Recommendation on ERA Draft Quality Ranking
13th August, 2008
Excellence in Research for Australia
Australian Research Council
GPO Box 2702
Canberra ACT 2601
This is a submission by the World Archaeological Congress on journal rankings for the
Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative.
ISSN: 0312-2417 (print version)
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.
ISSN: 1555-8622 (print version)
ISSN: 1935-3987 (electronic version)
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.
ISSN: 0003-598X (print version)
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
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
international and representative organisation of practicing archaeologists. WAC’s mission is to (1) promote professional training for disadvantaged nations and communities; (2) broaden public education, involving national and international communities in archaeological research; (3) develop archaeological practice so that it empowers Indigenous and minority; (4) contribute to the conservation of archaeological sites threatened by looting, urban growth, tourism, development or war; and (5) re-dress global inequities amongst archaeologists.