From Russia with love…

There’s what may be the start of a flurry of long-form press publicity for Sci-Hub: “Meet the Robin Hood of Science” at Big Think, and “The Research Pirates of the Dark Web” at The Atlantic. Did they hire a good publicist, I wonder?

Also from Moscow, a new long Interview with CyberLeninka’s Chief Strategy Officer in English. It’s very long and I haven’t yet read it all that closely, but there are obviously some interesting figures and trenchant comments about Russian attitudes to predatory journals and to OA repositories.

“The Moscow-based CyberLeninka … reports that it currently hosts 940,000 papers from 990 journals, all of which are open access, and approximately 70% of which are available under a CC-BY licence. Significantly, it has achieved this without the support of either the Russian government, or any private venture capital… The service was created, and is maintained, by five people working from home.”

“Since ROAR indicates that CyberLeninka has just 257 records we might want to take these [ROAR] figures [on Russia] with a large dose of salt…”

Indeed. My work on GRAFT strongly suggested that the large repository directories and repo search tools are often out-of-date, and generally in need of a jolly good scrubbing. GRAFT is at least a partial ‘quick-fix’ solution to such problems, I hope, since it’s the result of a week spent in combining and thoroughly cleaning.

Flickr “will be scaled down”

Not content with ruining Flickr with bloat, painfully slow loading and a clunky new UI… now the idiots at Yahoo are scaling it down

“Flickr will be scaled down, and will soon see some cutbacks in near future. … will soon be operated with minimal overhead…”

One day we’ll marvel at a Ken Burns-style documentary feature-film, which will recount exactly how gross mis-management turned Yahoo’s excellent suite of Web services into a puddle of worthless mush in just a few years.

A new Ngram-based search tool for repositories, from an Australian student. is based on…

“A recent harvest of .edu, .gov, .ac and .org university websites, which I performed, produced around 16,000,000 papers. … I decided to prune a clean set of records (taking only the papers with near perfect metadata – dates, abstracts etc) and then present them in a Bookworm (the software which inspired the Google Books Ngram Viewer).”

As a keyword-based search tool it seems to give very poor results, judging by my test search for nesting bumblebees ecology. But, as an interface design for public search, it’s quite interestingly unusual.

For this early beta it might have been made made more useful by filtering the papers to make the focus much tighter. For instance, perhaps just a focus on the flora and fauna of Australasia.


Added to JURN

Electronic Monographs series from the British Institute at Ankara.

Opuscula : Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (is also mirrored at the older address)

Opuscula (journal of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, has a one-issue paywall on articles)

Opuscula Philolichenum (The New York Botanical Garden, journal of short papers on lichens and lichenology)

Opuscula Zoologica (Supported by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, hydrobiology and soil zoology with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe)

IsisCB Explore

IsisCB Explore is a public bibliographic search tool, from the History of Science Society and the University of Oklahoma…

“Nearly 200,000 interlinked bibliographic citations to books, chapters, articles, dissertations, and reviews from the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science 1974 to present. Annually updated.”

I’m not sure how fresh the DOI Web links are, though. The first three links I tried all proved to be broken.

Expecting the Unexpected: Serendipity, Discovery, and the Scholarly Research Process

A new white paper from publisher SAGE, “Expecting the Unexpected: Serendipity, Discovery, and the Scholarly Research Process”.

Serendipity is considered mainly in the context of discovery via automated content-recommendation systems, since the research (a survey and a literature review) was done in the context of the making of the new SAGE Recommends system.

So the report’s not really about serendipity in the wild frontier of academic keyword search on the open Web. There are some interesting observations, however…

  “Serendipitous discovery should be of particular interest to information providers precisely because there is so little precedent; there is still tremendous scope for individual organizations to bring their own priorities and values to bear on how they recommend or otherwise help researchers discover their content.”

  “If discovery is too exacting or too precise, it can end up reinforcing habits rather than exposing students and researchers to new information, sharply limiting the researcher’s view of the world of information. … We might even suggest that there is room for errors and luck in recommendation systems; a serendipitous system that does not include some element of chance is hardly serendipitous at all.”

  “… based on our research, it appears that approaches to encourage serendipity that do not place the content front and centre might encounter problems.” [i.e.: academic searchers want recommendations based on the actual content, rather than on the behaviour or tastes of other system users]

  “The less exciting, but equally as important, corollary to discovery is delivery, or access: providing the patron with the material once they have found it. Given that “the researcher’s discovery-to-access workflow is [already] much more difficult than it should be” (Schonfeld, 2015 $ paywall), improving discovery before solving the challenges of infrastructure and access is perhaps kicking the can down the road. This is not to say that there is no value to tools and solutions that promote discovery within an isolated silo, but their potential is limited until publishers, libraries, and discovery vendors make interoperability a priority.”

