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A subject guide for the Institute of Archaeology: Archaeology, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage

Types of periodical publications

Academic (or scholarly) journals: used to disseminate scholarly information that relates to a particular academic discipline. They are aimed at researchers and are often peer-reviewed, which means that articles are evaluated by experts in the field before publication to ensure the information in them is accurate and well presented. An example of academic journal is World Archaeology 

Magazines: generally printed on glossy paper (but can also be available online), they are aimed at a more general audience than academic journals and can include opinions and news items too. An example of magazine is Current Archaeology 

Newspapers: published on a daily basis, the focus of these is on news items. They can include a section on education, but are wide in scope. An example of newspaper is The Guardian

Trade publications: usually published by a special group, learned society or professional organisation and aimed at people working in a specific industry. An example of trade publication is Yearbook and Directory (Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists)

Key journals for Archaeology, Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage

Printed journals covering archaeology, museum studies and heritage will be found within the Institute of Archaeology's alphabetical sequence of journals INST ARCH Pers.

Many more titles are available online.

Please be aware that many smaller, specialist journals important for archaeology and heritage, particularly those published outside the UK and USA, are not available electronically. You should always use a balance of electronic and print journals for archaeological research; print journals may be less convenient, but they offer you a range of vital critical perspectives and information. 

It's good practice to always check the website of the organisation that produces a print journal before starting your research. The organisation may not have been able to produce an electronic version of their journal, but they often provide electronic indexes, which helps speed up your search. For example: Cornish Archaeology