About the Journal

Studia Praehistorica (ISSN 0204-9880 Print; ISSN 2815-2697 Online) is a double blind peer-reviewed open access journal published by the National Archaeological Institute with Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NAIM–BAS). It was launched in the late 1970s by Georgi I. Georgiev and Nikolay Ya. Merpert as a joint Bulgarian-Soviet journal of prehistory. The first volume 1–2 (1978) included the papers of the international symposium on the Varna Cemetery. From 2021, Studia Praehistorica has both print and online open access versions and has been issued regularly, one volume per year. It covers the time span from the Paleolithic to the Early Iron Age in the Balkans and neighboring areas, and also publishes book reviews and debates on topical concerns. The high standards of editorial control in the selection and preparation of papers is guaranteed by our peer review procedures.

  1. Aim and scope of the Journal
  2. Language
  3. Open access policy
  4. Registration/submission/publication fees
  5. Submission of manuscripts
  6. Reviewing articles
  7. Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
  8. Screening for plagiarism
  9. Self-archiving and distributing
  10. Repository policy
  11. LOCKSS/CLOCKSS archive system
  12. Disclosure of grants and other funding sources
  13. Copyright
  14. DOI (Persistent issue and article identifier)
  15. Privacy Statement

Aim and scope of the Journal

Studia Praehistorica is a journal of prehistory and covers the time span from the Paleolithic to the Early Iron Age in the Balkans and neighboring areas. It includes reports on excavation projects, archaeological and scientific analyses of finds, discussions on new radiocarbon evidence, critical reviews, and theorizing discourses, both in conventional approaches and refreshing insights. The journal also publishes book reviews and debates on topical concerns.


All papers are published in English. Non-English native speakers use US English spelling throughout; UK spelling can be used only by British English native speakers. Submissions in German or French are accepted by exception only (e.g., theoretical discourses), and the authors should be native speakers of these languages. Detailed instructions for authors can be found at our website.

Open access policy

The journal provides full open access to its online version. Any material can be read or downloaded without registration.

Registration/submission/publication fees

Studia Praehistorica requires no registration, submission or publication fees for papers and other materials.

Submission of manuscripts

Submission of manuscripts is open throughout the year. Volumes are published in December of the current year. Detailed instructions for authors can be found at our website.

Reviewing articles

The articles that are published in Studia Praehistorica follow a double blind peer-review procedure. For publication, each article is reviewed by the editorial team, checked whether the editing requirements were followed and if it is related to the topic of the review. In terms of the scientific content, each article (without the name of the author/s) is sent to two reviewers for evaluation. The comments of reviewers will be sent to the author by the Editor to make the necessary changes. (see Reviewing process).

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

See the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement and Submission Declaration of originality, which also contains a non-conflict clause.

Screening for plagiarism

If in doubt, the editors will check the submitted material through plagiarism detection tools. In case of a positive result, the material will be rejected.

Self-archiving and distributing

Authors can freely archive, share and make separate arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the manuscript published in Studia Praehistorica (e.g., in institutional repositories or open access libraries). In such cases appropriate reference to its original publication/link to Studia Praehistorica is highly desirable.

Repository policy

The published version of the paper can be deposited in any institutional or other repository of the author’s choice or personal website without embargo, with a link to the published article.

LOCKSS/CLOCKSS archive system

The journal enables LOCKSS/CLOCKSS archive system to store and distribute journal content at participating libraries.

Disclosure of grants and other funding sources

Each publication that has been a result of funded research should contain an explicit reference to sponsorship in the text.


The authors retain full copyright on the articles or other publications.

All materials are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, under which:

  • You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use;
  • You may not use the material for commercial purposes;
  • You may only use the original material and if you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

DOI (Persistent issue and article identifier)

Every volume and article in the journal obtain a persistent identifier (DOI) issued by mEDRA registration agency, with metadata information included). Publications listed in the reference list should mention their DOI link, if existing.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.