Welcome to the BU Archaeology Society Journal page! If you have come here looking to apply for the Journal’s editorial board or to submit your paper for consideration, then you are in the right place. Below you will find the criteria to either submit a paper or apply for a position.


The Boston University Archaeology Society is publishing their Fall 2013 semester journal and is looking for submissions from Boston University and the greater Boston area. The journal aims to be an excellent standard of scholarly writing yet, be widely accessible. We encourage students to submit quality papers that they would like to be published in the journal. There are six categories for submissions, which are explained below. It should be noted that all submissions are to be double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font. Also, please send all submissions to the BU archaeology society email,, with the title, “Submission for ________ category.”

Submission Deadlines:

Feature Length Articles: January 30th, 2014

All Other Articles: February 20th, 2014


1.) Feature Length Articles:

Feature length pieces should be at a minimum of ten pages and at a maximum of 15 pages. Topics can vary, but they must be related to Archaeology and if in the case that they are not, they will be rejected. Feature length articles need not be argumentative in nature, but should be engaging and display archaeological research from a new and interesting perspective.

2.) Position Pieces:

Position pieces should be in between three to five pages. Unlike a feature length article, a position paper must be making a coherent, comprehensive, and substantial argument about a specific topic related to Archaeology. Position papers do not need to be extremely technical, but should be informative and explanatory.

3.) Interviews:

Interview pieces should range from two to three pages. It is important that interviews are conducted in a professional manner. The interview should highlight the new and interesting work being done by various professors or specialists in the field of archaeology and its related fields. Interview pieces must be faithful transcriptions of the questions asked and answers given during the interview.

4.) Travelogues:

The BUAS journal will also be featuring travelogues written by students and their experiences abroad, either through field schools or other archaeological research oriented trips. These pieces should only be two or three pages long. The specific topics may vary; however, travelogues should generally be focused on how the experience was thought provoking or how it changed your perspective on archaeology and its related fields.

5.) Artifact Profiles:

Artifact profiles should only be approximately one page long. These pieces should be centered around one specific artifact or on one specific set of artifacts and should reveal interesting facts about the artifact. If archaeologically relevant information is available such as the provenance, the archaeologist who discovered it, and the archaeological history surrounding the artifact it should be incorporated into the paper.

6.) Interdisciplinary Articles:

Articles that will be featured in the interdisciplinary section of the journal should range from six to eight pages. Interdisciplinary articles should incorporate Archaeology and other seemingly unrelated fields such as Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Linguistics, etc. The topics of the articles should be about how the two different fields come together to further the research of either or both fields, but should not be extremely technical and also be accessible to a wide range of audiences.





The BU Archaeology Society is looking for capable people to become part of our editorial board. Previous experience is preferred, but not required. The available positions for the board and their various requirements are below. If any of the positions sound appealing please do not hesitate to send in an application to the BUAS email,, titled, “Application for _________ Position.”


1.) Staff editor:

The main responsibilities of the staff editor lie in carefully looking over submissions and evaluating the quality of the works under the guidance of the managing and associate managing editor. The staff editor will be handling the bulk of the editing to see if submissions meet the standards set by the managing editor as well as assess the coherence and comprehensiveness of all submissions. Another duty of the staff editor is to oversee the work of the copy editor and the fact checker to ensure a smooth and timely editing process for all papers. The staff editor must be organized, be able to pay close attention to detail and must be able to handle complex readings.

2.) Copy editor:

The copy editor’s main responsibility is to look over each accepted submission for grammatical and syntax errors within the paper. It is important that the copy editor work closely with the staff editor to make sure that edits are completed in an organized manner. The copy editor must also be able to pay close attention to detail, have a good understanding of the rules of grammar, and be able to work in a timely manner.

3.) Layout and Design Coordinator:

The layout and design coordinator (LD coordinator) is in charge of all the graphic design and art related sections of the journal in addition to being responsible for the formatting of the journal. This position requires the LD coordinator to work closely with the staff editor, managing editor, and the associate managing editor in order to obtain final copies of submissions and therefore must be able to work efficiently as part of a team. The LD coordinator must also be familiar with Adobe Photoshop and various layout programs such as InDesign or Scribus.

4.) Distribution Manager:

The BUAS Journal will mainly be presented as an online journal; however, the journal will also be printed on a print by order process, in which case, the distribution manager is tasked with producing a physical copy of the journal. These tasks include getting in touch with a reliable publishing company that accepts print by order processes, securing payment information from the patron, and relaying such information to the financial manager. The distribution manager must work in a timely and efficient manner so that copies are sent to and received by patrons on time. The position of distribution manger requires the manger to be extremely organized, reliable, and understand the logistics of distribution.