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Mark E. Tkachuk. Stratum plus 2021-2022 Editorial Plans

Editor-in-Chief’s Call to the Authors and Readers

Mark E. Tkachuk

Dear contributors, readers and subscribers,

Stratum plus is happy to mark that our journal’s reputation has significantly grown over the recent years. This is proved not only by its top positions in various ratings. First of all, it is proved by the quality of the submissions we receive and the increasing demand for our volumes with the academic community, as well as the growing geographic span of our discussions.

To a big extent, this is the merit of our esteemed authors, who were so eager to respond to our special editorial policy, which was thought to be utopian and impossible only a few years ago.

We manage to ‘stitch together’ ages – from Stone Age to late Middle Ages – with cross-cutting, universal archaeological issues, be it cultural changes or technological transfer, or social reconstructions based on archaeological sources, or the problem of wars and migrations in antiquity. In other words, together with you, we are building a monographic and logically connected description of relevant topics, illustrating their exploration with the help of a wide range of chronological and regional manifestations. This approach ensures, inter alia, a clearer understanding of archaeological achievements, allows us to make these achievements much more accessible to our colleagues from adjacent disciplines and comfortably employ the most recent materials in educational process and popularization of science.

Regretfully, we are somewhat late with this announcement of the new cross-cutting themes for 2021-2022. Obviously, this delay is only a matter of long discussions. But hopefully, we managed to strike a certain consensus, which we are glad to offer to your attention.

The theme for 2021 is:

Humans and Other Animals. The Inhabited World, Landscapes, Climate

It sounds somewhat clumsy. Yet, this formulation seems to help us answer a number of counter questions to be expected in this case. Yes, we suggest here to use a broad range of anthropological, archaeozoological, paleobotanical and palynological data, employed to reconstruct various ways of human and cultural adaptation to the changing natural contexts and landscapes. The accents and directions of discovered linkages are wide-ranging. We do not doubt, however, that this perspective will refresh our scholarly audience with the help of a concentrated injection of a bunch of fresh ideas, which are still resting on the periphery of the mainstream editorial process. Let us write for Stratum plus in 2021 not only something which has been so conventional for our discipline, i.e. not only about typology, classification, relative and absolute chronology.

The theme for 2022 sounds more conventional, i.e. Archaeology of Supernatural. Magic, Cults and the Other World.

The theme does not invite any special explanation. It is all quite obvious, with one exception. We would not like to see an avalanche of submissions to our board, featuring publication of some individual funerary sites. We will give a definite priority to those papers, which will engage exquisite procedure to interpret archaeological sources through the mentioned perspective and will employ the full arsenal of related disciplines.

Dear colleagues, we would like to draw your attention to a rather sensitive issue. The fact that Stratum plus is well positioned in Scopus, and now also in Web of Science, does not mean that we are ready to drop our requirements to the submissions, or else, to follow a very dangerous trend. Specifically, the editors of our journal have been lately attacked – literally – by a growing number of papers written by co-authors. What is most striking, the longer the list of co-authors, the shorter the articles. Stratum plus does not welcome this boom of altruistic co-authorship.
We will apply our strictest reviewing procedures to every case of co-authorship, and we will only give priority to those papers, which will demonstrate good reasons and logic behind such co-authorship.

And, surely, with your permission, I would like to congratulate you with a very important event: in 2020, Stratum plus celebrates its 20th anniversary. In this case, the age tells about our most serious intentions. 

 

Mark E. Tkachuk, doctor of history

First Rector, 
High Anthropological School University
Editor-in-Chief,
international journal Stratum plus