From the first Research Report introduction: "The University of Massachusetts Department of Anthropology Research Reports Series is designed to fill two specific publication needs. In the first place, it offers a means of rapid dissemination of significant data collected by professional anthropologists (who are usually, but not necessarily affiliated with the University of Massachusetts). These data are either the relatively "raw material" which will subsequently be further analyzed and refined in more formal publication, or data which are in a sense peripheral to the central research concern of the author and thus might otherwise not be published. In either case the expeditious publication of the data is warranted by their potential utility to scholars working on similar or related problems. The second aim of the Series is to provide a medium of publication for advanced graduate students in anthropology who have made a significant contribution to anthropological knowledge through independent research -- either in the literature or in the field - and whose lack of professional status largely precludes publication in more established series. Master's theses will be most appropriate for this second type of publication. However, "term papers" and non-academic essays of high quality will also appear in the Series.
"The Department of Anthropology Research Report Series while naturally tending to reflect the professional research interests of anthropologists at the University of Massachusetts, welcomes contributions from all fields of anthropology, as well as anthropologically relevant areas of other disciplines. These reports will appear periodically as suitable manuscripts are received, and will be distributed -- initially , at least -- at no cost to those who indicate an interest iin receiving them."