Submission Guidelines

Anthropology News (AN) is the member magazine of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). We work with volunteer writers, section contributing editors, and opinion columnists to publish incisive writing, engaging features, and opinionated opinion columns.

Content types

We structure AN around five different content types: In Focus, Opinion, Section News, Association News, and In Memoriam. To contribute to AN, please take a look at the content types below to determine which best fits your proposed work. We ask that members send 250-word pitches (more on this below) rather than full articles. AN does not publish previously published work.

In Focus articles either are part of a thematic series developed by AN’’s editor or stand alone. We circulate calls for proposals to the AAA membership and also solicit articles directly. Thematic series appear in the AN magazine, published six times a year, in full color, and on the AN website. Stand-alone pieces appear online only. Be sure to subscribe to the AN content email and follow AN on Twitter (@news4anthros) for the latest calls for thematic series. If you would like to write a stand-alone article for AN, please see the submission guidelines for In Focus pieces below.

Opinion articles either are part of a column or they stand alone. Calls for column proposals go out in the fall. Opinion articles are published online only. Keep an eye on the AN content email and Twitter for our calls, or contact the AN office directly, if you have a great idea for a column. To submit a stand-alone Opinion article, please see the Opinion guidelines below.

The AN office works with contributing editors selected by their AAA sections to publish Section News. Section News highlights happenings within the section or the work of section members. Contact your section contributing editor if you are interested in publishing in Section News. A list of contributing editors can be found here.

Association News, includes the latest in AAA news, news from the Members’ Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee, columns from the executive director and AAA president, fieldnotes on the profession, AAA members in the news, new fellows and awards.

In Memoriam

AN is the Association’s major vehicle for information about deaths of our colleagues. Please notify the AN editor Natalie Konopinski ([email protected]) as soon as you learn of a death so we can locate an author and schedule a tribute for publication. For submission guidelines click here500 words.

Submission details

In Focus

Thematic series, feature articles, commentary, photo essays, notes from the field. These articles are up to 1,600 words. Photo essays comprise 8–10 high resolution images and a 600-word introductory essay.

Our In Focus feature articles are rooted in anthropological research and written for a broad scholarly and general audience. We aim for engaging, clear writing, with short citations and no footnotes. Take a look at some In Focus articles before submitting your proposal: “Muslim Dandies,” “Gastronomie, Inegalité, Fraternité,” “Sexual Violence in the Clinics and the Courts,” and “Arctic Weather Words.”

Send [email protected] a proposal that includes the following:

  1. A 250-word pitch. Can you tell us the main point of your story in a few sentences?
  2. A 50-word author bio.

The editor will be in touch to discuss your proposal. All In Focus pieces go through a developmental edit process before publication.

We also welcome proposals for thematic series. If you have an idea for a theme you think AN should address, please email us at [email protected].

We try to respond to proposals in 2–4 weeks, but please note that review times will vary depending on how busy the office is.

Opinion

AN’s opinion columnists sign up to write regular pieces on current topics in anthropology and world events. If you would like to be an opinion columnist for AN please keep an eye out for our annual call for proposals in the fall. We also welcome proposals for single contribution opinion pieces. 1,000 words. 

Take a look at current Opinion columns before submitting your proposal:  Trumped Up Words and Law, Reasoning, and Recognition.

Send [email protected] a proposal that includes the following:

  1. A 250-word pitch. Can you tell us the main point of your commentary and argument in a few sentences?
  2. A 50-word author bio.

The editor will be in touch to discuss your proposal. All opinion pieces go through a developmental edit process before publication.

We try to respond to proposals in 2–4 weeks, but please note that review times will vary depending on how busy the office is.

In Memoriam

Death notices for members of the profession. AN  is the Association’s major vehicle for information about deaths of our colleagues. Please notify the AN editor Natalie Konopinski ([email protected]) as soon as you learn of a death so we can locate an author and schedule a tribute for publication. For submission guidelines click here500 words.

Other Submission Types

AN Calendar

If you have an event, exhibit, field school, call for papers, or other call for proposals to announce, it can be added to the AN calendar. Email [email protected] with details. The AAA also publicizes these announcements through AN and AAA social media.

Job Ads

Classified ads for our print issue are managed through the AAA job board Anthropology Careers and Employment (ACE).

Comments

A response to an essay should be posted as a comment online (see the “Comment” feature at the bottom of each article). We encourage no more than 500 words for each comment.

Letters to the Editor

Please send to the editor, 500 words or less.

AN and AnthroSource

Approximately four months after publishing online, we archive AN content on AnthroSource (AAA’s digital archive). Once an article is archived on AnthroSource, it will no longer be available on the AN website. AAA members—who support AN through their dues—will be able to continue to access all AN content through AnthroSource.

 

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