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Free Open Access Anthropology Journals

Here is a selection of Open Access journals in anthropology and related fields. All these journals provide free access to all articles. Journals with restricted access will not be listed. Are there journals I have forgotten? Let me know! This list is long. To get an overview over new articles, I created the Open Access Anthropology Journal Ticker. It displays the recent articles from nearly 100 open access anthropology journals. Enjoy! Last link check: 12.04.2024


African Anthropologist NEW!

Ethnologia Polona NEW!

Ethnologia Europaea "focusing on European cultures and societies"

re:think - a journal of creative ethnography "exploring the potential of ethnography as a form of creative research practice and expression" NEW!

Anthropology in Action Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice (Berghahn)

kritisk etnografi - Swedish Journal of Anthropology

Journal of Extreme Anthropology specializing on "extreme, dangerous, obscene, controversial and unconventional subjects" NEW!

Teaching Anthropology A journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (UK) NEW!

Urbanities – Journal of Urban Ethnography

Anthropology & Aging "the official journal of the Association for Anthropology, Gerontology, and the Life Course (AAGE)" NEW!

Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society NEW!

Déjà Lu NEW! "an initiative of the World Council of Anthropological Associations that aims at pluralizing the dissemination of anthropological knowledge on a global level"

Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT) "a reincarnation of the Dutch journal Medische Antropologie"

The Unfamiliar "a postgraduate student-led journal based at the University of Edinburgh"

Cultural Anthropology Open access from February 2014 edition

Popular Anthropology Magazine "aims to raise popular awareness of anthropology's relevance to issues of public interest" (dead??)

NatureCulture "Clears away the division between the two" (updated link)

Global Ethnographic

Journal of Business Anthropology

HAU - Journal of Ethnographic Theory

Anthropology Of This Century

Anthropology Matters An initiative developed by postgraduates for postgraduates, researchers and early career anthropologists in the UK

Anthropological Notebooks Official journal of Slovenian Anthropological Society

Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology

JASO - Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford

Practical Matters A transdisciplinary multimedia journal of religious practices and practical theology

Cultural Analysis An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture

NEXUS - The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology

vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology The graduate student journal of the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto

Radical Anthropology Forum for discussing the political lessons that can be drawn from anthropological knowledge

Transforming Cultures eJournal Investigates transformation in: Cultural History, Cultural Interaction and New Media, International Activism, Place and Environment and Transnational Cultures

Anthropology of East Europe Review

Structure and Dynamics eJournal

Himalaya (Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies)

Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Focus on Nepal

Occasional Papers in Sociology and Anthropology (Nepal and Himalaya)

Himalayan Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Focus on contemporary Nepalese Society and Culture and more specifically that of Pokhara and its vicinity

South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal "Seeks to ‘democratize’ research-based studies on South Asia"

IJAPS - The International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies

Asian Ethnology "Seeks to deepen understanding and further the pursuit of knowledge about the peoples and cultures of Asia"

Online - Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet

Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies Published by several European universities

People, Place and Policy Online "founded on the belief that academic research has a critical role to play in the creation and assessment of policies"

New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry


IJIH - International Journal of Intangible Heritage

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine A journal of the relationships between human cultures and nature/universe, traditional ecological knowledge and health care policies

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

First Monday One of the first peer–reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet.

Popular Musicology Online The online successor to the hardcopy journal "Popular Musicology Quarterly"

Ethnomusicology OnLine

Music and Anthropology


Otherwise Stories, mini ethnographies, poetry NEW!

entanglements. experiments in multimodal ethnography NEW!

New Florida Journal of Anthropology

Journal of Anthropological Films (JAF)

Journal of Visual and Media Anthropology

Journal of Ecological Anthropology (JEA)

Berghahn Open Anthro including since 2020 Anthropological Journal of European Cultures as well as Anthropology of the Middle East and The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology and Conflict and Society and Environment and Society and Focaal and Journal of Legal Anthropology and Learning and Teaching and Migration and Society and Museum Worlds and Religion and Society and Sibirica and Social Analysis

Sites "Multidisciplinary perspectives on the study of societies and cultures of the wider Pacific region"

Limn "a scholarly magazine devoted to outlining contemporary problems"

Cultural Anthropology and Ethnosemiotics

Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal

Ecological and Environmental Anthropology Published by graduate students at the University of Georgia (abandoned)

Michigan Discussions in Anthropology The University of Michigan's topical journal of four-field anthropology

Nordic Journal of Migration Research

Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration "aims to promote and advance the circulation of the multidisciplinary study of ethnic relations and international migration"

Journal of World Anthropology (abandoned)

Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal "concerned with developing a better understanding of social change and cultural cohesion"

Current Conservation "published by an informal alliance of natural and social scientists: conservation biology, environmental history, anthropology and sociology, ecological economics, landscape ecology"

Oral Tradition Interdisciplinary forum for discussion of worldwide oral traditions

Museum Anthropology Review A journal of material culture and museum studies

Omertaa Journal for Applied Anthropology

anpere - Anthropological Perspectives on Religion

Approaching Religion

Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures

Afrika Spektrum an inter-disciplinary journal dedicated to scientific exchange between the continents, published by the GIGA Institute of African Affairs (IAA) in Hamburg

TD: The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in South Africa

Nordic Journal of African Studies Interdisciplinary journal published by the Nordic Association of African Studies

African Studies Quarterly Published by The Center for African Studies, University of Florida

Pro Ethnologia Published by the Estonian National Museum. Latest issue: 2005

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics Publication of the University of Tartu, the Estonian National Museum and the Estonian Literary Museum

Intersections - Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific

The Journal of Bhutan Studies

EJTS - European Journal of Turkish Studies

Journal of Identity and Migration Studies Published by Research Centre on Identity and Migration Issues, University of Oradea, Romania

