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Current Anthropology is a peer-reviewed anthropology academic journal published by the University of Chicago Press and sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Founded in 1959 by the anthropologist Sol Tax (1907-1995). Current Anthropology is one of very few journals that publishes research across all sub-disciplines of anthropology, encompassing the full range of anthropological scholarship on human cultures and on human and other primate species. Communicating across the subfields, the journal features papers in a wide variety of areas, including social, cultural, and physical anthropology as well as ethnology and ethnohistory, archaeology and prehistory, folklore, and linguistics. The editor-in-chief is Mark Aldenderfer (University of California, Merced). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2017 impact factor of 2.326, ranking it 15th out of 85 journals in the category "Anthropology".[1]

Current Anthropology  
Edited byMark Aldenderfer
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Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Curr. Anthropol.
ISSN0011-3204 (print)
1537-5382 (web)

Current Applications is an open-access section of Current Anthropology that presents research bridging academic and applied anthropology. Recent Current Applications papers have addressed wind energy and the New Jersey shore, African asylum-seekers, and the popular television show Bones.


  1. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: CATEGORYNAME". 2017Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2017.

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