Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

ISSN: 1072-5369 (Print) 1573-7764 (Online)


Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, the leading journal in its field, presents original articles that address method- or theory-focused issues of current archaeological interest and represent significant explorations on the cutting edge of the discipline. The journal also welcomes topical syntheses that critically assess and integrate research on a specific subject in archaeological method or theory, as well as examinations of the history of archaeology.

Written by experts, the articles benefit an international audience of archaeologists, students of archaeology, and practitioners of closely related disciplines. Specific topics covered in recent issues include: the use of niche construction theory in archaeology, new developments in the use of soil chemistry in archaeological interpretation, and a model for the prehistoric development of clothing.

The Journal's distinguished Editorial Board includes archaeologists with worldwide archaeological knowledge (the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Africa), and expertise in a wide range of methodological and theoretical issues.

2-Year Impact Factor: 2.982 (2015)
5-Year Impact Factor: 2.713 (2015)

3 out of 83 on the Anthropology list

Rated 'A' in the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH)
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SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) 2015:  1.464

6 out of 251 on the Archeology (Arts and Humanities) list

7 out of 246 on the Archaeology list

SJR is a measure of the journal’s relative impact in its field, based on its number of citations and number of articles per publication year.

Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014:  1.231

The IPP measures the ratio of citations per article published in the three previous years.

Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015:  1.785

The SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa.





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