Please complete the survey on AAA publishing

The Committee on the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing has developed an online survey that went live to members on April 18. The survey announcement, which was sent by the AAA’s Richard Thomas, has the email subject line “Invitation to Participate in Survey.” The survey, for which we are seeking the broadest possible member response, … Continue reading Please complete the survey on AAA publishing

Rethinking Peer Review

Running parallel to discussions about toll access vs. open access in academic publishing is a debate about whether it’s time to replace the venerable practice of (mostly anonymous) peer review with something more open, democratic, and dialogical. Web-based publishing software makes this technologically feasible–easy, in fact–and a number of journals are experimenting with it. A fine … Continue reading Rethinking Peer Review

More on AAA publishing: The matter of costs

Let’s pick up the expanding thread on AAA publishing by considering costs.  Coming up with a single figure for the AAA’s large publication portfolio is frustratingly difficult. There are complications such as sunk costs, various ways of calculating overhead, the complexities of the W-B contract, and the like. I’m an anthropologist, not an accountant, so … Continue reading More on AAA publishing: The matter of costs

The future of AAA publishing: Opening a conversation

The Committee for the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing, better known as CFPEP, has invited me to start a discussion thread about how the AAA can best manage its diverse publications in response to a publishing environment undergoing radical change.  CFPEP invites your thoughts on strategies for keeping AAA publications as widely accessible as … Continue reading The future of AAA publishing: Opening a conversation