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 Y. Merpert as a joint Bulgarian-Soviet journal of prehistory. The first volume 1–2 (1978) included the proceedings 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 Editors follow a strict double-blind reviewing procedure.

  1. Aim and area
  2. Language
  3. Open access policies
  4. Submission and publication charges
  5. Submission of manuscripts
  6. Peer-review procedure
  7. Editorial ethics
  8. Plagiarism detection
  9. Self-archiving policy / Green OA
  10. Repository policy
  11. LOCKSS/CLOCKSS archive system
  12. Disclosure of funding sources
  13. Copyright
  14. DOI (Persistent issue and article identifier)
  15. Privacy Statement

Aim and area

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. For further details please see the instructions for authors at the website.

Open access policies

Studia Praehistorica is committed to the goals of open research. All articles published by this journal are made immediately available worldwide under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. This means that everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published online in Studia Praehistorica, and that everyone is free to re-use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given.

The open access publication is fully supported by the National Archaeological Institute with Museum of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (NAIM–BAS).

Submission and publication charges

There is no charge for submission of manuscripts, processing, or publication in Studia Praehistorica.

Submission of manuscripts

SSubmission of manuscripts is open throughout the year. Volumes are published in December of the current year. For further details please see instructions for authors.

Peer-review procedure

The Editors of 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).

Editorial ethics

See Editorial ethics and Submission declaration form.

Plagiarism detection

The Editors abide by international anti-plagiarism standards and if there’s any question, will verify the papers for plagiarism before accepting them.

Self-archiving policy / Green OA

Papers published online in Studia Praehistorica can be deposited in open repositories (e.g. an institutional repository) or in subject repositories. A mention of the source or a web link to the journal will be highly appreciated.

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.


Studia Praehistorica content is archived through LOCKSS and CLOCKSS.

Disclosure of funding sources

All authors must disclose any funding they got to conduct their research. Disclosure of funding sources respects the funding contribution, satisfies funding requirements, and encourages transparency.


The Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License is applied to all papers published in Studia Praehistorica. It enables users to copy and share the original work without any alterations or commercial use, as long as they give credit to the original source.

DOI (Persistent issue and article identifier)

A persistent identifier (DOI) is assigned to each volume and individual paper in Studia Praehistorica by the mEDRA registration agency. Authors should also include any DOI links in their reference lists.

Privacy Statement

Any personal information submitted to this journal will only be used for the purposes for which they were entered, and won’t be shared with anyone else or used for any other purposes.