Author FAQ

What does Berghahn Open Anthro mean for me?

Under the subscribe-to-open (S2O) model, when there is enough library support each year in order for the journals to be open access, your contribution to a journal within the BOA-S2O collection will be published Open Access, without the need for you or your funder to pay an APC (Article Processing Cost) or any other fee. All costs for BOA-S2O are supported by subscriptions from participating libraries. 

Currently, as part of a 3-year pilot, the volumes for Berghahn Open Anthro (2020-2022) will be published open access.  For all volumes published after 2022, the decision on whether the journal will publish open access will be made by the beginning of the volume year in question. With the subscribe-to-open model, there must be enough library support each year in order for the journals to remain open access. Your support and advocacy for your library to participate therefore plays a key role: see here.

2020 Volumes: Open Access
2021 Volumes: Open Access
2022 Volumes: Open Access
2023 Volumes and beyond: TBD*
   *The second phase of the 3-year pilot will be rolled out later this year

What happens if S2O Open Access is not achieved?

If the journal is unable to be Open Access in a future year, the journal would expect to return to a standard subscription model. Should this happen, there are a number of options available to you in order to publish your contribution Open Access, especially where funder compliance is a concern. See here.

Is submitting to a BOA-S2O journal different than the regular submissions process?

In short, no. Guidelines for submitting an article to any of the 13 journals in the BOA-S2O collection are unchanged. Please visit the "Submit" tab of the journal to which you are contributing and follow that journal's individual guidelines.

I understand this is a pilot, but what does that mean in the long term?

While the BOA-S2O model has been greeted with great enthusiasm by libraries, authors should be mindful that the duration of the pilot is three years.

This means that if library subscriptions and renewals decline after three years, the pilot will no longer be viable and the Open Access publication of contributions to future issues of journals in the BOA-S2O collection may not continue.

The success of the pilot is wholly dependent on libraries continuing to subscribe to the package. Only with the long-term, fixed support of participating and new libraries will the success of the pilot be guaranteed and thus the future publication of Open Access articles within the BOA-S2O collection will be sustained. If your own library does not currently participate in the BOA-S2O initiative, you can recommend that they do using this form.

Which license is right for me?

Under Berghahn Open Anthro, you the author retain copyright of your work. You must choose one of three Creative Commons licenses to use for publication of your article.

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