About the Journal

The journal Quartär has been published by the „Hugo Obermaier Gesellschaft für Erforschung des Eiszeitalters und der Steinzeit e.V.“ for more than 50 years. Since its foundation the Society has been closely linked to interdisciplinary Quaternary research and is represented internationally by its journal. With Volume 55 of Quartär a new editorial board takes on the challenge of confirming the publication as a leading European archaeologically oriented Quaternary research journal while at the same time maintaining its traditions.

The editorial board intends to meet this challenge in future by bringing the scientific profile of Quartär more sharply into focus and close to active research.  In order to guarantee contributions of a high scientific standard, submitted papers will be assessed by at least two persons within the framework of a review process. All newly published articles are accessible via the Quartär homepage, even before the printed version is published. As soon as the articles have been set with page numbers and are ready to print, they will be freely accessible in Open Access. Once a year, the Quartär yearbook appears as a printed volume whose contributions are also made available in Open Access without any time delay.

Thematic and geographical orientation

Quartär publishes contributions on Pleistocene and early Holocene archaeology and ecology in German or English. Thematic content is focused on Palaeolithic and Mesolithic hunter-gatherer societies and studies of their ecological background and is also understood to include the process of neolithisation. Alongside the presentation of important new finds, data, results and interpretations, manuscripts presenting an overview or with review character are also envisaged. It is also the intention to present book reviews.

The geographical focus of Quartär lies in Europe and it is intended that its Central European origins continue to be a factor promoting dialogue between eastern and western Quaternary researchers. At the same time, contributions from outside Europe are welcome, particularly when they place new and significant results in a global context