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Journal of Social Archaeology

2016 Impact Factor: 1.917
2016 Ranking: 16/82 in Anthropology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Editor
Lynn Meskell Stanford University, USA
UK Editor
Joshua Pollard University of Southampton, UK

Other Titles in:
Social Archeology

eISSN: 17412951 | ISSN: 14696053 | Current volume: 17 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year


The Journal of Social Archaeology promotes interdisciplinary research focused on social approaches in archaeology, opening up new debates and areas of exploration. It engages with and contributes to theoretical developments from other related disciplines such as feminism, queer theory, postcolonialism, social geography, literary theory, politics, anthropology, cognitive studies and behavioural science. It is explicitly global in outlook with temporal parameters from prehistory to recent periods. As well as promoting innovative social interpretations of the past, it also encourages an exploration of contemporary politics and heritage issues.

Interdisciplinary
The editorial board is drawn from archaeology and the social sciences and submissions should reflect that interdisciplinary engagement. Established scholars from a variety of fields are asked to comment on submissions where relevant, bringing archaeology to a wider forum in the process. The journal also engages with contemporary perspectives on antiquity, linking past and present, the local and the global.

Broad-ranging topics
The journal covers a full range of social archaeology in independent and themed issues. Relevant topics include social life; identity issues such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class; the body; material culture; landscape; time; aesthetics; sociopolitics; postcolonialism; representation; mortuary analysis; ritual; household studies, and social memory.

"JSA is the only journal which provides world-wide coverage of the current theoretical and political issues facing archaeology making it central to debates about the current importance of the past.” Chris Gosden, University of Oxford, UK


"Theoretical archaeology has emerged as a new and exciting topic in the discipline during the last fifteen years. The Journal of Social Archaeology promises to further discussions of the interconnections between the practice of archaeology and the diverse bodies of social theory on which its practitioners draw." Thomas C Patterson, University of California at Riverside, USA

 

The Journal of Social Archaeology is a fully peer reviewed international journal that promotes interdisciplinary research focused on social approaches in archaeology, opening up new debates and areas of exploration. It engages with and contributes to theoretical developments from other related disciplines such as feminism, queer theory, postcolonialism, social geography, literary theory, politics, anthropology, cognitive studies and behavioural science. It is explicitly global in outlook with temporal parameters from prehistory to recent periods. As well as promoting innovative social interpretations of the past, it also encourages an exploration of contemporary politics and heritage issues.

Interdisciplinary
The editorial board is drawn from archaeology and the social sciences and submissions should reflect that interdisciplinary engagement. Established scholars from a variety of fields are asked to comment on submissions where relevant, bringing archaeology to a wider forum in the process. The journal also engages with contemporary perspectives on antiquity, linking past and present, the local and the global.

Broad-ranging topics
The journal covers a full range of social archaeology in independent and themed issues. Relevant topics include social life; identity issues such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class; the body; material culture; landscape; time; aesthetics; sociopolitics; postcolonialism; representation; mortuary analysis; ritual; household studies, and social memory.

Editorial Assistant
Lauren Yapp Stanford University, USA
Editorial Panel
Ian Hodder Stanford University, USA
Rosemary Joyce University of California, Berkeley, USA
Robert Preucel University of Pennsylvania, USA
Advisory Editorial Board
Susan Alcock Brown University, USA
Arjun Appadurai New York University, USA
Wendy Ashmore University of California at Riverside, USA
Richard Bradley University of Reading, UK
Mats Burström Stockholm University, Sweden
Judith Butler University of California, Berkeley, USA
Denis Byrne Dept of Environment, NSW, Australia
Felipe Criado Boado Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Mihalis Fotiadis University of Ioannina, Greece
Pedro Paulo L. Funari University of Campinas, Saõ Paulo, Brazil
Roberta Gilchrist University of Reading, UK
Chris Gosden University of Oxford, UK
Martin Hall University of Salford, UK
Michael Herzfeld Harvard University, USA
Tim Ingold University of Aberdeen, UK
Webb Keane University of Michigan, USA
Susan Kus Rhodes College, USA
Paul Lane University of York, UK
Thomas W Laqueur University of California, Berkeley, USA
Bruno Latour Sciences Po, France
Mark Leone University of Maryland at College Park, USA
Ian Lilley University of Queensland, Australia
Gavin Lucas University of Iceland, Iceland
Randall McGuire SUNY, Binghamton, USA
Danny Miller University College London, UK
Steve Mithen University of Reading, UK
Stephanie Moser University of Southampton, UK
Paul Mullins Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Sherry Ortner UCLA, USA
Mehmet Özdogan Istanbul University, Turkey
K Paddayya Deccan College, India
Tim Pauketat University of Illinois, USA
Peter Pels University of Leiden, Netherlands
Gustavo Politis Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Himanshu Prabha Ray National Monuments Authority, India
Colin Renfrew University of Cambridge, UK
Alinah Segobye University of Botswana, Botswana
Linda Tuhiwai Smith The University of Waikato, New Zealand
Julian Thomas University of Manchester, UK
Bryan S Turner Australian Catholic University, Australia, and University of Potsdam, Germany
Mary Weismantel Northwestern University, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Social Archaeology

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Social Archaeology will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Social Archaeology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Journal of Social Archaeology publishes original articles and some interview transcriptions.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Journal of Social Archaeology operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review, but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least three referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4-6 weeks of submission.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Journal of Social Archaeology requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Journal of Social Archaeology encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Journal of Social Archaeology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Journal of Social Archaeology offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Journal of Social Archaeology adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Submission of mss: Email your submission as a Word or RTF file (accompanied by submission letter) to either the US editorial office: Lynn Meskell, Department of Anthropology, Main Quad, Building 50, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA [lmeskell@stanford.edu] or the UK/Europe editorial office: Joshua Pollard, Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol, 43 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UU, UK [Joshua.Pollard@bris.ac.uk].

    Format of mss: Each manuscript should contain: 
    (i) title page with full title and subtitle (if any). For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details plus short biographical note should be supplied on a separate sheet. Owing to the broad range of subject matter, authors are asked to specify two or more subfields or areas of inquiry to which their paper pertains and are encouraged to include the names of one or more potential referees.

    (ii) abstract of 100-150 words and 5-8 key words.

    (iii) main text and word count – suggested target is about 8000 words including bibliography. Footnotes should be avoided. Text to be clearly organized, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text. Texts of a length greatly exceeding this will be considered as interest warrants and space permits. Please note that the journal seeks to limit the number of figures to six per-article.

    (iv) end notes, if necessary, should be signaled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the references.

    Authors are encouraged to submit supplementary material (e.g. data, text, images) that could be linked to their article and accessed online.

    Dual submissions are not accepted: please attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

    5.1 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Social Archaeology editorial office as follows:

    US editorial office: Lynn Meskell, Department of Anthropology, Main Quad, Building 50, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA [lmeskell@stanford.edu]

    UK/Europe editorial office: Joshua Pollard, Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol, 43 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UU, UK [Joshua.Pollard@bris.ac.uk].

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