1. Living Past: a challenge for a better archaeology
Living Past - Here's a real challenge!
What for? For a new way of understanding, publishing and presenting archaeological finds.
Why? Because although archaeology is a science dealing with the past, we believe that it can be a living science, using the most recent techniques and methods.
What we want? A new style of archaeological journal, which appeals to the advantages of the digital medium and to the newest technologies of spreading information, while maintaining content quality of the traditional journals and reviews.
The gap between the archaeological field research and the publishing stage of the materials represents one of the major problems at present. We hope that the appearance of Living Past will contribute to better dissemination of archaeological research results, by offering an unlimited editorial space. It aims to improve the research, the ideas, the communication and the approach, generally speaking, of archaeology.
2. Our goals
Why an electronic journal? For whom?
Living Past is the first electronic archaeological journal in Romania.
It aims to improve communication in archaeology, inside Romania and abroad, to promote interesting, innovative contents, to encourage new ideas, methods and thoughts, to stimulate a better way of writing in archaeology.
- The main Romanian archaeological journals appear in few copies, with great delay and limited number of pages because of the costs. Therefore sometimes new ideas or new finds can't reach the public and the specialists in time.
- Museum publications are often heterogeneous in content and enjoy a limited circulation. Young researchers often have to wait a long time to see their papers published.
- There are few Romanian publications with circulation abroad. Romanian archaeology is a white page in many places in the world and the situation cannot be changed soon without using the new communication technologies.
- Few Romanian publications make room for reflection on archaeology as a science. What happens at present or what people think that should happen in Romanian archaeology remain behind the scene.
Due to the incipient stage of electronic access in Romania, an abbreviated version of Living Past will be circulated in printed copies too.
In short, our journal hopes to be challenging, that is "stimulating, interesting, and thought-provoking".
We want to publish:
- original papers, specially written for Living Past
- electronic versions of papers printed in other journals (the same text retailed for Web publication), with the permission of the copyright owner.
- extensive versions of papers already published in short versions
- papers rejected by other publications only because of their length, amount of illustration or too daring content
- papers communicated but never published.
Space will be offered to:
Living Past has a general home page, home pages for each issue and pages for papers. We are planning for two issues a year, with supplements between them.
- papers of interest to Romanian archaeology, the archaeology of Europe, Mediterranean Basin and of the Near East, regardless the period.
- archaeological catalogues
- historical interpretation of archaeological discoveries
- theoretical issues in archaeology
- new research methods and multidisciplinary approach
- computer applications in archaeology
- archaeological documentation
- site and excavation management
- presenting archaeology for the public
- archaeological bibliographies
- reviews (books, Web sites, conferences and journals)
- history of archaeology
- presentations of important Romanian archaeologists
- archaeological discussions.
Languages (in the preference order): English, French.
3. Guidelines for authors
The papers may be submitted as RTF or ASCII files. A hard copy version will accompany the files. The images must be not more than 30 - 50 K, in GIF or JPEG formats.
The structure of the paper must be book like (if it is not, please make it look like a book!):
Please do not send home made HTML files!
- title page
- a brief informal presentation of the author, including name, title, position, institution or affiliation, research themes, photo (optional), mail and e-mail address.
- keywords (subject headings - excluding loci and nomina - that must be in nominative, singular).
- index locorum
- index nomina
- abstract (stressing the novelty and the importance of the topic in European and international context).
- contents (titles of the chapters)
- endnotes in Harvard system (example).
- glossary for the main archaeological terms (period, cultures, techniques)
- list of images
- information about the paper: date, if appeared before in other journal, version, etc.
4. Copyright issues
Copyright: CIMEC and individual contributors. Living Past holds non-exclusive rights in respect of electronic publication, paper copies and dissemination.
The management of CIMEC does not necessarily subscribe to opinions expressed in this journal.