Submission Guidelines

Practicing Anthropology is now using a submission manager

We are excited to announce the implementation of a new submissions manager for Practicing Anthropology! This submission tool will enable authors to easily and quickly navigate the journal submission process and streamline our reviewing process. Check it out here!

We are always accepting submissions. Keep your eye out for special calls.


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. Citations should be in Chicago Manual style. 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.

Send manuscripts and accompanying material to

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.

Useful Tools / Anthropology Roundtables

We have initiated a regular section in Practicing Anthropology that includes questions and answer dialogues and useful tools. Useful Tools include ideas including policy briefs, insights on methods, recommendations based on research, comments on research technologies, tool kits, and insights on teaching. Anthropology Roundtables include discussions between people who practice anthropology about relevant and timely topics. In some cases the editor has solicited responses to questions from several different practitioners. In other cases readers may suggest topics for this section.

All submissions for this category will include bios and photos for each author. No abstracts are necessary for this type of submission. Email questions or submissions to


Practicing Anthropology will be making some changes to our submission process in the near future. Stay tuned for our new submissions manager! In the meantime, find Practicing Anthropology on Duotrope! This is a fun way to track your own submissions and learn about literary journals and a few academic journals too. It’s not required to use Duotrope to submit your work to PA though.

Listed at Duotrope

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.

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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