About The Organization
The Publisher, Editor-in-Chief and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce the formalization of the organization as a Texas Nonprofit Corporation with a governing Board of Directors for the corporation and the continuation of its signature publication, the Journal of Texas Archeology and History (JTAH). Volume 2 of our peer reviewed journal is open through December 2015. We wish to extend an open invitation to all researchers working within our geographical focus region regarding relevant subject matter to submit articles on their research to the JTAH.
Journal of Texas Archeology and History.org is a Non-Profit Corporation whose mission is to promote free and open access digital publication of research manuscripts to the widest possible audience. The JTAH.org will publish its own annual journal of peer reviewed original research on relevant archeology and history of the region we have coined “the Texas Borderlands”.
From time to time, the JTAH.org will publish collections of research from university departments, research institutions, governmental agencies, and research groups as a “Special Publication”. Special Publications must meet our high standards of quality and will be reviewed by our Editors prior to being considered for publication.
As a public service the JTAH.org may assist universities, government agencies and bona fide research organizations by distributing their internally generated reports and publications of relevant research. Reports and publications that are distributed in this manner must still meet minimal standards of academic quality established by the Editor-in-Chief.
The JTAH.org will also sponsor and participate in other related activities with the purpose of promoting and supporting the study of archeology and history. An example of this is a proposed symposium on international collaboration in archeological studies for the next Annual Meeting of the Texas Archeological Society in Houston in October 2015. Additionally, the JTAH.org may organize and sponsor a regional conference at some time in the future.
About the JTAH Annual Volume
The peer reviewed JTAH includes articles on archeological and historical topics and themes relevant to Texas and contiguous areas including New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and northern Mexico; an area we call the “Texas Borderlands.” All articles appearing in the JTAH annual volume are peer reviewed by our Editorial Board and an outstanding team of professional archeologists and historians. The JTAH annual volume is our primary publication and is representative of the academic integrity of our published materials. Any Special Publications or other materials published on the JTAH.org website must meet similar peer reviewed standards.
Our Publishing Model for the JTAH Annual Volume
One of the more significant aspects of the JTAH Annual Volume is the publishing model we employ as we join a movement of publishers to establish a new paradigm in research publishing. First, we have no deadline for authors to meet. When an author submits a manuscript, it is reviewed for consideration by the Editor-in-Chief. If the manuscript meets requirements set forth in these pages and is considered to be of sufficient quality, the manuscript is promptly forwarded to one or more members of our Editorial Board and other invited subject matter experts for peer review. Review comments are forwarded to the author for required revisions and return of the final draft for approval of the Editor-in-Chief. As each manuscript completes the peer review process and is approved by the Editor-in-Chief, it is formatted and prepared for immediate online publication in the JTAH via our digital library. Each volume will be closed on December 31 and the next volume is begun on January 01. Potentially, this will reduce the time it takes authors to see their work published by up to a year.
Our Publishing Model for Special Publications
The JTAH.org is working with several major archeological projects and research groups to publish themed volumes of their research. These volumes are considered “Special Publications” and will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief and a selection of other reviewers to ensure that our high standards of quality and scholastic research are maintained. All Special Publications that are published by the JTAH.org have been peered reviewed and approved as meeting our quality standards. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to request changes be made to the manuscript prior to publication and has the final decision making authority as to its publication on the JTAH.org. Additionally, the Special Publication manuscript may be submitted, at the author’s request, for the volume to be subjected to the full blind peer review process for credential purposes. All decisions of the Editor-in-Chief are final.
Requirements for Distributing Materials for Other Organizations
A fundamental goal of the JTAH.org is to promote the dissemination of archeological and historic research through digital publishing to the widest possible audience. The information found on our website is optimized, indexed and registered with search engines and “Open Access Registries” that make our materials accessible to anyone around the globe who has internet access. We make this powerful tool available to universities, government agencies and CRM firms. The JTAH.org offers, on a selective basis, to distribute via our website their reports and publications of important research. To be clear, these reports and publications must meet our high standards of quality writing, presentation, and scholastic content as determined by the Editor-in-Chief. All decisions of the Editor-in-Chief are final.
The JTAH as a Publishing Venue
The JTAH.org is a 100% digital publishing house. We encourage authors to take full advantage of available technology and include enhancements to their article through use of features not available in traditional publications. These enhancements include, but are not limited to: extensive color, high-resolution photography, video clips and embedded sound bites, 3-D interactive imagery, and hypertext links to outside content and websites. This should be attractive to researchers/authors who want their works to be cited and used for future research. We call this style of authorship “4-D Publishing” – in other words “thinking outside the box” and presenting the research results in the best possible manner to support its conclusions.
Free and Open Access Publishing
The JTAH is an open access journal, available to authors and readers at zero cost to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. Articles are word searchable in common .PDF file format and indexed to be discoverable on the internet via our optimized website. We have included links to “print on demand” services through a list of third-party providers for institutions and others who require a printed copy. These links to print-on-demand services are found on a special page at our website. Those print orders will pass directly to that service provider and not through the JTAH.
Who the JTAH.org Serves
The JTAH.org seeks to serve two groups with similar interests and goals: research authors and the public with an interest in the archaeology and history of the Texas Borderlands. Our target market is academia, state agencies, Cultural Resource Management archeologists, historians, and private individuals who generate academic level research. The JTAH annual volume is 100% peer reviewed and we anticipate many of the manuscripts submitted to the JTAH will be from individuals who need peer reviewed articles on their vitae (i.e., tenure track professors and graduate students pursuing a life-work in academia or professionals who enjoy job advancement in their work from publishing peer review articles). The journal provides a much needed service to these authors. Our other audience is the worldwide general public who search for interesting reading on archeology and history that they generally cannot find because it is captured in grey literature or in academic journals where access is limited due to subscription fees.
Funding the JTAH.org
The JTAH is currently funded and supported strictly by individuals who are committed to furthering academic research by making it available to everyone. The Journal is sponsored by Support Texas Archeology and History Research (STAHR). We have applied for IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and will, when approved, seek financial support and contributions to broaden and enhance the services offered by this organization. If you wish to participate financially to support our work, please contact the Publisher.