Peer review

All books published by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous peer reviewers in a double-blind process.

The Managing Editor is responsible for creating reviewer guidelines for the Society’s scholarly publications.

All submissions are peer reviewed regardless open access. Reviewers are not informed of the funding status of any publication.

The Managing Editor will mediate all exchanges between authors and peer reviewers before publication. If agreement cannot be reached, the Managing Editor will invite comments from additional reviewer(s).

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The copyright of Society's books remains the property of the author(s). The author(s) assigns an exclusive right to the Society to publish the book while the author’s copyright subsists.

It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce any third-party material used in their paper.

The Society retains the copyright of the layout and typography of SAIR.

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It is not necessary to obtain permission to reuse open access books published if reuse is in line with the stipulated Creative Commons licences assigned to the paper. Any reuse should include attribution to the author(s) and original publication.

Please note that these terms do not extend to any material that has separate licensing terms specified or any material that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Permission to reproduce third-party material must be obtained directly from the copyright holders concerned.

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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 and Scots laws.

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

On receipt of your complaint, the editorial 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 a Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

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