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Access Archaeology – Open Access and Print-on-demand

Our newest imprint is designed to make archaeological research accessible to all and to present a low-cost (or no-cost) publishing solution for academics from all over the world. Material will range from theses, conference proceedings, catalogues of archaeological material, excavation reports and beyond. All archaeological content will be considered covering all archaeological topics, all geographic locations and all time periods. Submissions are welcome in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian.

Open Access

A complete PDF eBook of your volume will be available to download for free from www.archaeopress.com and promoted to thousands of archaeologists across the globe via our popular email alert, printed catalogues and website. You will also be free to post the Open Access eBook to your personal or institutional website, Academia or other online profile page.


There is often confusion over terms like print-on-demand (POD). In essence this simply means that the book will be printed via digital methods and, unlike in traditional print models, we don’t need to print more stock than we need. We can print a single copy or 100 copies as required. This makes it commercially viable for us to market and sell highly specialised academic material to libraries and scholars worldwide. It also makes it more feasible to publish particularly large (or, in fact, unusually short) manuscripts that would otherwise be unlikely to return any profit. Furthermore the benefit of POD is that books can stay in print indefinitely where traditional lithographically printed volumes sell out or get remaindered after a few years.


Typeset Your Own Research

If you can:

We will:

You will pay:

You will be entitled to (optional):

To submit your proposal please send an abstract outlining your research with contact details for two referees to Dr David Davison at info@archaeopress.com

Typesetting Assistance Required

If you require:

We will:

You will pay:

You will be entitled to (optional):

Please contact Dr David Davison at info@archaeopress.com with an abstract outlining your research and an indication of the length of text, number of tables, illustrations etc. and we will provide a quote for typesetting services.

Open Access only

If you can:

We will:

You will pay:

You will be entitled to:

To submit your proposal please send an abstract outlining your research with contact details for two referees to Dr David Davison at info@archaeopress.com


How many people will download my book via Open Access?

We launched our Open Access platform in late 2014. Usage has grown rapidly over 2015 currently seeing approximately 6000 downloads per month. The level of content being made available via the platform is quickly expanding so we expect that figure to rise considerably throughout 2016.

Who will buy the printed version when they can download for free in Open Access?

Many libraries all over the world still opt for a print edition where one is available, even when the material is available via Open Access. The free to download Open Access PDF will have restrictions in place to prevent its being printed locally by the user.

Where will people be able to buy the print edition?

Access Archaeology print editions will receive the same attention as our other academic monographs. Metadata will be distributed via our normal channels including Nielsen, Bowker etc. and will be available for distribution to our usual customer base including academic library suppliers, subscription agents, wholesalers and retailers. The book will be available in popular services like Amazon Prime and will also be available directly via our website www.archaeopress.com

I’ve heard people say Print-on-demand books don’t look as good as traditionally printed books, is that true?

Print-on-demand is being used by publishers of all shapes and sizes but is particularly common now in academic publishing. It is increasingly likely that you have some on your shelf now and may not even realise. It’s perhaps true that if you place a print-on-demand title side by side with a traditionally lithographically printed volume you may notice a slight difference but the benefits vastly outweigh any gulf in quality between the two printing types. With vast changes in the way libraries purchase content taking place over the last 15 years there are now thousands of publications that, without print-on-demand, would not have been viable and would instead have relied on huge grants from authors or funding bodies.