Objectives – strategies – concepts


The DAI strives to maintain its position as an outstanding and globally renowned publisher of archaeology journals and serial publications. We will continue to make the results of modern research in all areas of archaeology and classical studies accessible to both the scientific community and the general public in the best possible form.

The continuous improvement of quality assurance measures therefore forms one of the pillars of our publication strategy. High quality standards aim to ensure that the DAI will continue shaping the academic discourse and DAI journals maintain their position as preferred publication platforms for researchers and scientists around the globe. All DAI journals have thus established peer review processes. The monographs and anthologies published as part of DAI serial publications are also subject to academic and formal review procedures.

Besides the high quality of their content, DAI publications are also and will continue to be beacons of excellent production and editorship. For our book publications this specifically includes ideal printing quality with the best possible illustration reproduction and top-range book production. he editorial offices of the DAI's departments and commissions ensure that each publication is edited by experienced experts in the respective fields. Furthermore, our editorial offices leverage their expertise to guarantee efficient editorial management and capable quality assurance. To this end, they continuously develop their production know-how.

Forms of publication, planning and workflow processes

To meet the challenges of a changing publishing landscape and practice, the DAI will strengthen its focus on viable book formats, functional layout concepts, and various modes of publication. In addition to offset printing, the DAI will make use of the benefits of digital printing and print on demand offers. This will enable us to make research results accessible promptly while maintaining our high publication quality.I n addition, we will provide authors with templates for their manuscript preparation to streamline the production process and minimize the necessary control efforts.

Further measures introduced to increase efficiency and control include standardized internal processes; the consolidation of previously dispersed processes; and advanced, resource-oriented planning procedures starting with program planning and coordinated with the DAI headquarters, departments, and editors.

Open access and digital publishing

Making knowledge published by the DAI accessible on a wider scale is another objective of our publishing strategy. As signees of the Berlin Declaration we committed ourselves to the principles of open access and the concept of making research results and data accessible without limitations, if possible. Digital publishing therefore plays an increasingly important role in the DAI's publishing concepts.

Our goal is not merely to offer digital versions of our printed books. Rather, the publication of research data and the integration of digital research landscapes need to be considered in conjunction with the classical publishing process. Our main editorial department cooperates with the Information Technology Section and its diverse projects in developing new, digital publication formats that will allow customized solutions for any publication project.

These new concepts include hybrid publication formats, i.e. books linked to digital document resources or books whose background documentation is partly or fully available in digital databases so that the printed books seamlessly integrate with existing digital infrastructures.

Furthermore, the DAI's editorial departments will increasingly design fully digital publication formats. Pioneer projects in this area are our Annual E-Report and, especially, Research E-Papers, which are already available as pure online versions, providing fast and convenient access to the latest excavation and research results. These formats will be developed and expanded with the aim to adapting the concept to other journals that are currently only available as print versions. E-journals not only allow us to implement the open access principles and make scientific and academic knowledge readily available. They also give authors the opportunity to publish their latest findings promptly and kindle the scientific discourse.


Peter Baumeister
Redaktion an der Zentrale
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