Series policies

Peer-review process

Each paper submitted to SAIR will be peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers.

The Society operates a double-blind peer review. We therefore ask authors to remove author/contributor names and addresses from the typescript and submit a separate title page with author and contributor details.

Please also ensure that any funding details or acknowledgements which contain identifying information are supplied as a separate document.

Publication frequency

SAIR accepts submissions at all times of the year and publishes new reports as soon as production work is completed.

Open Access

SAIR is a fully Gold Open Access series and its issues are made freely available on publication. The Society offers a choice of Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY), Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial (CC-BY-NC) and Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) licences. Authors will be asked to indicate their preference when submitting their article, and are advised to consult their funding body (if applicable) regarding their requirements.

Publication charges

In order to provide free access to readers, and to cover the costs of production and long-term preservation, a charge applies to all reports accepted after peer review. Please ensure that adequate funding is in place before submitting your paper to SAIR. The charged amount depends on the length of the report. It is calculated using the following formula:

(word-count/600) + (image-count/2) + (table-count/2) = (estimated page-count)

(estimated page-count) x £28 = total charge

For example, if your submission is 42,000 words long with 30 images and 10 tables, then the report will cost £2,520 to publish.

(42,000 words/600) + (30 images/2) + (10 tables/2) = 90 pages

90 x £28 = £2,520

Here is a breakdown of how APCs are used:

Service function Amount Rounded percentage of total
Editorial & admin £220 9%
Pre-production £36 1%
Copy-editing £770 31%
Typesetting £460 18%
Proof-reading £440 17%
Online distribution £470 19%
Long-term preservation £120 5%
Domain name registration £4 0%
Total £2,520 100%

Archiving

All papers published in SAIR are archived with the Archaeology Data Service, a Trusted Digital Repository, to ensure their long-term preservation.