see the document “Declaration of Agreement of Publication by the Authors” at the end of this page).

Articles that do not follow the current rules of publication established by the Editorial Committee of the Spanish Journal of Physical Anthropology (REAF) will be returned to their authors before continuing the evaluation process.


Madrid/Bilbao; 16th of July 2012


- Instructions for authors and rules of publication.

  You can download here a copy in PDF format. (Spanish).

- Declaration of Agreement of Publication by the Authors.
  You can download here a copy in MSWord format. (Spanish).