Comments on: Anthropology News: Announcing Open–and then closed again–Anthropology http://savageminds.org/2012/11/30/anthropology-news-announcing-open-and-then-closed-again-anthropology/ Notes and Queries in Anthropology Thu, 28 May 2015 05:21:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 By: #GoOpenAccess for the Ethnography Matters Community | Ethnography Matters http://savageminds.org/2012/11/30/anthropology-news-announcing-open-and-then-closed-again-anthropology/comment-page-1/#comment-781083 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:08:19 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8863#comment-781083 […] I’ve contemplated the idea for some time now about publishing from here on out only in open access journals. I already freely e-mail my own publications to anyone who requests a copy. And I just feel better (more virtuous?) when I publish a paper in an open access journal. I’ve published in both open and closed access journals. It could be a coincidence, but I’ve noticed that when I publish in open access journals, those publications tend to get more citations. That’s not proof, but it is a good sign that open access does a better job of getting your work in front of readers (which is obvious because such journals are available to the whole of the Internet, not just those who can get past a paywall). The reason I’ve published in ‘closed’ journals has to do with the pressures of being tenure-track. Some of the more prestigious journals are not open access. I’m looking at YOU Science, Technology and Human Values and New Media and Society. Anthropology journals in particular are notoriously out of step with the push towards open access (see the many posts over on Savage Minds, for example). […]

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By: Damion http://savageminds.org/2012/11/30/anthropology-news-announcing-open-and-then-closed-again-anthropology/comment-page-1/#comment-758832 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 14:17:43 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8863#comment-758832 Well if the AAA isn’t back to its old tricks right?
This is the same organization who had to apologize to Franz Boas (need we forget). They tend to make a lot of mistakes…and also tend to overcharge for everything (think yearly fees). I think that is what the organization is mainly worried about, collecting its fees. While a lot of money is generated from their annual conference and membership dues, a major the draw to join is in fact having access to their publications. With open access people will not have an incentive to pay over $100 for their old boys academic club.

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By: Reaction to AAA OA Announcement | Savage Minds http://savageminds.org/2012/11/30/anthropology-news-announcing-open-and-then-closed-again-anthropology/comment-page-1/#comment-758387 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 05:46:56 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8863#comment-758387 […] Comments Policy < Previous Post […]

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By: John Hawks http://savageminds.org/2012/11/30/anthropology-news-announcing-open-and-then-closed-again-anthropology/comment-page-1/#comment-758381 Sat, 01 Dec 2012 04:34:19 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8863#comment-758381 It’s our very own version of the Disney vault!

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By: Erin Taylor http://savageminds.org/2012/11/30/anthropology-news-announcing-open-and-then-closed-again-anthropology/comment-page-1/#comment-758235 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:45:57 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8863#comment-758235 Are they actually intending to close content after a time, or are they just reserving their right to do so to appease the fears of those who aren’t sure about open access? Or are they planning something else down the track that requires this legal manouevre? I would like to hear them explain their logic, as I don’t see how it makes financial, let alone any other, sense.

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By: Jason Baird Jackson http://savageminds.org/2012/11/30/anthropology-news-announcing-open-and-then-closed-again-anthropology/comment-page-1/#comment-758186 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:51:28 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8863#comment-758186 Ryan has stated his criticism and opened a space for discussion. Neither countering nor endorsing the basic point of his criticism, I just want to observe that the meaning of the specific phrase “open access,” while not 100% stable or uncontested, has an agreed upon core as reflected in widespread practices in the publishing community and as expressed in founding documents such as the definition established in Budapest Open Access Initiative. I regret that President Mullings statement uses the phrase open access to refer to a proposed practice (innovative, worthwhile, and discussable in itself) that is outside the scope of the accepted meaning of open access. There is an abundance of evidence suggesting how widespread confusion about open access is among scholars in anthropology. In this context, I urge discussants to stick close to the established meaning of the term which, by definition, does not extend to unrestricted access that is temporary. I applaud the scholarly communication experiments that the AAA is undertaking and just advocate that actors and commentators not make up our own definitions, thereby fostering further misunderstanding.

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