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Folklore Studies and Museum Anthropology Review

Wednesday, December 8, 2010   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Jason B. Jackson
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Museum Anthropology Review (MAR) has now completed its fourth year of publication. The journal is published by the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries and is a fully open access (i.e. a "gold" open access) journal publishing in the fields of museum and material culture studies. Centered in the domain of museum anthropology, the journal spans a range of disciplines and folklorists have been important contributors to the journal since its beginning.

Folklore colleagues publishing articles in MAR include C. Kurt Dewhurst and Marsha MacDowell, Jin Feng, Christian Bromberger, and most recently, Jon Kay. The group of folklorists who have authored reviews for the journal includes: Karen Duffy, Gabrielle Berlinger, Carrie Hertz, John H. McDowell, Moria Smith, Jiang Lu, C. Kurt Dewhurst, Hilary Joy Virtanen, Michael Dylan Foster, Natalie M. Underberg, Michael Ann Williams, Marsha MacDowell, Burt Feintuch, Pravina Shukla, Teri Klassen. Lee Haring, Orvar Löfgren, Thomas Grant Richardson, Xiaohong Chen, Arnika Peselmann, Liora Sarfati, Kenneth M. George, and Lori Hall-Araujo, among others. As editor, I wish to thank all of the journal's contributors for their investment in its success during the start-up phase.

The MAR Editorial Board invites folklorists to sign up for a free subscription (called "registering" as a "reader" in the language of open access journals). Registered "readers" get tables of contents sent by email and the "count" of registered readers helps the journal demonstrate--to university administrators and others--its relevance to scholarly audiences. Registering also provides authors with access to the journal's online article submission system.

MAR is fully indexed by, and discoverable through, Open Folklore search. The journal itself can be found online at . The journal can also be "liked" in Facebook and "followed" on Twitter (@MuseAnthRev).

In most instances, contributions to MAR are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. Information on this license can be found at . Additional information of interest to potential authors is available on the journal website.

When weighing different publishing venues appropriate to your work relating to museums, material culture, and associated cultural heritage questions, I invite you to consider submitting to Museum Anthropology Review. The interdisciplinary fields of museum studies and of material culture studies are richer for the vibrant contributions that folklorists are making to them. Happily MAR has begun to prove itself useful in this realm.

Jason Baird Jackson is an Associate Professor of Folklore at Indiana University and the Editor of Museum Anthropology Review.


Jason B. Jackson says...
Posted Thursday, March 1, 2012
Thanks John. The list of open access folklore journals curated by the Open Folklore project can be found here:
John Laudun says...
Posted Thursday, March 1, 2012
Thanks, Jason, for reminding folks about MAR. I know there are a number of open access journals for/in folklore studies. If others would be willing to chime in with names, I will volunteer to assemble a list in a follow-up post. I'm thinking of journals like "New Directions in Folklore," but I know there are others out there.

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