|Recommendation on ERA Draft Quality Ranking|
|Wednesday, 13 August 2008 00:00|
13th August, 2008
This is a submission by the World Archaeological Congress on journal rankings for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative.
The journal Australian Archaeology has been ranked ‘B’ in the ARC’s draft journal rankings for the ERA initiative. This should be changed to an A. This journal is comparable quality to other journals which are ranked as an A, including Archaeology in Oceania. The initial European Reference Index for the Humanities listing rated Australian Archaeology as an ‘A’.
Australian Archaeology is edited by Dr Sean Ulm (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, University of Queensland) and Dr Anne Ross (School of Social Science, University of Queensland). It has an international Editorial Advisory Board, including members from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. It has a system of refereeing by two external referees and a member of the Editorial Board. Australian Archaeology regularly publishes research papers by leading scholars Recent contributions include contributions from Professor Brian Fagan, Dr Judith Field, Professor Richard Gould, Associate Professor Simon Holdaway, Professor Josephine McDonald, Associate Professor Sue O’Connor, Dr Mike Smith and Professor Peter Veth.
Archaeologies, the journal of the World Archaeological Congress has not been included in ERA rankings. This journal was launched in 2005. It was originally published by Alta Mira, but is now published by Springer. The Editors of Archaeologies are Dr Nick Shepherd, of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Professor Anne Pyburn, of Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
This journal is truly international in scope and content. The Editorial Board includes leading scholars from all parts of the world, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Poland, Japan, South Africa, Portugal, the USA, the UK, Nigeria, Spain, Romania, Russia and India. Institutions that are represented on the Editorial Board include Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, Cambridge University, the Smithsonian Institution, American University Beirut, American University in Central Asia, Columbia University, the University of York and Lund University.
This journal uses a system of double blind refereeing. It should be ranked as an‘A’, as it is of comparable quality to other journals ranked ‘A’, such as Archaeology in Oceania.
Antiquity should be ranked as an A*. It has been leader in the general field of archaeological research worldwide since it was founded for the purpose in 1927. It is a wholly independent journal owned by a panel of distinguished Trustees and run by a Company with a board of distinguished archaeologists as directors.
Subscribing researchers have access to all the papers already published online and the take up is global. Antiquity publishes papers from most of the world's countries and archaeologists in most of the world's countries send us submissions. Antiquity makes use of a very large college of peer reviewers, at least two for each paper. Antiquity receive 200 or more submissions a year, spread over all continents and our acceptance rate is 40% or less. In 2007 we received 193 submissions and published 72 papers (37% acceptance). Publication in Antiquity is considered a mark of leading research status by professionals archaeologists working in all periods world wide. Please see http://www.antiquity.ac.uk.
Further information is available for each of the above journals on request.
Claire Smith, President, World Archaeological Congress
The World Archaeological Congress, with members in more than 90 countries, is the only fully
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