PAM Editorial Policy

Submission

Originality

All submissions to the journal must be original. They cannot be submitted simultaneously for consideration elsewhere or already published (either in printed form or online), whether in English or another language. The editors reserve the right to pass all manuscripts through appropriate anti-plagiarism software as well as to check for unreported redundancy or duplication. The Chief Editor and the University of Warsaw Press (Publisher) are responsible for the fulfillment of the above policy.

Research integrity

The Editors are dedicated to ensuring research integrity as well as the integrity of the academic record. Manuscripts need to comply with the Journal’s ethical publication standards. The Chief Editor and the University of Warsaw Press (Publisher) are charged with supervising the implementation of this policy at all stages of the process.

Authorship

Co-authors include all persons actively involved in writing and editing some or all of the submitted manuscript. Responsibility for portions of the text should be indicated in clear and unambiguous fashion, preferably in the form of initials in brackets following relevant sections of text. Research experts and team members who studied the material should be mentioned in the text; their role as co-authors may be acknowledged only if they wrote and contributed a specific section to the manuscript.
In the case of articles with multiple authors, one of them undertakes to be the corresponding author and takes over all contacts with the Editors on behalf of all of the contributors.

Third-party permissions

The author is responsible for obtaining permission (and payment of related fees, if relevant) to publish illustrations from copyrighted sources; written confirmation from the copyright holder should be submitted and should include the Publisher’s right to reproduce the content in all formats (including digital) and in all geographical regions. Restrictions or conditions added by the copyright holder should first be consulted with the Editors.

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments and financing sources should be clearly mentioned. In the case of excavation reports, lists of team members and fieldwork data are also presented in a separate section.

Copyright notice and Open Access

All PAM Journal content is copyrighted (for details see the License agreement) but the content of the journal is available in Open Access (since 2015).
Contributors to this journal agree to the following terms:
– Contributing authors retain copyright and grant the journal the right of first publication.
– Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. The work can be shared with proper acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
– Contributing authors are free to arrange for 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.

Editorial process

Submission

Submission of manuscripts is chiefly online. In special cases, the Editorial team may decide to accept a submission via traditional e-mail communication.

Submission is tantamount to stating by the author the originality of his work.

Editorial team

The editorial team is composed of volume and subject editors, as well as guest co-editors for thematic issues, supervised by the Chief Editor. The bibliographic editor is charged with checking reference accuracy. The Editorial secretary overlooks the peer-reviewing process and is in charge of contacts with the authors with regard to license agreements and other relevant matters.

Quality-oriented language consultation and evaluation of illustrative material are carried out by qualified staff. Members of the team also take on proofreading tasks.

Editorial Board and Advisory Committee

The Editorial Board and Advisory Committee consult the decisions of the Chief Editor. The membership of this body reflects the thematic scope of the journal. This requires often specialist in-depth knowledge in different fields of archaeology and related disciplines across a range of territorial and chronological issues included in the journal’s scope. Members of the Editorial Board (permanent) and Advisory Committee (sitting for the current term 2020–2023) are leading specialists in their respective fields as well as regionally-based, carefully selected to address the considerable diversity that comes with dealing with research from the Paleolithic to the early Islam in Africa and from Armenia in the east to Tunisia in the west.

Assessment procedures

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal are evaluated on their academic merit and significant contribution to the field, assessing their scientific reliability and clarity of presentation. The Chief Editor makes decisions concerning matter relevance, consulting as needed with members of the Editorial Board and Advisory Committee.

All manuscripts accepted by the Editors for further consideration, pass our unique language pre-review evaluation. The procedure, developed by the journal in response to a quarter of a century of experience in publishing academic texts in English frequently written by non-native English speakers, covers language correctness in terms of grammar and style, checking simultaneously for adherence to international standards of content structure for scientific academic texts in the humanities and social sciences.

All submissions are first evaluated by qualified English-language editors and approved for peer evaluation either directly or after minor language improvement. Texts not up to standard are returned to authors for improvement with a detailed list of issues to address and an invitation to resubmit for another evaluation. At PAM we consider this pre-stage evaluation extremely important as we respect the time and effort that our reviewers put in evaluating papers for publication in the journal.

The Editors will request and/or provide extensive editing, copyediting, and language revision to aid the Authors in meeting the journal’s goals of clarity of presentation and language

Manuscript acceptance and license agreement

A manuscript is considered accepted for publication once it has passed review by the Editors and Editorial Board, been successfully peer-reviewed and a publication agreement has been signed by all contributing authors.

The agreement will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail upon acceptance of the final draft and should be returned signed forthwith to pam.pcma@uw.edu.pl

See a draft of the agreement:

Manuscript turnaround

Ideally, the process follows this schedule:

  • 4 weeks from submission  decision to proceed with the reviewing process (involves formal acceptance, technical review, Q&A sessions with the relevant Editors).
  • 4 to 6 weeks reviewing process, terminating in a comprehensive evaluation sent to Authors from the Chief Editor.
  • 8 weeks  layout, proofs, production, terminating in an “Ahead of print” presentation on the journal’s repository.
  • Average manuscript turnaround time: 18 weeks.

Corrections and retractions

The Editors will undertake to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies as needed.

Publication fees

Manuscript processing and/or publishing does not engender any fees or other charges.

Publication

Publication and open-access policy

PAM is an annual journal, with a volume appearing yearly since 1990. It is published by the University of Warsaw Press for the University’s Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology.

Current practice calls for a thematic first fascicle and a second fascicle containing fieldwork reports and miscellaneous studies within the journal’s scope.

Articles are published online in the “ahead-of-print” mode independently and assembled into a volume in December. The issue with its own Table of Contents is made available online on the journal’s website.
The paper version is printed once a year (following assembly of the online version in December). It has a limited distribution, mainly to academic libraries and research institutions, through a worldwide book exchange program run by the PCMA UW. Copies may be acquired from the publisher, University of Warsaw Press.

Articles are distributed free of charge, immediately upon publication of the annual volume of the journal. Articles from the current issue and back issues (starting from volume 24/1) are posted on the journal website www.pam-journal.pl. From volume 24 all articles receive DOI identification.

Journal content can also be downloaded freely from: www.pcma.uw.edu.pl/en/publications ; www.ceeol.com ; www.bazhum.muzhp.pl

Contributing authors will receive a PDF copy of their contribution once it has been published. Authors are encouraged to disseminate their work, in the form of these files or as links to the website, for academic, non-commercial purposes (academic media, institutional repositories, and the like).

Journal archiving

All issues of the Journal are stored and archived by the University of Warsaw. Access to this content will always remain free in academic resources.

Privacy statement

The author’s personal data (names and contact details) submitted to the journal will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or disclosed to any other party (for data protection clause, see also the Annex to the License Agreement above). Correspondence between authors, editors, and reviewers will be treated as confidential.