Policies

Peer Review Process

Prospective authors are invited to complete our Book Proposal Form. We require 2-3 sample chapters to be submitted along with the proposal form, one of which must be the introduction.

The proposal document and sample chapters will be reviewed by two expert peer reviewers to inform the Managing Editor and Editorial Advisory Board’s decision.

The full manuscript will be reviewed by a single peer reviewer on final submission.

Open Access Policy

The Society welcomes proposals for Open Access book projects.

All proposals are peer reviewed to the same standard, and reviewers are not informed of the funding status for any submissions.

Gold Open Access

We are able to provide Gold Open Access for books when the entire cost of publication is met. Publishing a book as Gold Open Access with the Society means that the final published Version of Record will be made permanently free to access online under the terms of a Creative Commons licence immediately upon publication.

 We offer a choice of Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY), Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) and Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) licences. When submitting a book proposal, please let us know that you are interested in Gold Open Access and we can discuss the details.

Where possible and with the agreement of the author books are made freely available online when their print run has sold out.

Privacy and Consent Policy

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and the University of Edinburgh, which provides the hosting platform, adhere to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which regulates how we collect, use, store and dispose of personal data.

Users are not able to log in or otherwise enter personal information on this site.

Website visitors

Edinburgh’s book hosting platform (OMP) collects anonymised usage log data, including IP addresses, pages visited, date visited, browser information, and geographical data. This information is not used to identify visitors personally and it is not used for any purpose other what is described here. The platform also uses cookies to manage session history and provide a better user experience – more details can be found below.

Rights of the Individual

We seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

The Society also has its own data protection policy which should be consulted in conjunction with this journals website policy where it relates to use of Society data (such as Fellowship/membership information). This is published on our website.

Cookies information

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We use cookies to manage session history. A cookie titled OMPSID is created when first visiting a page on this platform and is stored on the visitor's computer. It is used only to store a session ID and to facilitate logins.

We also use performance cookies to analyse site usage so we can measure and improve site functionality. The tool we use most consistently is Google Analytics. Anonymous data about your visit is collected and amalgamated with that of other visitors so we can better understand how people use our website. You can opt out of providing us with this information if you wish, with no impact on your experience of our website.

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Take Down Policy

We make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

Should you discover published content that you believe to be illegal, or infringes any of your statutory rights, you may contact the Editor who will review the complaint.

On receipt of your complaint, the Publications team will:

  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  3. For all but spurious complaints, cease access to the item that is subject to complaint
  4. Refer the complaint to the Society's Legal Advisor for comment and advice
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant.

When the authenticity of your complaint has been verified and the Editor has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the item will be removed from public access.

If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

Please contact:

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF

Tel: +44 (0) 131 247 4145
Email: publications@socantscot.org

Please note the Publications office is staffed 9-5pm Monday-Friday.