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 Anthropology News or the American Anthropological Association.

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

Access to AN

AN publishes articles and association news online—and continually—on anthropology-news.org. Bimonthly AN print editions feature curated series 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. All content on anthropology-news.org is accessible by anyone.

Approximately four months after publishing online, we archive AN content on AnthroSource (AAA’s digital repository). 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.


AN 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Anonymous submissions will not be published.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 special 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. 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. We encourage no more than 500 words for each comment.


AN opinion columns and other commentaries are designed to explore diverse views of the discipline and current events 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 to the Editor 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 at the same time of publication on the AN websiteIf 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, opinion 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 in English.

Print AN Content

The bimonthly AN print editions feature thematic series as well as matters of record for the association (traditional newsletter content). The AN managing editor commissions content and puts out calls for proposals throughout the year. The managing editor makes all final decisions about content to be included in the print issues.

The layout of AN, including photos, is handled by the 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 of course part of a quotation with scholarly purpose.

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Contributors should submit content that is ready to publish. Please carefully review your contribution before submitting it for publication.

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.

Sexual Harassment Policy

By submitting a pitch or manuscript for publication and/or registering as a section contributing editor in Anthropology News, the author commits to maintaining respectful and ethical professional relationships in accordance with the AAA Principles of Professional Responsibility. The author further understands that sexual, sexual identity, or racial/ethnic harassment—or harassment of any kind—is unethical and unacceptable professional behavior, and that it is unethical to exploit the inequalities of power that characterize many professional relationships to obtain personal, sexual, or professional advantages. The author understands that unprofessional conduct may be considered grounds for being excluded from future reviewing and publication opportunities.

Second Party Submission

In general, AN does not publish previously published, copyrighted articles.

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 (e.g., 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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