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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Archaeology journal retreats from free online access

Naomi J. Norman, A Letter from the Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Archaeology, January 2008.  (Thanks to Sebastian Heath via Charles Ellwood Jones.)

The editorial is a free PDF, but it's locked to prevent users from cutting/pasting.  (Why?)  So here's a paraphrase in lieu of an excerpt:  AJA used to charge for print subscriptions and make read-only PDFs available free of charge on its web site.  But starting now, it will offer electronic subscriptions and (except for this editorial) stop offering free PDFs. 

Norman hopes this will change will expand AJA's readership.  My bet is that it will have the opposite effect. 

AJA will still offer OA to museum exhibitions, books, images and data for selected articles, and some bibliographies.