INSTAP Academic Press publishes projects dealing with the subject of Aegean Prehistory. The Press is a scholarly publisher specializing in the publication of primary source material from archaeological excavations as well as individual studies dealing with material from the prehistoric periods. INSTAP Academic Press only accepts manuscripts for publication in English. Manuscripts submitted to the Press are anonymously reviewed by expert scholars in North America and Europe.

It is the Press’ policy not to publish works that include unprovenanced artifacts from the antiquities market. A manuscript should not contain anything that is in violation of any current Archaeological Institute of America resolution on acquisition or publication of archaeological artifacts (see N.J. Norman, “Editorial Policy on the Publication of Recently Acquired Antiquities,” AJA 109 [2005], pp. 135–136). The Press will not knowingly print in any of its publications the initial presentation of any object acquired after December 30, 1970, by any means other than through an officially sanctioned excavation or survey, unless the object was part of a previously existing collection or was legally exported from the country of origin.

Additionally, the Press will not re-publish a previously published work.

Production Process

Prospective authors should familiarize themselves with the Press Style Guide on manuscript and image preparation. An email of inquiry (instappress @ hotmail.com) should be sent to the Director of Publications with a description of his/her book, including the Table of Contents and/or a short Introduction chapter, if possible. If the Press is interested in the work, ship a hard copy of the manuscript, including all images, to the Press for review. Once the reviewers’ recommendations are received, authors are notified of our publication intentions and the reviewers’ editorial recommendations for the manuscript. Authors will then have the opportunity to revise their manuscripts according to the reviewers’ recommendations and to conform it and the images to the Press Style Guide. A fresh hard copy and all digital files should then be submitted to the Press for consideration for publication.

Authors will receive a hard copy of their manuscript after copyediting has been completed. They will have the opportunity to answer queries, approve/edit suggested changes, and add any additional text and/or images.

The manuscript is then typeset in Adobe InDesign. Page proofs are proofread in-house, and the author also proofreads a hard copy. The author may have a second set of proofs for indexing, if necessary.

The book is sent to the printer who will send 2–3 sets of proofs to the Press, depending upon the difficulty of the book. The author will not receive proofs at this stage. Printing and binding usually take 6–8 weeks.

Whenever possible the Press provides all authors, editors, and contributors with gratis copies of their works. Additional review copies are sent to prominent archaeological journals in North America and Europe.

 

Sharing Policies

INSTAP Academic Press believes in sharing ideas among scholars. This is a vital part of research, and it helps to stimulate discussion and further progress.

Online social media makes sharing more efficient and effective, and this technology is developing rapidly. New online services enable easy content discovery, which results in researchers sharing more and more scholarship. This new digital world has led to copyright and financial concerns for many publishers, especially small ones like INSTAP Academic Press.

In order to promote the responsible sharing of our publications, the Press has adopted the following policies regarding posting the different versions of a manuscript online.

 

Author’s Original Version (AOV)

Also referred to as a preprint, the AOV is the version of the manuscript that has been submitted to the Press for publication consideration. It has not been peer reviewed, copyedited, or typeset.

INSTAP Academic Press allows AOVs to be shared anywhere by anyone at any time. Sharing this version, however, could potentially result in citation confusion and the possible compromising of the peer review process.

If your manuscript is accepted for publication and the AOV has been shared online, we ask that you add a statement of acknowledgment to the preprint:

This is a non-peer-reviewed, pre-copyedited, author-produced version of a manuscript that has been accepted for publication by INSTAP Academic Press.

After the final book has been published, this statement on the online AOV should be updated to provide details about the final publication:

This is a non-peer-reviewed, pre-copyedited, author-produced version of [TITLE OF BOOK], which was published by INSTAP Academic Press (Philadelphia, PA) in 20XX.

 

Author’s Final Version (AFV)

Also referred to as the postprint or accepted manuscript (AM), the AFV is the peer-reviewed, final version of a manuscript that has been accepted for publication. This version contains all revisions made during the peer-review process, and it has not been copyedited or typeset.

INSTAP Academic Press allows AFVs to be shared via an author’s personal website, a departmental or institutional repository, or a noncommercial repository after the final version of the book has been published. They can be uploaded to commercial repositories or academic social networks (e.g., Academia.edu, ResearchGate) following the embargo period of 6 months after publication.

After the final book has been published, we ask that you include this statement providing further details:

This is a peer-reviewed, pre-copyedited, author-produced version of [TITLE OF BOOK], which was published by INSTAP Academic Press (Philadelphia, PA) in 20XX.

Uncorrected Page Proofs

For the purposes of proofreading and indexing, INSTAP Academic Press will provide authors with watermarked PDF files of books or individual chapters that have been copyedited and typeset. These uncorrected, pre-publication versions at no time should be uploaded to an author’s personal website, a departmental or institutional repository, a noncommercial subject repository, or a commercial repository or academic social network.

 

Final Published Book

The final published book, also referred to as the version of record (VOR), is the final version of the manuscript produced by the publisher. It has been copyedited and typeset.

INSTAP Academic Press will provide authors with a PDF version of the final published work. This version may be uploaded to a departmental or institutional repository at any time, provided that proper acknowledgment is paid to the publisher with links to the work on the publisher and JSTOR websites:

www.instappress.com<http://www.instappress.com/

http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublisher?publisherCode=instappress&

The final published book may not be uploaded to an author’s personal website, a noncommercial subject repository, or a commercial repository or academic social network until the embargo period of 6 months after publication has passed, so that the Press may try to recoup some of its production costs. Despite the great cost of overall production, INSTAP Academic Press fortunately does not require fees from its authors to publish their work. While we are a nonprofit entity, we do need time for cost-recovery through sales to ensure the long-term sustainability of our Press.

A PDF copy of the full front matter of the book will be provided to authors, which they may post to commercial repositories or

 

 

Version of Manuscript

Personal Website Department or Institutional Repository Noncommercial Subject Repository Commercial Repository or Academic Social Network

Author’s Original Version (AOV)

Any time Any time Any time Any time

Author’s Final Version (AFV)

After publication After publication After publication

Following the embargo period of 6 months after publication

Uncorrected Page Proofs

Never Never Never

Never

Final Published Book (VoR) Following the embargo period of 6 months after publication Any time Following the embargo period of 6 months after publication

Following the embargo period of 6 months after publication