Category Archives: Announcements

Everyday is Open Access Day

Well the bad news is that the OAA blog totally failed to synch up with Open Access Day. The good news is that every day is open access day here at OAAA. In honor of OAD I’m hoping to turn over a new leaf and add a new feature to this blog — I’ll begin posting links to OA resources on the web here on the blog. That way people will begin to see not only the ethical and political dimensions of OA that are important to us, but it will also demonstrate how useful OA is to you and how many other people are doing it. So… stay tuned!

AAA (and Selected Peers) Undertake OA Research: The Press Release

As reported on Open Access News, the AAA has announced reciept of a $50,000 grant from Mellon to fund study of the implications of OA for society publishers in the humanities and social sciences.  Find the press release here (at the AAA website) but note also Peter Suber’s comments, here.

For those who cannot get enough text clouds, here is the release remixed at

The AAA OA Plan: The Press Release

The following is a press release from the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Find it online here.

AAA Creates “Open Access” to Anthropological Research

In a groundbreaking move aimed at facilitating greater access for the global social science and anthropological communities to 86 years of classic, historic research articles, the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association announced today that it will provide, free of charge, unrestricted content previously published in two if its flagship publications – American Anthropologist and Anthropology News.

The initiative, among the first of its kind in the humanities- and social science-based publishing environment and made in coordination with publishing partner Wiley-Blackwell, will provide access to these materials for the purposes of personal, educational and other non-commercial uses after a thirty-five year period.

Starting in 2009, content published from 1888 to 1973, will be available through AnthroSource, the premier online resource serving the research, teaching, and professional needs of anthropologists. Previously, this information was only available via AAA association membership, subscription or on a so-called “pay per view” basis.

“This historic move, initiated by the needs and desires of our worldwide constituency, is our association’s pointed answer to the call for open access to our publications. This program, I believe, is an important first step in answering the call to un-gating anthropological knowledge,” AAA Executive Director Bill Davis said in a statement issued today.

The initiative, which will be re-evaluated by internal AAA committees in the next year (the Committee on Scientific Publication as advised by the Committee for the Future of Electronic Publishing), may be expanded in the future.

“Our Association is committed to the widespread dissemination of anthropological knowledge,” notes Oona Schmid, AAA Director of Publishing “and our Executive Board is acting to support this goal in two ways: supporting the sustainability of our publishing program and facilitating access to more than eight decades of studies and content in the discipline.”

OA Textbook for Archaeological Stratigraphy

Last May a correspondent who was understandably frustrated by the lack of a clear submissions path for this blog wrote this comment to the post titled “Kim Christen on Author Agreements and Nuanced Open Access.”

This is NOT a comment on this post, but I can’t find any other way to contact the authors of this blog (you should sort that out…) I wanted to ask you to post this, which was sent around my department of archaeology internally:

At his revised website _www.harrismatrix.com_ Dr. Ed Harris has arranged for the free downloading of his textbook Principles of Archaeological Stratigraphy. Long out of print and very expensive when it was, Harris was determined that the book should be widely available, especially to students, and therefore is giving it away for free. The site has been set up and is maintained by Dr. Wolfgang Neubauer and Klaus Loecker of the University of Vienna, to which Ed expresses his thanks for this service to archaeology.

Our apologies to Professor Meece for making the good-turn of calling this development to the field’s attention kind of a let down and a pain. Better late than never, I hope.

The book in question was originally published as: Edward C. Harris (1989) Principles of Archaeological Stratigraphy. Second Edition. New York: Academic Press. See its Open WorldCat entry here.

The author is to be commended for this effort. Free sure beats $79.50 and up for a used copy on Amazon. Perhaps the book can be added to Mana’o to insure availability in the years to come.

Museum Anthropology Review 2(1) Just Published

Its a small matter in a sea of broader OAA news, but I am pleased to note (as the journal’s editor) that the spring 2008 issue of Museum Anthropology Review is now available. It can be found online at

Supporters of OA publishing can help the cause by “registering” with the journal.  This is free and easy and provides the option of getting Tables of Contents sent via email when new issues are published. Registering also helps us demonstrate to funders and other potential stakeholders that the journal has scholarly and public support. To do this, one can click the “For Readers” found under the Heading “Information”. Thanks to everyone who has supported this new effort.

New Issue, New Website for Folklore Forum

While my colleagues are busy with other duties, I fear over-discussing folklore matters here at Open Access Anthropology. Thus, I will make this a quick post to simply note (as the journal’s faculty advisor) that the editors of Folklore Forum have just published a new issue focused on the “Folklore of East Asia.” The issue, which is 38(1), honors Roger L. Janelli, who retired from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2007 after 32 years of distinguished scholarship. The issue is the first to be produced on the journal’s new WordPress-based site. Find the issue on the new site at The journal’s back run is available in Indiana University’s IUScholarWorks Repository.

Self-Archiving Made Easy (for Anthropologists)

I’m happy to announce version 1.0 of our Creative Commons licensed poster promoting self-archiving among anthropologists. Feel free to remix and reuse as you see fit – and share those remixes with us. (You can always download the latest version of the PDF and the original Apple Pages document here.)

This document is meant to reach a wide audience, please print it out on a nice color printer and post to your department bulletin board!

Links mentioned in our flier: SPARC | RoMEO | UMI | Mana’o

For more detailed information, please visit the Eprints Self-Archiving FAQ.

UPDATE: Added version numbers to the PDF. It now reads version 1.4.

Petition for Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the United States

A petition in support of FRPAA. It was the AAA’s signing of a letter opposing FRPAA that led to the founding of Open Access Anthropology.

This petition builds on the 24,000+ signatures collected from around the world in support of free and open access to European research and for the recommendations proposed in the EU’s ‘Study on the Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication Markets of Europe’ as well as the 132 higher education leaders who have written of their explicit support for public access to publicly funded research.

Sign this petition to register your support for free and open access to research funded by the U.S. Federal government. For more information on current policies and legislation for taxpayer access to federally funded research – including the Federal Research Public Access Act – visit the Alliance for Taxpayer Access Web site