Updates on the list of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies
I first assembled the List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies in observance of Open Access Week 2009. It was based on journals cited in AWOL since its beginning in January 2009 . At that time the list included more than two hundred titles - a surprisingly large number - or so I thought at the time. In an effort to make the List canonical and comprehensive, I began adding additional journals in groups of twenty. All (or nearly all) of these have been accessible via Abzu for varying lengths of time. This process offered me the opportunity to verify all the links and repair the broken ones. On February 17, 2010 the list reached six hundred titles, and the post date was updated. On July 7, 2010 the list reached seven hundred titles, and the post date was updated. On its first anniversary, and in honor of Open Access Week 2010, I am again updated the post date, though the link remains stable. At that time I removed the version history from the main list and placed it here. On May 5, 2011, with the addition of Engramma the list reached nine hundred titles and the post date was updated. On September 28, 2011, the list reached one thousand titles, and the post date was updated on October 1st, 2011. On February 14, 2012, with the addition of Arqueología y Territorio: Revista del Programa de Doctorado "Arqueología y Territorio", the list reached eleven hundred titles, and the post date was updated. On May 5, 2015, with the addition of The Journal of Jewish Lore and Philosophy, the list passed fifteen hundred titles. On May 19th, Day of Digital Humanities 2015 (#dayofDH2015), the post date was updated. On December 25, 2015, the post was updated. On 21 January 2016, with the addition of Μακεδονικά - Makedonika, the list passed the 1600 title mark and was updated.
The primary focus of the project is notice and comment on open access material relating to the ancient world, but I will also include other kinds of networked information as it comes available.
The ancient world is conceived here as it is at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, my academic home at the time AWOL was launched. That is, from the Pillars of Hercules to the Pacific, from the beginnings of human habitation to the late antique / early Islamic period.
AWOL is the successor to Abzu, a guide to networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world, founded at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago in 1994. Together they represent the longest sustained effort to map the development of open digital scholarship in any discipline.