Open Access

The Society supports Open Access and we wish to enable authors to make their work openly available.

We offer both Green and Gold Open Access options for authors and we are happy to work within the requirements of AHRC, Wellcome Trust and the Scottish Funding Council/HEFCE’s policies for REF 2020.

Open Access publication is offered only once a paper has been accepted for publication; this ensures that Open Access status has no influence on peer review and the acceptance process.



Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports is a Gold Open Access journal. All reports published in SAIR are made freely available online at the time of publication and are held with the ADS (a Trusted Digital Repository) for long-term archiving. All articles are peer reviewed and must be fully funded for publication in SAIR. Please see below for licensing information.

Costs: Given the range of content that we publish in SAIR, we do not have a flat Article Processing Charge (APC). Instead, we estimate the cost of submissions based on the number of words, images and tables in the project. Our current per-page costs are £40, and we estimate 600 words and 2 images or tables per page (though please note that if you have particularly large tables, they will push the number of pages up). You can estimate the cost of your project using the following formula:

(#words/600)+(#images/2)+(#tables/2)=(est. # pages) x £40



The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is a hybrid open access journal. We offer both Gold and Green Open Access alongside traditional print publication. The contents of each volume of PSAS are made freely available online after a three-year period. All articles are peer reviewed and reviewers are not informed of the funding status for any submissions; acceptance for publication is based solely on editorial criteria.

Gold Open Access: Our Article Processing Charge (APC) is £3,000 for articles up to 36 pages in length. Please see below for licensing information.

Green Open Access: Authors may deposit their post-print in departmental, institutional or subject repositories as soon as the article has been published. Authors may also post the post-print on their personal website at any point after publication. Authors must include a statement that the article has been published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, with full bibliographic details, and provide a link directly to the final published version of the article.

Please note that two (2) years after initial publication, all contents of the Proceedings will be made freely available online using a CC-BY-NC-ND license (except where Gold Open Access arrangements preclude this).



All of our books are peer reviewed and reviewers are not informed of the funding status for any submissions; acceptance for publication is based solely on editorial criteria. Where possible, books are made freely available online when their print run has sold out.

Gold Open Access: We are able to provide Gold Open Access for books where the entire cost of publication is met. When submitting a book proposal, please let us know that you are interested in Gold Open Access and we can discuss the costs involved. Please see below for licensing information.

Green Open Access: For excavation reports and multi-author books, contributors may deposit the post-print of their individual section (up to 10% of the total content of the book) in departmental or institutional repositories with no embargo period post-publication, provided that appropriate acknowledgement is included, e.g. “This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyediting version of an extract/chapter published in [author/editor], [title], [publication year], [publisher]. Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available at: [insert URL for product on]”. Where authors and contributors wish to deposit more than 10% of the content of the entire book, a 36-month embargo period will apply.



Authors choosing Gold Open Access can publish their work with us using Creative Commons licensing. We offer a choice of Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY), Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY NC), and Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-NoDerivs (CC BY NC ND) licenses. All authors whose research work is funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Wellcome Trust must select the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0 (CC-BY) in accordance with funder mandates effective from 1 April 2013. Please check with your funder to ensure that you comply with their requirements.



  • APC (article processing charge) is the fee charged to authors to cover the cost of Gold Open Access publishing. This is often a flat fee, as with our Proceedings, but where the content is more variable, as with SAIR and our books, the processing charge varies based on the actual cost of publication.
  • Creative Commons Licenses allow authors to retain copyright and moral rights to their work while also allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work.
  • Gold Open Access means that the work is made freely available to end users via the publisher s website. The version made available is the final publisher s version and the work is available immediately, with no embargo periods. An APC is usually charged.
  • Green Open Access means that the author makes the work available by depositing it in an institutional, subject-based or central repository. This is usually restricted to either the post-print (the peer-reviewed,accepted manuscript) or the pre-print (the originally submitted manuscript before peer review) and the deposited version will not include the publisher s editing or layout. No charges are payable but an embargo period may be stipulated.
  • A pre-print is the originally submitted manuscript, before peer review.
  • A post-print is the peer-reviewed, accepted version of a manuscript.

Updated January 2017



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