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Anthropology Association to Add Book Review Platform

July 8, 2014

The American Anthropological Association, with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will develop an electronic platform to cut down on the time it takes to review scholarly books. The platform will be built on top of Open Journal Systems, the open-source journal management software, which is already in use by about 20,000 journals. 

"The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is essentially paying for that system to be extended such that it can support a digital-centric process for reviewing books, so that book reviews come out more quickly and in a way that will potentially save scholarly presses and journal editorial offices money," Oona Schmid, director of publishing for the American Anthropological Association, said in an email.

The platform will allow presses to quickly deliver electronic copies of books to reviewers and collect their feedback. The University of Chicago Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of New Mexico Press, University Press of Colorado and the University Press of Florida have signed on to support the platform, which will launch as a prototype later this year.

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Carl Straumsheim

Carl Straumsheim, Technology Correspondent, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2013. He got his start in journalism as a video game blogger for Norway's third largest paper, Dagbladet, at age 15, and has since dabbled in media criticism, investigative reporting and political coverage. Straumsheim (pronounced STROMS-hyme) boasts that he once received a perfect score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which enabled him to pursue a bachelor's degree in English from LaGrange College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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