Major Archaeological Journal Goes Open Access

Since a bit more than a year, Fornvännen‘s first 100 years (1906-2005) have been freely available and searchable on-line. It’s a quarterly multi-language research journal mainly about Scandinavian archaeology and Medieval art, and I’m proud to be its managing editor. Now we’ve gone one step further and made the thing into an Open Access journal. The site’s run of the journal is complete up to 6 months ago, and every issue will henceforth appear on-line half a year after it was distributed on paper. Here, for instance, is an excellent paper in English by my buddy Svante Fischer from last summer’s issue, about the implications of two Scandinavian gold pendants of the Migration Period found in Serbia.

Many thanks to my friends Gun Larsson and Kerstin Assarsson-Rizzi of the Library of the Academy of Letters who have been the driving forces behind our on-line move!

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7 thoughts on “Major Archaeological Journal Goes Open Access

  1. This is great…any chance the “In English” link on the page could be fixed? Currently it gives a Forbidden page. I hope this is the start of other journals moving to open access.

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  2. Out of curiosity, do you have any favorites in there?

    I found a couple of interesting articles that fit what I enjoy reading about, but I’m curious if there are any articles you consider particularly worthwhile, or good jumping-off points for getting into particular areas of interest.

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  3. My Swedish is so-so, comprehension is at about 85-90% as long as no one starts talking about ice cream, then I just get confused. In other words: I should manage if it’s interesting.

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