[Internet Archaeology]

Editorial Policy

Updated April 2013

Internet Archaeology is an independent, not-for-profit journal. We seek to publish a broad range of archaeological research. Works of regional, national and international interest, excavation reports (incorporating text, photographs, data, drawings, reconstruction diagrams, interpretations), analyses of large data sets along with the data itself, visualisations, programs used to analyse data, and applications of information technology are all equally welcome as submissions. Articles in Internet Archaeology are chosen for their quality academic content and for their use of the electronic medium. There are no chronological and geographical restrictions. All content published in the journal is subject to rigorous peer-review (editorial screening followed by anonymous refereeing). All content is fully archived by the Archaeology Data Service. Internet Archaeology is in transition to Open Access.

Please read this Editorial Policy before submitting a proposal. For details on how to submit, see our Guidelines for Authors section.


Internet Archaeology (IA) is the first fully peer-reviewed electronic journal for archaeology, publishing articles of a high academic standing using the strengths and potential of electronic publication. IA publishes a broad and international range of archaeological research. Long (monograph-length) and short articles are all welcome and we will always look for opportunities to present content in ways that can't be done in print. Unless otherwise noted, content in IA is disseminated under a CC-BY 3.0 licence.

Geographical scope

Anywhere. Part of the importance of archaeological research is that it allows us to examine the relationships between the material culture and development of societies separated in time and space. IA therefore has no geographical limits but will accept and actively seek articles from all continents and countries of the world.

Chronological scope

Any time. Archaeology is the study of human interaction with the environment and material culture through time. IA will therefore accept articles covering any time period from the appearance of hominids through to studies of contemporary use of material culture. The chronological scope of the journal is reviewed at regular intervals and the Editor and Advisory Committee take a pro-active role to fill any gaps in coverage by commissioning content.

Subject matter

All archaeological topics. IA will publish articles on a wide range of archaeological research be that excavation and fieldwork reports, artefact and environmental studies, theory and methodology. Interim reports/articles concerning preliminary findings of on-going work are not usually considered. We particularly encourage the integration of data sets within articles and the linking to related digital archive material and especially welcome content that includes lots of images, databases, 3D models, video and audio.

Peer-review and timescale

IA is a journal of record and has been at the forefront of raising the quality of archaeological information available on-line since 1996. All accepted content undergoes rigorous peer-review following initial editorial screening. The Editor strives to make the peer-review and editorial process as rapid as possible.

Whilst the time between submission and publication in the journal is well below the level found in many print journals, we will not do this at the expense of quality. Authors may expect a 2 to 4 month interval between submission of a draft and its publication. Articles with datasets or more complex technical requirements will naturally take longer to prepare and this should be factored in if other timescales and deadlines (e.g. REF) need to be adhered to.

Open Access

IA wishes to move fully towards an Open Access model and has recently made much of its earlier content open access. Internet Archaeology is committed not to 'double dip and our (already low) subscription levels were reduced when we opened up this content and are based on articles that do not come with author side payments. Subscriptions are charged only for content published in the last 5 years (except where open access has already been enabled).

IA strongly encourages authors to seek funds to cover article development/production costs from their grant-giving/funding bodies, library/campus funds, host department or other research sponsors wherever possible. Many institutions also have central funds specifically allocated to pay for Open Access publication e.g. in UK if you are Research Council funded. Charges associated with monograph publication including data publication can also be included in Research Council funding bids. In any case, it is advisable that authors contact IA and submit an article proposal at the earliest possible stage so that article costs can be calculated for inclusion in grant applications. Where the development costs of an article are met, that content will be made Open Access. A full list of our existing Open Access content is here.

Given the range and variation of IA content, costs are worked out on an individual basis. There is no fixed fee as technical requirements can vary greatly. Please note that if you have no access to funding, then this is not an obstacle to a publication in IA. Your article will simply be subject to our usual low cost subscription (reader charge rather than author charge). This policy may be subject to change in light of external developments and increases in uptake of the Open Access option. And where the article focus is on archaeology from a developing country, access to that content will be made freely available to the country in question (via country code top-level domain).

Reviewers are not informed whether authors are able to pay. Acceptance for publication is based solely on editorial criteria.


Content is not changed once it has been published, even if mistakes are discovered or if new data would render an interpretation obsolete. However we welcome subsequent addenda or 'new editions' of research published in the journal which can easily be linked to the original piece of work (and vice versa). Authors are requested to contact the journal about their update requirements.

Language of publication

Provided that a suitably-qualified referee and sub-editor can be found, IA will publish articles in any language capable of being transmitted over the internet. A summary should, however, be provided in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Relationship with digital data archives/archiving related data

One of the unique features of IA is the ability to integrate data (however that is defined) within the article narrative. However where related additional digital material (not necessarily part of the publication) exists, IA expects that such supporting data is deposited in an appropriate public digital archive or repository, such as ADS (or tDAR in USA), or your own institutional or funder repository.

Internet Archaeology works especially closely with the ADS, but authors should note that all digital archives will have their own deposit procedures and/or charges that will lie outside IA's control. And so where links to such additional archived data from an IA article are desirable, authors do need to consider the impact such requirements may have on timing and planning of their article.

Relationship with printed publications

IA has no desire to compete with paper-based publications and recognises that books and journals are still for many easier to read, more portable and easier to curate than electronic publications. The advantages of electronic publication are that there is less restriction on size for its own sake, more possibilities for indexing and retrieval than in a paper publication and almost instantaneous cross-referencing from one document to another. IA will consider publishing expanded and cross-referenced versions of printed works and we are keen to encourage collaboration with other publishers, following the recommendations in the PUNS report.

Archive provision

Journal content is hosted on our server at the University of York which is routinely backed-up on and off-site. In addition, all article content is fully archived for the long-term with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS: view current ADS Preservation Policy). The ADS follows the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model.


IA reviews works published in an electronic format (including e-books, CD-ROM publications, web resources, archaeological software packages etc.). Electronic counterparts to print publications are also considered. Our policy is generally not to review books or anything that is solely published in print, but exceptions can be made e.g. where the printed publication concerns archaeological computing.

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Except where otherwise noted, content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s), the title of the work, the Internet Archaeology journal and the relevant URL/DOI.
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