|Edited by||Emily Blanchard West|
Institute for the Study of Man
|ISO 4||J. Indo-Eur. Stud.|
The Journal of Indo-European Studies (JIES) is a peer-reviewed academic journal of Indo-European studies. The journal publishes papers in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, mythology and linguistics relating to the cultural history of the Indo-European-speaking peoples. It is published every three months. The editor-in-chief is Emily Blanchard West. It also publishes the Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph Series.
JIES was founded in 1973 by Marija Gimbutas, Edgar C. Polomé, Raimo Aulis Anttila, and Roger Pearson, and published through Pearson's Institute for the Study of Man. Scholars of the far-right have criticised the journal's ongoing association with Pearson, "one of Americas foremost Nazi apologists", and the Institute for the Study of Man, a publisher of "debunked psuedoanthropological claims of a racial Aryanist diaspora". Chip Berlet and Matthew Nemiroff Lyons have described it as a "racialist" and "Aryanist" journal. William H. Tucker notes that, unlike Pearson's other publications (Mankind Quarterly and the Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies), JIES has not published any articles written by Pearson, and editorial control was left to Gimbutas and Polomé, leaving it
the one publication at the [Institute for the Study of Man] of acknowledged academic value. Pearson was on the its editorial board for many years, which prompted some scholars to boycott the journal. In 2017, long-time editor J. P. Mallory, whilst rejecting Pearson's views, defended his involvement on the grounds that "democracy should allow researchers to write about crackpot theories" and asked, "if Pearson did not publish the Journal of Indo-European Studies, who would?"
[By the 1980s] the racial-anthropological perspective had more or less disappeared from view in the Indo-European discipline [...] But behind the scenes, the situation was different. Most notable is perhaps that no one reacted to the fact that the editor of the world-leading journal for research on the Indo-Europeans, Journal of Indo-European Studies, Roger Pearson, had since the 1950s been 'one of Americas foremost Nazi apologists and quite clearly a racist with one of the worlds best web of contacts.' Before Pearson, along with Marija Gimbutas, Edgar C. Polomé, and Raimo Anttila, founded the Journal of Indo-European Studies, he had worked with Hans E. K. Günther, who had continued to spread his racial doctrines after the fall of the Third Reich.
It is instructive that none of Pearson's writing appeared in the one publication at the [Institute for the Study of Man] of acknowledged academic value, the Journal of Indo-European Studies, which he left to the control of respected scholars Edgar Polomé and Marija Gimbutas, both now deceased.