Michigan Discussions in Anthropology, 1971-2010

Linked titles for the articles in older issues of Michigan Discussions in Anthropology, 1971-2010. This is so that the titles, at least, can be present in JURN searches.

Vol 1.

A Preliminary Study of Haida Reciprocity and Redistribution: The Interaction of Ethnology and Archaeology.
Anthropological Contributions To Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Needs And Possibilities.
Anthropology and Afro-American Studies: Scholarship or Ideology?.
Color Prints Directly From Slides.
Couvade: An Example of Adaptation by the Formation of Ritual Groups.
Ecological Anthropology: A Critical Recapitulation.
Function, Generality, and Explanatory Power: A Commentary and Response to Bergman’s Arguments.
Homo Habilis’ Tested by Tooth Measurements.
Los Hidalgos de Indias: The Equivocal Position of the Colonial in Spanish Society.
Notes on the Early History of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.
On The Inadequacies of Functionalism and Structuralism.
Ontario vs. The World.
Review of Berlin, Breedlove, and Raven: Principles of Tzeltal Plant Classification.
Multiple Creations and Racial Classification: Anthropology in Early Nineteenth Century France.
Selected Bibliography of Current Publications by Members of This Department, Faculty and Student, Furnished by the Authors.
Simple Models of Genetic Variation in Human Populations.
Some Thoughts About Links Between Materialist, Marxist, and Structural Approaches In Anthropology.
Tangu Women.
The Distribution of Australopithecus.
The Evolution of Language.
The Evolutionary Implications of Depopulation.
The Ideology of Development Economics.
The Inference of Prehistoric Social Organization from Ceramic Design Variability.
The Quest for Cultural Reality: Adventures in Irish Social Anthropology.

Vol 2.

Are Universal Theoretical Models Possible?
Comment: Alternative Employment.
Communication in Physical Anthropology.
Correction: Wood, “The Evolutionary Implications of Depopulation.
Demystifying Discourse.
Dirce, A Village Prostitute in Northeastern Brazil.
Ecology, Adaptation and the Ills of Functionalism (Being, Among Other Things, A Response to Jonathan Friedman).
Ethnoscience, Structuralism, and Materialism: A Brief Analysis of Recent Developments in Anthropological Theory.
History and the Social Sciences: The Search for Common Ground.
Kinship and Human Procreative Processes.
Long Bone Growth in a Prehistoric Population from San Cristobal, New Mexico.
Man is the Head of Woman: An Impression from the Scottish Hebrides.
Patterns of Variability in a Two Folk Systems of Classification.
Problems on the Border Between Biological and Social Sciences.
Professional Training for the Profession.
Sex and the Self/Other Continuum: Some First Thoughts on the Relationship Between Two Organizing Principles in Language and Culture.
Social Change and Extended Family in the Black World (A Report on Research in Progress).
The Pragmatics of Folk Classification.
The Virgin and the State.
Vampires of the Andes.

Vol 3.

A Note on Egalitarian Societies.
Anthropology: Some Reflections on the State of the Art.
Biology, Determinism, and Human Behavior: A Response to Slobodkin.
Class Politics in North Lebanon: The Role of the Abada’i.
Comment: On Alexander’s Response.
Female Domestic Service in Hong Kong.
Female Servants in Southern Italy: The Changing Configuration of Honor and Power.
In Defense of Man: A Reply to Creeping Darwinism.
Niamey: A First Encounter with Africa.
Review: Culture and Practical Reason by Marshall Sahlins.
Rivello: Impressions of a Southern Italian Hill Town.
Sociobiological Determinism: Theme with Variations.
Some Philosophical Problems of Sociobiology.
Testimony: Self-determination of the Peoples of East Timor.
The Challenge of Darwinism.
The Paradox of Holism.
The Paradox of Holism: Dead End or Dialectic?.
The Politics of Rape in Primitive Society.
Up Off Their Knees: Servanthood in Southwest Colombia.

Vol 4.

