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Focus and Scope

JCAA is an open-access journal that focuses on the application and development of digital technologies in archaeology. This rapidly growing field of research is scattered across journals focused upon topics such as period- and region-specific archaeology and specific digital technologies. Accordingly, JCAA's objective is to foster debate about the crucial role of digital technologies within archaeology, and to promote the theoretically informed and interdisciplinary use of digital methods

The journal will accept submissions on a wide variety of topics in digital applications to archaeology, including, but not restricted to, 3D modelling, spatial analysis, remote sensing, geophysics, field recording techniques, databases, semantic web, statistics, data mining, simulation modelling, network analysis and digital reconstructions of the past.

Papers can be targeted towards scientific research, cultural heritage management and/or public archaeology.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

This journal is indexed by the following services:

In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please contact us or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2022 volume:

Submissions received120
Reviews requested291
Reviews received346
Total Rejections43
...of which, Desk rejects50
Acceptance rate785%
Time from submission to publication8198 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher


JCAA is supported by Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) international organisation.
The journal remains independent and is governed by its Editorial Board and publishing standards and ethics.


The Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology (JCAA) was established in 2017 by Computer Applications in Archaeology International (CAA) to provide an attractive outlet for publication of cutting-edge research in the broad field of digital archaeology and cultural heritage. The journal aims to publish top-level peer-reviewed academic papers based on presentations during the annual CAA conferences, but they can also be submitted independently.

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