Cultural Anthropology journal will return to Rice in 2015


Next year Rice University will become the home of Cultural Anthropology, the highest impact-rated journal in social-cultural anthropology.

The journal was founded at Rice in 1986 and publishes peer-reviewed articles at the forefront of anthropological research and cultural analysis. Considered by many in the profession as one of the most innovative journals in the field, Cultural Anthropology focuses on promoting research in new areas of anthropological scholarship. The journal is rated by Thompson Reuters as the highest impact-rated journal in social-cultural anthropology.


The journal is currently housed at Duke University. Rice anthropology professors Dominic Boyer, Jim Faubion and Cymene Howe will serve as co-editors of the journal beginning in February 2015.

“We’re planning to make the Rice stamp as visible as possible to everyone who encounters this journal – the stamp of rigor, imagination and innovation,” Faubion said.

Cultural Anthropology is also the first journal published by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) to transition to open access. The new editors hope this move will expand the audience of the journal to curious readers — academic or not — who would not normally have access to the latest research in anthropology.


“For over a century anthropologists have studied communities across the world,” Howe said. “Now, with open access, our scholarship is free and openly available to the entire world.”

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