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Evaluation and analysis of Open Accessed Anthropology Journals (Part 1)

March 24, 2009

The fist OA anthropology Journals started in early 1970s, and increase by 1990s, then, starting from 2000 and above, the number of anthropology open access journals is increasing.

I examined the directory of Open Accessed Anthropology Journals, and I did analyze the languages, which they are using. And, I found that:

Around 33 open accessed anthropology journals are written in English Language, and some of them adopt other languages at the same time.

Around 22 open accessed anthropology journals are written in Spanish Language, and some of them adopt other languages at the same time.

Around 10 open accessed anthropology journals are written in French Language, and some of them adopt other languages at the same time.

Around 7 open accessed anthropology journals are written in Portuguese Language, and some of them adopt other languages at the same time.

Around 3 open accessed anthropology journals are written in German Language, and some of them adopt other languages at the same time.

Around 2 open accessed anthropology journals are written in Finnish Language, and some of them adopt other languages at the same time.

Around 2 Open accessed anthropology journals are written in Italian Language, and some of them adopt other languages at the same time.

Around 1 open accessed anthropology Journal is written in Swahili Language, and the journal adopts other languages at the same time

Around 1 open accessed anthropology Journal is written in Estonian Language, and the journal adopts other languages at the same time

Around 1 open accessed anthropology journal is written in Danish Language, and the journal adopts other languages at the same time

Around 1 open accessed anthropology Journal is written in Norwegian Language, and the journal adopts other languages at the same time

Around 1 open accessed anthropology journal is written in Swedish Language, and some of them adopt other languages at the same time.

Around 1 open accessed anthropology journal is written in Hungarian Language, and the journal adopts other languages at the same time

Note that I am using around just in case if I did count them wrong. Yet, I counted them twice to make sure of the numbers.

It is quite interesting to find this diversity of languages used in these Journals. English, Spanish and French languages are the most being used comparing to the others yet it is positive to find other languages exist as well. Please feel free to drop  comments if you have ones.

The analysis will be continued in my next posts…

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  1. March 25, 2009 12:35 am

    Thank you for compiling these interesting facts related to gold OA journal publishing in anthropology. While really valuable, DOAJ is, unfortunately, an incomplete database for multiple reasons. Headed into its third year/volume, Museum Anthropology Review is (for instance) not included in DOAJ because, so far at least, it has been judged [by DOAJ] to contain too high a proportion of scholarly reviews relative to peer-reviewed scholarly articles.

    • March 25, 2009 3:15 am

      Thank you Jason for highlighted such important information! I will go through Museum Anthropology Review Journal and analyze it along with the others.

      Yet, I did not get the point of DOAJ regarding rejecting to add MAR?

      First, who is in charge to judge at DOAJ which journals should be included or not in their directory?

      Second, do you have an idea who created DOAJ? When and by whom it was adopted?

      Third, please can you illustrate in more details what does “contain too high proportion of scholarly reviews relative to peer-reviewed scholarly articles” mean? Is it because it contains many book, and other sorts of reviews? Is it because it lacks a great number of research articles or papers?

      Fourth, does the scope and the aim of MAR Journal covers areas of the disputes about the ownership of artifact?

      • March 26, 2009 2:55 am

        I found answers for my first and second questions in their FAQ’s section and here is its link

        http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=loadTempl&templ=faq#whoisresponsible

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