Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The journal Palaeoindian Archaeology focuses on the first populations of the Americas and the peopling of these continents.


Section Policies

Research Articles

Research articles should present original research on completed projects or significant discoveries and must present clear conclusions. Research articles must contain the raw data either within the articles or as an attached supplementary file (referenced in the article). 
Word limit: 10000 words
Download the instructions for authors
Download an example article 

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Short Reports

Short reports should present project descriptions. They may be either general reports on completed projects or significant updates for on-going projects. They do not necessarily need to present conclusions or conclusions could be preliminary.
Word limit: 3000 words

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Summary, synthesis, and annotated bibliography articles

These articles present an overview of a particular topic or sub-field. This may be research in a particular country or region. It may also be a historical overview of a topic (e.g. historical perspective of a prehistoric technology, or historical overview of a particular theory), or it may be a summary of knowledge about a specific topic. In general, these articles should include an overview of the history of the topic (e.g. history of archaoelogical research in the region) as well as an overview of the current research being done on the topic. They should contain a large bibliography so that readers can use the articles as a starting point for finding references. The author should indicate recommended references. New data is not necessary for these articles.
Recommended word limit: 8000 words.
Descriptions of different types of summary articles.

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Short biographies of people involved in Palaeoindian researches.

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Book reviews

Book reviews should include an overall summary of the book as well as chapter summaries. The author should note the highlights or special aspects of this book. We particularly encourage reviews of books that are not in English as this helps disseminate information that readers in other countries may not otherwise know about.
Authors must declare whether they have reviewed the same book for another journal, and if so they should send us a copy of the other review. This declaration should be made before requesting to be assigned a book review. The journal might publish a book review which the reviewer has already reviewed for another journal if the new review is significantly different from the previous one and either it is a general book of importance to Palaeoindian researchers as a whole or the original review was published in a way which limits its dissemination (grey literature, small or regional publication, print only publication, in other language, self-published). The editors of the journal will decide on a case-by-case basis. If someone intends to review a book for us which they have already reviewed, they are advised to let us know about the situation before writing the review.

Length: maximum two pages (including the title, cover image, and first page footer)

Download the book review template.

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Event reviews

These articles give a summary of an event (e.g. a conference, workshop, lecture series, etc.). They should include opinions and may include a few images.
Length: maximum two pages (including the title, first page footer, and figures)
Download the event review template.

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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 once per year, in June. 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 EU research funders' policies.



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