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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The International Journal of Modern Anthropology, published annually by the Tunisian Association of Anthropology, focuses on subjects needing “syntheses of multidisciplinary data from different specialties of Biological and Cultural Anthropology,” including Forensic anthropology; Genetic Anthropology; Health and Population Sciences; Human Biology; Origins of bio-molecules common to humans and all living beings: Origins of life on Earth; Psychological anthropology; Anthropological linguistics; Anthropology of religion; Historical archaeology; Ethnography; Human origins and evolution; Medical Anthropology; and Paleo-Anthropology. There is an international editorial board, along with an extensive list of referees from around the world.
The journal appears in both print and electronic form, with the online, open access version available without article processing charges. A variety of materials are published in the journal, including: Original Synthesis Articles, Original Synthesis Reports or Research Reports presenting new experimental and / or theoretical results on interesting anthropological subjects, Original Discovery Reports, Review Synthesis Articles or Review Synthesis Reports, Original Discovery Reports, Review Synthesis Articles or Review Synthesis Reports, Critical Short Reports, Thought Short Reports, Editorials, Perspectives and Book Reviews.
The most recent issue available, for 2014, includes the Original Synthesis Article, “Recent out of Yemen: new version of the theory of unique and recent origin of modern man,” the Original Synthesis Report, “Pacific islanders and Ameridian relatedness according to HLA autosomal genes,” the Research Reports , “Religion of the Tangkhul Naga in north-east India: continuity and change” and “Spies like us? Respondent perceptions of research sponsors in 20 African Countries,” and the Review Synthesis Report, “Synthetic review on the genetic relatedness between North Africa and Arabia deduced from paternal lineage distributions.” The quality of written English varies among these articles and reports, but the research is scholarly and well-documented. And there’s more here than just anthropological study; for example, the “Spies Like Us” report explores the “continuing debate [about] the roles and responsibilities of anthropologists acting as fieldworkers concerning espionage and covert research.” It is a quite fascinating study.
This is an OA title librarians will want to bring to the attention of researchers in anthropology, particularly those scholars seeking information coming from multiple, different anthropologic perspectives.