Instructions for Authors
INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS
- Statement of Policy
- Open Access Options
- Manuscript Submission
- Formatting Electronic Files
- Online Submission Instructions
CA Style Information
Statement of Policy
Current Anthropology is sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and was originally established in 1959 to create a worldwide community of scholars that transcends national borders and parochial intellectual orientations.
Open Access Options
- Gold Open Access. There is a fee of US$400 for Gold Open Access. When you submit your manuscript online, you will be presented with the option to make it Gold Open Access. If you elect the Gold Open Access option and your manuscript is accepted for publication, the journal office will send you a form with payment options and instructions.
Authors should note that this option is not compliant with the Research Councils UK (RCUK) mandated Gold option for open access because the University of Chicago Press does not allow commercial reuse without prior approval. This does not mean that an author subject to compliance with the RCUK policy cannot take advantage of the Gold Open Access option. However, authors cannot use RCUK funding (the APC block grants) to pay for the Current Anthropology open access fee. Also, authors would need to deposit the accepted manuscript in a repository (Green Open Access Option – see below) in order to be compliant with the RCUK Policy on Open Access.
- Green Open Access. You may place your final accepted manuscript in a non-commercial open access repository if required by your funding agency or if you so desire. Current Anthropology and the University of Chicago Press will comply with the embargo period mandated by your funding agency (normally either 6 months or 12 months). If you do not have outside funding, you are permitted to deposit your article in an institutional or other non-commercial repository after a 12-month embargo period.
Only the final accepted manuscript may be submitted to an open access repository; you may not submit proofs or the published article unless otherwise permitted by UCP’s Guidelines for Journal Author’s Rights. The manuscript should include the URL of the published version of your article as it appears on the Press’s web site.
This Green Open Access option is fully compliant with the RCUK Open Access Policy. The University of Chicago Press statement on compliance with the RCUK Policy on Open Access can be found here.
- Major Articles with commentaries. These articles receive the CA☆ treatment and must make theoretical or methodological interventions into current controversies within anthropology, broadly construed. Major articles are no more than 12,000 words in length (references and endnotes are included in this count) and must be accompanied by abstracts of no more than 200 words. Manuscripts received that exceed 12,000 words will be returned to the author without review but with encouragement for revision to meet this requirement.
- Reports. These shorter articles present research findings of theoretical significance to anthropology, and this significance must be made clear in the text. Reports are a maximum of 5,000 words in length, including references and endnotes. They also require abstracts of a maximum of 200 words. Manuscripts received that exceed 5,000 words will be returned to the author without review but with encouragement for revision to meet this requirement.
- Forums. Current Anthropology publishes two forums as means of stimulating debate: the Forum on Public Anthropology concerns the involvement of anthropology in public issues or the interactions of anthropology with society, and the Forum on Theory in Anthropology presents contending arguments on important theoretical issues. Papers written for the forums are no more than 7,500 words in length. Manuscripts received that exceed 7,500 words will be returned to the author without review but with encouragement for revision to meet this requirement.
- Discussion items. Current Anthropology publishes short discussion items or replies to Articles, Reports, or Forums that have appeared in the previous 8 months. These discussion items should not exceed 800 words, including references.
- Reviews. The books and films reviewed in the journal are chosen from among those received at the editorial office or requested by the Book Reviews Editor. Reviews are by invitation of the editor only, and unsolicited reviews are generally not considered.
Manuscript Format Requirements
- Manuscripts should be double spaced and in 12-point font, and all pages should be numbered.
- References cited should be double spaced and listed alphabetically by first author’s last name at the end of the paper. Please consult the CA style guide for the appropriate format.
- Endnotes, numbered in sequence throughout the paper, should be double spaced at the end of the manuscript.
- Acknowledgments, if any, should appear as a separate paragraph at the end of the manuscript text.
- When submitted in final form for publication, tables should be typed on separate pages, titled, numbered with Arabic numerals, and cited in numeric order in the text. Figures should also be numbered and cited in numeric order in the text. Legends for all figures should be typed, double spaced, on a separate page after tables in the manuscript file.
- For general information on preparing tables, artwork and mathematical equations click here.
Formatting Electronic Files
- Microsoft Word (.doc)(any recent version)
- Rich Text Format (.rtf)
File Compression and Archives
- Zip (e.g., "archive.zip")
- Unix tar (e.g., "archive.tar" or compressed with a gzip as "archive.tar.gz" or "archive.tgz")
- WinRAR archives (“.rar”)
- Unix compress (e.g., "ms.doc.Z")
- gzip (e.g., "ms.doc.gz")
Revised and Final Versions of Manuscripts
Electronic Enhancement Formats
- Short sound files should be submitted as Wav (.wav), Audio Interchange File Format (.aiff), MP3 (.mp3), MPEG (.mpg), Quicktime (.mov, .qt), or AVI (.avi) files.
- Photographs and other graphics must be submitted as high-resolution files (at least 300 dpi), and should be in TIFF (.tif or .tiff) or EPS (.eps) format. EPS files saved by a commercial-quality graphic program (such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator) are generally the most reliable.
- Data sets may be submitted in a variety of formats, including delimited text, Data Interchange Format (DIF), or spreadsheet files. Please contact the editorial office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need assistance in uploading these files.
- All videos must be in MPEG, QuickTime, MP4, or AVI format. For each video file that is submitted, the author must provide a still from the video published as a figure. This will be used as a thumbnail for clicking on the video in the electronic version.
Online Submission Instructions
- Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above
- Cover letter as a separate file
- Information from title page (to be typed into the peer review database): title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author
- Abstract of the manuscript (to be copied and pasted into a field in Editorial Manager)
- List of reviewers to be suggested or opposed
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