INTER-SECTION is a journal intended for students and staff affiliated to the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University and everyone who is interested in the range of research that is carried out by the students of this institution. The journal offers an accessible platform for the publication of individual research performed by undergraduate and graduate students, which will appear twice a year on this website and in a small number of prints. At INTER-SECTION, we feel it is important that the publications printed in the journal aid the student-authors in building their scientific careers. The online open-access of the journal is one way of achieving that; the authors can easily add their publication to their CV and/or academia.edu account. 'Publish or Perish'? While studying essentially should be aimed at exploring and developing yourself, your interests, capabilities and, especially, getting grip on the driving forces that made you decide to study Archaeology, the current academic climate increasingly expects students to do more than the study program principally demands, which is an actuality that often only reveals itself after graduation. While evaluating a grant application or curriculum vitae, it is increasingly expected that junior archaeologists have excelled significantly during their young academic career by the presentation and publication of papers, apart from other extracurricular activities, like fieldwork.
Throughout their studies each student of the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, however, writes between 90,000 and 120,000 words for essays, internship reports and theses, often providing interesting and methodologically/theoretically solid ideas on Archaeology. Most of these texts are, however, only read by a handful of people, as turning these ideas into a scientific paper often requires additional support, making these 'fresh' ideas unavailable for a broader scientific community. There seem to be a couple of potential reasons that make students hesitant towards publishing their research: a certain insecurity on the relevance of their work to a broader archaeological field, inexperience and unfamiliarity with the process of publication and a general lack of time while carrying out their 'regular' curriculum. By supporting junior archaeologists in writing a short, focused article and guiding them through a process of peer-review by specialists in the particular discourse the research is situated in, we aim to provide junior archaeologists with additional insights on how to improve their work. As re-writing only occasionally occurs during the student's curriculum, taking part in a peer-review process will be an invaluable experience and we aim to stimulate and facilitate this (first) step on the academic ladder. Instead of focusing on a particular method, region, or span of time, we aim to bring together a variety of archaeological studies and stimulate authors to look beyond the imaginary borders of archaeological sub-disciplines to place their research in a broader archaeological discourse.