Focus and Scope

Emerging from the UCL Institute of Archaeology Heritage Studies Section, Present Pasts is an interdisciplinary, blind peer-reviewed journal encouraging global and cross-cultural debate on contentious issues around the meaning of heritage. The journal seeks to give voice to a wide range of stakeholders with a common interest in heritage, particularly from the fields of Cultural Heritage Studies, Public Archaeology, Museum Studies, Public History, Sociology, Anthropology, Memory Studies and Cultural Geography. Original contributions are welcome from scholars, critics and practitioners in all stages of their career.


Section Policies

Research Papers

Research papers are manuscripts based on original academic research. We propose no minimum word limit, although research papers should normally be between 5,000 to 8,000 words long.

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Notes can be shorter versions of articles based on academic research or reports of on-going research projects. In the second case, authors can outline the aim and objectives, methodology and methods and the preliminary findings of their research in progress. Notes should normally be between 1,500 to 4,000 words long.

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Forum papers provides an arena for stimulating dialogue and encouraging debate on critical, key matters concerning Heritage Studies. The contributors are usually established scholars or professionals/practitioners displaying and justifying their conflicting views on controversial, contentious issues.

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Reviews are critiques of recent publications, conferences or any other events/work that is relevant to Heritage Studies, from public engagement activities, films, television and radio programmes to theatrical and musical performances. Reviews should normally be between 1,000 and 2,000 words long.

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Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to Present Pasts are initially assessed by an Editor, who decides whether or not the article is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable for peer review are assigned to one or more independent experts, who assess the article for clarity, validity, and sound methodology. Article types that are not peer reviewed will undergo full editorial review by one or more of the editorial team.

Present Pasts operates a blind peer review process, meaning that reviewers remain anonymous. The review period is expected to take no longer than three weeks. Reviewers are asked to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal.

Based on the reviewer reports the editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, who is supported by an expert, international Editorial Board.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published in Present Pasts remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.



The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

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To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

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Publication Ethics

Ubiquity Press, the journal’s publisher, is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics  (COPE), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). The Press recognises its responsibility as a guardian of the scholarly record and takes an active role in establishing standards and policies in publication ethics.

The Editors of Present Pasts have committed to maintaining high editorial standards through rigorous peer review and strict ethical policies. The Editors follow the COPE code of conduct and refer to COPE for guidance as appropriate. The journal and the publisher ensure that advertising and commercial interests do not impact or influence editorial decisions.

The journal uses anti-plagiarism software to ensure academic integrity.


Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All adverts are displayed in the right column of the journal and will need to fit a 120 pixel wide space. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.

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