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Is It Open Access If No One Can Find It? The loss of 100,000+ Archaeology & History Articles

November 7, 2013


Here is a question for you, if I put something up on the internet for free but no one can find it have I actually done anything? A little background story to how I came to this question. Over the last couple of weeks I have been running some analysis for the Society of Antiquaries […]

Blogging Archaeology

November 5, 2013


This is the page the launched the 2013-2014 Blogging Archaeology Blog Carnival. Don’t know what it is? Read on. The event is over and has accumulated in a wonderful book:   It is Open Access i.e. FREE to Read. You can download it here: Blogging Archaeology. It is a great resource to learn about blogging […]

What is the Deal with the Nacirema?!?-AAA Viewer Stats and the Relevance of #Anthropology

July 30, 2013


What is the Deal with the Nacierma? Answer that question and you will have great insights into the relevance of Anthropology (and in certain parts of the world that includes archaeology) to our modern world. A little background to that cryptic sentence- Again, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has been very kind and shared some […]

Arguing for Your Own Irrelevance- #AcademicPrivilege

July 12, 2013


Sometimes you read something that is so out there that you have to read it two, three, or more times just to understand it, in this particular case I had to read it six times. What is it? Why open access makes no sense– by Professor Robin Osborne  I have read many critiques of Open […]

Blog is AAA’s Fourth Most Digitally Viewed Publication or Is It?

July 1, 2013


To continue with an examination of the impact of blogs I would like to share some numbers that were kindly shared with me by the AAA. Here (at the end of this post) is the table of downloads (for blog it is views) of articles from the AAA publications in 2012. The first thing that […]

It’s a Digital World We Read In

June 25, 2013


Yesterday Ralf brought up an excellent point on my post about blogging verse traditional publishing: You ignore the thousands of printed copies of those journals in your stats. Having not gone into the post blind, having done some research into publishing over the years, I knew that this is indeed correct BUT not too relevant. […]

Archaeologists honored/honoured by Whitehouse

June 22, 2013


It is not everyday that the Whitehouse honors/honours an archaeologists so if you have a minute to spare check out the Whitehouse release on Eric Kansa and Open Context. Eric has been doing some amazing work on Open Data and Open Access. Hmmmmm. It seems if more archaeologists want to get their work recognized Open […]

Copyright and Archaeology- “Walking into the lions den with your cock out”

April 22, 2013


Last week, I presented a paper at the IfA conference that touched on the issue of copyright after my earlier discussion last week about the issue. It was described as, “Walking into the lions den with your cock out” by someone else in the session. Apparently, my musings were controversial and several people were so […]

Creative Commons Non-commercial A Cruel Joke.

April 11, 2013


edit-updated see end. Got a tweet a few hours ago from @johnwallx pointing me towards this Google group discussion about Creative Commons licenses and 3-D heritage data. Dr. Isenburg was attempting to improve the use of 3-D modelling but had his data removed because it violated the creative commons licensing. If you don’t know what CC […]

Good News for Open Access

March 11, 2013


Just saw this on twitter and followed the link– The Society for Cultural Anthropology (a section of the American Anthropology Association) is excited to announce a groundbreaking publishing initiative. With the support of the AAA, the influential journal of the SCA, Cultural Anthropology, will become available open access, freely available to everyone in the world.  Starting […]

Predatory Open Access Archaeology Journals or just poor quality? PAGEPRESS Publishers

February 11, 2013


I am in the process of updating Open Access Archaeology’s searchable database of Open Access Journals. Some journals have ceased to exists (online at least) others have moved or change their OA policy etc. During the search I came across one publisher of OA archaeology journals that seemed to fit the definition of Predatory Open […]

Another Day, Another Society Against Open Access

February 10, 2013


I was alerted to The American Philological Association (APA)’s letter against the current UK Open Access policy, by AWOL. However, they did ask for comments from others on the subject. Here is the letter I sent them outlining why I think there are some serious flaws in their response: Dear Denis Feeney and Michael Gagarin, […]

The Cavalier Attitude of Youth and Their Free Stuff.

