Peer review

Each paper submitted to the Proceedings will be peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous peer reviewers in a double-blind process. Authors should remove all identifying information from the typescript, such as author and contributor names, affiliations and funding acknowledgements.

The Managing Editor is responsible for creating reviewer guidelines for the Society’s scholarly publications.

All submissions are peer reviewed regardless the author’s choice to publish in open access. Reviewers are not informed of the funding status of any publication.

The Managing Editor will mediate all exchanges between authors and peer reviewers before publication. If agreement cannot be reached, the Managing Editor will invite comments from additional reviewer(s).

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Publication frequency

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

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The copyright of each article published in the Proceedings remains the property of the author(s). 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(s) 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.

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

It is not necessary to obtain permission to reuse open access 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.

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.

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Open access

PSAS is a hybrid journal. The online volume (ISSN 2056-743X) is published through the Society’s 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 (This is the text before peer review, copy-edting and typeseting.)
Licence: CC BY
Location: Any website
Notes: Published source must be acknowledged with citation

Accepted Version (This is the text after peer review, but before copy-edting and typeseting.)
Licence: CC BY
Location: Any website
Notes: Published source must be acknowledged with citation

Published Version (This is the final text and images published in open access through agreement with the Society.)
Location: Journal website, Any Website

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Publication charges

There is no charge to the author to publish in the Proceedings.

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.

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

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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.

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Take-down policy

We make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK and Scots laws.

Should you discover published content that you believe to be illegal, or infringes any of your statutory rights, you may contact the Managing Editor who will review the complaint.

On receipt of your complaint, the editorial team will:

  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  3. For all but spurious complaints, cease access to the item that is subject to complaint
  4. Refer the complaint to the Society's Legal Advisor for comment and advice
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant.

When the authenticity of your complaint has been verified and the Editor has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the item will be removed from public access.

If a Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

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