Cultural Anthropology’s Journal Impact Factor Climbs

The 2016 edition of Journal Citation Reports, now published by Clarivate Analytics, ranked Cultural Anthropology eighth among 82 indexed anthropology journals, the highest ranking of any journal published by the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Cultural Anthropology’s Journal Impact Factor, which reflects the average number of times that recently published articles have been cited, climbed for the third year in a row from 2.324 in 2015 to 2.603 in 2016.

These results are notable, because all of the citations used to calculate the updated Journal Impact Factor refer to articles published since Cultural Anthropology went open-access in 2014. The journal’s editorial team pointed to the latest data as further evidence that readers in anthropology and beyond are discovering, accessing, and engaging with journal content. Fourteen complete issues of the journal are now freely available to read and download at the Cultural Anthropology website.

“The positive trajectory of our Journal Impact Factor is a confirmation, above all else, of how the journal’s shift to open access increases the accessibility and relevance of what we publish,” said Dominic Boyer, Professor of Anthropology at Rice University and a member of the journal’s editorial collective. “Since 2014, we have seen our readership and authorship grow significantly, especially in the global South. The AAA would do well to take these trends seriously and begin planning for an orderly transition of its entire portfolio to open access. They otherwise risk being left behind as new, native open-access journals form to address the needs and culture of scholarly publishing today.”

Cultural Anthropology is the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. Since 2015, the journal has been edited by Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, and Cymene Howe. It was first indexed in Journal Citation Reports in 1994.