January 23, 2013


Rex at savage minds has put together one of the most articulate arguments about digital copying and open access I have seen, in response to a very poor opinion piece by Rob Weir at Inside Higher Education: “In his article, Weir argues that downloading JSTOR articles is theft. Downloading and sharing articles, or movies, or […]

Internet Archaeology is Going Open Access

January 20, 2013


Some good news, Internet Archaeology is moving towards Open Access. They have been talking about this for a while but I was under the impression it was for new content. As such, I was pleasantly surprised to find in my email that they had freed up most of their back catalog: I am very pleased […]

Archaeology, Open Access, RIP Aaron Swartz

January 14, 2013


Last week Aaron Swartz killed himself because of the issue of Open Access. He was facing 35 years in prison for trying give people access to pre-1920s publications e.g. not under copyright. He also had a history of depression which probably played a significant aspect in his decision to kill himself. Obvious not being Aaron […]

Archaeological Institute of America #Fails Again with Open Access: Because the first time was so much fun

October 1, 2012


The Archaeological Institute of America is at it again with their hatred (might be a strong word, distaste? loathing?) of Open Access. The president has come out with a new letter to clarify, about the AIA’s position toward open access. It is basically a more articulated version of their old letter in which they came […]

Society for American Archaeology 990 Form

September 17, 2012


A few days ago I posted a list on scholarly/professional societies in regards to their opposition to Open Access. Most of the information was gathered from 990 tax forms. After looking at the tax forms I was a little interested in how archaeology societies fare. So I have looked up the Society for American Archaeology’s […]

Why Scholarly Societies Are Against Open Access

September 14, 2012


As I mentioned earlier today I wrote an article for the Index on Censorship special issue about censorship of academia. The online version unfortunately was missing a table that was in the print version. It was right before I say, Most of the societies that opposed or were critical of open access in the White […]

Censors on Campus- The Open Access Backlash

September 14, 2012


I was recently asked to write an article for the Index on Censorship special issue about censorship of academia. Specifically, I was asked to write about the AIA’s stance against Open Access ( I blog about it here and here and the boycott I organized here). Being as fair as I could stayed away from […]

Open Access- Do the ends justify the means?

September 12, 2012


Recently, I made a trip back to the US for research and to see family and friends. One of the people I connected up with was a friend who recently obtained his PhD in archaeology. We discussed many things from was/is a PhD worth it or not, to cookies. One of the discussions was about […]

UK Government Mandates Open Access- Publishers Laugh on the Way to the Bank

July 18, 2012


Sorry, I have not been blogging as much, summer field work season is keeping me busy.  Most of you have probably heard that the UK government is now mandating Open Access for the research it pays for. Their funding councils have even come up with a new OA policy. Sounds great does it not? I […]

Ending Knowledge Cartels

June 9, 2012


Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog on how journals once facilitated and now hinder scientific progress.

June 6, 2012


The Dienekes’ Anthropology blog has a wonderful examination on how journals now hinder scientific process. You should read the whole thing as it is very good but some of the main points are: scientists postpone the publication of preliminary results until they have a cumulative piece of work that is “publishable” according to journals’ standards […]

ACCG and Open Access

May 25, 2012


Edit- this situation has resolved itself amicably. The ACCG has/are in the process of changing their statement and we are having a very interesting discussion about laws regarding the importing of antiquities. Overall, it has been a busier weekend then what I would have liked but one that has been well worth the time. I […]

Archaeological Institute of America Back Tracks on Stance Against Open Access

April 27, 2012


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 […]

Predatory Open Access Publisher OMICS Publishing Group Hits New Low in Blog Spamming

April 27, 2012


The other day I wrote about how predatory publisher OMICS was spamming my blog. For those of you that are not familiar with the term blog spam, it is when a person/bot posts comments on websites and blogs, usually very low quality comment or comments that do not make sense in the context of the […]

Boycott Archaeological Institute of American

April 23, 2012


I was really hoping that the AIA would have responded to the email we sent them a week ago. I was really hoping that they would have opened a dialog or at least make some sort of public comment. Alas, it was not to be. As such I and the other volunteers at have […]

Archaeological Institute of America #FAIL! Can’t Learn from Others Mistakes

April 16, 2012


When it came out in January and February that the American Anthropology Association and the Archaeological Institute of America had both come out against Open Access there was a large uproar. The AAA quickly back tracked but the AIA got off pretty lightly. Apparently the AIA did not look at what happen to the AAA […]

Predatory Open Access Publisher OMICS Publishing Group: Now Blog Spamming

April 13, 2012


Not all Open Access publications are good. Some are basic Nigerian scams, and I don’t mean that as a figment of speech, some literally are scams run out of Nigeria. They ask for money and will publish anything. Interestingly just yesterday it appears that some pseudoscientists  got scammed, Scam Publisher Fools Swedish Cranks. There is […]

