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Open Archaeology

Editor-in-Chief: Harding, Anthony

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    Open Archaeology is a new, peer-reviewed, electronic-only journal that publishes original, high-quality research on all aspects of archaeology. The journal encompasses novel, interdisciplinary approaches to archaeological data including archaeological science, theory and interpretation as well as archaeological heritage management and promotion.

    The aim of Open Archaeology is to become a premier source of knowledge and a worldwide-recognized platform of exchange for scientists, without any geographical or temporal restrictions.

    Scope of the journal includes, but is not restricted to:

    • World Archaeology - discoveries and research
    • Archaeological science
    • Theory and interpretation in archaeology
    • Archaeological heritage preservation and management

    Aims and Scope

    Why subscribe and read

    Open Archaeology is a forum of novel approaches to archaeological theory, methodology and practice, and an international medium for the dissemination of research data and interdisciplinary projects.

    The journal is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas between researchers from different countries. Open Archaeology accommodates different styles and formats to help scientists from various backgrounds interact effortlessly.

    Why submit

    Authors of Open Archaeology benefit from:

    • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
    • efficient fast-track publication
    • worldwide dissemination and accessibility of articles
    • promotion of each published article
    • free language-correction services for authors from non-English speaking regions

    Journal Partners

    Call for papers

    Completed Topical Issues



    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors


    Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via online submission system Editorial Manager available at http://www.editorialmanager.com/opar/Default.aspx . In case of problems, please contact the Managing Editor of this journal at Katarzyna.Michalak@degruyteropen.com.

    Manuscript submitted to this journal should:

    • contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in the whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not under consideration for publication in any other medium;
    • be clearly and correctly written - should contain all essential features of a scientific publication that is easy to understand for the target audience;
    • written in English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper;
    • be delivered in electronic format.

    The journal publishes:

    • Research Articles
    • Communications and Rapid Communications
    • Reviews and Mini-Reviews
    • Commentaries
    • Letters to the Editor and Amendments

    Formatting Requirements

    Our contributors are asked to make sure their submissions comply with rules governing the formatting. Although the journal can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to deliver a properly formatted electronic version of the article.

    We accept submission of text, tables and figures as separate files or as a composite file. For your initial submission, we recommend you upload your entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file. If you are invited to submit a revised manuscript, please provide us with individual files: an editable text and publication-quality figures.

    • Text files can be submitted in the following formats: MS Word - standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) or RICH TEXT FORMAT (.RTF); PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below)
    • Tables should be submitted as MS Word or PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below). Please note that a straight Excel file is not an acceptable format
    • Graphics files can be submitted in any of the following graphic formats: EPS; BMP; JPG; TIFF; GIF or PDF. Please note that Powerpoint files are not accepted

    Post acceptance, text files of the revised manuscript and tables are required for use in the production.

    Authors should clearly indicate location of tables and figures in the text if these elements are given separately or at the end of the manuscript. If this information is not provided to the Editorial Office, we will assume that they should be left at the end of the text.

    It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript. Please explain why you consider your manuscript as suitable for publication in the Journal, why will your paper inspire the other members of your field, and how will it drive research forward.

    The letter should contain all important details such as:

    • your full name (submitted by)
    • full title of article and short title
    • full list of authors with affiliations
    • e-mail of the corresponding author
    • contact address, telephone/fax numbers of the corresponding author
    • number of attached files, if there is more than one
    • status: new, reviewed or accepted (with reference ID if reviewed or accepted)

    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. If related work has been submitted, then we may require a preprint to be made available. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between the related submissions.

    Manuscripts that have been previously rejected, or withdrawn after being returned for modification, may be resubmitted if the major criticisms have been addressed. The cover letter must state that the manuscript is a resubmission, and the former manuscript number should be provided.

    To ensure fair and objective decision-making, authors must declare any associations that pose a conflict of interest in connection with evaluated manuscripts (see Editorial Policy for details). Authors may suggest up to two referees not to use and in such cases additional justification should be provided in the cover letter. Authors are encouraged to recommend up to five reviewers who are not members of their institution(s) and have never been associated with them or their laboratory(ies); please provide contact information for suggested reviewers. The Editors reserve the right to select expert reviewers at their discretion.
    For further instructions, please carefully follow the guidelines described in Instructions for Authors .

    Open Access License
    Authors have to sign an Open Access License that is available on the webpage. We encourage the authors to send the signed license along with the manuscript. Please note, that no article will be published unless the Open Access License is signed.

