NAMES is one of the world’s leading scholarly journals devoted to the study of onomastics. Since the very first issue in 1952, this scientific quarterly has published cutting-edge, original articles, notes, and book reviews that investigate the derivation, function, and impact of names and naming in North America and around the world. NAMES is the academic journal of the American Name Society (ANS).
In the interest of promoting widespread awarness of the importance of names and naming, NAMES provides immediate "open access" to all its content. The publisher of NAMES, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:
“By ‘open access’, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”
Researchers engage in discovery for both the scientific community and the public good overall. Unfortunately, however, due to prohibitive financial and/or use restrictions imposed by non open access publishers, their research results are not made readily available to the full range of potential users. The short and long-term detrimental repercussions of this restricted access are significant and widespread.
As a part of its official constitutional mandate, the American Name Society is committed to promoting knowledge of and appreciation for names and naming patterns among both the expert and lay community. Towards that end, in an effort to encourage the free and ready exchange of onomastic knowledge, the American Name Society has made all of the research published its journal, NAMES, open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY license. Furthermore, NAMES charges no fees for article submission, processing, or online production.