Journal of Field Archaeology is Open Access for Next Month and Half

April 2, 2012


So Maney is running a promotional deal were you can view the last 3 years of the Journal of Field Archaeology online for free. The deal lasts till May 15th. It is a promotion so they are trying to get you to buy the journal. The price is still too expensive for me or most […]

The End of Commercial Journal Publishers- The First Signs of the Academic Publishing Apocalypse

March 16, 2012


Edit 3/20/2012– this piece is meant as criticism of current publishing regimes but my sense of humor is a bit dry and I don’t think everyone understands it. Apologies if this came off as critical of the pirates when it is meant to be critical of others. 🙂 Revelation 6:1-2 1 And I saw when […]

Elsevier Breaks- Withdraws Support for Research Works Act

February 27, 2012


Just got posted today from Elsevier- At Elsevier, we have always focused on serving the global research community and ensuring the best possible access to research publications and data. In recent weeks, our support for the Research Works Act has caused some in the community to question that commitment. We have heard expressions of support […]

Former Cultural Anthropology Editor Speaks Out About #AAAfail

February 9, 2012


I had recently edited my previous posts about the AAA less then great response to open access ( The 30 Pieces of Silver the American Anthropology Association Sold Us Out For, American Anthropology Association FAIL!!!! This Time on an Epic Scale, and Why this #AAAfail is Epic- How the American Anthropology Association is throwing the public under […]

The 30 Pieces of Silver the American Anthropology Association Sold Us Out For

February 4, 2012


This post is part of a series- The 30 Pieces of Silver the American Anthropology Association Sold Us Out For, American Anthropology Association FAIL!!!! This Time on an Epic Scale, Why this #AAAfail is Epic- How the American Anthropology Association is throwing the public under the bus and killing books for no good reason! and Former Cultural Anthropology […]

Why this #AAAfail is Epic- How the American Anthropology Association is throwing the public under the bus and killing books for no good reason!

February 1, 2012


This post is part of a series- The 30 Pieces of Silver the American Anthropology Association Sold Us Out For, American Anthropology Association FAIL!!!! This Time on an Epic Scale, Why this #AAAfail is Epic- How the American Anthropology Association is throwing the public under the bus and killing books for no good reason! and Former Cultural Anthropology […]

American Anthropology Association FAIL!!!! This Time on an Epic Scale

January 31, 2012


This post is part of a series- The 30 Pieces of Silver the American Anthropology Association Sold Us Out For, American Anthropology Association FAIL!!!! This Time on an Epic Scale, Why this #AAAfail is Epic- How the American Anthropology Association is throwing the public under the bus and killing books for no good reason! and Former Cultural Anthropology […]

How Can a Company Turn Down 150,000,000 (yes, hundred million) Chances to Turn Someone into a Customer

January 15, 2012


Jstor is now opening up a very tiny portion (%5) of their journals for people to be able to preview at least three full articles (can’t download or print said articles). The most striking thing about this announcement is that they say that each year they block 150,000,000 attempts to see an article. No misprint, […]

Open Access Journal Search

January 6, 2012


After a lot more work than I thought it was going to be, I created a searchable table of Open Access Archaeology Publications using google charts and google fusion tables. You can now now view the finished product at Open Access Archaeology. It will be replacing my current list of open access journals. I will […]

Some New Comments on Open Access and Archaeology and Shameless Self-promotion

December 11, 2011


This came from the Assemblage journal RSS feed- “…we’re bringing you a smorgasbord of features to tide you over for the festive season. We have a double State of the Arch update with two pieces on a similar theme. Patrcik Hadley discusses the issues surrouonding setting up Mesolithic Miscellany and the world of open access journals, […]

Details on 22 Open Access Archaeology Publications

November 21, 2011


A few weeks ago I started a new blog open access archaeology- So far it has worked out pretty well, only minimal time and barely takes away from this blog. Here is quick recap of 22 open access publications that I have posted so far with links and brief overviews. You can find full details […]

Open Access Journal Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica – Natural Sciences in Archaeology

October 29, 2011


Someone was kind enough to point me in the direction of a open access journal I did not have on my list- Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica – Natural Sciences in Archaeology. The website is here

Funny & Sad Open Access Video

October 28, 2011


Sometimes writing fails you….

