Anthropology – the community-engaged discipline
While I enjoyed your article on community-engaged
scholarship, “Nothing about us, without us” ( June-July
issue), I was amused by the tone which suggested that this
was a new approach. What is “new” is that universities
are starting to pay attention to this form of research and
attempting to understand how it requires somewhat
different standards for assessment. When I started as a
professor in 1983, I was already writing technical reports for
northern Aboriginal communities based on my master’s and
doctoral research in anthropology. Indeed, I would venture
to declare that anthropology is the original community-
engaged discipline. As students we never considered not
being engaged with community issues and concerns, or not
using research to assist communities to achieve their goals.
This is something that we continue to inculcate in our
graduate and undergraduate students here at the University
of Saskatchewan. It is great that universities in general have
finally discovered the value of working in the community!
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Fiction by Jill McMillan,
Récit de fiction par Vittorio Frigerio,
Recherche auprès de
Inculquer le respect pour la recherche
Building respect for non-traditional research
James B. Waldram
Dr. Waldram is a professor in the department of psychology and the department of archaeology and anthropology at the University of
What, free isn’t good enough?
with regard to the article “Publishers with
questionable practices prey on academics” by
demanding large fees for open-access articles
(June-July issue): It strikes me as a scam even
when legitimate publishers require authors to
pay for the review and publication of their
papers in open-access journals. It’s not enough
that we provide the content for free – now we are
supposed to pay to make it available. Authors
who manage to do research with insufficient
funding will now need to pay from their own
pockets to publish.
The concept of open access is a good one;
there needs to be a better way to fund it. The
emphasis should be on non-profit reviewing and
online publishing in a cooperative way, a natural
extension of all the free labour involved with
publishing now – by not only authors but also
reviewers and associate editors. The other route
is to publish in a conventional journal and then
post to a publicly available site, which means
choosing journals that permit this.
Dr. Schneider is professor of speech pathology and audiology at
the University of Alberta.
L’autre côté de la médaille
l’émergence d’un mouvement en faveur du
libre accès aux publications scientifiques a mal-
heureusement donné lieu à des pratiques répré-
hensibles qui ternissent la réputation de ce mou-
vement (« Les éditeurs aux pratiques douteuses
harcèlent les universitaires », juin-juillet 2013).
Que ces pratiques existent, certes! Que les
milieux universitaires en fassent mention, bien
évidemment! Mais ne faudrait-il pas faire égale-
ment mention du libre accès en fonction de ses
enjeux et objectifs propres, et non seulement en
réaction à des opérations déplorables?