In Response to a Recent Question about Advances in Anthropology (AA)

Date: 2014-11-03

Some of you may have noticed the blog post by Jeffrey Beall who is campaigning ( against Open Access and as such also against SCIRP as one of the largest Open Access journal publishers: .

SCIRP has always made public, changes on Editorial Boards with resignations and additions. The Editorial Board is listed in all of its journals in the front matter. So there has never been a secret about Beall's "story" and never will in similar cases in the future.

Old board (18 EB members) as given on the February 2013 issue of Advances in Anthropology (AA):

New board (6 remaining EB members) as given on the May 2013 issue of Advances in Anthropology (AA):

Beall reports about an event 1.5 years old, apparently lacking anything else to report about SCIRP.

The "story" in short by Prof. Anatole Alex Klyosov, former Editorial Board (EB) member, Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of Advances in Anthropology (AA) since June 1, 2013:

"The former Editor-in-Chief could not get along with the AA staff, and agitated the Board. Since the Board had no interest in the Journal and not published anything themselves, they took the opportunity to leave."

The "story" with some more details by SCIRP:

Prof. Fatimah Jackson ( was the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of Advances in Anthropology (AA). She was unhappy with the situation at her journal and wrote a letter demanding changes in 8 points within 48 hours or she and parts of the board would resign. SCIRP responded at length and in time but could not fulfill all points demanded. The major controversy was about finances. Prof. Jackson wanted to get full control of AA's finances "4. ...Determination of the publication fee should be an academic decision." "5. The Editor-in-Chief should be appraised each year of the financial status of the journal and the justifications for the fees collected." She wanted to decide of several papers to be published for free. She also indicated that she wanted to be financially compensated for her work at SCIRP as EiC. As SCIRP felt it to be impossible to comply with all requests, 11 more members of the Editorial Board (EB) whom Prof. Jackson had influenced resigned together with her. SCIRP deeply regrets this, but accepts to be unable to fully prevent such things to happen probably also in the future, with more than 5000 members on its EBs. SCIRP maintains a good relationship with its EB members and has a continuous process for quality improvement. Lessons learned from the other valid points in Prof. Jackson's list of demands were taken up shortly after the event.