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Open Access Week and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

22nd October 2018 | Categories: Publications, Up and coming events

Open Access Week, now in its tenth year, is taking place this year from 22nd-28th October.

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 interested in publishing Open Access with the Society.

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

Eight papers from the most recent two volumes (145 and 146) 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 three more Open Access papers as part of volume 147 in December 2018, so keep an eye on the Society news page.

The entire 167-year back catalogue of the Proceedings is also available to read for free online.

Our annual 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 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 Gold Open Access, peer-reviewed online publication for longer, image- and data-rich projects. Take a look at some of the latest papers from around Scotland below, or you can view the full archive of 79 papers through the Archaeology Data Service.

Neolithic and Bronze Age Occupation at Meadowend Farm, Clackmannanshire: Pots, Pits and Roundhouses by Elizabeth Jones, Alison Sheridan and Julie Franklin.

Fluid identities, shifting sands: Early Bronze Age burials at Cnip Headland, Isle of Lewis by Olivia Lelong.

Excavations and Interventions in and around Cramond Roman Fort and Annexe, 1976 to 1990 by Martin Cook, John A Lawson and Dawn McLaren.

Achanduin Castle, Lismore, Argyll: an account of the excavations by Dennis Turner, 1970-5 by David H Caldwell and Geoffrey Stell.

The Development of Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, from the 11th to the 20th centuries by Julie Franklin.

Excavations of Prehistoric Roundhouses and Post-Medieval Kilns at Drumyocher and Hospital Shields, Aberdeenshire by Melanie Johnson.

Monks, Priests and Farmers: A Community Research Excavation at Baliscate, Isle of Mull by Clare Ellis.

Unenclosed Prehistoric Settlement and Early Medieval Pits at Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Highlands by Lindsay Dunbar.

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 as well as a set of useful and relevant research questions for everyone to use. In addition, a collaborative project is also underway with museums, supporting local curators in developing research knowledge relevant to their own archaeological collections.

The national ScARF reports were first published in June 2012 and all are free to read online, either as a webpage or alternatively by downloading as a pdf. The nine original 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. A tenth framework ‘Future Thinking on Carved Stones in Scotland’ was published online in 2017.

The ScARF project is now focussed on regional research frameworks, the first of which (for Argyll) was published online in December 2017. Four more regional projects (south-east Scotland, Highland, Scotland’s Islands, Perth and Kinross) have now started and when complete these new frameworks will be published on our ScARF website, helping to support and underpin Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.


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 earlier this year?

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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