A Birth Experience.
A Mad Rash.
An Iatrogenetic Analysis of Two Case Histories.
Anorexia Nervosa: A Study of the Commoditization of Woman.
Comment: On Boucher, et al..
Doctor – Just Tell Me You Don’t Know.
Economic Man and His Meanings: Two Lessons.
Explaining Mother.
Kicking the Subculture: Group Boundaries and the Anthropology of Addiction.
Native American Education: Cognitive Styles, Cultural Conflict, and Contract Schools.
On My Grandfather’s Cancer.
Power, Class, and Ideology in Southern California.
Reflections on a Social Catastrophe.
Respect and Beauty in the Dentist’s Office.
Review: “Cranial Anatomy and Evolution of Early Tertiary Plesiadapidae (Mammalia, Primates)” by Philip D. Gingerich.
Review: “La Préhistoire Française” edited by Henry de Lumley and Jean Guilaine.
Review: “Not From the Apes” by Björn Kurtén.
Sickness as Mediator in Four Societies.
The Accident: An Experience Worth Having.
The Muslim Factor in Akan Cultures.
The Role of Class in Doctor-Patient Relationships.
What the Doctors See.

Vol. 5.

A Material Perspective of Tropical Rainforest Hunter-Gatherers: The Semang of Malaysia.
Archaeological Correlates of the Ona: Hunter-Gatherers of the Sub-Antarctic.
Change in Hunter-Gatherer Society: A Computer Simulation Model.
Coastal Hunter-Gatherers: The Yahgan of Tierra Del Fuego.
Ethnographic Observation and Archaeological Interpretation: The Wikmunkan of Cape York Peninsula, Australia.
Excavations in the Andaman Literature Middens: The Predicted Archaeological Record.
Generation and Interpretation of the Archaeological Record of The Seri Indians.
Locations of the Hunter-Gatherer Societies.
The Archaeological Correlates of the Athapaskan Kaska.
The Archaeological Record of an Alaskan Whale-Hunting Community.
The Birhor: Material Correlates of Hunter-Gatherer/Farmer Exchange.

Vol 6.

A Guide For Anthropological Fieldwork on Contemporary American Culture.
A Neofreudian Analysis of The Hardy Boys Mystery Series.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.
American Attitudes Toward the Human Body and the Natural World, and American Values: You Can’t Improve on Nature and Ain’t Modern Science Grand.
An Analysis of American Culture as Presented in Two “Hardy Boys” Books That Differ In Time.
Approaches to the Analysis of Myth, Illustrated by West Side Story and “Snow White”.
Blacks on Daytime Television.
Blaming The Victim: Ideology And Sexual Discrimination In The Contemporary United States.
Brief Guide to Presentation of Field Research.
Clothing and Geography in a Suburban High School.
Culture Meets Nature on the Six O’ Clock News: An Example of American Cosmology.
Death, The Final Passage: A Case Study in American Mortuary Custom.
Ethnographic Data and Theories of State Evolution: A Peruvian Case Study.
Fear of Fish and Forests: Food Taboos and Diet Optimization in Western Tasmania.
Gender Term Use Among Collegiate Women.
High School Peer Group Classification Systems.
How Absurd Soever They May Be: The Chinese Repository and Anthropological Interpretation.
Jest Deserts: Audience Reactions to Puns.
Reactions of Racquetball Players to Lost Points.
Right-Handedness Among Ann Arbor Residents, As Expressed Particularly in Financial Institutions.
Rites of Passage on an American High School Swim Team.
Social Class, Tipping and Alcohol Consumption in an Ann Arbor Cocktail Lounge.
Social Stratification By Sex in University Classroom Interaction.
Structural and Psychological Analysis of Popular American Fantasy Films.
Symbolic Dynamics of Male Dominance and Male Ranking: Historical and Contemporary Cases from American Culture.
The 1980 Lady as Depicted in TV Commercials.
The Effects of Capitalism on the Social Structure of Pastoral Villages in Highland Sardinia.
The Father Strikes Back.
The Popularity of Sports in America: An Analysis of the Values of Sports and the Role of the Media.
The State, Work, and the Household: Contradictions in a Greek Village.

Vol 7.

An Exploratory Comparison of Language and Religion as Criteria of Ethnic Affiliation.
Ethnic Radio: A Study of Hungarian Radio Programs in Detroit and Windsor.
Ethnicity in Australia: Approaching a Theory of Application.
Land, Language, and Community: A Symbolic Analysis of Welsh Nationalism.
Modernization and Nationality Movements in the Industrial West.
Ritualized Conflict and Ideological Polarization in Northern Ireland.
The Secular State as Ethnic Entrepreneur: Macedonians and Bosnian Moslems in Socialist Yugoslavia.

Vol 8.

