AN encourages lively conversation and debates, and at the same time expects civil and professional discourse. Opinions expressed in AN belong to the author(s) and publication does not signify endorsement by AN or the AAA. The following policies aim to help all contributors make the most of their space, while guiding the managing editor in protecting contributors and readers, and keeping the dialogue respectful.

AAA Member Benefit

Publishing in AN is a benefit of membership. The AN managing editor will review any submission and proposal, but scheduling the piece for final publication is contingent on having a current membership with the American Anthropological Association.

Access to AN

As of January 2013, AN publishes essays and reports online first—and continually—on anthropology-news.org. Bimonthly AN print editions feature selected contributions (essays based on work in anthropology) from the website as well as matters of record for the association (traditional newsletter content). Print AN is distributed to all AAA members who wish to receive it. For members who want to opt out of receiving print AN, this can be done either when renewing membership or by contacting the membership department. All content on anthropology-news.org is accessible by anyone.

All AN essays and reports published online will be archived on AnthroSource (AAA’s digital repository), approximately four months after being published on anthropology-news.org, regardless of whether it appears in print. Once an essay 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. AN maintains at list of the Table of Contents of archived issues on the website.


Anthropology News is archived on AnthroSource, AAA’s digital library. Print and online content is archived there as a member and subscriber benefit.


Nothing legally actionable or libelous.


AN will not tolerate personal or ad hominem attacks.


AN does not censor. AN watches for potentially libelous statements, tries to ensure accurate reporting of facts, and aims to maintain a professional discourse.

Claim Your Contribution

Anonymous submissions will not be published. You must attach your name to your submission. Under extreme circumstances, the managing editor will consider a possible pseudonymous contribution.

Comments Online

Comments on the AN website are limited to current AAA members as it is supported by member dues. Discussions are moderated to ensure that members only are posting comments. In specific discussions for a committee or section column, the contributing editor may make an exception if the comment fruitfully contributes to the discussion. As with all AN content, comments reflect the views of the person who submitted the comment only. The approval of a comment does not signify endorsement by AN or the AAA.


AN commentaries are designed to explore diverse views of the discipline from an anthropological perspective. Commentaries reflect the views of the authors; their publication does not signify endorsement by AN or the AAA. Authors are expected to verify all factual information included in the text.

Criticisms in AN: Scholarly Criticism in Correspondence

Finalized letters about a specific AN article, contributor or anthropologist will be shared with the subject of the letter. That person or people will have the opportunity to respond in writing in the same issue of AN. If they choose to respond, then the original letter writer will have the opportunity to read the response before publication. See the adopted 1995 AAA Executive Board Motion below.

Criticisms in AN: Criticism of AAA

Criticism of AAA and its bodies is welcome in AN. As with correspondence, AN staff will notify the appropriate AAA representative (such as committee chair or staff member). They will have the opportunity to respond to the criticism in a timely manner.

Dissent from AAA Positions

Comments that dissent from official positions of the AAA need to be clearly stated as the author’s personal opinion.

Fact Checking

Authors, Columnists and Contributing Editors are expected to verify all factual information and be able to provide sources or other means of verification upon request.


AN essays and columns are published only in English.

Print AN Content

The bimonthly AN print editions feature selected contributions (essays based on work in anthropology) as well as matters of record for the association (traditional newsletter content). The AN Managing Editor will make all final decisions about what will be included in the print issues.

Print AN has dedicated space for Section News in print for Mar/Apr, Jul/Aug, and Nov/Dec. Other AAA regular columns that may appear in any print issue include the columns by the AAA president, the AAA annual meeting program chair(s), CfHR, CoE, CoPAPIA, CoPP and CWA. For these columns, the contributing editors coordinate the content with the AN managing editor.

The layout of AN, including photos, is handled by the typesetter/designer and managing editor. AN staff welcome requests, but guarantees cannot be made as final layout depends on the content of the issue as a whole.


Do not use, unless part of a quotation with scholarly purpose.

Publication Ready

Contributors should submit content that is ready to publish. You are strongly encouraged to carefully review your contribution before submitting it for publication. AN does not have a copyeditor.

Publishing Agreements

All contributing editors and columnists are required to sign a publishing agreement that covers the publication year. They can sign one form once a year. All authors of thematic articles, letters and other essays accepted for publication by the managing editor require an author agreement. Authors who contribute as a guest to a regular column are covered by the contributing editor’s overall agreement.

Second Party Submission

AN does not publish previously published, copyrighted articles.

Time Sensitive Content

AN encourages contributing editors to use their columns to promote upcoming annual meeting events and other events. Online columns are better suited for timely publication and sharing of this information. Details, such as  specific meeting session rooms, are not to be included in print columns as those change frequently. Refer generally to the meeting time and day, and send readers to the online schedule for the rooms, as that is kept up-to-date. Please also be aware of deadlines you want to publicize in the print issue: content is due to the managing editor 2 months before the cover date.

AAA Executive Board Motion

American Anthropological Association Statement on Response to Accusations in the Anthropology Newsletter (adopted January 1995)

WHEREAS the Anthropology Newsletter (AN) offers members opportunities to express views of ethical issues affecting the profession, And whereas a member, to express her/ his views fully, may feel it necessary on occasion to accuse another association member of wrongdoing, And whereas the member accused should be given timely opportunity to respond fully to the charges,

THEREFORE, be it resolved

(1) the person accused should be the opportunity to respond fully in the same edition of the AN in which the charge of wrongdoing appears;

(2) the person accused should be given two weeks to prepare a response; and

(3) publication of the original article should be delayed only if the person accused cannot meet the two-week deadline for good reason (eg, overseas field research, illness). It is understood that the AN reserves the right to edit a response as with any submission to the AN.


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