Archaeological Institute of America Back Tracks on Stance Against Open Access

Posted on April 27, 2012

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The Archaeological Institute of America has published a new update to its letter on Open Access.

My recent letter in ARCHAEOLOGY magazine has opened discussion concerning the AIA’s position on open access. I am personally opposed to slated government legislation on the issue. I am not against open access as a concept, however. The AIA itself already endorses open access through the extensive posting of content online, gratis, including articles and reviews from the American Journal of Archaeology, articles and interactive digs from ARCHAEOLOGY magazine, and resources for students such as field school and job placement listings.

Open access has become an increasingly important issue in academic publishing, and, as a non-profit learned society, the AIA wants to engage in the dialogue. We hope that through critical inquiry and debate we will be able to find ways to balance the interests of the public with those of our authors, our subscribers, and of the Institute itself.

–Elizabeth Bartman, President

A definite change it tone from “We at the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), along with our colleagues at the American Anthropological Association (the AAA are not against open access and have stated so several times on this blog, I thought I would make that clear here) and other learned societies, have taken a stand against open access

Still leaves them against mandated Open Access. Also, I feel like they still are having some trouble with the concept of Open Access only being applied to publications – “interactive digs from ARCHAEOLOGY magazine, and resources for students such as field school and job placement listings”. While I would prefer that they also retract their opinion submitted to the White House this is probably the best we are going to get. Most likely OpenAccessArchaeology will stop its boycott of the AIA but that is getting ahead of ourselves. We will have to wait and see.

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