PaleoAnthropology is a fully externally peer-reviewed, Open Access, online-only journal. There are no publication fees, and it is accessible free of charge to all. 

The journal concentrates on publishing high-quality articles on human evolution and related fields. It is now published jointly by the Paleoanthropology Society and the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution (ESHE), through the University of Tübingen Library. 

We accept manuscripts in the various fields of paleoanthropology (e.g., human and primate evolution and their chronological and environmental contexts, palaeolithic archaeology, paleogenetics). In addition to original research articles, short communications (e.g., field reports), review articles, book reviews and the abstracts of the annual meetings of the Societies, we accept commentaries in these areas. Special issue topics can be considered by the Editors. 

Articles may contain additional supplementary material (for example, extensive illustrations, or large data files).

More detailed author guidelines can be found here


Publication Frequency:

PaleoAnthropology is published twice a year, in a spring and a fall issue. Fully peer reviewed, accepted articles can appear in our Early View section before they are assigned to an issue.

Open Access Policy:

PaleoAnthropology provides immediate open access to its content under a CC BY licence, on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The journal’s open access policy is in line with EU research funders’ policies. Authors are not charged any APCs (Article Processing Charges) or other publication fees.

Peer Review Policy:

All research articles submitted to PaleoAnthropology are assigned an Editor in Chief who checks if the paper fits within the scope of the journal and meets the submission criteria. Papers that are insufficiently original (including being under consideration for publication elsewhere), infringe any existing copyright or any other third party rights, have been plagiarised or are written in poor English, will be rejected at this stage.

PaleoAnthropology operates a single-blind, external review policy. All papers that passed the first editorial check are sent to on average three external reviewers. Reviewers are selected by the assigned editor based on their expertise in the area of the submitted paper. Referees are asked to comment on the structure and content of the paper and give a recommendation (Accept, Revisions, Resubmit, Decline). These comments and recommendations are merged by the editor and passed on to the authors. The editors hold the final decision on accepting or rejecting a paper.


Special Issues:

PaleoAnthropology accepts proposals for special issues. Proposals must include a minimum of seven and a maximum of ten articles. The names and affiliations of the Guest Editors, as well as the names and affiliations of contributing authors and the titles of the proposed articles shoud be included in the proposal.

Submitted proposals are vetted by the Editors in Chief. If accepted, the Guest Editors are assigned Guest Editor roles in the journal online submission system. Additionally, one of the Editors in Chief is assigned to each special issue and provides editorial oversight of the peer review process.

In their role, Guest Editors invite external reviewers and make recommendations to the supervising Editor in Chief. However, they do not have the power to record editorial decisions.

Final acceptance or rejection of Special Issue articles is up to the Editor in Chief assigned to the Special Issue, who also records the relevant editorial decisions.



Paleoanthropology Society

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European Society for the Study of Human Evolution

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