Open Archaeology is a 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
Theory and interpretation in archaeology
Archaeological heritage preservation and management
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.
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
secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
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:
Communications and Rapid Communications
Reviews and Mini-Reviews
Letters to the Editor and Amendments
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.
Editor-in-Chief Joakim Goldhahn, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Managing Editor Katarzyna Michalak, De Gruyter Open, Poland
Editors: 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
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 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 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
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, University of Auckland, New Zeland
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