I am very pleased to announce that at its May meeting, the Executive Board (EB) agreed to explore and implement a pilot open access publication. Open Anthropology, the first public, open access digital-only publication of the American Anthropological Association, is expected to launch in 2013. Alisse Waterston (John Jay College, CUNY) will serve as the first editor of this exciting pilot project. Alisse is the current chair of the Anthropology Communications Committee (ACC). She also served as the first chair of the Committee on the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing (CFPEP), and is past editor of North American Dialogue.
In making this decision, the EB considered the extensive transformations taking place in scholarly publishing, as well as the importance of sharing information as widely as possible. In keeping with the AAA Statement of Purpose, Open Anthropology will help promote anthropology and anthropologists and “the dissemination of anthropological knowledge and its use to solve human problems.”