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open access, institutional repositories, anthropologists, communities of practice


As scholars begin their tenure-track position, so too begins the expectation that they will publish within all the traditional channels. However, many of these publication channels often restrict access to who will read and learn from these works. The academic culture has traditionally focused on where scholars should publish, and less frequently on how to make these works open and public. Open access publishers and institutional repositories are influencing academic culture, but there are still many reservations, anxieties, and lack of awareness. Marcel Mauss (1990) is well known for his gift theory, human exchange is expected to be reciprocal. The question then becomes, what’s in it for the authors, why should they give their scholarship away for free? This paper will explore how the norms of open access are influencing repository behavior.


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