Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Virtual Archaeology Review (VAR) aims the publication of original papers, interdisciplinary reviews and essays on the new discipline of virtual archaeology, which is continuously evolving and currently on its way to achieve scientific consolidation. In fact, Virtual Archaeology deals with the digital representation of historical heritage objects, buildings and landscapes through 3D acquisition, digital recording and interactive and immersive tools for analysis, interpretation, dissemination and communication purposes by means of multidimensional geometric properties and visual computational modelling.

VAR will publish full-length original papers which reflect both current research and practice throughout the world, in order to contribute to the advancement of the new field of virtual archaeology, ranging from new ways of digital recording and documentation, advanced reconstruction and 3D modelling up to cyber-archaeology, virtual exhibitions and serious gaming. Thus acceptable material may emerge from interesting applications as well as from original developments or research.


- OFFER researchers working in the field of virtual archaeology and cultural heritage an appropriate editorial frame to publish state-of-the-art research works, as well as theoretical and methodological contributions.

- GATHER virtual archaeology progresses achieved as a new international scientific discipline.

- ENCOURAGE the publication of the latest, state-of-the-art, significant research and meaningful applications in the field of virtual archaeology.

- ENHANCE international connections in the field of virtual archaeology and cultural heritage.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Virtual Archaeology Review will acknowledge the articles received by the Editor-in-Chief. The article will be allocated to one of the Editors who will follow an initial screening of the paper’s content and suitability. The Editors, once confirmed that the article fulfils the standards of style and content indicated in the submission policy, will assign independent reviewers for double-blind peer review. The Editors will decide upon publication of the articles received after the review. However, papers may be rejected without full review if they are deemed not to meet the journal’s requirements.

The assessment will be influenced by the interest of the full original article which is expected to reflect both current research and best practice throughout the world, in order to contribute to the advancement of the new field of virtual archaeology, ranging from new ways of recording and documentation, modelling, advanced reconstruction up to cyber-archaeology, virtual exhibitions and serious gaming, among others. Thus acceptable material may emerge from interesting applications as well as from original developments or research. Attention will be paid to the way innovative concepts and solutions are introduced and applied, the way the critical judgement are developed, the suitability of the bibliographical references considered, the correct language writing, etc.

According to the recommendations of the Editor and the reviewers, the Editor of the Virtual Archaeology Review will notify the corresponding author the review decisions: acceptance –publication without changes; minor revision; major revision; and rejection. The communication of the first review will be usually communicated to the authors by the Editor in less than two months.

If the paper is not rejected, some form of revision is normally required and, on receipt of author amendments, a further round of review is undertaken. In this case, the authors will have to resubmit a new (revised or amended) version of the paper, addressing all the comments/suggestions. The author/s will send a rebuttal file with amendments to the Editor in charge of the article, indicating the modifications made in the revised article. The revised article should display the modifications made (e.g. by means of activating the track changes facility) in the light of their comments.

Considering the degree of compliance with the requested changes, the Editors will decide whether or not the article is ready to be accepted for publication. This final decision will be communicated by the Editor of the Virtual Archaeology Review to the corresponding author.

Any requests to either add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Editor from the corresponding author and must include: (1) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged; (2) written confirmation by e-mail from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement; and (3) confirmation from the author being added or removed.

The final acceptance of a contribution will be communicated to the authors within approximately three months.



Publication Frequency

Virtual Archaeology Review publish 2 times a year (January, July)



Open Access Policy

Virtual Archaeology Review is a web-based, open-access, peer-review journal that yields immediate access to all its content, in order to transfer knowledge, academic and scientific advancements worldwide.


Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Virtual Archaeology Review makes a commitment to the academic community by ensuring the ethics and quality of its published articles. As a benchmark, our journal uses the Code of Conduct and Good Practices which, for scientific journals, defined for editors and publishers of peer reviewed journals by the Publication Ethics Committee (COPE): http://publicationethics.org/. It guarantees simultaneously an appropriate answer to the readers and authors’ needs, guaranteeing the quality of the published, protecting and respecting the content of the articles as well as the integrity of them. The Editorial Board is committed to publish corrections, aclarations, retractions and apologies as far as it is necessary.

Virtual Archaeology Review has a policy to publish articles based on artefacts from legitimate sources only.

Our journal thereby guarantees an appropriate response to the needs of readers and authors, ensuring the quality of the published work, protecting and respecting the content and integrity of the articles. The Editorial Board will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies in case it is necessary.

In compliance with these best practices, Virtual Archaeology Review has published the arbitration system that is followed for the selection of articles as well as the evaluation criteria to be applied by the anonymous, external peer reviewers. Virtual Archaeology Review keeps these criteria current, based solely on the scientific importance, the originality, clarity and relevance of the presented article. Our journal guarantees the confidentiality of the evaluation process at any time: the anonymity of both the reviewers and the authors; the reviewed content; the score and comments reported by the reviewers and any other communication issued by the editorial, advisory and scientific boards, in case it proceed.

Equally, the strictest confidentiality applies to possible clarifications, claims or complaints that any author may wish to refer to the journal’s committees or the article reviewers.

Virtual Archaeology Review declares its commitment to respect the integrity of the work already published. For this reason, plagiarism is strictly prohibited and texts that are identified as being plagiarised, or having fraudulent content, will be eliminated or not published in the Virtual Archaeology Review. To verify originality of the article, papers will be revised by the detection service Similitary Check.

In accepting the terms and conditions expressed by our journal, authors guarantee that the article and the materials associated with it are original and do not infringe copyright. The authors will also have to warrant that, in the case of joint authorship, there has been full consensus by all authors that the article has not been submitted to, or published previously (except in the form of an abstract, short paper, part of a published lecture, academic thesis or diploma thesis), in any other media.


Plagiarism Policy

Virtual Archaeology Review editors and readers have a right to expect that submitted work is the author's own, that it has not been plagiarized (i.e. taken from other authors without permission, if permission is required) and that copyright has not been breached (for example, if figures or tables are reproduced). We ask authors to declare that the work reported is their own and that they are the copyright owner. Papers are revised with Similitary Check

If the editors of the Virtual Archaeology Review suspect research misconduct (for example, data fabrication, falsification or plagiarism), they should attempt to ensure that this is properly investigated by the appropriate authorities. Peer review sometimes reveals suspicion of misconduct.



    Scopus CiteScore 2018: 1.77
    Scopus CiteScore rank 2018: 5/65 Arts and Humanities (Conservation) 93rd; 20/263 Arts and Humanities (Archeology) 92nd; 20/254 Social Sciences (Archeology) 92nd; 255/569 Computer Science (Computer Science Applications) 55th
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Interoperability protocol

Virtual Archaeology Review journal is accessible through the OAI-PMH protocol (Open Archives Initiative - Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) based on the Dublin Core scheme, for its metadata transmission over internet.


Creative Commons License

This journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Universitat Politècnica de València

Official journal of Spanish Society of Virtual Archaeology

e-ISSN: 1989-9947   https://dx.doi.org/10.4995/var