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  • Mike Fischer: Very pleased to hear such a good prognosis! I have agreed with Giovanni to edit the special issue. And I will be pleased to take over World Cultures for a while as general editor, and help find a successor down the road. If you want I'll talk to Stephen Lyon about taking on Structure and Dynamics, as he may be keen to do so, or recommending someone else to do so.

World Cultures

Dear Prof. Douglas R. White,

I hope this email finds you well.

My name is Doug Medland, I work at Emerald Publishing and I am writing to you today in your role as the editor of World cultures ejournal.

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Dropping a published article

Hi Doug,

On the 1. Summary screen for the article, simply select 'Reject and Archive' in the Status section to remove the article from your active queues. You'll be prompted to notify the author of this 'rejection' but you can easily skip that email using the 'Skip email' button.

Kind regards,

-justin gonder

eScholarship Product Manager Access & Publishing Group California Digital Library University of California, Office of the President

Original Message ---------------

From: Douglas White [] Sent: 6/6/2015 9:50 AM To: Subject: When Pat Gray had to quit editing in 2013 he left an article in the hopper that had already been published... how to archive it

Dear Justin,

When Pat Gray had to quit editing in 2013 he left an article in the hopper that had already been published... Cross Cultural Comparison of Attitides towards Aging and Physical Activity How to I archive this (or delete?) so its not in the inbox any more?

thanks for all

Room for new statement

To be modified by Mike?

World Cultures began as an (early) open source journal for publishing cross-cultural codes, articles, and software, beginning initially with UC Irvine (fortran) code for cross-tabs with data from the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample and encouraging researchers to publish new coded data that could be appended to a cumulative SCCS dataset. Soon that them evolved into an open-source dataset for Spss for use in classrooms and by researchers. Many other comparative articles were published but as the distribution was initially through distributions of cumulative data, software and publication on a CD Rom for each issue, with all past contributions up to year 15 (i.e., 1986). Issue 6 (1990) Edited by Greg Truex contained the Ethnographic Atlas On-Line Tabulation software by Michael Fischer, Murdock's Ethnographic Atlas dataset, and an SCCS Standard Sample Concordance. From Issue 7-8 both a paper and CD rom were published by Editors Pat Gray and Peter Peregrine, and issues 9-15 edited by Pat Gray included a many SCCS articles, some with new codes and finding. Galton's problem started to become an issue in Issue 15: Eff, E. Anthon. 2004. “Does Mr. Galton Still Have a Problem?: Autocorrelation in the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample.” World Cultures. 15(2):153-170.

From Issue 16 (2008) to 19 (2013) the Journal was published by UC eScholarship, continuing the same policies: The World Cultures eJournal welcomes articles, data, and comparative research material dealing with any aspect of human behavior. Publication of any comparative database, regional or worldwide, will be considered. Submissions of programs and teaching materials are welcomed, as are communications on research, coding, sources, and other materials of interests to comparative researchers. The first open source journal to provide R software for Galton's problem was WC's companion eScholarship journal, however, in published Structure and Dynamics with: Eff, E. Anthon and Malcolm M. Dow. 2009. "How to Deal with Missing Data and Galton’s Problem in Cross-Cultural Survey Research: A Primer for R." Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences: Vol. 3: No. 3, Article 1 -- and Eff, E. Anthon. 2008. "Weight Matrices for Cultural Proximity: Deriving Weights from a Language Phylogeny." Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 2, Article 9. Others followed: Brown, Christian, and Eff, E. Anthon. 2010. “The State and the Supernatural: Support for Prosocial Behavior.” Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences: Vol. 4: No. 1, Article 3. Eff, E. Anthon, and Philip W. Routon. 2011. “Farming and Fighting: An Empirical Analysis of the Ecological-Evolutionary Theory of the Incidence of Warfare.” Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences: Vol. 5: No. 2, Article 3. World Cultures published "A measure of technological level for the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample," by Eff, E. Anthon and Abhradeep Maiti.

