I think that it would be healthy if the museum anthropology community were aware of the latest chapter in the great debate on the future of scholarly publishing. This episode centers on the creation of an anti-open access lobbying and public relations campaign by firms in the commercial scholarly publishing industry. The joint organization is called PRISM: The Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine and it has been funded by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). At a minimum, PRISM’s misrepresentation of how peer-review works in the real world of scholarly publishing should give academic authors and regular reviewers pause.

Finding useful discussion of the PRISM controversy is not difficult, it is everywhere. One can just search for it, or begin with some effective introductions here, here, here and here.

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