Building on the MCJA momentum generated by our shift to a new publishing house, our expansion from two to three journal issues per year, and our creation of a digital subscription option for institutions, the MAC Editor and Board of Directors are pleased to announce that 10 new open-access MCJA book reviews are now posted on-line. With space on the printed page at a premium for publishing new articles, we have initiated the streamlined distribution of book reviews through the MAC web site (http://www.midwestarchaeology.org/mcja-book-reviews/).
Ten book reviews that we have solicited and received since January, 2013, are currently posted. To minimize lag-time for “getting the word out” to MCJA readers about important new publications, each new review will be posted on line as soon as it is received, and will be retained on the website in perpetuity for ready access and reference. We also plan to add all pre-2013 MCJA book reviews to our web page by the end of the year.
These reviews include color images of the book cover, the table of contents, a scholarly review, and a hot link to the publisher to aid readers seeking further information or who wish to purchase the volume. Most importantly, the reviews are OPEN ACCESS so anyone may read them – readers need not be MAC members. Book publishers we have talked to see this as an especially appealing aspect of our approach.
This project could not have moved forward without the support of the MAC Board, the willingness of Ken Farnsworth to act as MCJA Book Review Editor, and the technical knowhow of Mike Lewis, ISAS Production and Network Manager, and Jamie Kellie, MAC Web Master. A well-deserved thanks to them all.
Thomas E. Emerson