Publish in PSAS

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Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (PSAS) is a peer-reviewed journal of Scottish history and archaeology. New volumes are published in print and online once a year. Submissions are welcome from both Fellows and non-Fellows of the Society. The journal acceptance rate is 56%.

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is 30 November. Papers submitted after this date will be considered for the next cycle.

Peer review: The Society operates double-blind peer review. All submissions are anonymously assessed by the Society's Editorial Advisory Board and at least two expert reviewers.

Open access: PSAS is a hybrid journal, offering both Gold and Green open access alongside subscription publication. Authors have the option of publishing their paper in Gold open access upon payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC). The basic APC for papers up to 10,000 words long is £900.

For longer papers, the basic APC will be incremented by £28 per typeset page. Please contact the Managing Editor to receive an estimate for longer papers.

Preparing your paper

Title: The main title should be concise and include keywords that describe the content of the paper. Subtitles are optional.

Abstract: The abstract should be 200–300 words long and clearly summarise the content and conclusions of the paper.

Length: Papers should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words long (including all text, notes, references and captions). We will consider publishing a longer paper in exceptional circumstances. If your paper is over 10,000 words, please contact the Managing Editor in advance of submission.

Formatting: All text should be set in 12-point Times New Roman, double-spaced, left-aligned. A detailed style guide provides further guidelines on language and formatting.

Headings: Please indicate the heading levels with letters or decimal numbers. No more than three levels of subheadings should be used. A section written by a contributor other than the lead author should include the person’s full name.

Illustrations: Submissions may include up to 12 images. The file format of photographs and scans must be JPEG or TIFF. Maps and diagrams can be supplied as vector images in PDF or EPS formats.

All artwork should be scaled and optimised for display on a maximum page size of 141mm by 202mm. The required image resolution is 300 DPI for photographs and 1200 DPI for scans and drawings. Please use Ordnance Survey open data when producing your own maps.

A numbered caption must be provided for every image with copyright information in brackets. Clearing copyright permissions is the author's responsibility.

We can accept submissions with low-resolution images for peer review but authors will be asked to send press-ready images for publication in the journal.

Endnotes: Endnotes may be used for papers on historical topics and when references are predominantly to documentary material. Footnotes should never be used. The referencing style must be consistent throughout the paper.

Supplementary material: Large tables, data, appendices and specialist reports can be published as online supplemetnary material. Please note that supplementary material is not copyedited or included in the print journal.

Submitting your paper

Once you have prepared your paper, please complete the submission form and send it along with your submission files directly to the Managing Editor at Large files such as images should be transferred via (this is a free service).

If you have a pre-submission query then please contact the Managing Editor at