ARWA Journal


Archaeological Research in Western & Central Asia (ARWA) is the peer reviewed annual journal of the International Association for Archaeological Research in Western and Central Asia.

The aim of the journal is to promote interdisciplinary and cross-regional research on the past human groups living in the cultural zone extending from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indus Valley, linking archaeology with history, philology, cultural anthropology, heritage studies, biology, geology and applied sciences. This is an Open Access journal that focuses on transregional research on any period from the Palaeolithic to the end of the Achaemenid period.

How to contribute

The journal welcomes original research papers and lengthy perspective papers. Manuscripts can be submitted at any time during the year, to the following email address: The language of the journal is English.

  1. Perspective papers, both solicited and unsolicited, offer a comprehensive review of the most important current problems in the archaeology of the region. These papers count between 8.000-20.000 words, but flexibility in length will be considered depending on the topic. Authors should send a two-page summary and only submit the complete paper after preliminary acceptance by the editors. Papers will be submitted to a double-blind peer review process. Final acceptance is contingent upon successful reviews and satisfactory completion of any suggestions and corrections. When peer reviewed and finally accepted, the papers are available online for a few months before final publication and in that time other authors may send comments / replies that will be published together with the original perspective paper.
  2. Original research papers. These should be no more than 8.000 words and should follow the standard format of an archaeological paper, with relatively high limit of figures and/or tables. Papers will be submitted to a double-blind peer review process.

Associate editors

Peter COBB
Nathalie KALLAS