Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Canadian Journal of Archaeology (CJA) is the biannual publication of the Canadian Archaeological Association. The CJA publishes original scholarly work on topics pertinent to the field of Canadian archaeology, or of more general theoretical or methodological application. An Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) assists the Editor with setting the direction of the journal, and with encouraging submissions. Submissions to the CJA are accepted in both English and French.

Several different types of works are published on a regular basis:

  • Articles are major research papers on topics of broad interest to archaeologists working within, or interested in, Canadian archaeology, and to informed members of the public.
  • Research Reports are shorter in length, more focused in subject, and generally of interest to a more select audience.
  • CommentaryDiscussion papers provide dissenting or alternative points of view on recently published articles or research reports, or present new information pertinent to the topic.
  • Forum consists of position papers on current topics relevant to Canadian archaeology. Each paper is sent by the Editor to a number of individuals for their comments. The position paper and commentaries will subsequently be published together.
  • Book Reviews are generally solicited by the Book Review Editor, who is responsible for identifying new or recent publications on topics appropriate for review in the CJA.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Reports

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Book Reviews

  • Katherine Patton
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Editor's Notes

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Special Section

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Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted for consideration should not be currently undergoing review by any other publications. If it is determined that manuscripts have been previously published, in part or in full, they will be rejected and returned to the author(s).

All submitted manuscripts are read by the Editor and one or more EAB members to determine if the topic is appropriate for the CJA and if the manuscript is ready for peer review. If it is deemed ready, the Editor and EAB members identify at least three peer reviewers. Peer reviewers are selected on the basis of their area and level of expertise and on their readiness to complete the review within 30 days. Peer reviewers are asked to evaluate manuscripts for originality, quality, clarity, and adherence to the CJA manuscript submission format. Based upon the results of the review, the manuscript may either be:
  1. Accepted;
  2. Accepted contingent upon requested revisions; or
  3. Rejected.

In the case of significantly divergent reviews, the Editor may seek additional reviews.