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Section Policies

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Research Contributions

Under the rubric research contributions, Forum Kritische Archäologie publishes individual contributions. They can be articles or in some cases longer essays. Submissions are peer reviewed. Publication takes place once an article has been accepted.

Theme issues

Under this rubric FKA publishes groups of articles united by a theme. A theme issue may sometimes be accompanied by a preface and a comment by the FKA editorial collective. In the framework of a theme issue, various authors are invited to take a position on a particular topic. Workshop and conference proceedings may also be published as theme issues. In contrast to research contributions, articles in a theme issue are published together, with a possibility to download the entire issue as a reader or individual articles on their own.

We are happy to offer potential guest editors the possibility to develop their own ideas for a theme issue.


The debate rubric offers multiple authors the possibility to engage in a written dialog with one another and in that way to discuss a controversial topic. A contribution that has been peer reviewed is sent to one or more persons with the request to write a critical comment on it. The article and associated comments are published as a unit.


Within this framework interviews may be published. The interview format permits the discussion of topics of relevance for a critical archaeology in a way that presents the interviewee's position on them in a different form than in standard scholarly publications.

Author Guidelines

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Forum Kritische Archäologie is published in an Open Access mode; it is available digitally and free of charge.

Regional and Chronological Framework: Forum Kritische Archäologie does not specify any regional or chronological limits. It welcomes contributions from any archaeological or related discipline and from any time horizon from the Palaeolithic up to contemporary archaeology.

Content: The fundamental aim of the journal Forum Kritische Archäologie is to engage in critical examination of discourses in archaeological disciplines.

Publication format: Forum Kritische Archäologie is published in an "open access" format. Manuscripts can be submitted at any time; the publication schedule is determined by the submissions. After a manuscript has gone through a peer-review process and been accepted for publication, it appears on the homepage of the Forum Kritische Archäologie and is also made available in pdf-format for downloading and printing.

Peer review: Papers submitted to Forum Kritische Archäologie undergo a peer-review process. Submissions are first examined by the editors in order to ascertain that they fit the Forum's thematic directions. Papers are then sent to external reviewers in anonymized form. Reviewers' comments are forwarded to the authors as a basis for revisions prior to publication. The editors reserve the right to reject papers for publication on the basis of external reviews as well as in cases in which they do not fit the thematic directions of the Forum Kritische Archäologie.

Archiving: The electronic journal Forum Kritische Archäologie is archived in an open-access repository. In addition, three copies of every article are printed on age-resistant paper and stored in the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin. These measures ensure that the contributions remain accessible and that the articles can be referred to using a permanent URL/Permalink. The editorial collective also supports the action "Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe."

Languages: Contributions to the journal may be submitted in German or English. If you wish to submit a paper in another language, please contact the editors before doing so.

Formats of the contributions: If you wish to submit a review article, an interview, or an essay for publication in Forum Kritische Archäologie, please contact the editors.


Please be sure that your submission is organized in the following manner:

Text: Please remember:

Illustrations: All illustrations should be submitted as .jpg or .tif files with a minimal resolution of 300 dpi. Be sure that you have permission to reproduce the images you submit and can document this permission in writing.

Citations: Please use the following format for citations:

1. Citations in the text: (Schneider 2010: 126–131) – in the case of multiple sources, please arrange the citations in the order of the year of publication (Flannery 1967; Fried 2004; Eggert 2006); for multiple citations of the same author: (Flannery 1973a, 1973b, 1978)

2. Bibliography: Always include the first name(s) of authors in your bibliography. If multiple publications of a single author from the same year are cited, indicate these in the in-text citation as well as in the bibliography with a, b, c, etc. Please include URLs for electronically available works in the bibliographic reference.

2.1. Books:

Trigger, Bruce G. 2006. A History of Archaeological Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Popper, Karl R. 2005 [1935]. Logik der Forschung. 11th ed. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Castro Gómez, Santiago. 2005. Aufklärung als kolonialer Diskurs: Humanwissenschaften und kreolische Kultur in Neu Granada am Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts. Unpublished Dissertation, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität zu Frankfurt am Main.

2.2. Edited volumes:

Liebmann, Matthew and Uzma Z. Rizvi, eds. 2008. Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Mölders, Doreen and Sabine Wolfram, eds. 2014. Schlüsselbegriffe der Prähistorischen Archäologie. Tübinger Archäologische Taschenbücher 11. Münster and New York: Waxmann.

2.3. Book chapters:

Scarry, John F. 2001. Resistance and Accomodation in Appalachee Province. In Timothy Pauketat, ed.: The Archaeology of Traditions. Agency and History before and After Columbus, pp. 34–57. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

2.4. Journal article:

Leone, Mark P., Parker B. Potter, Jr. and Paul A. Shackel. 1987. Toward a Critical Archaeology. Current Anthropology 28(3): 283–302.

Hervella Montserrat, Neskuts Izagirre, Santos Alonso, Rosa Fregel, Antonio Alonso et al. 2012. Ancient DNA from Hunter-Gatherer and Farmer Groups from Northern Spain Supports a Random Dispersion Model for the Neolithic Expansion into Europe. PLoS ONE 7(4): Art. e34417. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0034417.


For further information on citations Please use the Harvard citation system, which can be accessed under

Copyright Notice

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Creative Commons: All contributions are published under a Creative Commons license. According to this license, any person has the right to copy, distribute, and make publicly available the published contribution as well as its contents.

The following conditions apply:

With the understanding that:
Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.

Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
The author's moral rights;
Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.

The copyright notice can be downloaded here.

Privacy Statement

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Names and e-mail addresses entered on the journal's webpage will be used only for the stated purposes and will not be passed on to any third party.

Submission Preparation Checklist

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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The paper is previously unpublished and has not been submitted to any other journal (not even in parts or another language).
  2. The file is available in OpenOffice .odt, Microsoft Word, RTF or WordPerfect format.
    As far as possible, URLs have been added to the references.
  3. Text formatting: 12 point, common font, double line spacing, left justified. For emphasis, please always use the underline function, not italics or bold.
  4. The text follows the stylistic and bibliographical guidelines in the Guidelines for Authors, which can be found under "About us".
  5. All illustrations, graphics and tables are inserted at appropriate places in the text and not at the end of the text.
  6. Information on the placement of illustrations in the text is complete, illustrations and tables including signatures are complete; all are referenced in the text.
  7. All references in the bibliography are mentioned in the main text, and all references in the main text are included in the bibliography.
  8. The signed Copyright Notice.