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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.

Publication Frequency

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.

Archiving Policy

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:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

The journal has received the DOAJ Seal of Approval.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Recommended Repositories

Recommended repositories

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.

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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.
CostFree for all OQ authors.
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SustainabilityThe Dataverse Network is an open-source application funded by Harvard University.
Deposit instructions

Depositing data into the Dataverse is currently done manually:

  1. Go to the following link: and register for an account.
  2. Once logged in, create a new study and follow the instructions to deposit your data. Ensure that your data conforms to the peer review requirements
  3. You will receive a handle ID shortly after your submit your data. Please add this to the identifier field of your data paper.
  4. Once your paper has passed peer-review, the team will add the citation to your Dataverse entry. 

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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."
CostFree. "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."
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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 instructionsDepositing data associated with a data paper in Figshare is currently done manually:
  1. Create an account with figshare.
  2. Upload your data as either a fileset (most appropriate if you have multiple files) or a dataset.
  3. Check that your deposit also conforms to the peer review requirements.
  4. When the data has been made public on the figshare site, it will be assigned a handle identifier. Please enter this in your data paper under Repository Location.
  5. Once your paper has passed peer review and been published, please add the reference to the description field in figshare, and add the DOI to the links also.

Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

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

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