The PalArch Foundation

Founding

The PalArch Foundation was founded 28 March 2003 in Rotterdam (notary’s office Gregoire, Dorpsweg 203, 3082 LM) by A.J. Veldmeijer, S.M. van Roode, E. Endenburg (= first board) and G. Kuhn. The file number is ® 2003 07 23 01 and it is deposited at the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel), registration number: 34188508. If you are interested in the regulations of the PalArch Foundation, you can contact the Chamber of Commerce, De Ruyterkade 5, postbox 2852, 1000 CW, Amsterdam, 0031 (0)20 5314000.

Current address:

Spieregerweg 1
7991 NE Dwingeloo
The Netherlands

Board of the Foundation

  • Chairman: Dr. A.J. Veldmeijer (André)
  • Vice-chairman: vacant
  • Treasurer/Secretary: Ing. E. Endenburg (Erno)
  • Ordinary Member: Dr. B.L. Beatty (Brian)
  • Prof. Dr. S. Ikram (Salima)
  • A.W. Singer M.A. (Ariel)

Objectives

The goals of the Foundation are to stimulate scientific research in general, and of vertebrate palaeontology and Egyptology (the Foundation’s name is derived from these two discliplines) in particular. Another goal is stimulating research and improving the interaction between researchers in these disciplines. The PalArch Foundation will primarily (but not exclusively) 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 Foundation’s Free-Access Online Journals

Currently, the Foundation publishes two peer-reviewed journals: PalArch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology (PJVP) and PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology (including the Egyptian Bead Project Series and the Munro – Unas Series {working title]).  

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).

The Munro Archive

In 2017, the PalArch Foundation offered to host the archive of the excavations of the Unas Necropolis in Saqqara by Prof. Peter Munro (Kestner Museum in Hannover, Germany) on their website. See ### for more information.

Logo & Web

The logo of the PalArch Foundation and www. PalArch.nl is designed by Lonneke Beukenholdt (BLKVLD Publisers).

Webmaster: E. Endenburg, A.J. Veldmeijer. Advisor: I.J.J. Nieuwland.

Durability and Accesibility

The development of preservation of digital content is subject to intense research. The longterm storage of e-publications will be concentrated in few institutions around the world, guaranteeing continuity, research, up to date development etc. Moreover, these institutes guarantee accessibility of the e-publications. All our publications are stored in the National Library, The Hague, The Netherlands (see the website for detailed information: www.kb.nl). This means that the publications are available to a big audience worldwide, but it also means that our publications are durable. Hard copies are stored at the Foundation’s office.

Besides the storage, the National Library takes care of our publications if the Foundation stops to exist. And, if the Foundations has a break down of the system, the Library provides us with a complete backup.

Copyright

The Foundation’s publications are open-access articles distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

The author is responsible for obtaining the permission of the use of illustrations (drawings, photographs or other visual images) made by others than the author. The author can be requested to submit proof of this permission to the PalArch Foundation.

Website text and figures © PalArch Foundation unless stated otherwise.

Responsibility

Please note that no responsibility is assumed by the PalArch Foundation for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use of operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in the material herein. The Foundation can not be held responsible for any damage to the product due to package, transport or otherwise. The Foundation accepts no liability for the proper transmission of electronic communication nor for any delay in its receipt.

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Support the PalArch Foundation!

Our financial supply is very small and quickly dried up, despite the low costs and the fact that all participants of the Foundation work in their spare time and without any financial compensation. The highest costs at the moment are the rent of web space for the journals! In order to be able to continue this ambitious project we ask you to support us. Contact us through the email address: veldmeijer.at.palarch.nl.