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Open Access Week and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

25th October 2016 | Categories: Publications, ScARF

Open Access Week, now in its eighth year, is taking place this year from October 24th-30th.

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland fully supports Open Access publication. This is because we want our authors’ research to reach as wide an audience as possible, and our readers to have free access to as much of our books and journals content as possible.
To mark the start of Open Access week, you can find information below about reading our Open Access resources, and also what to do if you are interesting in publishing Open Access with the Society.

Explore the Society’s Open Access archive!

The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (PSAS)

Five papers from recent volumes (143 and 144) of our annual hybrid journal, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, are freely available as Open Access publications. You can find links below:

We will also be publishing four more Open Access papers as part of volume 145 in December 2016, so keep an eye on the Society news page.

The entire 165 years of the Proceedings is also available to read for free online. Our journal has been published every year since 1851, and the full backlist is available to read online under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence. This type of licence means that you may copy, distribute and display the work and make derivative works based on it as long as you give the author or licensor attribution and credit. The resultant works may only be used for non-commercial purposes.

Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports (SAIR)

SAIR is a fully Open Access, fully peer-reviewed online publication for longer, image and data-rich projects. It has been published since 2001 and you can view the full archive of 58 papers through the Archaeology Data Service, with more coming soon.

Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF)

The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework is the Society’s online gateway to current archaeological knowledge related to Scottish archaeology. ScARF provides an overview of Scottish archaeology by period and theme as well as a set of useful and relevant research questions for everyone to use. The first ScARF panel reports were published in June 2012, and all are free to download as pdf files or to read online on the website. The nine reports (covering seven archaeological periods and two overarching themes) were the culmination of four years of work by over 350 experts in archaeology and related fields and provided a snapshot of the current state of thought as well as a set of research questions for the future. ScARF continues to be updated and is in the process of integrating museum and regional research frameworks.


The Society records many of its events and lectures and makes them available alongside other OA resources on its website under ‘Resources’. Why not head there and delve into the prestigious Rhind lectures presented in 2016?

Are you interested in writing Open Access with the Society?

You can read about our Open Access policy, and see the options for publishing Open Access here.

To discuss publishing OA in either of the Society’s journals, please contact the Society’s Managing Editor.

If you are interested in reading about the benefits of publishing Open Access, JISC has provided a quick introduction to Open Access.


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