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.  The most recent issue is Volume XXV, and Volume XXVI is expected to launch in Q1 of 2018, both 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. The call for papers for Volume XXVII, to be edited by Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology, University College Cork, is now open and will close on 28th February 2018.


Current Issue

The most recent issue of the JIA is Vol. XXV (for 2016) edited by Dr Fiona Beglane of CERIS, Department of Environmental Science, Institute of Technology, Sligo. This volume contains the following articles:

      Familiar but forgotten: the work of Eileen Barnes (1876–1956) in Irish archaeology
      Rivet-hole production in the Bronze Age
      Making iron in the Irish midlands: the social and symbolic role of Iron Age ironworkers
      The ringed cross at Ray, Co. Donegal: context and date
      Teltown, Co. Meath: Máire MacNeill’s ‘principal old road’ and the topography of Óenach Tailten
      Timber bridges in medieval Ireland
      An archaeology of remembering and forgetting: ‘good’ and ‘bad’ deaths on Irish mariners’ memorials
      Excavation of a farm animal burial ground at Dooagh Beach, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

Numerous book reviews are also included. Copies of the journal are available through Wordwell and can be ordered by following this link.


Call for Papers

The call for Vol. XXVII of the journal (to be published in late 2018)  is now open and will close on 28th February 2018. 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 JIA you are encouraged to contact the incoming editor, Dr Katharina Becker (, 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 for a preliminary informal discussion. The editor can be contacted by email ( 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. 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 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–XXIV are currently available online.


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 Fiona Beglane (editor Vols XXV and XXVI), Katharina Becker (editor Vols XXVII and XXVIII), Colin Breen, Carleton Jones, Conor McDermott, Cormac McSparron, Conleth Manning, Nick Maxwell (publisher), Elizabeth Twohig and Michael Stanley (JIA convenor).

This web page was last updated on 22 November 2017.