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2014 Publication & Anthropology

This semester is devoted to the topic of how anthropologists get their work published. You do not get to be a famous anthropologist, or even a successful one, by being clever, original, hard-working, well-trained or by doing great research. All of that is wasted if nobody reads your work. A mediocre anthropologist who publishes a lot is always going to do better than the great one who does not publish.

During the first weeks of the class we talked about how we could learn the rapidly-changing landscape of anthropological publishing. The discussion covered traditional paper journals and new electronic ones, blogs, changing standards of peer review and editing, edited volumes vs monographs, edited book series, and the total volume of anthropological publication. We hope the resulting essays can help budding anthropologists understand their options, and will help them understand both the opportunities and the pitfalls of publication.