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Book Review: Scholarship, Money, and Prose: Behind the Scenes at an Academic Journal

Abstract

Scholarship, Money, and Prose: Behind the Scenes at an Academic Journal. Michael Chibnik. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press; 2020. 207 pages. ISBN 9780812252170. Many of us in science editing and related realms enjoy and benefit from seeing what others in our profession do. We can gain glimpses in this regard through periodicals such as Science Editor, events such as CSE annual meetings, and interactions such as CSE mentorships. Yet rarely do we have the luxury of a detailed look. Scholarship, Money, and Prose: Behind the Scenes at an Academic Journal, by Michael Chibnik—now professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Iowa—provides such a look. In this book, Chibnik contextualizes, recounts, and reflects on his experience as editor-in-chief of American Anthropologist (the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association) from 2012 to 2016. The resulting mix of memoir and ethnography can appeal to and inform science editors, those they interact with professionally, and educated general readers. The book consists mainly of a long introduction and a largely chronological set of 8 chapters. Derived in part from articles in American Anthropologist and Anthropology News, the chapters draw on Chibnik’s perspective as a scholar whose specialties include the anthropology of work. Different chapters may especially interest different readers, and although the book is most meaningfully read as a whole, much can be gained from reading individual chapters. Providing a foundation for the chapters that follow, the introduction includes basic information on academic journals and issues they face. It also describes the range […]

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