About the Journal

The Society began publishing its annual journal in 1851, and the Proceedings quickly established itself as the primary journal dealing with Scotland’s past in its wider British and European context. Each volume contains original research, ideas, interpretations and discoveries.

Focus and Scope

Papers published in the Proceedings may be on any subject surrounding Scotland’s heritage and any area of historical and archaeological disciplines, and should be of national or international interest. The Proceedings publishes articles treating original ideas, interpretations and discoveries or results of research which further understanding of Scotland’s past.

Journal History

The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland published its first volume in 1851 under the joint editorship of David Laing and Daniel Wilson. The Proceedings has published annually since 1851, with its contents covering research in Scotland’s past.

The entire run of the Proceedings was scanned in 2001 and made available digitally on the Archaeology Data Service, a Trusted Digital Repository.  


Please see our Journal Policies page for details of the Journal's peer review process, Open Access policy and other journal information.