History and Open-Access Policy


The Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford (JASO) was originally launched in 1970 as a hard copy journal; it ceased publication in that form in publication year 2000. It was re-launched to coincide with the Centenary of the Oxford Anthropological Society in 2009. The new online journal, called JASO-Online, is a joint collaborative project between JASO, the Oxford University Anthropological Society (OUAS), and the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, which is hosting the website. It is intended to appeal to all branches of the School, staff students and others alike. We hope it will be an active forum open to all for the discussion of anthropology and issues of interest to anthropologists. 

Open Access Statement

JASO is a diamond open-access journal: free to publish and free to read. We adhere to the BOAI definition of open access so our users have the right to 'read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles'. 


There are no publication charges for publishing in JASO. 


All articles in JASO are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence (see creativecommons.org/licenses). Authors retain the copyright but license publication in JASO according to this licence. We are prepared to discuss publishing articles under other licences (e.g., other CC licences) in special circumstances.


Historical Statements applying to the JASO Archive

Articles in the JASO are subject to copyright. Authors were required to transfer copyright to the Journal (the Oxford University Anthropology Society) as a condition of publication and we are now making them available under a CC BY-NC licence (being closest to the spirit of the original guidelines). Authors of those articles are free to do the following: they may place a copy of their article in a subject or institutional repository subject to including a statement that the article is copyright and including the URL of the JASO-Online publication. They may place both preprints and postprints/final published versions in repositories subject to the above conditions.

Authors may republish their articles elsewhere free of charge on condition that JASO is credited and including the URL of the JASO-Online publication. Reproduction rights for future inclusion in a textbook may only be granted after prior request to the Editors.

Reasonable copying for educational purposes within the relevant guidelines is permitted without prior reference to the Editors.

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ISSN 2040-1876

Continuation of Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford ISSN 0044-8370 Vols. 1-31, 1970-2000.

JASO has been given quality accreditation by being listed in the following directories: ERIH PLUS and in the Directory of Open Access Journals.