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Of possible interest to readers of this list: **** This article, "Anthropology Association Will Give Electronic Journal Subscriptions to All Members," is available online at this address: http://chronicle.com/temp/email.php?id=9xz9717irugr18m8s0o9ya6y2l60tqi6 This article will be available to non-subscribers of The Chronicle for up to five days after it is e-mailed. The article is always available to Chronicle subscribers at this address: http://chronicle.com/weekly/v50/i19/19a01601.htm _ Anthropology Association Will Give Electronic Journal Subscriptions to All Members By DAVID GLENN ONE-STOP SCHOLARSHIP: Not long ago, the leaders of the American Anthropological Association saw some writing on the wall. Here and there, cash-starved college libraries were canceling subscriptions, and the costs of printing and postage were skyrocketing. It became clear that by about 2007, the association's publications program, which comprises 29 scholarly journals, would no longer be financially viable. "This was one of those incremental things that began to show its face two or three years ago," says Mac Marshall, a professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa, who helped to sound the alarm. "I was editing one of the triple-A journals, and we were sustainable, but others were hemorrhaging badly." So far, so familiar. Scholarly groups in almost every discipline face similar dilemmas. The anthropologists, however, have fixed upon an unusually ambitious solution. Soon, every member of the association will be given electronic access to all of its 29 journals as a regular benefit of membership. Libraries will be offered the electronic package at a price that, according to one early estimate, will be less than the current cost of print subscriptions to the association's five leading journals, which now cost approximately $125 each. The scholarly journals will be only one element of the association's new Web portal, AnthroSource, which will make available a wide array of audio and visual material. "I've been talking with a museum about creating a system that would allow one to call up an artifact and then turn it around so that you can see it from all angles," says Bill Davis, the association's executive director. "Technology makes all this possible, and this is exactly the kind of thing that we intend to do." Beginning this month, the association will turn over the production and distribution of its journals to the University of California Press. By January 2005, the press intends to offer electronic access to an initial set of 10 journals, including American Anthropologist, Cultural Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Access to the other 19 journals will be rolled out during the following two years. The new Web site will include the full contents of each journal back to its first volume. (American Anthropologist, for one, dates back to 1888.) The text will be fully searchable, and most citations will be interconnected. [SNIP SNIP SNIP] copyright Chronicle of Higher Education 2004.
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