Open Access Funding

Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy envisages a Scotland where archaeology is for everyone, and encourages us to increase our profile and widen access within and beyond the sector. The Archaeology Strategy Delivery Plan, launched in autumn 2016, explicitly states our commitment to Open Access for archaeological research. This has been underlined by the publication of Historic Environment Scotland’s Open Access Procedure for the Archaeology Programme, which outlines what open access is and how we intend to support it.

The Open Access Procedure can be found here.

To date we have funded over 40 papers on Scottish Archaeology for Gold Open Access. We are in a position to offer Open Access again in January 2020 for papers which have been recently published or will be before March 31st, 2020. This covers the publication of archaeological projects as articles which may not previously have received support from the Archaeology Programme.

HES is committed to encouraging innovative digital dissemination for archaeological research, and by providing this uplift we hope to increase the impact of archaeological projects undertaken by a variety of organisations, groups and individuals across the sector and so demonstrate the importance of Open Access and its value over or in addition to traditional forms of publication.

To apply to have your article upgraded to Gold Open Access, please email, stating your name and organisation or institution if applicable. In addition, please provide us with:


* A brief description of your project

* Details of where you would like to publish

* Details of how the project was funded


If you have had a project published in a journal in the last year which was not Open Access but which could be, you are also eligible to apply. Please check that the journal has the capacity for Open Access, and that OA can be applied to the publication even after it has been published for a few months.

Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

The deadline for applications for this call is 15th of January 2020.

Craig Stanford

Archaeology Officer

Archaeology and World Heritage Team

Heritage Directorate

Historic Environment Scotland