Instructions for Authors

We are currently accepting submissions.

Practicing Anthropology is an editor reviewed publication. We encourage all potential authors to explore the most recent issues of the journal to familiarize yourself with the style of the journal. All authors must follow ethical guidelines such as IRB approval where appropriate, and must let us know if they have published anything closely related to their submission anywhere else.


Write articles for PA in an interesting style that maintains readers’ attention. The length should be roughly 3,000- 4,200 words including all bios, references and tables (if applicable). The number of references should not exceed 12. Please insert page numbers. Include:

  •       100-150 word abstract
  •       Up to three key words that describe the central topics covered in your article
  •       A one-paragraph bio containing the author’s affiliations, research activities, and email address (or other contact info if preferred) and a picture of the author.
  •       Multi-author submissions require bios and pictures of each author.

We prefer articles written in first person narrative style with no passive voice.

We do accept and encourage visual images to accompany submissions. Submit images with filenames and add [figure 1] etc. within the manuscript to show where the images should appear. Photos should be submitted in the .gif or .jpeg format. Please make sure that we have captions for your photos. Captions should be included at the end of the Word manuscript file.

Submit manuscripts and accompanying material to the submissions manager link (below).

Manuscripts that exceed the maximum word count of 4,200 words will not be accepted.

Additional information about the style guide for Practicing Anthropology can be found here.

Creative Submissions

Practicing Anthropology is now accepting submission of creative work written by anthropologists and collaborators. Creative submissions should relate in some way to social scientists conducting fieldwork and/or engaging in the practice of ethnographic and mixed-methods research.

Submissions can be visual pieces, flash fiction, non-fiction, fieldnotes/field notes, first person reflections or narratives, poetry, children’s stories, or other creations. Written work should be brief and may not exceed 3,500 words.

Creators of accepted pieces will maintain a Creative Commons License allowing for reprints and use with a note that it was published first in Practicing Anthropology.

Include relevant information on permissions including photo release and informed consent documentation if the submitted piece was created within the context of fieldwork.

Send creative submissions, accompanying images where applicable, and a picture of the author[s] through our submission manager, here. If you have any questions during the process, please send an email to with the heading Creative Submission. We will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible. Creative pieces do not require an abstract.

An example of the submission format is below:

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PA is dedicated to publishing work from many different authors from different backgrounds and positioned in different projects and locations from new community researchers to senior researchers in the field. We especially encourage first time authors who are practicing anthropologists or work as community partners on projects that use ethnographic and mixed-methods research and practice. We are happy to work with new authors on developing ideas and manuscripts for the journal. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions at all. We are here to communicate with you even if you have no idea how publishing works.

Community-engagement and “companion authored” submissions

We are interested in continuing to include content that demonstrates community-engaged work. Social scientists who decide to submit work to PA should carefully consider who they list as collaborators and co-authors. When we receive submissions from authors who are writing about collaborative work we will be interested in how you write about collaboration and how you include multiple authors in your manuscript. We encourage submitting companion pieces that are not “co-authored,” but are “companion authored.” Companion authorship means that two or more people author pieces that come together under one introduction. See PA Spring 2019 issue for examples of companion pieces.


We would like to publish work in multiple languages. Authors have the opportunity to submit work in English and translated into another language. We can assist with Spanish translation of short articles in some cases. Get in touch to discuss options if you are considering publishing your work in multiple languages.

We strongly encourage submissions from authors around the world who are from historically underrepresented and oppressed groups including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, People of Color authors, authors from across the gender spectrum, authors who are from regions of the world with few educational and publication resources, authors asking important critical questions about power and representation, and authors who have never published before.

Previously published work

PA only published work that has not been published elsewhere (including on blogs, in journals, or elsewhere). On rare occasions we work with authors to include something that has previously appeared. Contact us if you have any questions about this.


Submissions are always welcome. We will notify authors of production deadlines once a manuscript has been accepted for publication.

Practicing Anthropology is now using a submission manager

Submission manager link here.

Before you submit make sure you have the following materials: 1) your manuscript, 2) a short biographical description, 3) a picture of you, 4) an abstract (unless it’s considered a creative submission), 5) keywords, 6) any pictures, files, or tables associated with your work. You will be prompted in the submissions manager to declare any conflicts of interest. Please contact us if you have any questions about these guidelines. We are happy to answer questions and talk with you about submissions.

Please contact editor Lisa Hardy or editorial assistant Bonnie McCormick at for more information.

In the past publishing in Practicing Anthropology has required authors to join the organization or make a donation to the SfAA  upon acceptance ($95). We are working on this and would like to offer sponsorships for people who are not employed at a university and can’t take this expense as a write-off. Please get in touch with us if you would like to sponsor author memberships so that we can continue to make PA a place that is open to publishing work from a wide range of authors.

Special Issues  – PA is closed to special issue proposals at this time. Check back in the future if you are interested in working on a special issue.

Practicing Anthropology welcomes suggestions for special editions on topics about applied or practicing anthropology. Potential guest editors are encouraged to contact the editors and reach an agreement in principle about the topic(s) and theme of 8-10 articles for a full issue, or 4-5 for a partial issue.  Please submit abstracts, 1-2 page proposals, or samples of papers already written (e.g., conference papers). After the agreement is reached, the special issue editor works closely with his or her colleagues on the papers making sure all submissions fall within the guidelines listed above.

The special issue editor submits articles to the Practicing Anthropology editors for review.  After review, the Practicing Anthropology editors will work with the guest editor and authors regarding revisions of content, style and grammar.

The special theme editor will also work with the PA editor on the introduction and in selecting a cover photo for the themed issue.


Open calls:

PA call for creative pieces 2.21.18General Call March 2018

Expired calls:

Storying Climate Change - Call for Submissions

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