Economic Anthropology

Cover image for Vol. 2 Issue 2

Edited By: Lisa Cliggett

Online ISSN: 2330-4847

Author Guidelines

Economic Anthropology is published annually by the Society for Economic Anthropology to make innovative and interdisciplinary research on economic and social life available to scholarly, practitioner, and general audiences. The journal draws from a wide range of disciplines including cultural anthropology, archaeology, demography, economics, ecology, geography, and history. Each issue is focused on a broad topic of current debate and significance, following the thematic format of the Society's Annual Meetings. Recent themes include: Greed, Inequality, Cities, Landscape, Cooperation, Tourism, Disaster, Morality, Textiles, and Food.

To further the goal of making the most current research available to a broad audience, Economic Anthropology stresses writing that is clear and accessible. We encourage authors to take advantage of the journal's online format and incorporate photos, graphics, and links to video or other ancillary materials. The journal considers the work of scholars at all points in their careers, including advanced PhD students.

Information for Authors
The journal Economic Anthropology is published in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA). Authors wishing to publish in Economic Anthropology are invited to submit an abstract by early December of each year (the specific deadline is determined when the CFP goes out in late summer, check for contact and upcoming meetings information) for presentation (plenary paper or poster) at the spring SEA meetings, from which articles are chosen for inclusion in the subsequent EA issue. Each EA issue coheres around a theme in economic anthropology, and is organized by a volunteer organizer/ issue editor. The issue editors (conference organizers) select from approximately 60 papers and posters at the conference, the 12-17 best papers addressing the issue/ conference theme, for publication. Occasionally issue editors will include an article that fits the theme, but was not part of the annual conference. Issue editors will provide all contributors with abstract and manuscript submission dates. Following selection by the issue editor/s, authors will have the opportunity to revise their article before it is sent to anonymous reviewers (identified by the SEA editorial board) for single blind review.

Manuscripts should be no longer than 8000 words, including notes and references, as well as double spaced and formatted according to the American Anthropological Association's style guide (available at: Manuscripts should include a 200 word abstract, and a list of 5 key words to help others find the article (see: for tips on how to help others find your work).

The publisher of Economic Anthropology, Wiley Blackwell, has a number of online resources to help authors prepare manuscripts. See for information about a range of issues related to preparing manuscripts for EA.

Figures and Artwork
The online format of this journal creates opportunities for highly visual presentations of work that may include photos, graphics, and links to video or ancillary materials. EA encourages four-color art / images to accompany articles. See Wiley Blackwell’s guidelines for illustrations

All entries in the References Cited list must be cited in the text and vice versa. References in the text are cited in parentheses, with last names(s), year of publication, and, where necessary, page numbers; for example, (Jones 1976:34-37). Compile References Cited in alphabetical order and in chronological order for two or more works by the same author(s). See the “AAA Style Guide” for further information.

Copy Editing and Proofs
Authors are expected to check copy edited manuscripts and their proofs for typographical errors and errors in fact. No rewriting at proof stage is permitted, and any changes suggested by authors at either stage are subject to editorial approval. Authors should return corrections to copy edits and proofs to the editor within 48 hours of receiving them, and they should keep the editor informed of address and contact information changes until they have received proofs.

Information for Issue Editors
Scholars wishing to propose a volume issue / conference theme are encouraged to submit a 700 word abstract of the topic to the Editor of Economic Anthropology for consideration by the SEA board and membership. Abstracts should lay the theoretical foundation for the topic and outline the various approaches authors can take in exploring the theme. Conference theme / journal issue proposals received by January 5 (but as early as the preceding October) of each year will be considered for the spring meeting of the following year (ie: a proposal theme received by January 2016, will be considered for the SEA meetings in spring 2017). Topics / themes with broad appeal to all the subfields of anthropology, especially archaeology and cultural anthropology, as well as to economists, geographers, sociologists and other scholars of the intersection of social and economic life, are especially encouraged. Co-editorships of a special issue are welcomed, especially when co-editors represent different sub-disciplines in anthropology, or other fields. To learn more about the Society for Economic anthropology, the annual meetings, and subsequent journal publication, see the SEA website: