About the Journal

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope | Section Policies | Peer Review Process | Publication Frequency Open Access Policy | Publication Ethics | Copyright Notice | Article Processing Charges | Self Archiving Policy | Privacy Statement | Plagiarism Check Copyediting and Proofreading | References Management |Accreditation Certificate


Focus and Scope

Berkala Arkeologi covers original research results, ideas, theories, or other scientific works from the discipline of Archaeology mainly in the Indonesian Archipelago and Southeast Asia. Interest from other disciplines (such as history, anthropology, architecture, geology, etc.) must be related to archaeological subject to be covered in this journal.

We aim to be a credible and free of charge platform for publishing scientific articles on the disciplines of archaeology.


Section Policies

Articles    Checked Open Submissions    Checked Indexed    Checked Peer Reviewed


Peer Review Process

BERKALA ARKEOLOGI is published on the basis of the Open Journal Systems platform which provides processing of editorial completion, publications and after printing support. All article submitted within the OJS Platform is a subject of peer-review editorial processing. Our scheme of performing a peer review of research paper manuscripts submitted to publication is as follows:

1. Plagiarism check will commence before the Board of Editors assess the material, and before the peer review begin. Please view our plagiarism check policy in the Plagiarism Check Page;

2. The Editor in Chief of the editorial board checks the paper manuscript for compliance with the journal scope and requirements for manuscript preparation;

3. After the manuscript is considered at the editorial board meeting, it is sent to one of the Editorial Board member who will be in charge to guide the peer-review process, further considerations regarding the article, and other editorial process prior to publication;

4. The Editor will send the article for a peer review to the expert (DSc. or PhD), having the specialization that is closest to the field of knowledge touched upon in the paper. If the paper is inconsistent with the journal scope/ requirements, the author is informed about the impossibility of its publication;

5. The review will be done by at least two reviewers, and will follow the principles of double blind peer-review. The Editor will be bridging communications and editorial processes between Author and Reviewer to ensure anonimity between them. The manuscript received by a reviewer is the private property of the author(s) and includes the information not to be disclosed in the press. The reviewer is not allowed to copy the manuscript and to pass the manuscript to another person for a peer review;

6. Duration of the peer review process is at least two weeks for each round. More than one round of peer review is very likely, depending on the overall quality of the submitted article;

7. The reviewer estimates:

  • the conformity of the paper content to the paper title;
  • the paper structure (subject of research, problem statement, a course of conducting the research, results and conclusions);
  • the presence of scientific or technical novelty;
  • merits and demerits of the paper.

8. After assessing the article, the reviewer is obligated to declare Competing Interest. Read more about it in our Competing Interest Page;

9. The reviewer makes a suggestion to the Editors about the expediency of the paper publication:

  • the paper should be accepted;
  • the paper should be accepted after the insignificant revision. A text of the review is sent to the Editor with a suggestion to insert the required amendments and an addendum into the paper or to rebut with reasoning the reviewer's remarks. Accordingly, the Editor will sent this text to the author for revisions of the material/ article. Then the manuscript has to be considered at the editorial board meeting to check the fulfillment of the reviewer's requirements;
  • the paper should be reconsidered after a major revision. A text of the review is sent to the Editor with a suggestion to rework the paper. Accordingly, the Editor will sent this text to the author for revisions of the material/ article. Then the paper rewritten by the author is delivered for the second reviewing;
  • the paper should be rejected. A reasoned denial is sent to the Editor.
  • The paper cannot be accepted for the second consideration.

10. During/ after the peer review, Authors will be notified by Editors whether their papers are accepted or rejected. If the paper is rejected, a text of the reasoned denial will also be sent to the Author.


Publication Frequency

BERKALA ARKEOLOGI published twice a year in two times issues, Number 1 and 2. Each Number are scheduled for publication in: May and November. Each issue consist of at least 5 article (therefore 10 article per volume/ year)


Open Access Policy

BERKALA ARKEOLOGI is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.


Publication Ethics

BERKALA ARKEOLOGI is committed to provide a platform where publishing ethics is a major aspect of the editorial and peer-review process. The Editorial process for a submission to the journal consists of a plagiarism check (see separate explanation below for details), review (double blind peer-review), followed by editor's decision to accept or decline the submission.

If accepted in the review stage of the Editorial Process, the submission then goes through the editing stage which consists of copyediting, layout and proofreading. Then the submission is scheduled for publication in an issue of the journal.

The Editorial Process will be conducted by a team of Editors, Copyeditors, Layout Editors, and Proof-readers. Editorial process chain in all its parts ensures the integrity of the published materials.

BERKALA ARKEOLOGI follows closely a set of guidelines and recommendations published by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and Council of Science Editors (CSE) Editorial policy statements. All parties involved in the publishing process including editors, reviewers, authors and others are required to be familiar with them and especially to adhere to the publication ethics guidelines and malpractice statements described below.

Publication and authorship

  • All contributions conform to the focus and scope of BERKALA ARKEOLOGI
  • All manuscript should be written and organized in accordance to the author guidelines
  • Manuscripts submitted to this journal must not be under simultaneous consideration by any other journal
  • Manuscripts submitted to this journal should not have been published elsewhere in identical or substantially similar form.

