World Cultures is an electronic and paper peer-reviewed academic journal of cross-cultural studies. It was founded in 1985 by Douglas R. White, who was the editor in chief until 1990, when Greg Truex took over, followed by J. Patrick Gray and Peter N. Peregrine (1991-1995). Gray remains the current editor. The current publisher is William Divale. The journal publishes cross-cultural research articles and has published computerized codebooks and datasets on the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample, Western North American Indians, an Atlas of Archaeology, and numerous other topics. Numerous software programs for cross-cultural analysis have also been published.
Part of the purpose of the journal is to provide codebooks and data that are in the public domain for scientific use, at minimal cost of distribution, both to support scientific work and instructional use. New as well as legacy issues of the journal are at the free on-line site of the California Digital Library. The largest of the databases supported by the journal to date are the contributed multiauthored coded data for the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample, now numbering 2,002 coded variables on 186 societies by over 90 different contributing authors.