Public Anthropology: Competition to publish an open access book in a new series. Deadline: November 4, 2019.
Drawing on the example of the California Series in Public Anthropology, the Center for a Public Anthropology announces a New Open-Access Book Series that addresses important public issues. It embraces the hope that anthropology has value to those beyond the discipline, beyond the university. The focus is on publications that matter to other people – by the power of their ideas and by how, with the help of others, they transform peoples’ lives for the better. It is one thing to write a thoughtful book. It is another to do so in a manner that attracts the attention and collaboration needed to help address a problem.
Each year the Center holds an international competition seeking out prospective manuscripts that align with this vision. The Series reviews proposals independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. The proposals submitted should be 3-4,000 words long and describe both the overall work as well as a general summary of what is (or will be) in each chapter. The Center expects to select, through the competition, one to two books each year for open-acess publication. The selected manuscripts will then go through a “sighted peer review” process. Rather than being “blind”, the review process will be an open, collaborative endeavor between an author and reviewers.