OA Journals and Anthropology

The anthsoc.com collaborative blog project started by Safaa is really picking up steam. Max Forte has written up a post looking at the distribution of OA anthropology journals. He found that the majority of OA journals come from places outside North America.  He writes:

Either way, open access publishing in anthropology is primarily not a North American phenomenon, and in the case of Anthropology listings that exclude Ethnology, it is primarily not a North American/European phenomenon. Indeed, the very Directory of Open Access Journals itself is not a North American innovation, but rather a Scandinavian one, and the host for it is Lund University Libraries. The innovations in the distribution, dissemination, and circulation of anthropology are coming in large part from the so-called periphery and semi-periphery of the world system, and outside of the disciplinary centre of gravity in terms of the accumulated mass of anthropologists and anthropology programs in the U.S. and western Europe.”

Fascinating insights supported with statistical evidence! Statistics and anthropology? Come on Max! I thought we just did interviews…  Good thing ANTHSOC.COM moves beyond such disciplinary boundaries.

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