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The Value of Open Access in Anthropology and Beyond

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The Value of Open Access in Anthropology and Beyond

This commentary seeks to engage the issue of ‘impact’ in social anthropology by scrutinising the topic of open access. Drawing on the discussions that took place at the interna- tional conference ‘FAQs about Open Access: The Political Economy of Knowledge in Anthro- pology and Beyond’, held in October 2014 in Madrid, we suggest that addressing the topic of open access allows a two-fold goal. On one hand, it elucidates that public debates about open access rely on a rather minimalist notion of openness that does not yield an adequate under- standing of what is at stake in those debates. On the other, we argue that expanding the notion of openness does not only allow us to revisit the debate concerning what we do as academics, how we do it and what its value is, but also to do so going beyond current notions of ‘impact’ and ‘public value’ underpinned by the principle of economic efficiency in a context of increas- ingly reduced research funds.

Dallemagne, Grégory and del Arco, Víctor and Montoya, Ainhoa and Pérez, Marta (2015) The Value of Open Access in Anthropology and Beyond. Anthropology in Action, 22 (2). pp. 42-48. (In Press)

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Sociology & Anthropology
Keywords: anthropology, collaboration, economic efficiency, impact, open access, public, value
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