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Editorial Policies

Peer Review Process

All submissions are initially assessed by the editorial team, who decide whether or not the article fits the scope of the journal and is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable are assigned to two independent experts, who assess the article for clarity, validity, theoretical engagement and sound methodology.

The journal operates a double-blind peer review process, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous for the review process. The review period is expected to take around four to six weeks. Reviewers are asked to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal.

Based on the reviewer reports the editorial team will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal’s Editor in Chief, who is supported by an expert, international Advisory Committee.

Preprint policy

Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal is a supporter of PCI (or similar platforms), if extensive review can be provided, the journal will use this as part of their assessment, potentially reducing the external review performed by the journal. Any examples of this will include a statement on the publication page in the format: 
"This article has been reviewed & recommended by PCI XXX ("

Section Policies

Research Articles

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed


  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Research Data Policy

In order to maintain the transparency, reproducibility, and reuse potential of research published in TRAJ, the following guidelines should be adhered to.

All underlying data which supports table and figures must be cited.

All primary data must be made available through external data repositories or supplementary data files.

Any substantial datasets should be deposited in a suitable public repository, such as the Archaeology Data ServicetDAR, or institutional repositories. Datasets should be cited in the manuscript and placed in the reference list with a DOI.

Less substantial datasets can be included as supplementary data files, which will be included in the peer review process.

We encourage you to share any software, code, models, and methods.

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