Prestige or Perish is the New Publication Mantra

November 5, 2021

Dr Jess BeckSuccess in academic archaeology is strongly influenced by the publication of peer-reviewed articles. New research by Harvard Anthropology College Fellow Dr. Jess Beck and colleagues shows that "prestige" is viewed as the most important factor that affected publishing decisions, followed by audience and open access considerations. Responses showed consensus on only a small number of highly ranked archaeology and science-subject journals, with little agreement on the importance of most other journals. They conclude by highlighting the areas of disciplinary consensus and divergence revealed by the survey and by discussing how implicit prestige hierarchies permeate academic archaeology. Read the full article here.