Browsing All posts tagged under »Open access«

I, for One, Welcome Our New Archaeology Publishing Overlords

August 25, 2015


In June the Archaeology publishing world was rocked by a very significant event, but no one actually noticed it. What am I talking about? Taylor-Francis Group, itself part of a larger company, has bought out Maney. You can read the press release here. What does this mean and why should you care? What does this mean? First […]

In Open Access Publishing There Are No Free Lunches….. but it is really really cheap.

October 23, 2014


In my last post, I mentioned that not all Open Access publishing involves authors paying $2,000. In fact, many journals neither charge the authors or readers and if they do some will waive fees. This led to this very thoughtful comment from Anders- “Excellent that there are OA publishers that do not charge the authors […]

Open Access Does NOT equal You, the Author, Paying

October 20, 2014


Open Access hurts young scholars, people from poor countries, people not working in Universities, and those in poor disciplines, like Archaeology, etc. etc. etc. because they can’t afford paying $2,000, $3,000, $10,000 to get published in OA publications. I have my suspicions about how this rumor got started. Critics of Open Access, like Jeffrey Beall, mention […]

Internet Archaeology is going Open Access and you can win a prize- #iaopen

August 27, 2014


Internet Archaeology was the first Open Access Archaeology journal when it was launched back in 1996. It then took a brief detour into paywall publishing to pay the bills. But, now it is heading back to being Open Access i.e. free to read. In celebration of this fact Judith is having a neat little contest on […]

Schrodinger’s Journals- You can’t both “publish” and publish at the same time

February 10, 2014


Have you ever heard of Schrondinger’s Cat? It is a paradox in which a cat can neither be alive nor dead at the same time. The concept has to do with physics (clicking on the link will take you to a wiki article which will explain it). Essentially, the argument is that in certain cases […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

digipubarch Conference Video- Publishing in archaeology: Open Access and the REWARD project

November 15, 2012


A presentation on the subject of Open Access in Archaeology, something that is near and dear to my heart, at the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference: Abstract: Publishing in archaeology: Open Access and the REWARD project Publishing in archaeology is evolving along with trends in open access, open data and the semantic web. The open access […]

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 […]

Happy Endings: ACCG and Open Access

May 28, 2012


Apologies to all my subscribers who do not care about Open Access or antiquities buying for filling up your RSS and email with this post. This is just to say that the ACCG has been quite reasonable after I explained that their first press release regarding the AIA and Open Access misrepresented Open Access Archaeology […]

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 […]

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 […]

Archaeological Links- Great list of Archaeology Resources to Check Out

February 9, 2012


Archaeological Links just got a new website- I was looking at it this morning and it has blogs, blogfeeds, Data and resources, Journals, lists of other archaeology link resources, magazines, maps, and the list goes on. It seems to focus heavily on Egypt and that part of the world but it does have a […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

About Archaeology Journal Publishing IV

May 22, 2011


This posts is a short one. I have just put up a couple of graphs on increase of archaeology journals over the years.

Open Access Archaeology Journals PART II- (now 57 publications)

May 12, 2011


After putting up so many journals that require a payment to view on my list of archaeology journals, I felt a little sick. Mainly, because of the level of knowledge locked behind a pay wall and a little because of the McD’s I had for lunch. It seems like 90% of all journal articles are […]

List of Archaeology Journals: Online Access- Part II

May 11, 2011


To continue what I have been doing from the first post here are some more English language archaeology journals that provide online access but behind a pay wall- means you’ll have to hand over a pretty big chuck of cash to view. I am not a big fan of paying for journals that I contribute […]

Open access archaeology journals

May 8, 2011


Unless you are at a university, chances are you are can not get behind the pay wall of most archaeology journals to see the most recent research. Luckily, some people do publish their journals as open access or with a very small delay. I have gone through and found several of these journals, for archaeology. […]

Would You Pay $4.84 PER PAGE to read a journal?

April 12, 2011


In addition to the many things I am currently doing, I am writing up/editing a paper for the newest issue of the Assemblage Journal. The topic of the article is journal publishing in archaeology. I do not want to give away all of results before it gets published, but this calculation just blew my mind […]

The Barriers to Archaeology: Past Publications and the “old” Literature

April 5, 2011


‘Entry level costs barrier’ is a term used in the business world to describe the minimum amount of money that needs to be invested to get a business up and running. For example, to start a pizza delivery company you would have to rent a shop, buy/rent on oven, and buy tools of the trade e.g. […]