Ethics in the Publishing of Archaeology

  • Mitchell Allen
Part of the Ethical Archaeologies: The Politics of Social Justice book series (ETHARCHAEOL, volume 1)


The ethics of archaeological publication mirror the quagmire of ethical questions that bedevils other parts of the discipline. This chapter outlines five key principles of ethical archaeological publishing in the context of these larger ethical issues. Archaeological information should be promptly published and that publication should usually, but not always, involve prior peer review. Archaeological authors must address multiple audiences, constituents, and stakeholders using language and media appropriate for them. They should maintain sensitivity to, and collaboration with, the communities from which the research was drawn. Despite the problems of the publishing establishment residing within a system of global capitalism, that system is pervasive, and scholars should consider how to accommodate it ethically as well as seek other sustainable publication options.


Intellectual Property Indigenous Community Peer Review Process Archaeological Research Publication Outlet 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Left Coast Press, IncWalnut CreekUSA

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