IMG_3007As I have previously blogged about here, the Archaeological Journal is publishing two volumes in 2014 at no extra cost to subcribing libraries and members. We are doing this in order to shift the Journal’s publication schedule into the year on the cover. Previously, there has been the long tradition of publishing the Journal ‘for’ a particular year in the year after, sometimes 8-9 months after the year on the cover has ceased to be current. The rationale of this arranagement goes back to the 19th century: the journal was originally the typed up proceedings of papers read out at society meetings. This no longer applies, and the Archaeological Journal’s schedule is completely out-of-step with other leading publishers and gives the false impression that we are lagging behind. Au contraire, our production schedule is rapid given the size and complexity of our peer-review process and the editing required for large field-based reports with many tables and illustrations. Still, we need to show we are current, not by speeding up the production schedule, but by moving it.

So, with Archaeological Journal volume 170 for 2013 due for publication in April 2014, I am also in a position to give you an update on volume 171 for 2014: the first to appear in the year on the cover! Submissions for volume 171 have now been peer-reviewed, decisions made, accepted contributions revised and resubmitted and most have been copy-edited. I am well ahead of schedule for once! Volume 171 for 2014 will be uploaded online for members during the summer of 2014 and is due for print distribution to members and subscribing libraries in September 2014. Details and running order are obviously provisional at this stage but I hope this whets the appetite.

Howard Williams and Kate Waddington: Editorial

Seren Griffiths: A Bayesian Radiocarbon Chronology of the Early Neolithic of Yorkshire and Humberside.

David Barrowclough: Amorican Gold Bead-like Ornaments: Recent Research and Analysis of a Bead Excavated at Pendleton, Lancashire and Comparison with Similar Objects from Britain and France.

Kate Waddington: Cosmological Space in Settlement Place: The Howe, Orkney.

David Breeze: Two Roman Britains.

Frances MacIntosh with Matthew Ponting: The Wirral Brooch: the Form, Distribution and Role of a Romano-British Brooch Type.

Steve Ashby: Technologies of Appearance: the Agency of Hair in Early Medieval Europe.

Mike McCarthy: Excavations at Carlisle Cathedral: a Sequence from the >ate Roman Period to the Twelfth Century.

Rosie Adamson: Medieval Geometric Drawings.

Rachel Swallow: Gateways to Power: The Castles of Ranulf III of Chester and Llywelyn the Great of Gwynedd.

Catriona Mackie: Crossing the Threshold: Negotiating Space in the Vernacular House.

Craig Cessford: Mid-Nineteenth Century Dining at Trinity Hall, Cambridge: interpreting a homosocial corporate household dining clearance assemblage.

Robert McCombe: Lost in Translation: Historicist Narratives and the Tomb of St Cuthbert in the Nineteenth Century.

If you join the RAI for 2014,  you will receive two volumes for the price of one!