I really can’t add much to the discussion about Open Access Anthropology, so I just want to redirect you guys to the Open Access Homepage that sums it up nicely.

There is a mailing group, t-shirts to support the cause, and most importantly a letter to the sections of AAA about Open Access that I hope everyone will read and sign! This is a worth while cause and is very important so please take five minutes to look into it.

I am most excited about the idea of open access anthropology because it gives more people access to anthropological research. All too often the “studied” do not have access to the write-up of research done about them or a student researcher can’t get to existing papers because they are locked behind a paid subscription link. There are a lot of advantages to making our research more accessible and there aren’t a lot of risks. Maybe some people are scared to open their research up to an even bigger audience and running the chance of more criticism?

More links about OAA
Things to do to learn more about OAA
Savage Minds
Erkan’s field diary