Persistence in Digital Publishing, or, Where's My Post?

Amid the enthusiastic responses to the launch of the new SCA website yesterday, we've heard from some authors who are concerned about dead links to posts published on the old site and about the status of content that has not yet been migrated to the new one.

So we wanted to provide an update on those issues, while hopefully also making some undernoticed aspects of the SCA's publishing program more visible:

  • Cultural Anthropology uses digital object identifiers (DOIs) for its articles, so that even if the URL where an article lives changes, the DOI can redirect to the new address. As of this morning, DOIs for articles published since 2014 are not resolving correctly: sorting this out is our top priority right now, and we anticipate doing so in the next day or two.
  • We do not currently use DOIs for Fieldsights and other nonjournal content, which means that URL changes need to be handled in a different way. Before the launch of the new site, we set more than 250 redirects to frequently visited pages: for example, if you enter the old URL for our Prizes page (, you'll be redirected to its new URL ( In the weeks ahead, we will continue adding redirects for all content published on the old site.
  • Roughly two-thirds of the nonjournal content published on the old site is now available on the new site, thanks to the hard work and resourcefulness of the Publishing Infrastructure team: Danny Cardoza, Paul Christians, Anika Jugović Spajić, Scott Schnur, Aakash Solanki, and Janita Van Dyk. Seriously: our community owes them a round of applause. In the weeks ahead, we will continue migrating the remaining content to the new site, including our previously published photo essays, some Hot Spots and Correspondences series, and supplemental posts published before 2015.
  • In the meantime, a complete snapshot of the old website is available through the Internet Archive. This does not happen by accident: the Duke University Libraries provides in-kind support to our publishing program by including us in their Archive-It program, which means that our site is crawled by the Internet Archive at least quarterly. This preservation strategy is not foolproof and the web archiving space remains a dynamic one, but do know that content not yet migrated to the new site should be available in this way.

Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] or @spinsterofutica if you have other questions or concerns about the migration. And stay tuned for some autoethnographic reflections on the process from the Publishing Infrastructure team this spring!