The AAA Committee on the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing (CFPEP) approved two proposals on April 11, 2016, for publishing innovations grants, one from the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) and one from the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA).
The SCA requested nearly $16,000 to develop multimedia hosting for Cultural Anthropology, the SCA/AAA open access journal. The funds will allow the section to work with an outside partner to build a model for including multimedia as primary or supplemental materials that other journals can then follow. The section is still determining which outside party it will use to aid in the development of this capability.
APLA’s proposal for the Political and Legal Anthropology Review also seeks to build a model that other journals can follow, in this case by using an editorial management service provided by Wiley, AAA’s publishing partner. At a cost of $7,400 per year, the Wiley Management Service replaces the section-funded managing editor with an internal Wiley staff person, thereby providing a seamless transition to the journal production process. This service also aims to reduce the amount spent on editorial management services, the fastest-growing expense for many section journals.
As a condition of these grants, SCA and APLA will provide a detailed progress report to CFPEP in November 2016 as well as present a summary of their findings at the editorial meeting during the AAA Annual Meeting. This will allow other sections to know about these innovations.
The grants are disbursed from the Strategic Publishing Fund, which was created several years ago specifically to provide funding for various publishing initiatives. The Fund is financed by a 10 percent share of the annual profits the AAA receives from Wiley for publishing the AAA journals.