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    Abstracting & Indexing

    Open Archaeology is covered by the following services:

    • Baidu Scholar
    • CEJSH (The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities)
    • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
    • CNPIEC - cnpLINKer
    • Dimensions
    • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
    • EBSCO (relevant databases)
    • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
    • Genamics JournalSeek
    • Google Scholar
    • IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
    • IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
    • Index Copernicus
    • J-Gate
    • JournalTOCs
    • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
    • Microsoft Academic
    • Naviga (Softweco)
    • POL-index
    • Primo Central (ExLibris)
    • ProQuest (relevant databases)
    • Publons
    • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
    • ReadCube
    • SCImago (SJR)
    • SCOPUS
    • Sherpa/RoMEO
    • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
    • TDNet
    • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
    • WanFang Data
    • Web of Science - Emerging Sources Citation Index
    • WorldCat (OCLC)

    Editorial Information

    Anthony Harding, University of Exeter, UK

    Managing Editor
    Katarzyna Michalak, De Gruyter Open, Poland

    Archaeological heritage preservation and management:
    Francesco Gabellone, National Research Council, Italy
    Veysel Apaydin, University College London, UK

    Archaeological science:
    Marian Berihuete, University of Hohenheim, Germany
    Ben Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
    Richard Madgwick, Cardiff University, UK
    Davide Tanasi, University of South Florida, USA
    Branimir Segvic, Texas Tech University, USA

    Theory and interpretation in archaeology:
    Michał Pawleta, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
    Katarzyna Ślusarska, Gdańsk University, Poland
    Christian Iaia, Independent Researcher, Italy
    Marta Díaz-Guardamino Uribe, Cardiff University, UK

    World Archaeology:
    Marianne Hem Eriksen, University of Oslo, Norway
    Ioannis Georganas, Independent Researcher, Greece
    Bisserka Gaydarska, University of Durham, UK
    Tobias Richter, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Ruth Young, University of Leicester, UK

    Editorial Advisory Board:
    Peter Akkermans, University of Leiden, Netherlands
    Susan Alcock, Brown University, USA
    Gilda Bartoloni, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
    László Bartosiewicz, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
    Knut A. Bergsvik, University of Bergen, Norway
    Wojciech Blajer, Jagiellonian University, Poland
    Andrzej Buko, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
    Alberto Cazzella, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
    Eric H. Cline, The George Washington University, USA
    Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University, Israel
    Michael Galaty, Mississippi State University, USA
    Joakim Goldhahn, Linnaeus University, Sweden
    Svend Hansen, DAI Eurasien-Abteilung, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Germany
    Cornelius Holtorf, Linnaeus University, Sweden
    An Jiayao, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
    Peter Jordan, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
    Donna Kurtz, University of Oxford, UK
    Mats Larsson, Linnaeus University, Sweden
    Maria Lityńska-Zając, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
    Li Liu, Stanford University, USA
    Daniel Makowiecki, The Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
    Krzysztof Makowski, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Lima, Peru
    Lynn Meskell, Stanford University, USA
    Vito Messina, Università di Torino, Italy
    Sarunas Milisauskas, State University of New York, University at Buffalo, USA
    Peter Mitchell, University of Oxford, UK
    Bjørnar J. Olsen, University of Tromsø, Norway
    Marcel Otte, Universite de Liege, Belgium
    Eric Poehler, University of Massachussets, USA
    Miriam Stark, University of Hawaii, USA
    Lucijana Šešelj, University of Rijeka, Croatia
    Robert H. Tykot, University of South Florida, USA
    Peter S. Wells, University of Minnesota, USA

    Assistant Editors
    Francisco B. Gomes, University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Eleanor Kingwell-Banham, University College London, UK
    Mahdokht Farjamirad, Gent University, Belgium
    Ana Yancy Morales Arce, University of Calgary, Canada

    Language Editor
    Carol Anderson, The Catholic University of America, USA
    Oliver Boles, University College London, UK
    Aaron Crith, Independent Researcher
    Rebecca Crozier, University of the Philippines, Philippines
    Caleb R. Hamilton, Monash University, Australia
    Jonathan Robinson, University of Helsinki, Finland

    DE GRUYTER Poland
    Bogumiła Zuga 32A Str.
    01-811 Warsaw, Poland
    T: +48 22 701 50 15

    Editorial Contact
    Katarzyna Michalak

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