IK: Other Ways of Knowing is an electronic, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed open access journal that published original research articles as well as review articles in all areas of indigenous knowledge from a global perspective. Indigenous knowledge is an expanding area of study that focuses on the ways of knowing, seeing, and thinking that are passed down orally from generation to generation. These ways of understanding reflect thousands of years of experimentation and innovation in topics like agriculture, animal husbandry, child rearing practices, education systems, medicine, and natural resource management—among many other categories.

These ways of knowing are particularly important in the era of globalization, a time in which indigenous knowledge as intellectual property is taking new significance in the search for answers to many of the world's most vexing problems: disease, famine, ethnic conflict, and poverty. Indigenous knowledge has value, not only for the culture in which it develops, but also for scientists and planners seeking solutions to community problems.

As a forum for the sharing of practical knowledge and wisdom for the benefit of all peoples, this journal is of special interest to development professionals who treasure this local knowledge, finding it extremely useful in solving complex problems of health, agriculture, education, and the environment.

IK: Other Ways of Knowing is indexed by EBSCO. The journal was published twice yearly by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, and is co-sponsored by the Penn State Libraries and the Penn State Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK). The journal ceased publication as of the end of 2019 and published its final issue in June of 2019. The journal will continue to be hosted by the Penn State Libraries Open Access and the full content will remain searchable and open to all readers.


Published: 2019-06-15

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