The Norwegian Institute in Rome’s Acta ad archaeologiam et artium historiam pertinentia was first published in 1962. It was originally conceived as a forum for the publication of independent research: Monographs, articles, and conference proceedings. In 1981 the journal changed publishing format from quarto to octavo size and continued until 1999. At this time a new, and current series was started. Since 2004 Acta has been solely dedicated to publishing scholarly articles as an academic journal.
From its inception Acta has published the highest quality scholarly work in all major European languages (English, German, French and Italian). Authors represented in its publications come from Scandinavia, Europe and the United States. The Norwegian Research Council has traditionally supported Acta. The journal aims to be a forum to international scholarly discussions. In addition, a fundamental aspect of its mission is to promote younger Norwegian art historians and classical archeologists.