Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

What is AP?

AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology is an international, peer reviewed, open access journal devoted exclusively to Public Archaeology. Edited by JAS Arqueología, it is freely distributed online in order to enable easy access to research and debates, and to spread the growing realm that is starting to settle into everyday archaeological practice.
The aim of this journal is to explore the multiple relations between Archaeology and Society. Archaeology is generally understood as the study of past societies from their remains, and Public Archaeology is the study of the relations between Archaeology and Society in every aspect of daily life (social, economic and political). We are talking about the present of Archaeology and the different issues that surround and affect it.
Below is a list of key topics covered:
  • The economic and political impact of Archaeology.
  • Archaeology as Popular Culture.
  • The history and development of Archaeology as a professional activity.
  • Theoretical issues around the publicity of Archaeology.
  • The image of Archaeology.
  • Legal issues affecting archaeological practice and the illicit trade of antiquities.
  • The presentation of Archaeology to the public.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of topics, which is why the criteria for the preliminary selection of papers are subject to the topic. 

This journal has been created with the desire to become a reference in the field of Public Archaeology. Therefore, we encourage all of you working within the realm of Public Archaeology to share your thoughts, experiences and ideas in this open medium for the development of Public Archaeology.

The journal is comprised of four sections:
  • Forums, where different present or controversial topics are debated by a number of authors.
  • Articles, in the form of traditional ones or as work reports on topics covered by the journal.
  • Points of You, a special section where a colleague can discuss a certain topic from a personal perspective.
  • Reviews with a critical approach to new books, events, or other means of communication relevant to Public Archaeology.
The Call for Papers is permanently open, but we encourage contributors to send their original papers no later than April, so that volumes can be published in December. Papers must be original and should not be in consideration by other journals for publication. There is one volume per year, but we are open to publishing special volumes that either focus on specific topics or gather papers from congresses.

We are looking forward to your contribution!

Official Website: http://www.arqueologiapublica.es/

Email: jasarqueologia@gmail.com

Jaime Almansa Sánchez, Incipit CSIC (Spain)
Elena Papagiannopoulou, Independent researcher (Greece)
Assistant Editors:
Amanda Erickson Harvey, NASA (USA)
Kaitlyn T. Goss, Americorps (USA)
Dominic Walker (2014)
Reviews Editor:
Alexandra Ion, Insitutul de Antropologie "Francisc J. Reiner" (Romania)
Assistant Production Editor:
Alejandra Galmés, Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain)


Section Policies


Discussion section for topics of general interest on the scope of Public Archaeology, where any of you can participate.

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This is the main section where peer reviewed papers will be published with original research.

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Short Articles

  • JAS Arqueología
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Points of You

A special section where a colleague can discuss a certain topic from a personal perspective.

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With a critical approach to new books, events, or other means of communication relevant to Public Archaeology. Book reviews will be published in the journal while you can find other events and topics in our blog.

  • Alexandra Ion
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Articles for Special Volumes

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Peer Review Process

All articles will pass a double blind review before publication aiming to enrich and strenght the submitted texts. Reviews will be made by external professionals somehow related with the topic of the article and trying to encourage constructive comments.


Publication Frequency

We are publishing one volume per year (by December) and although we are willing to receive papers throughout the year, full articles for next year’s volume should be sent no later than May in order to complete the process in a timely manner.

We are also open to the publication of Special Volumes, which will not have a periodical schedule, and can be arranged directly with the editorial team at: jasarqueologia@gmail.com


Open Access Policy

Open Access is simple: free access to all content.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose (under the License used to share the contents), without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

In our case, we also want to make clear our Open Access policy for publication. No author will have to pay any fee to publish in this journal.



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Publication Ethics

We adhere to the "Principles of Transparency and Best Practices in Scholarly Publishing" published by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).

1. Peer review: All our articles will pass a peer-review process (see).

2. Governing body: Both the 'Editorial Team' and the 'Editorial Board' are on top of the decissions made, being experts in the field. (3.) You will have all the proper information to contact us.

4. Author fees: No fees are applied either for authors or readers (11.).

5. Copyright: The journal is distributed under a Creative Commons license (see).

6. Allegations: We try hard to compile with all these principles and ensure that any misconduct notified or identified will be dealt with in an appropriate manner (see).

7. Ownership and management: JAS Arqueología S.L.U. is behind the journal, with the help and support of several donors (12.) properly shown (see).

8. Our web site generates from OJS redirected from www.arqueologiapublica.es (9.) stating our registered name under the ISSN database.

10. Conflict of interest: is seriously taken and authors must state any before submitting.

13. We advertise through social media only, using our own media and trying to highlight all content at the same level. (16.) Manuscripts are asked for in open calls besides forums and reviews, for which we might contact individuals we know.

14. Publising schedule: 1 volume a year (fall) plus specials (spring).

15. Archiving under LOCCKS.



We will take very seriously any allegations regarding misconduct in the publication of content in our journal.

On this sense, any allegations will be dealt with following the PERK (Publishing Ethics Resource Kit) provided by Elsevier for plagiarism, authorship, etc. complaints as well as other ethical issues towards any of the parts involved in the process (follow the link above for details).

We are keen to publish any corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.