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Conventions for reporting radiocarbon determinations

Millard, A.R.

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Current conventions for reporting radiocarbon determinations do not cover the reporting of calibrated dates. This article proposes revised conventions that have been endorsed by many 14C scientists. For every determination included in a scientific paper, the following should apply: (1) the laboratory measurement should be reported as a conventional radiocarbon age in 14C yr BP or a fractionation-corrected fraction modern (F14C) value; (2) the laboratory code for the determination should be included; and (3) the sample material dated, the pretreatment method applied, and quality control measurements should be reported. In addition, for every calibrated determination or modeled date, the following should be reported: (4) the calibration curve and any reservoir offset used; (5) the software used for calibration, including version number, the options and/or models used, and wherever possible a citation of a published description of the software; and (6) the calibrated date given as a range (or ranges) with an associated probability on a clearly identifiable calendar timescale.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 8, 2014
Online Publication Date Feb 9, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date Feb 13, 2017
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2017
Journal Radiocarbon
Print ISSN 0033-8222
Electronic ISSN 1945-5755
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Issue 02
Pages 555-559
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