During the 18 years of my editorship, JAR has received almost 700 manuscripts (not counting resubmissions, of which there have been more than 300): 463 (71%) were submitted by authors with US addresses, 64 (9%) from Europe, 31 (4%) from Asia, 13 (2%) from Canada, and the remaining 14% from the Middle East, Africa, Australasia, South America, and Mesoamerica. (The data summarized here were assembled by Ann Braswell, Business Manager, JAR) Of the 245 manuscripts submitted during my first 6 years (1995–2000), 20% were from non-US addresses; during the second 6 years, 29.0%; and during the most recent 6-year period (up the date of writing, September 30, 2012), 38%. More than one third of the submissions are now coming from non-US-based anthropologists.
This trend is probably at least in part a reflection of the growing access to the Internet (and thus ease of learning about and submitting to JAR) worldwide. While submission rates from Europe, Australasia, and Canada (regions with longer generalized availability of the Internet) have remained stable, the number of submissions from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia (South, East, and Southeast) has notably increased. Of the 320 articles that JAR has published since 1995, 25% were written by non-US authors. Submitted manuscripts have come from 52 countries, and published articles have come from 27 countries.
During my tenure there has also been an even split between published archaeology and ethnology articles (136 and 137, respectively), with far smaller numbers of articles classifiable as linguistic (19), bioanthropological (16) (subfields in which scholars tend to publish in more specialized journals), and historical (12). In terms of the geographical focus of published articles, there is a three-way split among the U.S. Southwest (46), the rest of North America —not including Mexico—46, and Europe (45). Mesoamerica, South America, and Africa follow (39, 37, and 33 articles). Asia, the Middle East, and Australasia complete the panorama of geographical foci with 18, 17, and 9 articles, respectively. Thirty articles had a global (or no specific geographic) focus; these include pieces of a general theoretical nature.
Potential authors may be learning about the journal online, but judging from many of the submissions (often short, narrowly focused research reports with little or no anthropological context or theory), they may have never read it, probably due to lack of access (either in hard copy or electronically). I believe that JAR’s reputation for publishing high-quality research articles is a draw among non-US authors, along with its presence on the Social Science Index, the long average citation life of its articles, its rather low acceptance rate, and its credible ranking and impact factor.
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Lawrence Guy Straus
LESLIE SPIER (1893-1961)
Professor of Anthropology at the Universities of
Washington, Oklahoma, Chicago, Yale & New Mexico; Editor of the Publications in Anthropology series at
Washington, Yale & New Mexico; Editor of the American Anthropologist; President of the American Anthropological
Association; Founding Editor of the Southwestern Journal of Anthropology (now the Journal of Anthropological Research),
1945-1961. With a Ph.D. from Columbia in 1916 under Franz Boas, Spier practiced four-fields
anthropology, but with a strong specialization in the ethnography of various
Native peoples in the American West.
(Photo: American Anthropological