“The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is starting to remind me of the recording industry and their rearguard actions against file-sharing and online dissemination in general", Eric Kansa commented one year ago.
I was reminded on this comment when I read about the the Februrary issue of Anthropology News that focuses on Open Access Anthropology. Five articles are available online - but only for one month. Then, the articles about Open Access Anthropology will be hidden behind login-boxes.
UPDATE: Dinah Winnick, Associate Managing Editor Anthropology News writes to me and clarifies that the articles will continue to be accessible after the 1st of March:
To clarify, these articles will appear on the Featured page for one month, after which they will be moved over to our Archives page and also be available through AnthroSource. They are moved from the Featured page monthly so that we can feature new content from our latest issue. I appreciate your bringing this misunderstanding to my attention and I have added a phrase to our website for clarification.
Four of the five articles provide lots of good arguments for Open Access Anthropology. It’s only Jason Cross, member of the AAA Long-Range Planning Committee who is reluctant. He is mainly concerned for the financial consequences and proposes “careful research on business models to assess whether and how to make an OA transition".
So download now:
The AAA has also set up an Open Access blog “where members and non-members alike can offer both their reactions to the In Focus series and their general thoughts on the Open Access issue".
PS: The AAA has redesigned their website, see discussion over at Savage Minds
A quick guide to selv-archiving for anthropologists (mainly USA/GB-related, it seems) by Kerim Friedman
The Anthropologists - Last primitive tribe on earth? (Take a look at indigineuos people’s use of online communication as a mean of resistance and raising awareness.)