Supporting Open Access and the SCA

As Open Access Week 2016 gets underway, I am writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity to support the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s ongoing initiatives around open-access publishing and to receive, in return, a print subscription to our forward-looking journal Cultural Anthropology.

As many of you know, Cultural Anthropology has been published on an open-access basis since 2014. For the past three years, the SCA has been self-publishing one of the leading journals in the discipline in an online format that is freely available to readers worldwide. At the same time, the SCA has partnered with other learned societies to explore cooperative alternatives to existing models of academic publishing.

The decision to publish Cultural Anthropology as an open-access journal brought an end of print subscriptions; readers were given the option of ordering individual issues from major online booksellers. Many of our readers told us that they missed the compact physical format and beautifully designed covers of the journal’s print edition. Good news: print subscriptions are coming back!

The SCA is pleased to offer a one-year print subscription as a thank-you gift for making a donation of $125 or more in support of the Society’s publishing program and its strong commitment to open access. Donations will be processed through the American Anthropological Association (AAA)’s online payment system; however, you need not be a member of the AAA to donate. These donations, less the actual cost of producing and distributing the print journal, will qualify as tax-deductible charitable contributions.

The SCA will need a minimum of twenty-five donations in order to provide subscriber services beginning in 2017. I invite you to help us reach that goal by signing up now to make a donation on or after January 1, 2017.

I also want to invite you to the special event that the SCA is cosponsoring with the Society for the Anthropology of Work at this year’s AAA meetings:


Saturday, November 19, 12:15–1:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 200E

The SCA and SAW invite you to participate in a forum about the current state of open-access publishing and developments that could transform the ecology of academic publishing and scholarly communication. Discussants include Dominic Boyer, Marcel LaFlamme, Niko Besnier, and Alberto Corsín Jiménez. 

Thank you for your support of the SCA, past and present, and for your assistance in creating an open-access future for scholarly communication!