Peer Review Guidelines

THEN DIG Peer Review Guide

Thank you for agreeing to peer review a blog post on Then Dig. Then Dig is an experiment in alternative peer-review publishing, and is the first of its kind in archaeology. We encourage short, informal posts that are engaging and use multimedia to convey a broad range of research about heritage.

We are publishing under an open peer review standard, that is, the author and the reviewer are not anonymous. We have adopted this standard to endorse transparency, full disclosure, and building communities of practice. The practice of open peer review does not affect quality of publication or the time to review, but has been shown to increase the likelihood of reviewers to decline to review a publication. (

Peer review on Then Dig consists of a comment on the original blog post. Keeping in mind the exposure that individuals are subject to while posting original research and thinking on the internet, we encourage a culture of constructive collaboration over the sometimes corrosive atmosphere of online forums and academic peer review.

To this end, this review should:

  1. Engage with the content of the post
  2. Add additional insights from other sources or your own experience
  3. Identify considerable errors in the publication but focus on building collaboration and collective knowledge
  4. Provide an alternative viewpoint, if required, without personal attacks
  5. Be no longer than 500 words

As both the posts and the reviews are relatively short (750 words and 500 words respectively), we encourage very quick turn around, generally less than two weeks from when the blog post is received. If this date is a problem for you, please let the issue editor know.

To post the review, you can either send the review back to the issue editor or register an account on Then Dig and post the review yourself, after indicating to the issue editor that this is your intention.

We sincerely thank you for the time you invest in helping to cultivate our experiment in archaeological publication.