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The Lithic Research Roundtable

The Lithic Research Roundtable (LRR) unites prehistorians and archaeologists in Hungary who are interested in lithic studies – anything in connection with lithics as an aspect of humanity’s material culture. Although the present members of the LRR are focusing mainly to the Palaeolithic era, we accept opinions and contributions from every period.

Since 2010, the Roundtable holds its meeting in the first Friday of December, in every year. The Roundtable is a forum for presenting on-going research, new approaches and methods related to lithic analysis.

One lesson the Hungarian Palaeolithic teaches us, that the scale of our inquiry should encompass the whole Central European region at least. The palaeolithic developments are clearly do not stop at present-day administrative borders. As the means of scientific communication become more intense and ever-reaching, there is a need to broaden our view and tighten our sense about past cultural developments in time and space.

For this reason we would like to build a common Central European forum of lithic studies in general. Our journal, the Litikum serves as the base of this common platform.


Litikum Journal Information

Journal name: Litikum – Journal of the Lithic Research Roundtable
Journal short name: Litikum
E-ISSN: 2064-3640
Subject area: Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Archaeology and Prehistory (Scopus 1204, 3302; Frascati 6.1, Library of Congres CC, D1)
Language: primarily English, or French, German, Hungarian

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Aims and scope. The Litikum – Journal of the Lithic Research Roundtable, shortly, Litikum, is an open-access electronic journal of the Lithic Research Roundtable, an informal assembly of lithic experts in Hungary (ISSN 2064-3640 (Online)). Litikum accepts manuscripts (1) from the field of archaeology concerning lithic research of the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and later periods, and (2) theoretical and methodological papers related to lithic studies in general.

Litikum publishes original research articles, review articles of existing literature, including book reviews, and short communications about current developments in lithic studies. We also welcome thematically related conference proceedings in the mentioned fields. The preferred language of use is English, other tongues are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Timing and reach. Litikum issues one volume per year or two years, depending on the number of accepted papers. However, editorial assessment and publication of the articles are continuous throughout the year, knowing that prompt dissemination is key in our academic field. Thus, research published in Litikum is immediately available to the widest possible audience through our website and archiving partners, in pdf format.

Manuscript submission. Manuscripts are to be submitted through the litikum@litikum.hu email address. For article submission guidelines and further information about our editorial process, please consult our Author Guidelines page.

Copyright and open access policy

In concord with the Budapest Open Access Initiative, we provide full open access content in frames of the Platinum Open Access scheme which endows free-of-charge publication services to our authors and our users as well.

Authors retain the copyright of all versions of their article, including the submitted, accepted and published versions (version-of-record). The author grants Litikum the right of first publication of their article which is submitted, accepted and prepared by the Litikum Editorial Team (the editor-in-chief, the editors, the technical editor, and the journal manager). Upon initial publication, a suitable digital format of the complete work is recorded (deposited) by the Editorial Team in an institutional repository independent of Litikum.

Upon initial publication, every Litikum article is licensed by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. This allows users to copy, modify, reuse, and redistribute the article, if the users give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. They may not use the material for commercial purposes, and they are not allowed to apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits. This license will be valid until withdrawal. Apart from the right of first publication, which is given to Litikum, publishing rights remain with the authors as provided by the mentioned Creative Commons license.

If you publish with us, we will sign an agreement, in which you give us the non-exclusive right to publish the version-of-record of your article. This contract will incorporate the mentioned Creative Commons license which will dictate what others can do with your article once it has been published. This agreement will be valid until withdrawal. In the agreement, we follow the European Union’s directive on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (link1, link2, link3).

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Archiving, repository policy and indexing

Litikum is a member of the Crossref organization, therefore the Editorial Team issue all of our published papers with a digital object identifier (DOI) and archives them, as provided by our partners, in the in the ELTE Digital Institutional Repository (EDIT), the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences repositories, and the Electronic Periodicals Archive & Database (EPA) of the National Széchenyi Library.

The submitted and accepted versions of the papers are allowed to be deposited by the authors in an institutional or other repository of the author’s choice without embargo. Following the first publication by Litikum, the published version is also allowed to be deposited by the authors without embargo. However, the published version has to be deposited in concert with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

The Litikum is indexed by CrossRef, EBSCO, and ERIH PLUS.

For our Peer Review policy, Data privacy policy, Plagiarism policy, Corrections and retraction policy, Data availability statement, Funding statement, and Disclosure statement, see our Publication Ethics page.

All of our policies and statements can be downloaded as a PDF file here.


Editorial team & contact

Editor-in-chief, responsible editor (főszerkesztő, szerkesztésért felelős személy):
Zsolt Mester, Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Editor, (szerkesztő):
György Lengyel, National Institute of Archaeology, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest and University of Miskolc, Miskolc

Editor, technical editor, journal manager (szerkesztő, technikai szerkesztő):
Attila Király, Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Lithic Research Roundtable

Responsible publisher (kiadásért felelős személy):
György Lengyel, National Institute of Archaeology, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest and University of Miskolc, Miskolc

Webpage: https://litikum.hu
Email: litikum@litikum.hu
Registered office (a kiadó székhelye):
Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Múzeum Krt. 4/B, Budapest, Hungary, H-1088