Open Access Week Archaeology Journals Search Engine

October 28, 2011


To make it easier to find articles you want I created a custom search engine that only searches the 23 archaeology journals that have gone open access for open access week (Update– link removed, open access week is over so the search engine no longer works). It should make it easier to find what you […]

More Publishers Going Open Access for Open Access Week- 23 journals so far

October 26, 2011


Update- I created a search engine to search all open access archaeology journals for both open access week and normal. Maney is opening up 22 archaeology journals to free access during open access week. This is a good sign and goes well with the Internet Archaeology’s decision to go open access as well for open […]

Open Access Journal for CRM

October 24, 2011


Open Access Week is here. To celebrate I would like to highlight a open access journal- CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship. It is peer reviewed too.

Open Access Week Post- Public Archaeoloy, Peer Review

October 23, 2011


As part of Open Access week I would like to highlight a peer reviewed journal that is Open Access.

10,000 Creative Commons Archaeology Images

October 21, 2011


As a part of the lead up to Open Access week here is a post about 10,000 images just put into creative commons, means no copyright and you can do what you want with the images.

The future of AAA publishing: Opening a conversation- A comment on not taking publishers at their word

October 20, 2011


There is an interesting conversation going on over at the AAA blog-     The future of AAA publishing: Opening a conversation. I would like to comment on one of the statements- “Publishing academic journals (even digital-only ones liberated from the cost of printing and moving paper) entails significant expense, including administration, copy-editing, type-setting, web development, hosting […]

Internet Archaeology and Open Access

October 17, 2011


It has been a little while since I have posted anything on publishing and open access but Open Access week is coming up.

Updates and Great Changes- Embedded RSS feeds in Pages

September 29, 2011


I have been doing some autumn rearranging of my site.

Beware of the Snake Oil in Publishing

August 29, 2011


via a post from John Hawks– Seth Godin: “Strangers and friends: understanding publishing”. It’s very seductive for an author to believe that a fairy godmother will introduce her fabulous idea to legions of strangers. Seductive, yes, but rarely something that actually happens. The point: Build your own platform. That statement was from the website The […]

Highest Cited Archaeology Journal Papers

August 26, 2011


Using the Publisher or Perish citation analysis software I have been looking at the statistics for hundreds of English Language Archaeology Journals. One of the outputs from this software is the number of citations each individual paper within a journal receives. After a pretty extensive search of about 250 archaeology journals I am pretty confident […]

PhD’s are Out of Control

August 21, 2011


In 1861 Yale awarded the first three PhDs in the US. Only one, by James Morris Whiton,  has survived. Guess how many pages his dissertation was? 100? 200? 500?

New Open Access Archaeology Book

August 19, 2011


This was posted on Digging Digitally and I thought I would share it-

Archaeology Journal Publishing XII

August 1, 2011


It has been about two months since my last archaeology journal publishing post, apologies. Quick recap of Arch Journal Publishing I-XI: I looked at varies metrics of “supposed” journal quality vs. price per journal and/or price per page and found pretty much no correlation between these metrics and prices. To continue with this line of […]

Update on List of Open Access Archaeology Journals

June 19, 2011


I have updated my list of Open Access Archaeology Journals. It now includes journals in languages other than English. It also includes those journals that have rolling walls e.g. they do not make all articles available right away but after a few months or years. Furthermore, it includes some journals who have stopped publishing but […]

Crossing the Rubicon, Open Access, and Careers

June 18, 2011


Recently, I presented a paper at a conference and the hosts of the conference were looking to publish all of the papers in a special issue of a journal. Well the hosts managed to get a pretty “prestiges” journal to accept the papers as bulk publication, passing peer review of course. The problem was that […]

June 11, 2011


In the last week I have created an Open Access Archaeology search engine. It covers quite a few sites and journals that offer open access publications. It is pretty good but it needs to be tested throughly. So if you are going any research can you stop by, test it out, and give some feedback? […]

Clarification on Author Pays in Archaeology

June 11, 2011


My post on a new open access archaeology journal has garnered several comments. My responses to one of the comments is too long so I have turned it into a post.

Author Pays: Can it work in Archaeology?

June 8, 2011


The publisher Pagepress is launching a new open access journal Antiqua. It is open access but it is based off of the concept that the author pays for the open access. Well sort of, there is a deal in which no one has to pay if they submit before the 31st of July, 2011. I […]