Author’s responsibilities

  • All authors, including co-authors, are expected to have made reasonable attempts to check and validate results submitted to the journal for publication.
  • Authors are expected to keep all study data for later examination even after publication.
  • Authors should confirm that the manuscript is not in any portion under consideration elsewhere or published in another journal.
  • Authors need to ensure that all of them contributed to the scientific results and findings in the sufficient extent to be regarded as a co-authorship. “Guest authorship” without the actual involvement of the co-author and “Ghost authorship” without listing of real author are considered as a very serious misconduct.
  • Authors should have no commercial or non-commercial conflict of interest.
  • Authors are obliged to participate in the peer-review process and to the best of their ability to respond to the requirements of the Reviewers and Editors for the corrections and improvement of the manuscript.

Peer review / responsibility for reviewers

  • To agree to review only if they have required expertise to give proper assessment and judgement of the submitted paper.
  • To agree to review only if they are confident they can return the review within reasonable timeframe as set by the Editorial office.
  • Indicate if any of competing of interest might arise by performing review.
  • Reviewers should point out on relevant published work which is not cited in the article.
  • Reviewers should immediately inform the Editors if any form of plagiarism is identified within submitted work including “text and data recycling” as well as “redundant or duplicate publication”.
  • By agreeing to review, reviewer is obliged to keep the confidentiality of the peer review and to refrain from taking advantage of the information contained in the submitted work.

Editorial responsibilities

  • Editors will ensure that all submissions go through the fast and fair peer-review and editorial procedure. The fast publication is a priority of Editors-in-chief, Board of Editors, and Managing editors.
  • Editors take full responsibility for everything published in the BERKALA ARKEOLOGI JOURNAL, hence the acceptance or rejection of the submitted work is Editor’s sole decision. However, this decision should be based only on the originality and the quality of the paper and should not be affected by the religious, national, political or any other influences.
  • Editors should express the concern and act immediately if they receive inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct by the authors.

Publishing ethics issues and procedures for dealing with unethical behaviour

  • BERKALA ARKEOLOGI together with its editors make a great effort and devote considerable time to maintain and encourage academic integrity by ensuring that all published material conforms to the internationally accepted ethical guidelines. Editors seek assurance that research disclosed in the article has been approved by appropriate body.
  • If an inaccuracy, misleading text or wrong explanations are found in the published article, it must be corrected promptly.
  • In the case of seriously flawed article, a prompt reaction which might lead to the complete retraction of the article will ensue. The procedure for retracting articles will follow guidance produced by COPE.
  • Journal editors should consider issuing an expression of concern if they receive inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct by the authors.
  • Editor will promptly respond to possible misconduct or inappropriate behaviour of any parties involved in the publishing process including authors and reviewers. Misconducts can range from minor to serious breaches of the publication ethics. The procedure for dealing with such circumstances will strictly follow flowcharts and guidelines published by COPE.
  • Editors will be willing to publish corrections, erratums, clarifications and apologies if the need for doing so arises.
  • All complaints will be seriously investigated by the editor regardless of who files the complaint.


Copyright Notice

Copyright is a very delicate and sensitive matters. If you are interested in publishing with us, please read very carefully the section below.

Berkala Arkeologi is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Hence, all of our operations are provided to the Author(s) at NO COST, please visit our Article Processing Charges page for details. We also provide our journal for free for the readers not only the electronic version, but also for the printed version. This editorial scheme have been the same through our 40 years of operations.

The government funding required Author(s) to transfer their commercial and publishing rights to Berkala Arkeologi. Berkala Arkeologi will use these rights to ensure that your article will be available freely for the public. In other words, if you choose to publish with us, you will no longer retains copyright without restrictions.

But, most importantly moral rights as an author to be properly and fully acknowledged will always be retained by the Author(s). We are working as best as possible to ensure that the Author(s) are receiving maximum academic benefits by publishing with us.



  • The article is the Author’s original work;
  • The article is not pending review or under consideration by another publisher;
  • The article has not previously been published;
  • The article contains no misrepresentation or infringement of the work or property of other authors or third parties; and
  • The article contains no libel, invasion of privacy, or other unlawful matter.

The Author agrees to hold Publisher harmless from Author’s breach of the representations and warranties contained above.

BERKALA ARKEOLOGI by National Research and Innovation Agency is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Article Processing Charges

BERKALA ARKEOLOGI is a free of charges publishing platform. All article submitted to this journal is NOT A SUBJECTto these following charges:

  • Article processing charges (APCs)
  • Submission charges
  • Page charges
  • Colour charges
  • Or any instance where money is required to complete the publication process.


Our free of charges publishing is made possible with funding from National Research and Innovation Agency.


Self Archiving Policy

Berkala Arkeologi is using LOCKSS, based on PKP Open Journal System. This LOCKSS program offers decentralized and distributed preservation, seamless perpetual access, and preservation of the authentic original version of the content. Learn more about it here.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Plagiarism Check

All articles submitted to Berkala Arkeologi will be thoroughly checked for plagiarism. We are using Crossref Similarity Check Powered by iThenticate, which will yield similarities report in percentage, learn more about the principles of this check here.

The similarities percentage that we accept is not higher than 3%, using similarities criterion as follows: phrase exclusion of 15 words and under; methods and bibliography are excluded from the similarity check.

A failure to pass this checking stage will result in the rejection of your work.


Copyediting and Proofreading

Copyediting and Proofreading process for each article is carried out by the BERKALA ARKEOLOGI Editorial Board assisted by Grammarly® writing enhancement.


References Management

BERKALA ARKEOLOGI is using Mendeley for references management.


Accreditation Certificate

BERKALA ARKEOLOGI has been accredited by RISTEKBRIN (the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology).