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Committee for the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing invites conversation

Anthropological publishing is undergoing rapid change as digital technologies, new forms of presentation, and an increasing desire to move to the free distribution of knowledge unfold. Whether existing models of publishing can be sustained is questionable. The AAA is currently assessing its own publication program and seeking to understand how that articulates with the wider realm of anthropological publishing. We need to understand current and emerging trends in the dissemination of knowledge so we can position the AAA to support its members in their intellectual activities.

In Montreal, the Committee for the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing and the Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology co-sponsored sessions to expand the conversation about the future of the AAA publishing program. The first set of speakers discussed the services of the program and a second set of speakers spoke to the future directions and sustainability. Some speakers did not sign releases and so we did not record their papers.

We invite anyone who could not come to Montreal or who could not come to the sessions to view these papers, to look at earlier blog posts (October 18, October 25, and November 9), and to join us in thinking about the long-term options and opportunities.

10 Responses

  1. I would especially recommend taking a look at the following reactions to the recent AAA official comment:

    Daniel Lende, AAA Takes Public Stand against Open Access

    Kerim Friedman,
    How do we mobilize anthropologists to support open access?

    John Hawks, American Anthropological Association keeps it from the people

    The posts from Lende and Friedman also include extensive comment streams. Hawks and Lende were presenters at AAA Montreal 2011.

    I’ve done what I think is a fairly comprehensive recent round-up of anthropology blog reaction at Anthropology Blogs Respond to AAA on Open Access.

  2. Would it be possible to get better numbers on costs and revenue? here it says 2.3 million http://blog.aaanet.org/2011/10/25/more-on-aaa-publishing-the-matter-of-costs/

    but your videos say $900,000 in costs and the annual report only says $900,000 as well. It would help to have a better idea of the numbers involved. thank you

    • $900K is the subsidy to the publishing program in 2010. In other words, it’s the gap between the revenues and the costs of the program, paid for (essentially) by membership dues.

  3. The next issue of the online project anthropologies (www.anthropologiesproject.org) is going to be a double issue that explores these debates about open access & the recent Occupy protests. It would be GREAT to have some participation from some folks who are working directly with the AAA (such as any of you who are working on the AAA blog). The more dialog about all this, the better.

    Here’s the short blurb about the upcoming issue:

    “The upcoming edition of anthropologies (March 2012) will be a double issue that focuses on 1) The Occupy protests/movements; and 2) Current debates about publishing and open access in academia (especially with regards to SOPA, PIPA, and the RWA). The word limit is anywhere between 500-1500, and the deadline for submission will be February 28th. The goal of this issue is to explore these issues through the lens of anthropology, personal experience, or a blend of both. The possibilities are wide open.”

    If any of you are interested, please email us at anthropologiesproject [at] gmail DOT com.



  4. Also, this follow up post from Daniel Lende makes a lot of important points, and takes account of some of the more difficult issues with the whole OA/publishing conversation (costs, etc):


  5. Might I suggest contacting ubiquity press- they can manage to do an article for about $150-60. With about 400 AAA articles a year that seems like a very reasonable price. It seems like the best option if an author pays model moves forward.


  6. Kim Fortun’s presentation at the CFPEP event has served as the basis for an essay that she and Mike Fortun have just published in the March 2012 issue of Anthropologies. It can be found online here:


  7. […] my presentation on green open access strategies, which was delivered on the same occasion. The original event was a session on the present status and future prospects of the publishing program of the American […]

  8. […] survey, this committee invited a conversation at the 2011 Annual Meeting, which can be viewed on Vimeo. I posted an earlier blog on some of the complexities facing the […]

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