Publish in SAIR

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Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports (SAIR) is a peer-reviewed open access journal of excavation reports and large-scale surveys conducted in Scotland. New issues are published continuously throughout the year. Submissions are welcome from both Fellows and non-Fellows of the Society.

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.

Publication fee: The cost of publication in SAIR is covered by a grant provided by the author. The publication fee is calculated on a case-by-case basis taking into account the number of words, images and tables. A formula to calculate an estimate of the publication fee can be found here: . Please ensure that adequate funding is in place before submitting your paper to SAIR.

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: SAIR papers should be more than 10,000 words long (including all text, endnotes, references and captions).

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 as many images as necessary to illustrate the research and findings. 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 170mm by 235mm. 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.

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: Please provide an electronic list of deposited specialist reports or archive material not republished in the paper, including repository and ascension numbers.

Submitting your paper

Once you have prepared your paper in accordance with the guidelines, please complete the submission form and send it along with your submission material 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