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 papers 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

The full cost of publication must be covered for a paper to be published in SAIR.

Because the content and length of SAIR papers vary widely, we do not have a single Article Processing Charge (APC). Instead, the cost to publish a submission is calculated on a case-by-case basis taking into account the number of words, images and tables in a project.

We estimate 600 words to a page, and 2 images or tables per page. The per-page cost for SAIR is £40. You can estimate the cost of publishing your project in SAIR using the following formula:

(#words/600)+(#images/2)+(#tables/2)=(est #Pages) x £40

This cost covers the production work on the paper (including copyediting and typesetting), as well as long-term archiving with Archaeology Data Service, a Trusted Digital Repository.

Please ensure that adequate funding is in place before submitting your paper to SAIR.


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


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