OACIP: American Indian Culture and Research Journal










Open Access Community Investment Program Participant

American Indian Culture and Research Journal


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American Indian Culture and Research Journal is participating in the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP). The program's goal is to help match libraries, consortia, funding agencies, departments and other prospective scholarly publishing funders with non-profit publishers and journal editorial boards that are seeking financial investments to sustain or transition journals to Open Access (OA) publishing through a non-APC model.

About American Indian Culture and Research Journal

American Indian Culture and Research Journal (AICRJ) is among the premier peer-reviewed journals in Native American studies. It is published by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center (AISC) in the United States and will be published Diamond Open Access through a new partnership with eScholarship Publishing.

AICRJ publishes quality research by, for, and with American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other Indigenous Peoples and their various communities—whether they are nations, tribes, townships, villages, or islands. The journal is positioned to have a unique vantage point and perspective that focuses on community in its multiple meanings.

AICRJ is seeking $32,250/year for five years through OACIP. Production costs an average of $60,000 per year, $30,000 of which the journal has secured from UCLA, their home institution.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Impact

AICRJ has been the primary voice in revealing, elevating, and educating others about research conducted by, for, and with American Indians and various other educators and scholars for many decades. They continue to position the journal to have a unique vantage point and perspective that focuses on community in its multiple meanings.

  • First, they seek research related to Indigenous peoples’ communities that addresses practical, theoretical, historical, environmental, and/or legal aspects of an issue.
  • Second, they strive to create a community of scholars by creating journal space for discussions, dialogue, extensions and applications of existing research across subject areas, disciplines, and communities. They aim to engage scholars in novel ways that improve insight, collaboration and equity in research.

UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center is housed in the UCLA Institute of American Culture, which also includes Asian American Studies Center, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and the Chicano Studies Research Center. As a result, AICRJ is part of a broader ethnic studies and intersectional scholarly environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at UCLA and beyond.


Investment Criteria

Each OACIP participant completes a standardized form that asks for the criteria that libraries and other investors require in order to make investment decisions. These criteria will provide transparency around issues important to investors in this space.



Fully Funded through 2027!

Funding Goal: $32,250 annually for five years

Funds committed: $32,250 annually for five years

Funding needed: $0 annually for five years

Funding deadline: CLOSED

The American Indian Culture and Research Journal Funding Community

  • Amherst College
  • Brandeis University
  • Carleton College
  • Cornell University
  • DePaul University
  • Dickinson College
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Illinois State University
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kenyon College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New York University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Swarthmore College
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Denver
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Washington
  • VIVA, Virginia's Academic Library Consortium
  • William & Mary
  • Yale University

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