Why Archaeology in Oceania Is So Thin ... and Other Matters

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Readers have complained to me several times that AO is so thin compared to other journals. They wonder whether they are getting value for money.

Why is the journal thin? The answer is that this is deliberate policy. There are a few aspects of the journal which have deceived the eye. First, and perhaps most important, we publish in A4 format (297 x 210 mm), like our fraternal rival, Australian Archaeology. Other journals use smaller formats: Journal of Coastal and Island Archaeology 254 x 177 mm, and the new kid on the block, Journal of Pacific Archaeology 239 x 210 mm. Larger page size means fewer pages to publish the same number of words. Second, there is the size of the print area. AO uses 71% of the paper, more than any of the journals mentioned above, giving more words to a page and, in the process, using less paper. Third is the weight of paper. AO uses fairly thin paper, resulting in a thinner journal (and often lower postage costs). Finally, publishing three times a year rather than two results in a thinner issue each time, because we can only afford to print a certain number of pages each year. All these are also ways in which our environmental footprint is reduced: thinness in this case is a virtue--and it does NOT mean you are getting less for your money!

To other matters. First, we are very pleased to announce that from 2009 Archaeology in Oceania is being listed in the Social Science Citation Index as well as in the Arts and Humanities Citation Index. The latter, of course, isn't an index like SSCI and SCI, as anyone who has tried to look it up will know. …