The Open Encyclopedia of Anthropology (OEA) is an open teaching and learning resource for anthropology. The OEA's goal is to facilitate access to anthropological knowledge for experts and non-experts worldwide. It does not aspire to constitute a new canon of conclusive anthropological knowledge. Instead, the OEA is meant as a continuously growing introductory resource for all those who would like to familiarise themselves with particular subjects of interest and with the discipline of social anthropology more broadly. All entries are peer-reviewed by leading academics, making the OEA one of the most reliable resources for anthropological knowledge on the web.

The OEA is part of a growing movement for open access anthropology. It is based on the firm conviction that anthropological knowledge must be shared between academics and with the general public in order to deal with the fundamental challenges of our time. We therefore actively encourage submissions from scholars around the globe, and we include entries on contemporary topics such as climate change, migration, and finance as well as entries about long-established anthropological subjects such as kinship and ritual.

As an open access resource we rely on voluntary labour from editors, reviewers and authors. We are committed to ensuring that this is conducted in an environment of respect, transparency and professionalism. The OEA has been listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) since 2021 and you can find out about our review process here.

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