International Journal of Osteoarchaeology

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Edited By: Debra L. Martin and Naomi Sykes

Impact Factor: 1.07

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 30/82 (Anthropology)

Online ISSN: 1099-1212


Aims and Scope

The aim of the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology is to provide a forum for the publication of papers dealing with all aspects of the study of human and animal bones from archaeological contexts. The journal will publish original papers dealing with human or animal bone research from any area of the world. It will also publish short papers which give important preliminary observations from work in progress and it will publish book reviews. All papers will be subject to peer review.

Papers from any of the following principal areas of work would be considered for publication.

Palaeopathology: Human and animal diseases as found in actual human and animal remains, including radiographic, histological and serological and immunological studies.

Physical anthropology: Ageing, sexing, metric and morphological analysis of human and animal bone. The application of demographic analyses to both.

Epidemiology: Prevalence and aetiology of disease and the factors influencing these in human and animal populations. Secular trends.

Chemical analysis: Exposure of past populations to toxic substances; reconstruction of the diet and other nutritional studies of human and animal bones.

Exploitation of animal resources: Studies of the means of procuring and managing animal food sources including hunting, butchery and domestication.

Taphonomy: Processes, both natural and man-made, which affect the preservation and survival of bone.

The journal will be aimed principally towards all those with a professional interest in the study of human and animal bones. This includes archaeologists, anthropologists, human and animal bone specialists, palaeopathologists and medical historians. We also hope to attract and encourage students and others for whom this field is of serious but peripheral interest.


Archaeologists · anthropologists · human and animal bone specialists · palaeopathologists · medical historians


Osteoarchaeology, Archaeology, Bones, Archaeological, Bone research, Palaeopathology, Physical anthropology, Epidemiology, Chemical analysis, Taphonomy, Anthropologists, Medical history, journal, online journal, Wiley Online Library

Abstracting and Indexing Information

  • Anthropological Literature (Harvard University)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Thomson Reuters)
  • BIAB: British & Irish Archaeological Bibliography (biab online)
  • Current Contents: Arts & Humanities (Thomson Reuters)
  • Current Contents: Social & Behavioral Sciences (Thomson Reuters)
  • GeoArchive (Geosystems)
  • Geotitles (Geosystems)
  • Journal Citation Reports/Social Science Edition (Thomson Reuters)
  • ProQuest Central (ProQuest)
  • ProQuest Discovery (ProQuest)
  • ProQuest Research Library (ProQuest)
  • SCOPUS (Elsevier)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Thomson Reuters)
  • The RECAL Legacy (National Centre for Prosthetics & Orthodontics)
  • Web of Science (Thomson Reuters)
  • Zoological Record (Thomson Reuters)