2019 JCR Impact Factors Underscore Strength of SAA Journals American Antiquity and Latin American Antiquity

Jul 14, 2020
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American Antiquity’s journal Impact Factor trended up in 2019 while Latin American Antiquity maintained its solid standing, according to the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) and its publishing partner, Cambridge University Press (CUP). Their findings are based on the Journal Citation Report’s newly released 2019 Impact Factors. Impact Factors are one measure of the importance, or rank, of a journal by calculating the times its articles are cited. Ninety journals make up the Journal Citation Report’s Anthropology category.

American Antiquity, ranked 19th overall, saw a rise in both its one-year and five-year Impact Factors. Latin American Antiquity, ranked 52nd, had a small drop in each measure. American Antiquity was 9th for Total Citations for 2019, which numbered 3,611, while Latin American Antiquity had 855 citations in 2019.

“I’m delighted at this affirmation of the value of the journals of the Society for American Archaeology,” says SAA president Joe E. Watkins. “Providing archaeologists with avenues for peer-review and to be published in credentialed platforms has become more important than ever. In a climate where information can be labeled “fake news” and pseudo-archaeology has proliferated, I believe our journals play a crucial role in helping our members and the discipline reinforce the value of what archaeologists have to contribute.” 

American Antiquity is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal and is considered the premier journal of North American archaeology, devoted to the archaeology of the New World, method and theory pertinent to the study of New World archaeology, and closely related subjects.

Latin American Antiquity is a quarterly journal that publishes original papers on the archaeology, ethnohistory, and art history of Latin America and the Caribbean and all regions in the continental New World that are south of the current U.S.-Mexico border. The journal publishes articles, reports, and comments in method and theory, field research, and analysis that use a Latin American database as defined above.

Both journals are published by CUP and are included as a member benefit for SAA members, are available by subscription, and offer ungated material.


The Society for American Archaeology is an international organization that, since its founding in 1934, has been dedicated to research about and interpretation and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With nearly 7,000 members, the SAA represents professional and avocational archaeologists, archaeology students in colleges and universities, and archaeologists working at Tribal agencies, museums, government agencies, and the private sector. SAA has members in throughout the U.S., as well as in many nations around the world.

Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University’s mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 50,000 titles covering academic research and professional development, as well as school-level education and English-language teaching. Playing a leading role in today’s international marketplace, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.