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Open Archaeology

Editor In Chief: Joakim Goldhahn


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
  • Archaeological science
  • 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.

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
  • secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico

Journal Partners

Call for papers

Completed Topical Issues

  • Unlocking Sacred Landscapes: Digital Humanities and Ritual Space
    Coordinating Editors: Giorgos Papantoniou, Apostolos Sarris, Christine E. Morris, Athanasios K. Vionis
  • Scientific Studies of Obsidian Sources and Trade
    Coordinating Editors: Robert H. Tykot, Maria Clara Martinelli, Andrea Vianello
  • The Danubian Provinces of the Roman Empire
    Coordinating Editor: Mateusz Żmudziński
  • Uncovering Historical Routes for Sustainable Mobility: Methods, Tools and Case Studies
    Coordinating Editors: Cinzia Tavernari and Carlo Citter
  • Understanding diversity in Neolithic Houses and Households
    Coordinating Editors: Joanna Pyzel, Penny Bickle, Ben Chan, Lech Czerniak, Christina Tsoraki
  • Aspects of non-professional metal detecting in Europe
    Coordinating Editors: Pieterjan Deckers, Michael Lewis and Suzie Thomas
  • Advances in Arctic Archaeology
    Coordinating Editors: Peter Whitridge and Max Friesen
  • Challenging Digital Archaeology
    Coordinating Editors: Jeremy Huggett and Davide Tanasi
  • Portable XRF in Archaeology and Museum Studies
    Coordinating Editors: Davide Tanasi, Robert Tykot and Andrea Vianello
  • From Line to Colour: Social Context and Visual Communication of Prehistoric Art
    Coordinating Editors: Liliana Janik and Simon Kaner
  • Exploring Advances in the Use of 3D Models of Objects in Archaeological Research
    Coordinating Editor: Barry Molloy

Journal Metrics

Cite Score
European Reference Index for the Humanities
Index Copernicus Value
SCImago Journal Rank
Source Normalized Impact per Paper

Abstracting & Indexing

Open Archaeology is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CEJSH (The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities)
  • Chronos Hub
  • 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
  • MyScienceWork
  • Naver Academic
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • POL-index
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ProQuest (relevant databases)
  • Publons
  • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
  • ReadCube
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Sherpa/RoMEO
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WanFang Data
  • Web of Science - Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Web of Science - Current Contents/Arts & Humanities
  • WorldCat (OCLC)
  • Yewno Discover

Volume 6 (2020): Issue 1 (Jan 2020)


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@degruyter.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.

Joakim Goldhahn, Linnaeus University, Sweden

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

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:
Manuel Fernández-Götz, University of Edinburgh, UK
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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Editorial Contact
Katarzyna Michalak