The NAS was established to both further research in nautical archaeology and publish the results.
When it comes to publication, the NAS does this in a number of ways through radio or television broadcasts, lectures, exhibitions, and its website – but print is still really important to preserve an archive.
To this end, the NAS publishes the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (IJNA), a peer-reviewed academic journal for professional members, published twice a year in March and September by Wiley-Blackwell.
It also publishes a quarterly newsletter Nautical Archaeology which is sent to all its members, and contains news on training courses, projects, and information about the field of maritime archaeology.
The NAS has also does its best to pioneer best practice in underwater archaeology through its handbook “Underwater Archaeology: The NAS Guide to Principles and Practice”.
Lastly, the society has also begun a series of NAS monographs. The NAS monograph series is the vehicle for the publication of rather more substantial pieces of work than a paper for IJNA or any other academic journal.