Innovative Approaches by Junior Archaeological Researchers
INTER-SECTION is a Peer-reviewed open-access journal focusing on contributions from junior archaeological researchers at Leiden University. The journal offers an accessible platform for the publication of individual research by undergraduate and graduate students.
At INTER-SECTION, we emphasize career advancement and training for student-authors. Since the rewriting process is critical to student-researcher development, we provide support at each step of the review. Rather than narrowing focus to any one method, region, or time period, we aim to include diverse approaches that look beyond arbitrary divisions and place student-led research in a broader archaeological context.
We are now fully digital, and publish articles online. Submissions can be made through the journal website.
This initiative is the result of an interactive discussion raised during the two-day symposium, ‘Archaeology in Transition’, celebrating the opening of the 'van Steenis Building' in September 2014. The more senior scholars were interested in finding out the reasons why only a few students publish research conducted during their studies, while expectations for recently graduated students to publish is increasing.
Students proclaimed their source of hesitance to be insecurity regarding the relevance of their work to a broader archaeological field, as well as inexperience and unfamiliarity with the process of publication. While most students produce over 100,000 words during the first years of their academic career, the majority of this work is only read by a handful of people. Acknowledging the fact that this research has huge potential by providing 'fresh' contributions to the field of archaeology, a group of four Leiden students took the initiative to create a platform for publishing such work.
This resulted in the journal INTER-SECTION, an accessible and stimulating platform aimed to bridge the gap between education and research by promoting and facilitating the publication of innovative studies conducted by archaeologists at the early stages of their scientific career.