Focus and Scope

Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti is a peer-reviewed open access journal which focuses on archaeological research into the Landscape Archaeology. Studies of sites, results of scientific excavations and studies on artefacts found in the excavations fall into this field. The journal accepts unpublished scientific contributions characterized by originality and innovation. The journal accepts contributions related to any specific geographical region and relevant to any period, from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

Peer Review Process

Submissions are first evaluated by the Editors / Board of Directors and by the members of the Editorial Boards within four weeks. If the manuscript is considered suitable for publication, it is sent to at least two reviewers. Reviewers will be chosen both among the members of the Scientific Committee, and among external experts. Reviewers will also be independent of the Authors, i.e. not affiliated to the same institution.

The peer review process is double-blind, whereby both referees and authors are kept anonymous.

Referees are asked to evaluate the manuscript within three weeks. If the reviews are positive, but the manuscript requires to be revised and resubmitted, the author is expected to submit the revised version in three weeks.

Publication decisions by the Editors / Board of Directors are final.

Papers identified at any stage of review as having been plagiarised (as well as papers which have been accepted or published) will be rejected.


Publication Frequency

The articles will be published individually, just ready. They will thus be added to the table of contents from time to time, with progressive numbering

Open Access Policy

Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti does not have article processing charges (APC) nor article submission charges (ASC).

Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0.

With the licence CC-BY, authors retain the copyright, allowing anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy their contribution. The work must be properly attributed to its author and Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti should be mentioned.

Editor’s policies on the copyright & self-archiving SHERPA/RoMEO

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Layers. Archeologia Territorio Contesti is an online, open access and double-blind peer-reviewed journal. Layers’s ethic statements are based on the Core practices  developed by the COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics

It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the Editorial Board, the Peer-Reviewers, the Authors and the Publisher.



Publication Decisions

The Board of Directors of Layers has final responsibility for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. It is guided in reaching his decision referees’ reports and may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision. The Board of Directors and the Editorial Board operate in the best interests of the Journal, for the purpose of improving its quality.

Fair Play

Editors at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


Editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers and other editorial advisors, as appropriate.

Retracting Published Works

Editors are obliged to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies whenever appropriate.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor-in-Chief's (or any member of the Editorial Board) own research without the express written consent of the author.



Contribution to Editorial Decisions

The double-blind peer review assists the Board of Directors and the Editors in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editors.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the Editors.

Standards of Objectivity

Review of submitted manuscripts shall be objective and the reviewers shall express their views clearly with supporting arguments to the Editors through the double-blind peer review process.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers shall not accept for review any manuscript for which there is a potential conflict of interest.



Originality and Plagiarism

Authors promise to submit only original, unpublished research, to present their work in a neat and orderly fashion and, whenever necessary, to discuss it with the Editors. They provide correct indications of all bibliographic sources and/or any other accessed source utilized in the preparation of their work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.


Authors guarantee that their work, figures included, does not infringe any existing copyright and discharge the Editors of any potential liability.

In the case of a derivative work (translation, summary, adaptation, etc.), in order to ascertain the potential ownership of intellectual property and economic exploitation of the author/s or of the publisher/s of the original work, Layers states that the bibliographical reference of the original work should be the following: Author/s, Title, Publisher, Place of Publication, Year of Publication, URL (if available), etc..

Authors guarantee that their work is not libellous or detrimental to anyone’s moral and/or economic rights.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors.

Corresponding Author

The Corresponding Author is the author responsible for communicating with the journal for publication. The Corresponding Author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Errors in Published Works

Before being published, the Editorial Committee asks the Author for the formal "Valid for printing" and the published article, provided with the DOI, is to be considered definitive and non-modifiable. Only exceptionally, when an author identifies a particularly significant error or inaccuracy of a formal nature in his/her published work, it is the Author’s obligation to promptly inform the journal editors and provide them with all the information necessary to make any corrections, which must in any case be examined and authorized by the management of the journal and must not lead to alteration of the contents.

Release form

Before the definitive publication, the Author has to sign a release form certifying the originality of the proposed contribution and the right to use and reproduce the data and images used (template)


Publication Frequency

Layers publishes one "open" issue per year. The issue opens with February 1 and ends on December 21 each year. Additionally, special topic issues may be published intermittantly.

No Article Processing Charge (APC)

Layers does not apply any APC (article processing charges) or ASC (article submission charges).

Legal deposit

Layers is experimenting the National legal deposition and long-term digital preservation service. Within the project the persistent identifier NBN (national bibliographic number) is assigned to each article.



Department of History, Cultural Heritage and Territory

  • University of Cagliari