Print Subscriptions

In an era of electronic publishing, is print just a relic? We at Cultural Anthropology don’t think so. Our compact physical format and beautifully designed covers are part of our publishing legacy, just as surely as the cutting-edge theory and the innovative ethnographic writing that our readers have come to expect. But if the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) is to continue producing a print edition of the journal, we need it to be aligned with the great experiment on which the SCA has embarked: that of making our research output freely available to anyone who wants to read it immediately upon publication. We are therefore offering our readers an opportunity to make a donation in support of the SCA’s publishing initiatives and, in turn, to receive print copies of Cultural Anthropology in recognition of their generosity.

As of February 2017, the SCA will offer print subscriptions through The Sheridan Group, which also prints the other journals in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) portfolio. Here are a few things you should know about this new endeavor:

  • Rather than making print subscriptions available for purchase, the SCA plans to offer a one-year print subscription as a thank-you gift to anyone who donates $125 or more to support the society’s open-access publishing initiatives.
  • Donations may be made by individuals, departments, libraries, or other organizations. Donors may also designate the print subscription as a gift; in other words, print copies of the journal can be sent to the recipient of the donor's choice.
  • Donations will be processed through the 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.
  • A minimum order of twenty-five copies is needed in order to provide the subscriber services that the SCA needs.

We invite you to donate today in order to help sustain the SCA's commitment to open access. Give the gift of a print subscription to yourself or an institution you care about. You can also contact managing editor Marcel LaFlamme at with any questions or concerns.