The goals of the Foundation are to stimulate scientific research in general, and of vertebrate palaeontology, archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology (the Foundation’s name is derived from these two discliplines) and the archaeology of Northwest Europe (Early Palaeolithic to the Medieval period) in particular. Another goal is stimulating research and improving the interaction between researchers in these disciplines. The PalArch Foundation will primarily achieve its goals by publishing scientific journals, that will differ from standard journals in its own approach of publishing scientific literature.
The Foundation wants to help to consolidate or improve the level of science and focuses especially, but certainly not exclusively, on young scientists without an established position in the scientific world. Further attention is on researchers from those countries that have, regardless for which reason, less possibilities to do research and to publish. Provoking discussion with other researchers around the world offers (young) scientists the possibility to get in contact, develop themselves and stimulate open scientific discussion in general. Furthermore, researchers are given the opportunity to link with knowledge elsewhere.
We aim at close collaboration, not only with museums and other institutes all around the world, but also with other journals.
The Foundation is an independent operating foundation and is not politically engaged. We are of the opinion that true science should not be influenced by politics nor be frustrated by political situations.
The PalArch Foundation web based Netherlands scientific journals
The web based Netherlands scientific journals is an initiative of the PalArch Foundation. It is one of the focal points of the Foundation.
Due to delays in the publication process, articles can be updated even before they have been printed. Unfortunately, this occurs rather frequently. It is obvious that such articles contribute only little to scientific discussion. Furthermore, publishing can be expensive; editors often require payment for larger manuscripts. Publications are subject to several limitations as well: some journals only consider your work if you are a member of some (expensive) society, there are limits to the amount of photographs, illustrations and so on. Many renowned journals are interested only in the most exciting discoveries, and often less or not interested in research with a lower publicity-rate or what they consider to be of ‘less scientific importance’. Catalogues, descriptions, excavation reports etc. are difficult to publish in journals. Finally, if you would like to own a publication, you need to have a expensive subscription or buy an expensive scientific publication.
The PalArch Foundation offers possibilities for fast, scientific and accessible publication. The journals are open access, online journals (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_access_(publishing)). The Foundation publishes journals in the fields of archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, vertebrate palaeontology and archaeology of northwest Europe. Although scientific publications form the major part of the magazine, articles of a more general nature are equally welcome. Submission is accepted from professionals in their field (by education or experience).