Andean Interzonal Bartering: Why Does It Persist in a Cash-Market Economy?.
Back Across the Great Divide: The Pakaq Señorío and Raised Field Agriculture.
Gender, Ethnicity, and Modernization: Saraguro Women in a Changing World.
Mound Clusters in the Chillón River Valley, Peru.
Nasca 8: A Reassessment of its Chronological Placement and Cultural Significance.
Regional Interaction, Transhumance, and Verticality: Archaeological Use of Zonal Complementarity in Peru and Northern Chile.
The Araucanians (A Story).
The Pachacamac Studies: 1938-1941.
The Significance of Informal Social Support Networks for Rural Household Health in the Andes.
The Sound Must Seem an Echo to the Sense: Some Cultural Determinants of Language Change in Southern Peruvian Quechua.
Traditional Crop-Processing in Central Andean Households: An Ethnoarcheological Perspective.
Variations in Infant Feeding Practices in an Andean Community.

Vol. 9.

Ambiguous Genders: Looking for the Woman in a Mexican Woman’s Life Story.
Economic Integration, Proletarianization, and Gender Transformation Along the U.S. – Mexican Border.
Engendering the Witch-Craze: Suggestions Toward a Decentered Interpretation.
Eva Perón: The Myth and Cult of the Anti-Virgin.
Gender Transformations and the Construction of Personal Identity Among Rajneesh Sannyasins.
Hidden Women, Public Men – Public Women, Hidden Men.
Prestige, Hunger, and Love: Plumbing the Psychology of Sexual Meanings.
Suicide, Ritual, and Gender Transformation Among the Naxi.
The New Lesbian in Midlife: Reconstructing Sexual Identity.
The Social Discourse on Women’s Roles in Taiwan: A Textual Analysis.
Where is the Socio in Sociobiology? A Response to Lars Rodseth.

Vol 10.

Archaeological Implications of Revisionism in Ethnography.
Crisis in the Foraging Mode of Production: Long-Term Cyclical Processes in Hunter-Gatherer Societies.
Cultural Creolization And The Constitution of Ethnicity Amongst Aboriginal Professionals In Dampierland, Western Australia.
Information Strategies in Hunter-Gatherer Societies.
Introduction: Hunter-Gatherers and Their Ethnography.
Nutrition, Reproduction, and Forager-Farmer Interaction: A Comment on the “Revisionist” Debate in Hunter-Gatherer Studies.
Style in Arrows: A Study of an Ethnographic Collection from the Western United States.
Territorial Stability as a Factor in the Occurrence and Perpetuation of Inter-Group Buffer Zones.
The !Kung In Question: Evidence And Context In The Kalahari Debate.
The Ecological Context of Hunter-Gatherer Storage: Environmental Predictability and Environmental Risk.

Vol. 11.

No volume.

Vol 12.

Adzhubei’s Last Text.
Nationalism and Neoshamanism in Yakutia.
Ninety Winds of Change: The Alma-Ata Riots and the Mobilization of Kazakh Ethnic Identity.
Notes on Svanetian Folk Medicine.
Parading the Nation: Physical Culture Celebrations and the Construction of Soviet Identities in the 1930s.
Post-Soviet Anthropological Perspectives: An Introduction.
Problems of the North.
Refugees, Resistance, and Ritual.
Russia’s Transition to a Market Economy: Opportunities for Understanding Culture Change.

Vol 12.

Do You Want to Go Forward? Turn Back!: Etymology and Neoliberalism in Greek Language Ideology.
Married to Dukha: Irony in the Telling of a ‘Traditional’ Newari Tale.
Negotiating Meanings with the Least (Collaborative) Effort – or How Conversationalists Help Each Other Along.
On The Dialogic Emergence of ‘Resistance’: Participation, framing and collusion in a prison exit interview..
Pearls on the String of the Chinese Nation: Pronouns, Plurals, and Prototypes in Talk about Identities.
Purity and Power: The Geography of Language Ideology in Ukraine.
Ritual, Language, and the Invention of Community in a Chinese Secret Sworn Brotherhood.
Sounding Country’ in Urbanizing Texas: Private Speech in Public Discourse.
The Power of the Drunk: Humor and Resistance in China’s Tibet.
Time, Not the Syllables, Must Be Counted: Quechua Parallelism, Word Meaning, and Cultural Analysis.

Vol 14.

