Journal Information & Policies

Section Policies

Research Articles

Research articles should present original research on completed projects or significant discoveries and must present clear conclusions.
Word limit: 6000 words
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Reports

Reports should present project descriptions. They may be either general reports on completed projects, significant updates for on-going projects, or additional results from previously reported projects. They do not necessarily need to present conclusions or conclusions could be preliminary.
Word limit: variable depending on the content

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Methodology Demonstrations

These articles should explain a new or modified methodology tested by the authors. Authors are encouraged to use a variety of media types (e.g. video, screen shot images, 3D images) in addition to a short written text. Methodology demonstrations do not necessarily need to present conclusions but opinions on the method including its benefits as well as short-comings should be discussed.
Word limit: 2000 words

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Letters to the editor

These are short replies or comments by readers relating to an article in JLS, particularly important additions to the topic of the article. Authors should clearly state which article they are commenting on, and if applicable they should cite the passage in which they are specifically interested. Letters should be concise and objective.

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Excursions

Fieldtrip and excursion itineraries related to lithics research.

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Peer Review Process

Editors acknowledge receipt of all submissions. Papers that do not correspond with the rationale of the journal, are insufficiently original, seriously flawed, or with poor English language may be rejected at this stage.

Suitable papers are passed on to two or more reviewers, selected for their expertise in the area of the submitted paper. Referees are asked to evaluate whether the submission:

  • Is original
  • Is theoretically and methodologically sound
  • Is rigorous and critically engaged with relevant work
  • Contributes to the archaeological field of lithics studies

A decision on whether to accept or reject the paper, along with any recommendations and comments from the referees will be sent to the author by the Editors, who hold the final decision on accepting or rejecting papers.

Papers identified at any stage of review as having been plagiarised (as well as papers which have been accepted or published) will be rejected.

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Lithic Studies is published two times per year - in the Spring and in the Autumn. Additionally, special topic issues may be published intermittantly.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This journal’s open access policy is in line with UK research funders’ policies.

Authors are not charged any APCs (Article Processing Charges) or other publication fees.

Copyright Notice

a. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 2.5 Scotland) license that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

More information on Creative Commons here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.en_GB

b. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

c. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

d. Authors are required to make sure submitted content does not infringe third-party copyright. Authors must obtain permission to reproduce any third-party material for online – and print, if applicable – publication in perpetuity. It is also the authors’ responsibility to include any acknowledgements requested by copyright holders, and to mark clearly third-party material used with permission, material that has separate licensing terms, and material used under exceptions or limitations to copyright.

More information is available from the UK's Intellectual Property Office and Creative Commons.

Permissions

It is not necessary to obtain permission to reuse articles published in this journal, provided that reuse is in line with the article’s Creative Commons licence and attribution to the author(s) and the published article is maintained. 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.

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

Take Down Policy

What the Library will do if you believe content on the Edinburgh Open Journals platform infringes any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

Journals on the Edinburgh Open Journals platform are strongly encouraged to make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

Should you discover content in this journal that you believe to be illegal, or infringes any of your statutory rights, you may contact the Library who will review the complaint.

On receipt of your complaint, the Journal Hosting Service 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 University's Legal Advisor for comment and advice
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant.

When the Service Manager has verified the authenticity of your complaint and has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the article will be removed from public access, leaving behind the article abstract.

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

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Journal Sponsorship

Publisher

This journal is also supported by the volunteer work of the editors, reviewers and authors.