Application form for the Open Access Archaeology Fund
For over 20 years, Internet Archaeology ( and the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) ( have been internationally recognised for our open standards, innovation and best practice in archaeological publication and digital archiving.

Internet Archaeology authors usually pay an article processing charge (APC) and ADS archive depositors pay a fee so that access is free at the point of use. This is the most effective way of ensuring that such research can be integrated and built upon, furthering knowledge of our shared human past. However, although many have access to funds via their research sponsors, there are other researchers for whom funding is simply not available despite research quality and whose digital data therefore is potentially at greater risk from both lack of recognition and loss. Our Open Access Archaeology Fund specifically aims to help address this problem.

This fund consists of donations and gifts from individual users and readers from across the world who wish to support open access publication and archiving in archaeology. If you, or someone you know, would like to donate to the fund, please visit

Who May Apply?
Any individual or group wishing to deposit a digital archive with the ADS or publish an article in Internet Archaeology may apply to the fund if they can demonstrate that they have no other means of fully funding the article processing charge (APCs) or data deposit costs. Applicants with partial funding may apply for ‘top up’ funding, however, priority will be given to applicants with no means of support. Applications to fund the 'integrated publication' of an Internet Archaeology article and associated digital archive are also welcomed.
How To Apply?
Please complete this form. The form requires some basic contact details, a synopsis of your proposed article/archive (c250 words), the research potential (c500 words) and a statement of eligibility (c500 words). There is no save function so you may wish to draft your responses offline in advance.

If you are applying for an APC waiver for Internet Archaeology, you MUST have had an article proposal accepted by Internet Archaeology and been given an estimate of publication costs. Information on submitting an article proposal can be found here:

If you are applying for an ADS deposit charge waiver, you MUST have received confirmation from the ADS that your digital archive is acceptable for deposition and have received a quote for archiving the data you intend to deposit. You can contact the ADS here: .

Applications will be reviewed twice yearly. Applications should be submitted before the:

· 31st of January to be considered in February
· 31st of July to be considered in August

Applicants will be informed of the outcome within 4 weeks of the deadline.

Applications will be considered by an independent panel whose current members are
- Dr Mike Heyworth MBE (Director of the Council for British Archaeology)
- Dr Sarah May (Lead Consultant, Heritage for Transformation and former Senior Archaeologist at English Heritage and Research Associate, UCL)
- Professor Sam Turner (Professor of Archaeology and Head of School, Newcastle University and Director of McCord Centre for Landscape).

In assessing applications for an Internet Archaeology APC waiver, the panel looks for a proposal that demonstrates both the potential for advancing discussion and research in the field in question, as well as whether full advantage is taken of the online medium.

In assessing applications for ADS deposit charge waivers, the panel seeks a high quality digital archive that has significant re-use potential and is at significant risk of loss.

In assessing all applications, the panel will prioritise applicants who can demonstrate that they have no other access to funding. Partial (top-up) or match funding will be considered if the applicants can demonstrate their inability to raise some but not the full amount.

The number of waivers awarded will be determined by the fund total at the time of assessment. The panel reserves the right to defer awarding funds in the event of a shortage of entries or to allow the fund to accumulate.

Successful applicants must submit their proposed archive and/or article within six months of receiving notice that their application has been successful (or by any other date previously agreed) Applicants are reminded that they must meet all normal ADS deposition requirements and/or Internet Archaeology submission and editorial requirements (including successful peer review before publication).

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