TRAJ Call for Papers

Submissions are now open for Volume 3 of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal (TRAJ). TRAJ is a new open access journal hosted by the Open Library of Humanities ( Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal provides a venue for innovative and interdisciplinary research in the field of Roman Archaeology. The journal promotes the use of theoretical approaches to the Roman past and facilitates fresh interpretations of datasets, rather than solely the presentation of archaeological data. The journal’s geographic focus is the whole of the Roman world, including areas beyond the frontiers where Roman influence was evident. The journal’s temporal scope is from the Bronze Age to the Late Antique period; however, the subject of most contributions will usually range from the third century BC to the fifth century AD. TRAJ papers are derived from TRAC events and open submissions.


The benefits of submitting your paper to TRAJ:

  • Full open access from day one of publication – open access means anyone with access to the internet can read your article. Studies have shown that open access leads to increased citation, as well as enabling Roman archaeologists without institutional library access to read and ci​te your work.
  • Retain​ copyright of your work and choose from a range of Creative Commons licensing (
  • Rigoro​us peer review
  • High q​uality presentation in .xml and .pdf format
  • Robus​t digital preservation through the CLOCKSS scholarly archive service and DOIs
  • Strong​ discoverability through a range of indexing channels
  • Schola​rly annotations of articles, enabling readers to highlight, annotate and comment on articles
  • ​Easy-to-share social media buttons and article level metrics


Paper Submissions:

Papers will be considered on an individual basis. In the case of submissions arriving from the TRAC 2019 conference, we regret that we will not be able to publish full sessions. In order to ensure that the third volume of TRAJ is published in a timely manner, we would like to start the selection process as soon as possible. To this end, the process will be divided into three stages:

1. Registration of i​nterest: At this stage, we would like to invite anyone who is interested to submit a finalised title and an updated abstract of no more than 500 words by Friday 31st May. The abstract should be submitted as a word document without name, institution or email address.

2. Shortlist and submission of written papers: Once all of the submissions have been received, we will create a shortlist of papers that we regard as suitable for public​ation. The individuals shortlisted will be notified by the end of June. Contributors will then be required to submit a full version of their written paper with a word limit of 10,000 words including bibliography, by Monday 30th September 2019.

3. Final selection: The final selection of papers will be accepted by the journal on the basis of double-blind peer review by two reviewers, drawn from members of the TRAC a​dvisory panel, and international specialists. There will be comments and changes suggested by peer-reviewers to be responded to before the article can be accepted.

Articles will be published individually online as they complete the peer-review and editing process.

Throughout the review process, priority will be given to papers presenting original Roman archaeological research incorporating a significant theoretical element. Articles must follow the TRAJ Research Data Policy by supplying their supporting data and have a word count of 5000-10,000 words.

Please forward all enquiries to and refer to for further information.


Editorial Team:

TRAC 2019 organising committee and TRAJ volume 3 guest editors:

Sophie Chavarria
Karl Goodwin
Phillip Smither


TRAJ editorial committee:

Dr Katherine Crawford
Dr Sergio Gonzalez Sanchez
Dr Lisa Lodwick (Editor-in-Chief)
Dr Matthew J. Mandich
Dr Francesca Mazzilli
Dr Blanka Misic
Dr Sarah Scheffler

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