Focus and Scope
Open Quaternary is an international peer-reviewed venue for contributions that consider the changing environment of the Quaternary, as well as the development of humanity. This scope is intentionally broad, and covers a range of specialisms such as geomorphology, palaeoclimatology, palaeobotany, palynology, vertebrate and invertebrate palaeontology, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, biological anthropology and Palaeolithic archaeology.
You can also read the Open Quaternary blog by clicking here.
The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.
Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.
Open Access Policy
This journal 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.
Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.
The journal encourages authors to make their research data openly available via an appropriate repository to aid replication and/or use of research material.
The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.
Ubiquity Press journals are indexed by the following services:
If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.
The following repositories meet our peer-review requirements and are recommended for the archiving of datasets. Please contact us if you would like to use another repository or recommend that we add it to our list.
|Focus and suitability||Data can be uploaded to the Dataverse Repository designed specifically for papers in the journal. We recommended this repository to authors because it is managed entirely by the editorial staff and ensures maximum interoperability between datasets and data papers.|
|Cost||Free for all OQ authors.|
|Sustainability||The Dataverse Network is an open-source application funded by Harvard University.|
Depositing data into the Dataverse is currently done manually:
|Focus and suitability||Figshare takes data from all subject areas, and is suitable for small to medium sized archaeological datasets that do not require specialised curation. '"Figshare allows you to share all of your data, negative results and unpublished figures."|
|Cost||Free. "Figshare gives users unlimited public space and 1GB of private storage space for free."|
|Licenses||"All figures, media and multiple file uploads are published under a CC-BY license. All datasets are published under CC0."|
|Sustainability||"Figshare is an independent body that receives support from Digital Science. 'Digital Science's relationship with figshare represents the first of its kind in the company's history: a community- based, open science project that will retain its autonomy whilst receiving support from the division.'"|
|Deposit instructions||Depositing data associated with a data paper in Figshare is currently done manually:|
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If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher