The journal entanglements stands for uncompromising, unconditional, fair and ethical Open Access in science. The editors of entanglements journal have co-authored a manifesto on ethical open access in July 2020, following a workshop organised at LSE (September 2019) ‘Labour of Love: An Open Access Manifesto for Freedom, Integrity, and Creativity in the Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences‘, published along with a number of recommendations toward the commodification of open access. (full author list: Andrea E. Pia, Simon Batterbury, Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, Marcel LaFlamme, Gerda Wielander, Filippo M. Zerilli, Melissa Nolas, Jon Schubert, Nicholas Loubere, Ivan Franceschini, Casey Walsh, Agathe Mora, and Christos Varvantakis). The manifesto has also been translated in Italian and in Spanish.
Below are a number of fellow Open Access journals who operate alongside similar principles to entanglements.
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Allegra began in 2013 as a small group of renegade anthropologists creating a voice for themselves in the margins of the neoliberal academy. Today, it has become a veritable movement emboldening a large number of anthropologists and other academics to enliven the “dead space” between standard academic publication and fast moving public debates. Allegra maintains that this space is where intellectual innovation happens at its best.
Anuac is the international peer-reviewed open access journal of the italian society of cultural anthropology (SIAC). Anuac fosters and promotes the circulation of anthropological knowledge and publishes original research contributions in all fields of social and cultural anthropology.
British Journal of Chinese Studies
The British Journal of Chinese Studies is a biannual, peer-reviewed, fully open access e-journal. We publish research on China, broadly defined, spanning the disciplines of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. We are interested in work on all time periods, but encourage contributors to establish contemporary relevance in their arguments.
Launched in 2019, Exertions is the short-form web publication of the Society for the Anthropology of Work. With Exertions, SAW aims to accelerate the exchange of ideas between scholars of work and their interlocutors, as well as to challenge assumptions about what kinds of scholarship “count” in the academy. We welcome submissions including but not limited to fieldwork vignettes, theoretical provocations, and works of public scholarship. By offering the option of open peer review, Exertions will also allow readers to trace how scholarly work evolves from initial submission to finished product.
JPE is a peer reviewed journal (ISSN: 1073-0451), one of the longest standing, Platinum Open Access journals in the social sciences. It began in 1994 and welcomes submissions in English, French and Spanish. We only publish research into the linkages between political economy and human environmental impacts, across different locations and academic disciplines.
Journal of Anthropological Films
Journal of Anthropological Films (JAF) publishes original, empirically based contributions that present new insights to the study of human behaviour through audio-visual means. Contributions should be based on anthropological or equivalent longer term fieldwork and methods of research. The films should be directed towards an academic community, for use in research and teaching of academic disciplines concerned with the cultural and social diversity of the world, and universal ideas and values. As JAF will be published as Open Access, the films will have a potential of reaching a wider audience with an interest in themes of anthropological concern.
Journal of Embodied Research is the first peer-reviewed, open access, academic journal to focus specifically on the innovation and dissemination of embodied knowledge through the medium of video. Embodied knowledge encompasses a wide range of fields and disciplines that are continually undergoing transmission and innovation through practice — including but not limited to those that support globally diverse performing, martial, healing, and ritual arts. While embodied research is as old as humanity, the possibility to share it through high quality video articles is relatively new.
Livingmaps Review promotes critical cartography as a form of citizen social science, blurring the distinction between professional and amateur mapmakers. It supports and reports on initiatives in participative and community mapping. It welcomes collaboration between artists, academics and activists. Livingmaps Review is international in scope, and encourages contributions in English from anywhere in the world. The approach is interdisciplinary, encouraging contributions from geographers, historians, archeologists, ethnographers, sociologists, environmentalists, psychologists, visual artists, designers, writers and computer scientists. Livingmaps Review welcomes contributions which develop a dialogue between disciplines around specific cartographical projects.)
The Made in China Journal is an open access quarterly on labour, civil society, and human rights in China. The publication was founded in 2016 on the belief that spreading awareness of the complexities and nuances underpinning socioeconomic change in contemporary Chinese society is important, especially considering how in today’s globalised world Chinese labour issues have reverberations that go well beyond national borders. Over the years, the project quickly developed in previously unforeseen directions, including not only the journal, but also book series, summer schools, and other events.The Made in China initiative rests on two pillars: the conviction that today more than ever it is necessary to bridge the gap between the scholarly community and the general public, and the related belief that open access is necessary to ethically reappropriate academic research from commercial publishers who restrict the free circulation of ideas.
MAT Medicine Anthropology Theory
Medicine Anthropology Theory is an English-language, fully open access journal hosted by the University of Edinburgh that publishes scholarly articles, position pieces, reviews, and notes from the field related to the fields of medical anthropology, the anthropology of biomedicine, critical global health studies, medical humanities, and science and technology studies.
Nuart Journal publishes provocative and critical writings on a range of topics relating to street art practice and urban art cultures. Nuart Journal is a forum for critical discourse and commentary on urban art, defined as broadly as possible to include all aspects of both independently sanctioned and unsanctioned art in public space that does not fall under the general rubric of traditional public art practice.
Otherwise is a space for sharing stories that matter. We see storytelling as a way of deepening solidarity and imagining the possibility of an otherwise. We practice storytelling through ethnographic research, activism, fiction and non-fiction writing, poetry, and visual essays. We cultivate and practice storytelling as the narration of the ordinary and everyday life. We believe in stories that speak for themselves without statements of intent or objectives of argument. We believe that our narrations should not be constrained by jargon, theoretical frameworks, and standardised formats. We want stories to narrate and show, entertain and move, inform and denounce. We want to share stories that achieve depth, generate journeys of empathy and solidarity, and challenge the most entrenched assumptions of today.
The Radical Housing Journal (RHJ) is an orientation, a praxis for doing research and action. It seeks to critically intervene in pre and post-crisis housing experiences and activist strategies from around the world without being confined to the strict dogmatism of academic knowledge production.
[…] a collectively managed Open Access e-journal designed to be a forum devoted to exploring the social life of infrastructure. We understand the title Roadsides as a metaphorical proxy for all sorts of engagements arising alongside roads, rail tracks, pipelines, border fences, airports, houses, dams, and other kinds of infrastructure as they are imagined, contested, constructed, and maintained, and as they fall into disrepair.
TRAJECTORIA: Anthropology, Museums and Art
TRAJECTORIA is an international multimedia peer-reviewed journal situated at the intersection of anthropology, heritage studies, museum studies, and the arts. It is published by the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka, Japan. Since its establishment in 1974, Minpaku has endeavoured to disseminate its research findings to scholarly circles as well as to the general public by means of various channels and methods. Some of the recent projects to develop as an “Info-Forum Museum” have reconceptualised the museum as a platform for the multilateral exchange of ideas and information concerning the diversity of material culture as well as other forms of human mediation housed in museum collections. The […] journal provides a formal channel for continuing this exchange by focusing on the entangled, multiple trajectories of artifacts, knowledge and actors through time and space, both within and beyond the museum.
Urbanities publishes original ethnographically-based studies at the forefront of anthropology, sociology and other social sciences and the humanities. Urbanities aims at exploring new trends and debates in Urban Ethnography that promote critical scholarship and at highlighting the contribution of urban research to the broader society.
The editorial team of Water Alternatives shares the view that water problems have often been framed in too narrow and too disciplinary ways, despite the apparent emphasis on integrated management. We also hold that the political dimension of water resources development and management at all scales has been underplayed. As a result, perhaps, debates have often revolved around, and been stifled by, ‘social engineering’ concepts and models. Critiques of dominant modes of addressing water issues have been limited and too often left to radical or ideological contenders. Water Alternatives is meant to provide space for creative and free thinking on water, fostering debate, eliciting innovative alternatives, promoting original analyses and constructive critiques.