About the journal

Aims and scope

Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA) is a peer reviewed, open access journal that publishes research on all aspects of archaeology, museum studies, cultural heritage and conservation. We publish research papers and short reports. We also welcome reviews of conferences, exhibitions and books. We accept online submissions via the journal website. See the author guidelines for further information or contact the editorial team.

Run by doctoral students at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, the aim of PIA is to provide authors with experience in publishing articles early in their careers. We therefore place extra emphasis on the provision of peer review feedback and editorial assistance. We publish online as soon as articles are ready, so there is no delay in research being released and submissions can be made throughout the year.

PIA would like to thank all of our peer reviewers and copy editors for their time and invaluable expertise.


The UCL Open Access Student Journals programme works with subject specific indexers to deposit published articles in relevant repositories and search databases. Articles published in PIA are indexed in the following:

Open access policy

All articles published in PIA are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) 4.0 international licence agreement (read the licence here) and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC-BY licence agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work.

Further information regarding this can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 and licensing terms and conditions can be found in the UCL Open Access Student Journals Editorial Policy.

Peer review

PIA operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review.

Further information regarding peer review can be found on the editorial policy pages.


Article publication charges (APC)

UCL Open Access Student Journals do not levy an Article-Processing Charge (APC) for submission or publication in PIA. Contributors to PIA will not be required to make an APC payment for submission or publication of their article.

Back (archival) journal content

Papers from the Institute of Archaeology transferred to the UCL Open Access Student Journal publishing programme in 2019 and all previously published content has been transferred by the previous publisher, to be maintained as open access content online. All previous article citations and registered Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) have been re-registered to where the article is now hosted on this platform.

Journal information

ISSN: 2041-9015

Mailing address:
FAO: Papers from the Institute of Archaeology
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY. UK

Contact: To contact the journal Editors, please fill out the contact form here https://student-journals.ucl.ac.uk/pia/contact 
Twitter: @piajournal