TheFlorida Journal of Anthropology (FJA) was a peer-reviewed publication in press from 1976-1995 through the University of Florida’s Anthropology Department. FJA was a graduate student run publication, which featured research by graduate students, faculty, and researchers associated with the University of Florida. Issues of the FJA were available in a print-only format for a small subscription fee. Articles published in the FJA covered a diverse array of topics which we are excited to share electronically with our readers, expanding the reach of this limited circulation publication. All original publications will be scanned in early 2020 by the George A. Smathers Libraries and made available in PDF format for download through the Archives tab.
The New Florida Journal of Anthropology (NFJA) is built upon the tradition of the original FJA with some 21stcentury additions. First, NFJA is expanding our submission pool by accepting submissions from anthropologically focused researchers from outside of the UF community in addition to UF associated graduate students, faculty, and staff. We support all anthropological subfields equally as well as tangentially related fields of research. All research submitted by graduate students and seasoned researchers will be reviewed by experts in the field who hold a PhD. Graduate students, who hold a minimum of an MA, within the UF community will serve as reviewers for manuscripts submitted by undergraduate researchers. By providing a platform for graduate students to both manage an academic journal and be involved with the peer-review process, the NFJA provides rare opportunities for the professional development of graduate students prior to graduation.
Lastly, NFJA will be available as an online publication, expanding the reach to a much wider audience. Furthermore, as our primary goal is the dissemination of knowledge, we provide both the original FJA and current NFJA editions in an open-access digital format, 100% free of charge for both authors and readers. Providing open access research not only provides easier access to information for researchers, but also to the general public who may not usually have institutional access to academic research. This increase in public engagement allows for a better return on investment for research sponsors and institutions. Open access also increases visibility and impact of research for authors as well as an opportunity for collaboration. Finally, this technologically focused publishing style encourages greater innovation within research fields, while simultaneously pushing researchers to create engaging content that is readily absorbed by the reader.