About the Journal

The Bulgarian e-Journal of Archeology (Be-JA, ISSN 1314-5088) is a double blind peer-reviewed open access online journal published by the Association of Bulgarian Archaeologists (ABA). The first issue was published in 2011, and since 2012 till now two issues per year (June and December) have been issued without interruption. The ambition of its creators and the editorial board is to provide an opportunity for the archaeological community to take part and to contribute in several directions: publication of high quality, richly illustrated studies and articles, reports and reviews; introducing innovative methods of investigations; initiating discussions on problematic issues and maintaining research polemics. High-standard editorial control in the selection and preparation of publications is guaranteed by our editorial procedure – papers are peer-reviewed by specialists, well-acquainted with the discussed topics.

  1. Focus and scope of the Journal
  2. Language
  3. Open access policy
  4. Registration/submission/publication fees
  5. Submission of manuscripts
  6. Reviewing articles
  7. Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement
  8. Screening for plagiarism
  9. Self-archiving and distributing
  10. Repository policy
  11. Archiving policy
  12. LOCKSS/CLOCKSS archive system
  13. Disclosure of grants and other funding sources
  14. Copyright
  15. DOI (Persistent issue and article identifier)
  16. ORCID (persistent digital identifier for researchers)
  17. Open citations with I4OC standard

Focus and scope of the Journal

The journal has its principal focus on Balkan archaeology, but we will consider submissions with a wider geographical reach (including important methodological and theoretical contributions) of relevance to the Balkans. Supra-regional discussions and debates on global problems like preservation and dissemination of the cultural/historical/archaeological heritage into wider society are warmly welcomed in our journal.


Our goal is to maintain a bilingual standard – papers in Bulgarian and in English are accepted and each of the published materials should be accompanied by a summary in the language alternative to the main language of the article. The trend for preferentially English papers is in progress. Detailed notes for contributors can be found at the corresponding link of four website.

Open access policy

The journal provides free and open access to all of its materials and all editions since its inception. Any material can be read or downloaded without registration. Registration is desirable; it declares further interest in information about the release of a new issue or forthcoming publications.

Registration/submission/publication fees

Be-JA does not require either registrations, submission or publication fees for papers and other materials.

Submission of manuscripts

The submission schedule is oriented to two annual deadlines: 10th of March (for the first annual issue in June) and 10th of September (for the second issue in December). Detailed instructions for preparation of manuscripts and submission process are presented on our portal.

Reviewing articles

Reviewed articles are published in two sections: Papers and Archaeometry (see the Peer review process). The materials in the other sections of the journal are accepted by the Editor-in-Chief and are subjected to a critical reading by him / her and / or another member(s) of the Editorial Board but are not subjected to a double-blind review.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

See the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement and submission declaration of originality, which also contains a non-conflict clause.

Screening for plagiarism

If in doubt, the editors will check the submitted material through plagiarism detection tools. In case of a positive result, the material will be rejected.

Self-archiving and distributing

Authors can freely archive, share and make separate arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the manuspript already published or which have already been accepted for publishing (pre-print), or are in process of publishing in Be-JA (e.g. in institutional repositories, web-sites or book chapters). In such cases appropriate reference to its original publication/ link to the submitted manuscript for publication in Be-JA is required.

Repository policy

All versions of the manuscript can be deposited in any institutional or other repository of the author’s choice or personal website without embargo, with a link to the published article. The publisher policy is registered in Sherpa Romeo.

Аrchiving policy

Materials are deposited in a national repository for long-term storage and sharing of research publications (Bulgarian Portal for Open Science, National Centre for Information and Documentation). Every article is archived in the CEEOL repository and online library of academic e-journals and e-books in the Humanities and Social Sciences from and about Central and Eastern Europe).

LOCKSS/CLOCKSS archive system

The journal enables LOCKSS/CLOCKSS archive system to store and distribute journal content at participating libraries.

Disclosure of grants and other funding sources

Each publication that has been a result of sponsored research should contain an explicit reference to sponsorship in the text.


The authors retain full copyright on the articles or other publications.

All materials are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, under which:

  • You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use;
  • You may not use the material for commercial purposes;
  • You may only use the original material and if you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

DOI (Persistent issue and article identifier)

Every issue and article in the journal obtain a persistent identifier (DOI) issued by mEDRA registration agency, with metadata information included). Publications listed in the reference list should mention their DOI link, if existing.

ORCID (Persistent digital identifier for researchers)

ORCID iD, attached to the researcher affiliation, is required by default. Every researcher can create their own ORCID iD free of charge. For benefits using ORCID iD please visit https://orcid.org

Open citations with I4OC standard

The cited references in each article are presented separately and included as bibliographic metadata, following The Initiative for Open Citations.