Invisible Culture An electronic journal for visual culture

Culture Unbound - Journal of Current Cultural Research "an academic journal for border-crossing cultural research"

Folklore Forum "A space for the free exchange of ideas on the cutting edge of folklore, folklife and ethnomusicology"

Folklore Electronic Journal of Folklore, Estonian Literary Museum and Estonian Folklore Institute


Anuário Antropológico (Portuguese, English, Spanish, French)

Quaderns de l’Institut Català d’Antropologia (Catalan, Spanish, French, English or Portuguese)

Vestiges: Traces of Record (French, English)

Confluenze - Rivista di Studi Iberoamericani (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese)

Revista Chilena de Antropología (Spanish, Portuguese, English)

Sociologia & Antropologia (Portuguese, English)

Arxiu d'Etnografia de Catalunya (Catalan, Castilian, Portuguese, French, English)

TRANS - Revista Transcultural de Música (Spanish, English, Portuguese)

Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (English, Spanish etc)

STS Encounters - Journal of the Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (Danish, English)

Ethnoscripts (German, English)

Anuac - Journal of the homonymous association of anthropology (Associazione nazionale universitaria degli antropologi culturali). (Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese) NEW!

AnthroVision - by Visual Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (VANEASA) (English, French)

Ankulegi. Revista de Antropología Social (Euskera, Castellano, French)

FLEKS - Scandinavian Journal of Intercultural Theory and practice (English, Norwegian)

AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana (Spanish, English)

Quotidian - Dutch Journal for the study of everyday life (English, Dutch)

International Journal of Modern Anthropology (more physical/biological than cultural anthropology) (English, Arabic)

Etnološka istraživanja - Journal of the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb (Croatian, English)

CASCA Journal of Social Sciences, Art and Culture (Serbian, Croatian, English, German, Czech and Slovak)

Rivista di antropolocia post globale. Journal of post-global anthropology (Italian; next issue incl. English, German)

Interface - a journal for and about social movements (English, Portugese, German, Russian, Italian etc)

World Anthropologies Network e-journal (English, Portugese, Spanish etc)

Quaderns-e - institut catala d'antropologia (English, French, Spanish/Catalan)

(con)textos. revista d'antropologia i investigació social (Spanish, Catalan, Italian...)

Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology - Revista semestral publicada pela Associação Brasileira de Antropologia (Portuguese, English)

Proa - revista de antropologia e arte (Portuguese, French, English)

Antrocom - Online Journal of Anthropology (Italian/English)

Anthropology of Food (French, English)

PASOS. Revista de Turismo y Patrimonio Cultural (Spanish, English)

FQS: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research (English, German, Spanish)

Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies / Österreichische Zeitschrift für Südostasienwissenschaften (ASEAS) (German, English)

Afrikanistik Online (German, English, French)

Studia ethnologica Croatica (English, Croatian)

Ethnological Forum / Etnološka tribina - Journal of the Croatian Ethnological Society (Croatian/English)

Qualitative Sociology Review (English, Polish)

Trans - Internet journal for cultural sciences (German, English, French)

MedieKultur. Journal of media and communication research (Danish/English)

Ethnorema (Italian, English)


Open Access Anthropology Journal Ticker recent articles from Anthropology journals

Other languages

(just a very small selection)


Hamburger Journal für Kulturanthropologie

VOKUS Volkskundlich-Kulturwissenschaftliche Schriften Herausgegeben vom Institut für Volkskunde, Hamburg (abandoned)

ASSA: Austrian Studies in Social Anthropology Journal des Vereins der Absolventinnen und Absolventen des Instituts für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie der Universität Wien

ZjR - Zeitschrift für junge Religionswissenschaft Ein Forum für den religionswissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs und neue, also junge, Methoden und Theorien


Norsk antropologisk tidsskrift (open access from 2018)

Kulturella Perspektiv

Tidsskriftet Antropologi (after one year embargo)

Forum for islamforskning

Kulturstudier - Tidsskrift for kulturhistorie, etnologi, folkloristik og lokalhistori

Sakprosa - et tidsskrift for nordisk sakprosaforskning



Revista de la Escuela de Antropología REA

Antropologías del Sur

PUBLICAR-En Antropología y Ciencias Sociales

Revista de Antropología Experimental


Gazeta de Antropología

Revista Chilena de Antropologia Visual

Universitas Humanística - revista de antropología y sociología


Antropolitica - Revista Contemporanea de Antropologia

Campos - Revista de Antropologia Social

Enfoques - revista dos alunos do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Sociologia e Antropologia


Horizontes Antropológicos

Mana - Estudos de Antropologia Social

Arquivos da Memória

Etnográfica. Revista Semestral de Antropologia

Análise Social



Glasnik Slovenskega etnološkega društva



AnthroSerbia (Collection of four journals)





Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques

Les Cahiers d’EMAM Études sur le Monde Arabe et la Méditerranée

Revue d'anthropologie des connaissances


Anthropos: Jurnal Antropologi Sosial dan Budaya

DEAD JOURNALS (with links to copies in the Internet Archive)

KULT "a postcolonial special issue series"

Anthropology Reviews: Dissent and Cultural Politics (ARDAC)

Durham Anthropology Journal

Altérités (French, English - "Aims to generate debates related to the interests and current issues facing anthropological research")

American Ethnography "An internet glossy on the study of cultures"

Humanicus - academic journal of humanities, social sciences and philosophy ((English, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and Mandarin)

The AnthroGlobe Journal Collection of papers. No longer developped?

Bangladesh e-Journal of Sociology

Lithuanian Journal of Anthropology (Lithuanian, English)

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