A new cooperative model for open access publishing

An editorial for HAU: The Journal of Ethnographic Theory shares a publishing model that’ll interest academic publishers, scholarly librarians, and researchers in all disciplines. And it aims to set out the publishing structure for its entire field. “The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has recently announced that it will soon issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite potential publishers to bid for the business of managing the association’s publishing program,” states the editorial. “Because the AAA is the world’s largest publisher of anthropology titles (twenty-one journals and Anthropology News), this new publishing contract will shape the discipline’s public image and scholarly communications for years to come. At this critical juncture we must ask: Will AAA publications spend yet another decade locked within a publisher website where only research libraries can afford to purchase them?” Instead, drawing on input from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), the editors propose “a concrete, practical, and financially sustainable way that the AAA can make their publishing program open access: a cooperative model of scholarly publishing. This tailor-made design will cost the AAA nothing.” Partly this model is inspired by technology. “In our digital age, archiving, citation tracking, […]

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