Drawing on the example of the California Series in Public Anthropology, the Center for a Public Anthropology announces a New Open-Access Book Series that addresses important public issues. It embraces the hope that anthropology has value to those beyond the discipline, beyond the university. The focus is on publications that matter to other people – by the power of their ideas and by how, with the help of others, they transform peoples’ lives for the better. It is one thing to write a thoughtful book. It is another to do so in a manner that attracts the attention and collaboration needed to help address a problem.
Among the forthcoming books in the series are works by Philippe Bourgois and Nancy Scheper-Hughes. David Price will highlight the work of Marvin Harris and Marshall Sahlins in initiating national teach-ins and organizing anthropological opposition to the Vietnam war.
Each year the Center will hold an international competition seeking out prospective manuscripts that align with this vision. The Series reviews proposals independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. The proposals submitted should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter.
The Center expects to select, through the competition, one to two books each year for open-acess publication. The selected manuscripts will then go through a “sighted peer review” process. Rather than being “blind”, the review process will be an open, collaborative endeavor between an author and reviewers.
The deadline for submissions to the Series’ International Competition each year is usually the first week in November. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant material enclosed as attachments. Questions regarding the competitions should be directed to the series’ editor, Dr. Rob Borofsky, at email@example.com.
The open-access books will be available on line with full re-use rights based on a creative commons license (CC-BY-NC). NOTE: In contrast to a number of open-access presses, authors will not be charged the publishing costs associated with their books. For those interested in purchasing a printed version of a book, top quality copies will be available from Amazon.com at $20.00.