Ryan Anderson gets excited, but then less so about the news that the AAA is creating a kind-of-Open Anthropology. Here's the kicker...
That would be the catch. Did you see it? Here it is again:
There will be a specific policy for Open Anthropology on “ungating” and perhaps “re-gating” content after a certain period of time.
Re-gating? What on earth is that? How is that open access? So the AAA is going to do open access, but not really. It’s like “kind of open access” and then not open anymore. I think they need a new name for the publication they are proposing here. Maybe “Open and then no so open anthropology”? “Part-time open anthropology, except on weekends, holidays, Mondays, and blackout dates”? That has a nice ring to it. How about this: “Open anthropology with an asterisk”? “Open For A Limited Time Offer Anthropology”? “Oops who left the gate open anthropology?” One last one: “I can’t believe it’s open oh wait it’s really not anthropology”? I like that one. Really hits the nail on the head.