World Cultures, after a hiatus up to 2015 due to our editor's problems with vision, is now able to combine coding projects and descriptions, cross-cultural research results and critiques, and articles using the techniques developed by Malcolm Dow and Anthon Eff and enhanced by the Science Galaxy site (CoSSci: Complex Social Science) that allows students and researchers to use Dow-Eff analyses for autocorrelation, such as identifying effects of Language Phylogeny and Sociocultural Borrowing (e.g., distance effects) with Dof-Eff R code in the background but easier screen-based data entry for transformations of some codebook features to dichotomies, a dependent and many independent variables, and additional possibilities, including creation of new variables from existing ones. Maps created in Dow-Eff R codes can also be requested by name (or with transformation) and are available with informative colorings of features. Both eScholarship open access journals, WCej and S&Dej are now accessible for cross-cultural researchers, and offer the same analytic possibilities and extended databases: not only SCCS and Ethnographic Atlas but the Lewis R. Binford hunter-gather dataset and Joseph Jorgensen Western Indians dataset. Both are available as open source journals for research articles, essays, findings, codes, new forms of analysis, and critiques.

A wide variety of issues are taken up in both journals but in providing open access both are open to a world readership without cost or subscription, coded data are in the public domain for archiving, and software capabilities are accessible without cost and thus easily accessible in classrooms.

Mike's comment:

I think the piece that Doug started is a good document to have as a more verbose about or history of the journal, which is complex, and which is noteworthy generally as an early 'open publication' model, and in anthropology in particular. Additionally materials from the first issue were the foundation for an interactive application on one of the first interactive online anthropology sites I produced in 1986, and for the ancestor of the EA/SCCS Crosstabs site, one of the first web-based applications to appear in 1993 for anthropology (or anything for that matter … probably one of the first 50 public interactive applications that actually did something beyond add comments to a register or search a database of pinups).


World Cultures at eScholarship, UC Irvine, edited by Patrick Gray who has eye troubles - we needed new editors:

  • Added Doug White, Gregory Truex as Editor pro-tem, Mike Fischer. Andrey Korotayev

ask eScholarship to name Gregory as Editor pro-tem: Gregory Truex, Editor-Pro-Tem emeritus at California State University, Northridge

Dear Doug and Greg,

Ok! I'll start finding some people to write some good new content. I've set up a twitter id WorldCulturesJ and will start a web site initially populated with as much as I can get from eclectic.

Do either of you have a set of the diskettes/cd's you can find - I have most of them, but gosh knows where.


Dear Dr. White,

Our paper was published by your journal in 2013, and has been receiving views and download requests regularly since August 2013. Please let me know if we need to undergo another review now.

Regards, Lakshmi Josyula


William Divale York College, City University of New York

James Dow Oakland University

E. Anthon Eff Middle Tennessee State University

J. Patrick Gray University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Andrey Korotayev National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Peter N. Peregrine Lawrence University

Gregory Truex, Editor-Pro-Tem California State University, Northridge

Douglas R. White University of California, Irvine


William Divale York College, City University of New York

James Dow Oakland University

E. Anthon Eff Middle Tennessee State University

J. Patrick Gray, Editor-in-Chief University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Peter N. Peregrine Lawrence University

Douglas R. White University of California, Irvine

World Cultures at eclectic, UC Irvine, edited by Patrick Gray. To edit first login as your drwhite user, then go to the folder eclectic/websites/worldcultures/. In the future, if you want to keep the domain name you can pay like $10 per year to just register the name, and then set up what is called an alias that points to and I can make it hosted there. Jonathan

World Cultures eJournal contents

Andrey Korotayev. 2003. Christianity and Democracy: A Cross-Cultural Study (Afterthoughts) // World Cultures. 13/2 (2003). P. 195-212.

Andrey Korotayev. 2002. An Apologica of George Peter Murdock. Division of Labor by Gender and Postmarital Residence in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Addenda // World Cultures. 13/1 (2002): 99–107.