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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission follows our guidelines for for how to ensure a blind review by deleting names from the article texts, and author info from PDF and Word/Open Office document properties.

Author Guidelines

Anthropology Matters welcomes research-based manuscripts of 6000 – 8000 words that fall within the purview of social and cultural anthropology. Submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of approximately 150 words. Consonant with the aims of the Anthropology Matters initiative, the journal strongly encourages submissions from postgraduate students and early career scholars. Articles should be accessible to a broad anthropological readership so it is requested that authors limit jargon in their pieces and take care to explain terms that might be unfamiliar to non-specialists.

Anthropology Matters Style Guide

Submissions should be made in .doc or .docx, 12pt Times New Roman font, in A4 format, justified, and single spaced. Use only one space (not two) after punctuation such as periods and question marks. Paragraphs should be separated by a line of spacing rather than indented. Headings should be capitalised and followed by a line spacing. Two line spacings should follow the end of each section. Please do not use number, letters, or underlining to mark headings. Use footnotes not endnotes.

The journal follows UK spelling and punctuation conventions, and uses the serial comma. Single quotation marks should be used for quotations in the text with double marks for quotations within quotations. Quotations of more than fifty words should be off set with a line of spacing and indented (no need for quotation marks in these cases). Non-English words except for proper names should be italicised. Epigraphs should be italicised. Acronyms do not need punctuation (e.g. US rather than U.S.). Write out numbers from one to ninety-nine and for any number followed by a hundred, thousand, million etc. (except for years, percentages, and figures following currencies). All spelling, punctuation, and numbers in quotations should keep to the original.

The journal uses in-text citation. References should be cited in the text by the author's surname, year of publication, and page number (Firth 1954: 285). Please include page numbers wherever possible. If the author's name is mentioned in the sentence, include the year and page number only (1954: 285). Multiple references in a single bracket should be separated with semi-colons and in ascending order by year (Firth 1954; Jansen 2015: 86). The journal discourages using Ibid. or Ibidem for consecutively repeated references.

A References section must be included at the end of the article. To view the preferred referencing style please check one of our recently published articles. Please include authors’ full names. Journal titles should be written in full with the volume number, issue number, and pagination. Always include pagination for chapters within books. Translators should be credited for translated works. Where the original date of publication differs significantly from the date of the edition being cited, the date of original publication should be included in square brackets. Please include DOI information wherever possible.

Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to include a 25 to 50 word ‘About the Author’ note, at the end of the article before the references section, indicating institutional affiliation and research interests. Do not include this information when submitting for blind review.


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