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An Archaeodeath View on Archaeological Publishing

February 26, 2017


Every time I announce a new book is published, individuals both in and outside academic archaeology express outraged at the price. Very few academic books are anywhere near cheap and so sometimes this outrage is misguided and cliched. Sometimes, however, it is fully justified, reflecting a problematic, if not broken, publication system. This post wishes to reflect on this complex issue by taking a personal view from over the last two decades.

Anyone visiting this blog can find details of my publications here. As you will note, only a fraction of them appear in books: journal articles constitute a different issue that I won’t address these here. For books – my monograph and edited books – I have chosen publishers for a variety of factors other than cover-price. I confess, with the benefit of hindsight, I haven’t always done this wisely or successfully to ensure the best quality of product…

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