Archaeology and the Ala Faly or “Sacred Forest,” Androy, Southern Madagascar.
Betsimisaraka Spears from the Mananara Valley.
Cactus Pastoralism. On Its Origin and Growth in Madagascar.
Materiality and Ritual: The Origins of Stone Tombs in Southern Madagascar.
Mikea Origins: Relicts or Refugees?.
Number One – Nambawani – Lambaoany: Clothing as an Historical Medium of Exchange in Northwestern Madagascar.
People without History: The Tombless in the Extreme Southern Highlands of Madagascar.
Political Chaos, Economic Recession, and the Adjustment to Poverty: The Case of Madagascar.
The Case of the Lace Leaf: 19th Century Naturalism and the Containment of Malagasy Species.
The Role of Traditional Skills and Technical Heritage in Malagasy Technologies of Water Management.
Towards an Archaeology of ‘Empty’ Space: The Efitra of the Middle West of Madagascar.

Vol 15.

Subsistence: Models and Metaphors for the Transition to Agriculture in Northwestern Europe.
The Aquatic Component of Aztec Subsistence: Hunters, Fishers, and Collectors in an Urbanized Society.
The Decline of Small-Scale Fishing and the Reorganization of Livelihood Practices among Sama People in Eastern Indonesia.
Accompanying and Overcoming: Subsistence and Sustenance in an Andean City.
Healthy Russian Food is Not-for-Profit.

Vol 16.

The University of Michigan’s Department of Anthropology: Leslie White and the Politics of Departmental Expansion.
Striving for Unity: A Conversation with Roy Rappaport.
Structure, Cultural Logic, and Transformational Dynamics in the Social Organization of Unstratified Societies: The Work of Raymond C. Kelly.
Archaeology on Foot: Jeffrey Parsons and the University of Michigan.
The Four-Field Anthropology and Multi-faceted Life of Frank B. Livingstone.
Professor C. Loring Brace: Bringing Physical Anthropology (“Kicking and Screaming”) Into the 21st Century!
Diamond in the Field: The Life and Work of Norma Diamond.
A Fair Reflection: The “Dirt Anthropology” of Robbins Burling.

Vol 17.

“Older Americans” and Alzheimer’s Disease: Citizenship and Subjectivity in Contested Time.
Imagining Impotence in America: From Men’s Deeds to Men’s Minds to Viagra.
Transplantation and Body Politics: Toward Assessing and Addressing Inequality.
Gender, Sexuality, and AIDS in Brazil: Transformative Approaches to AIDS Prevention.
Bringing Body to Bear in the Andes: Ethnicity, Gender, and Health in Highland Ecuador.
Perspectives on Polio Immunization Campaigns in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Vol 18.

Experience, Reflexive Socialization and Disciplinary Order in Anthropology.
Lost and Delirious in the Anthropology Graduate Application Process: Negotiations of the Self in early Graduate Socialization.
“This Masters is Going to Kill Me”: E-Narratives of Stress and Support Between Anthropology Graduate Students.
Leaving: A Personal Narrative of Graduate School.
Reconsidering Routes to Membership in the Anthropological Community.
“Personal Communication, 2006”: Authorship and Ownership in Anthropology.
Avoiding Race-Avoidance? Anthropologists and Affirmative Action.
‘I spy…’: The (Im)possibilities of Ethical Participant Observation with Antagonists, Religious Extremists, and Other Tough Nuts.
The Feminization of Anthropology: Moving Private Discourses into the Public Sphere.
The Limits of Theory: Idealism, Distinction and Critical Pedagogy in Chicago.
In Defense of Ambivalence.
Participatory Pedagogy.
A Meditation on Meditation: The Horizons of Meditative Thinking in Tibetan Monasticism and American Anthropology.

OAPEN-UK final report

OAPEN-UK’s final report on open access monographs, OAPEN-UK final report: A five-year study into open access monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences.


“Many libraries will […] be providing links to the open access copies of monographs through their discovery systems, but librarians are not always aware of this. A minority are also reluctant to include open access content within their catalogues.”

“30% of respondents currently identify open access monographs for inclusion within their library collections – 49% do not, while 21% were unsure.” — Librarian survey for the report. [unsure about including OA at all, or unsure if anyone on staff was identifying OA items?]

“There are also large numbers of researchers – especially early career and retired academics – who do extremely valuable research which deserves publication but who work outside academic institutions. Changing publishing culture in a way that affected these researchers negatively would damage the overall discipline.”

New on the BHL

The BHL has announced that it is digitising and will shortly have online…

* Bothalia (1918 to present) — “a principal publication about South Africa’s flora and fauna”

* Flora of Southern Africa (1963 to present)

* Scottish Bird News

* and “later volumes of the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union’s tri-annual publication The Naturalist”

Which means that JURN will also get them soon.


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