Journal of Irish Archaeology – JIA

The Journal of Irish Archaeology (JIA) is the journal of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. It is a peer-reviewed, annual journal, comprising articles on Irish archaeology and related topics. Editorship of the journal changes every two years, rotating between the archaeology teaching staff in third-level institutions in the island of Ireland. We are currently working on two volumes of the Journal, with two separate editors: Volume XXIV is edited by Dr Carleton Jones from the School of Geography and Archaeology at the National University of Ireland Galway and Volume XXV (now open for submissions, see Call for Papers below) is edited by Dr Fiona Beglane from the Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS), Department of Environmental Science at the Institute of Technology, Sligo.


Current Issue

The most recent issue of the JIA is Vol. XXIII (for 2014) edited by Dr. Carleton Jones of the National University of Ireland, Galway. This volume contains the following articles:

    • The Boyne to Brodgar initiative: understanding – and preserving, presenting and raising awareness of – Neolithic monuments and the people who built and used them in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man: A. Sheridan and G. Cooney
    • Newgrange revisited: new insights from excavations at the back of the mound in 1984-1988: A. Lynch
    • Movement and diet in early Irish prehistory: first evidence from multi-isotope analysis: T. Kador, L. Fibiger, G. Cooney and P. Fullagar
    • Excavation of a fulacht fia and ring-ditch at Carrigtohill townland, Co. Cork: R. M. Cleary and A. Hawkes
    • Birds of the Otherworld – Sacral symbolism and the Dunaverney Flesh-hook: K. Leonard
    • The gold ornaments from Rathgall: the analytical evidence for their date and the sources of their gold: R. Warner
    • Burials and Boundaries at Britonstown, Co. Wicklow: M. Tobin and F. Bailey
    • Assembly and elite culture in Iron Age and late Antique Europe: a case study of Óenach Clochair, Co. Limerick: P. Gleeson
    • Death and Burial in the Poor Law Union Workhouses in Ireland: L. Lynch

Numerous book reviews are also included, as well as a review article by the editor, looking at Bronze Age studies in Europe today. Copies of the journal are available through Wordwell and can be ordered by following this link.


Call for Papers

We are currently seeking submissions for JIA Vol. XXV (to be published in early 2017). The final date for receipt of draft texts for publication is Friday, 1st April 2016. The full Call for Papers is available to download in pdf format. JIA Call For Papers 2016 Articles published in the journal must have a strong analytical component. They may arise from various types of research including synthesis, survey, excavation, material culture studies and methodological developments. Researchers working in ancillary disciplines are also welcome to contribute. Submissions that place Irish material in a broad European or global context are particularly encouraged. If you would like to contribute to the Journal of Irish Archaeology you are encouraged to contact the editor, Dr Fiona Beglane, for a preliminary informal discussion.



Articles in the JIA must be original, have a strong analytical component and may have resulted from a variety of different research strategies (survey or excavation, for example). Contributions from ancillary disciplines are also welcome. Articles that synthesize results, deal with methodological developments, or that place Irish archaeological discoveries within broader European or global contexts are particularly encouraged. If you would like to submit an article to the JIA you are encouraged to contact the editor (from the beginning of 2016, the editor receiving new content is Dr Fiona Beglane) for a preliminary informal discussion. The editor can contacted by email (beglane[dot]fiona[at]itsligo[dot]ie). Articles should be no longer than 10,000 words, including bibliography, tables and captions (unless otherwise agreed with the JIA editor). Contributors should also note that there are restrictions on the quantities of colour images that can be published with each article and we encourage the inclusion of monochrome illustrations. Each contributor is encouraged to discuss the use of images with the JIA editor in advance of submission. Further details are available in the Guidelines for Contributors, available in pdf format and can be downloaded at the link below. Please note that these guidelines are under revision. Following initial correspondence with the editor, prospective contributors should submit for consideration an electronic copy of the article in Microsoft Word, with all illustrations as separate files. It is not necessary to submit hard copy text or illustrations. Guidelines for JIA Contributors


JIA postgraduate prize

The JIA postgraduate prize is awarded for outstanding contributions by postgraduate students that have been published in the Journal. This is not an annual prize and is only awarded when the Editor and the Editorial Board feel that a high-quality contribution merits the prize. Other criteria also apply:

  • The article has gone through the normal procedures for submission, peer-review and acceptance in the JIA.
  • The article is a single author paper.
  • The article was written and/or published while the author was a postgraduate student OR it arises directly out of research carried out while a postgraduate student and is published no more than three years since the relevant course of study was completed.

A joint prize will be awarded if two papers of equally high merit are published by candidates within the same year.


JIA mentoring scheme for authors

The Editorial Board of the JIA runs a mentoring scheme for new authors to provide guidance, encouragement and realism before submitting work for peer-review. Peer-review is a rigorous process, and rejection can be discouraging for researchers who are new to writing for academic journals. The aim of this mentoring scheme is to connect the author to a mentor who will go through their work and provide friendly advice, pointing out gaps in the research, commenting on the structure of the article and suggesting the next steps to take with the work. Of course, the author will still be expected to do all the work on her or his own. The scheme is confidential. If you are interested in being connected to a mentor, please contact Fiona Beglane (beglane[dot]fiona[at]itsligo[dot]ie) with details of the topic of your article (so that a suitable mentor can be found) and an outline of the extent to which the prospective article has been compiled at this point. Please place “JIA mentoring scheme” in the subject header of the email.


JIA online access

Archive copies of JIA articles are available online through the JSTOR digital library. To read electronic copies of these JIA articles, please sign up for a JSTOR account at the JSTOR Register and Read web page ( Volumes I – XIX are currently available online (updated 14 December 2015).


JIA Open Access

The JIA is categorised as a “blue” Open Access journal by Sherpa Romeo, a database of publisher copyright and self-archiving policies. See our designation here. Blue Open Access status is based on our policy of allowing authors to archive pre-prints of their papers online after publication in the journal. Archiving of publisher copies of JIA articles is allowed 2 years after publication. Full details of our policies can be found in the Author Self-Archiving Policy (attached as a PDF below). In recent years it has become increasingly common for authors of journal articles to deposit digital copies of their work in institutional repositories or on similar archiving sites. We recognise the benefits that this can bring to both author and journal in terms of increased recognition for and access to the high quality research that is published in our journal. We are also mindful that openness and access to research outputs are now common conditions of funding provided by research councils and similar organisations. The editorial board of the JIA has therefore formulated this author self-archiving policy to help authors meet these conditions and to allow them to distribute the results of their research within clearly defined limits. JIA author self archiving policy December 2015


JIA Editorial Board

The Editorial Board for the Journal assists the Editor in determining its content, actively encouraging the submission of papers and assisting in the adjudication of the JIA Postgraduate Prize. The Editorial Board of the JIA is currently Carleton Jones (editor Vol. XXIV), Elizabeth Twohig, Fiona Beglane (editor Vol. XXV), Conleth Manning, Colin Breen, Katharina Becker, Conor McDermott, Nick Maxwell (publisher) and Penny Johnston (board of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland).


This web page was last updated on 18 January 2016.