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Open Archaeology: Topical Issue on Portable XRF in Archaeology and Museum Studies

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Davide Tanasi, University of South Florida, USA
Robert Tykot, University of South Florida, USA
Andrea Vianello, independent researcher


Open Archaeology invites manuscripts for the Topical Issue on Portable XRF in Archaeology and Museum Studies.

The portable XRF has brought sophisticated scientific equipment to museums and excavations with broad enthusiasm and many expectations. It is truly the first laboratory machine to be widely adopted by the mainstream archaeological community, considered as the vehicle of a methodological revolution that only social theory had achieved previously. Yet, pXRF studies have been sparse, and adopting scientific methodologies has proved challenging in a discipline still divided between humanities and sciences. In particular, a common standard of practice is lacking. This issue will present different case studies to promote the use of this instrument in different fields of research, examining some limitations and pitfalls inherent to the technology. The scientific revolution initiated by pXRF hopefully will not end with it, and issues on the merging scientific methods and social theories will also be addressed.


The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager.
It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript with information that the manuscript is dedicated to Topical Issue on Portable XRF in Archaeology and Museum Studies.
Cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal.
Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors.
All papers will go through the Open Archaeology high standards, quick and comprehensive peer-review procedure.

We are looking forward to your submission up to 30th November 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Davide Tanasi at davide.tanasi@gmail.com, Andrea Vianello at a_vianello@hotmail.com or Katarzyna Michalak at Katarzyna.Michalak@degruyteropen.com

As an author of Open Archaeology you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editors;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open e-technology;
  • no publication fees;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.