HAU Books



A New Approach Towards Open Access Publishing in Anthropology

HAU Books is the book publishing wing of the Society for Ethnographic Theory, a learned society that also publishes the quarterly journal: HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. The initiative is committed to publishing the most distinguished texts in classics and advanced anthropological theory. HAU Books is supported by some of the world’s most distinguished anthropology departments and research institutions through the HAU-N.E.T. community. The press releases its titles digitally as Open Access and also offers print editions.

Why Support Hau Books?

Cooperative Model
The Benefits
Pricing Structure
Cooperative Model

HAU Books has developed an innovative approach to its Open Access book program and plans to ensure its sustainability through institutional funding and support of libraries worldwide.

The initiative wants to ensure that anthropologists‘ precious ethnographic findings can return to the communities studied by the scientists in a free and shareable form.

Library support will cover HAU’s maintenance expenses (clearing translation rights, copyediting and typesetting fees, tech support, graphic design, editorial support etc.) and ensures approximately 45 book titles will be published Open Access between 2019 and 2021.

Thanks to this model, prospective authors may publish their titles Open Access and bear no author-facing costs for themselves, or their institutions.

Five inter-related book series will be published online as downloadable Open Access books, and later distributed as hard copies.

The Benefits

Your support will allow HAU Books to publish approximately 45 books Open Access in the 2019-2021 period under the CC-BY 4.0 license.

These titles will be peer-reviewed, fully Open Access and free of any Book Processing Charges.

In addition, a print version from the University of Chicago Press will available on a later date.

Pricing Structure

Price per year over a period of 3 years. (Price excl. VAT)


$1,180 // €1,000 // £880

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