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Focus and Scope

PIA invites contributions covering all aspects of original archaeological research worldwide. PIA only publishes original research that makes a new contribution to the field of study. All contributions to PIA undergo an editorial process within the PIA committee. Contributions are accepted in English only. If written by non-native speakers, they will be edited for language by the PIAcommittee, subject to proofing.

The Research papers present original contributions to a wide range of research areas. The authors are usually novel and outstanding scholars that approach traditional topics in innovative ways. Recent PIA volumes included various papers covering a range of topics including Egyptology, archaeometallurgy, bioarchaeology, cultural heritage and public archaeology.

The Forum provides an arena to stimulate debate or deeper reflection on key issues of our discipline. The contributors are normally established professionals who review crucial aspects of archaeological theory, practice and ethics, often presenting opposing views on controversial matters. Recent Forum pieces have discussed the value and purpose of the British schools abroad (PIA 16, with contributions by Bill Finlayson, Sarah Finke, Michael Fulford, Paul Lane and Roger Matthews) and the role of TV programmes in publicising archaeology (PIA 11, with an incisive paper by James P. Mower and a reply by Mick Aston, the main archaeologist behind Time Team).

In the Interview, readers may find personal views, past experiences and previously unpublished thoughts of some of the most distinguished figures in archaeology-related fields. In PIA 12, Lord Colin Renfrew looked at the past, present and future of archaeology. Robert Anderson, then Director of the British Museum, was interviewed shortly before the Great Court was inaugurated (PIA 11). Ruth Whitehouse told us her life-history as an archaeologist on her appointment as the first female professor at the Institute of Archaeology (PIA 13). Other more recent interviewees have been Peter Ucko and Qin Ling, both members of the International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (PIA 16), the head of the CBA, Mike Heyworth(15) and Don Brothwell, Emeritus Professor at the University of York (PIA 14).

The Short reports section enables the objectives, methods and preliminary findings of on-going research projects to be disseminated and also provides a platform for other work such as public archaeology and educational outreach initiatives. The wide scope of areas and periods covered reflects the breadth of interests developed at the Institute of Archaeology. Recent reports have presented work on such varied arenas as the prehistory of the Canary Islands, the use of GIS in archaeology, excavations in Papua New Guinea, West African rock art and the current perceptions of cultural heritage in Mali.

The Conference, Exhibition and Book reviews address recent events and publications from a critical perspective. The focus here is what is being done in archaeology, and how this work is being carried out. Thus the Reviews provide another medium for the discussion of modern trends in archaeology and museology. Recent conference reviews include diverse Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) sessions, various symposia on Egyptian archaeology, and congresses on human remains, colours in antiquity, Neolithic studies, archaeology of folklore and Mediterranean archaeology. Exhibition reviews so far have included: Agatha Christie and Archaeology, BodyWorlds, AZTECS and Sutton Hoo. Book reviews are numerous and very wide ranging.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published in PIA remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Ubiquity Press journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH. This journal is also indexed by European Reference Index for Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If PIA is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All adverts are displayed in the right column of the journal and will need to fit a 120 pixel wide space. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.

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