About the Journal

Peer Review Process

All articles are blind peer-reviewed.


Publication Frequency

Documenta Praehistorica is published one issue per year.

Online First

Online First is a feature offered by the Documenta Praehistorica journal through the Open Journal Systems platform. It allows completed articles queued for an upcoming issue to be published online before they are included in the final print and online editions of the journal. Information such as journal issue and DOI will be assigned to online first articles. Page numbers will not be assigned as this information will not be known until the issue is completed. Each online first article will be citable with the date of online first publication, journal issue and DOI. DOIs are assigned to all Documenta Praehistorica articles and provide a permanent means of identifying manuscripts published in the online environment, even after they have been assigned to a print edition. Once an online first article has appeared in the final online and print issues and has received its full bibliographic data (pagination), hosting of the article will transition from the Online First listing to that of the Current Issue. Normally, the article will not change from this version (except by adding pagination). Authors will not be asked to revise their articles again.


Open Access Policy

This is a diamond open-access journal which means that all content is freely available online without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public promotes a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Article Processing Charges

The journal Documenta Praehistorica does not charge authors or any third party for publication. Both submission and processing of manuscripts, and publication of articles are free of charge. There are no fees for publishing materials. There are no: "article processing charges" (APCs), "article submission charges", "membership fees" or "language editing fees". We do not charge authors for having colour photos or extra pages in their articles. There are no hidden costs whatsoever.


Abstracting and Indexing

The articles of Documenta Praehistorica are indexed/reviewed in the following databases/resources:

  • COBISS.si
  • dLib.si
  • Anthropology Plus
  • DOAJ
  • EuroPub


Journal Documenta Praehistorica is supported by:

Sources of Support

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Journal History

In 1964 a group of enthusiasts around the eminent Slovenian archaeologist Professor Josip Korošec at the University of Ljubljana established a new journal entitled A Report on the Research of the Neolithic and Eneolithic in Slovenia (Poročilo o raziskovanju neolita in eneolita v Sloveniji). Professor Korošec was the first editor and published the first two volumes, which were dedicated to the results of the excavations in the Ljubljansko barje region. After Professor Korošec passed away, the journal was edited by Professor Tatjana Bregant for the next twenty years (3rd to 21st Volumes). In this period, the journal became a respectable publication in Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia for topics relating to the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Eneolithic periods. A number of palaeoenvironmental and palaeoeconomic studies were also published alongside the archaeological topics.

Since the 22nd Volume, the editor has been Professor Mihael Budja, and the editorial policy has shifted from regional to global scale, and for its 25th anniversary the journal changed its title to Documenta Praehistorica. The journal started to publish selected papers that had been presented at the international conference established at that time entitled ‘The Neolithic Seminar’, which has been organised annually by the Department of Archaeology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana for the past twenty years. The Seminars attracted leading researchers from the field and soon became a hub for discussing theoretical concepts, interpretative models and the results of interdisciplinary research studies and projects in Europe and Asia. A ‘Ljubljana school’ of Neolithic studies was formed within this intellectual milieu by a group of researchers who applied and developed ideas discussed at the seminars and in the journal. The papers in Documenta Praehistorica address studies that range from cultural and typological topics to archaeometry, from paleoclimate to paleoeconomy, from demography to archaeogenetics, and from symbolism to identity.

Since 1999, Documenta Praehistorica has had international members on the editorial board alongside Slovenian researchers, and since 2005 it has been enriched by a new web editor and a technical editor. With the formation of the journal’s web page in 2001 the published papers can also be accessed on-line.

Documenta Praehistorica is the only international journal to focus on interdisciplinary research based on Neolithic studies. The main strength of the journal is that it provides an opportunity for the publication of diverse approaches, theories and specific case studies, while maintaining a coherent editorial policy in addressing significant topics and studies relating to the Neolithic and Eurasian prehistory in general. Documenta Praehistorica has thus emerged as a central hub where the richness of different approaches, theories and ideas in contemporary Neolithic studies is easily recognisable.