Peer review process

Each paper submitted to the Proceedings will be peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous referees.

The Society operates a double-blind peer review process. We therefore ask authors to remove author/contributor names and addresses from the manuscript 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

The Proceedings is published once a year. New volumes of the Proceedings publish online on 30 November each year, and in print a month later.

Copyright notice

The copyright of each article published in the Proceedings remains the property of the individual author(s), however the author(s) assigns an exclusive right to the Society to publish the paper while the author’s copyright subsists.

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce any third-party material used in their paper.

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland retains the copyright of the layout and typography of the Proceedings.


It is not necessary to obtain permission to reuse articles published in the Proceedings if reuse is in line with the stipulated Creative Commons licences assigned to the paper. Any reuse should include attribution to the author(s) and original publication.

Permission for all other reuse should be sought from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland using the Permission request form. For material from our publications, the Society’s permission is conditional on the author also granting their consent.

Please note that these terms do not extend to any material that has separate licensing terms specified or any material that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Permission to reproduce third-party material must be obtained directly from the copyright holders concerned.

Open access

PSAS is a hybrid journal. The online volume (ISSN 2056-743X) is published once a year through the Society’s e-journal platform as a collection of open and subscriber content. All PSAS articles become free to access after two years since publication.

Please contact the Managing Editor at editor@socantscot.org for information on open access publishing in PSAS. We offer a range of options and we are happy to work within the requirements of different research funders.

Authors are welcome to self-archive the different versions of their PSAS papers as follows:

Submitted Version
Licence: CC BY
Location: Any website
Notes: Published source must be acknowledged with citation

Accepted Version
Licence: CC BY
Location: Any website
Notes: Published source must be acknowledged with citation

Published Version
Location: Journal website, Any Website

Publication charges

There is no charge to the author to publish in the Proceedings although any funding contributing to the publication costs is gratefully received.

Authors have the option of making their paper Gold Open Access upon payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC). The APC for articles published in the Proceedings is £900 for articles up to 10,000 words long. Please contact the Managing Editor at editor@socantscot.org for a quote for publishing a longer paper in open access.

All articles are peer reviewed and reviewers are not informed of the funding status of any submissions.


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

Book reviews

The Proceedings does not publish book reviews. However, the Society publishes reviews from external publishers on titles of interest to our Fellows in the Resources section of our website.

If you would like to submit a title for review by the Society, please contact publications@socantscot.org with details of your publication.