Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Why, how and what

We welcome researchers to contribute to this journal, first published in May, 2011.

About the journal

The department's publications consist of dissertations, monographs and anthologies within several disciplines and we would like this wide field to be reflected in the journal. Within this range, moreover, there are a number of research fields typical for the department, disciplinary as well as thematic and cross-disciplinary. The point is to attract researchers, within and outside the department, who feel at home in these fields.

How do we proceed?

At the department we feel the need to establish a more open referee system for articles, thus helping to bring out the quality of today’s standard in relation to a certain topic as well as well as indicate new possible frontlines. We have decided therefore to approach two referees, asking them to grade the manuscripts accepted by the editors for assessment. The two upper grades: (4) ‘should be published after editing’ and (3) ‘should be published after editing as well as corrections etc’, will lead to just that and when the article is published, the original manuscript, signed editorial comments, signed or unsigned referee comments, signed renewed editorial comments, and the final manuscript together with an editorial summary of the process will be placed in the open archive of the journal. The two lower grades: (2) ‘should not be published until reworked and refereed once again’ and (1) ‘should not be published’ will be anonymous, un-archived and discussed among the editors and the author(s) only. The editors will not go against the opinion expressed by two referees.

What kind of texts do we publish?

Through the process sketched above, we will publish texts in English, designed to redefine, alter or push forward a new section of a research front from a given scientific position. Such texts may succeed or fail, but given the envisaged process, it will in the event be known why, and understood that success or failure is a shared responsibility within today’s research. We publish text up to 12,000 word, as we believe that there are themes suitable for an article format that would under the circumstances need to be considerably longer than today’s average article. We publish one article at a time and believe our capacity to be c. six articles per year. If the editors accept a manuscript, we also provide a timetable which will probably have to be revised with each step in the editing process.

If you are interested in contributing to the Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History, please contact us at Journal@arkeologi.uu.se