Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Edited By: Matei Candea

Impact Factor: 1.229

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 28/84 (Anthropology)

Online ISSN: 1467-9655

Associated Title(s): Anthropology Today

Author Guidelines

The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute welcomes the submission of papers on any branch of anthropology. Papers must be no longer than 10,000 words (inclusive of abstract, notes, and bibliography), unless permission for a longer submission has been granted in advance by the Editor.

Contributors should aim to present their material in a form that is accessible to a broad anthropological readership. Submissions are considered for publication on the understanding that the author offers the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute an exclusive option to publish and that the paper is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. This should be confirmed in an email to the Editor, Matei Candea, ( at the time of submission. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for using previously published tables, figures, illustrations, and quotations (where these are extensive, i.e. a quote of over 400 words from a source or a series of quotations of over 800 words in total from a single source). Photographs taken by anyone other than the author will also require permissions. The publisher will not be able to include such items unless permission has been secured. This can sometimes be a lengthy business, and so permission should be sought at the earliest opportunity. The views expressed in papers are those of the authors and not  necessarily those of the Royal Anthropological Institute or its officers.

To facilitate the efficient handling of papers, the following conventions must be observed:

  • Articles should, wherever possible, be submitted  electronically via Editorial Manager at, where instructions will be found to guide authors through the submission process. Those unable to submit in this manner should post two copies of their paper to the Editor via the Royal Anthropological Institute at 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT, United Kingdom. Shorter notes, correspondence, and comment should be emailed to or posted to the Editor via the Royal Anthropological Institute. Book Reviews should be directed to the Reviews Editor either electronically at or via the Royal Anthropological Institute.
  • Papers should be written in good English. Papers in sub-standard English will be returned to authors.
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including notes and indented material) in A4 format with a 5 cm margin at the left-hand side. Notes and references should also be double-spaced, on separate pages at the end of the article. Acknowledgements, credits, and grant numbers should form an unnumbered note at the end of the text. Editorial Manager facilitates submissions in rtf, doc, and wpd formats; submissions should not be made as pdfs.
  • Bibliographical references should be cited in the text by the author's last name, date of publication, and page, e.g. (Firth 1954: 285) or, if the author's name is mentioned in the text, by the date and page reference only, e.g. (1954: 285). Every quotation must be page referenced as must be references to sections of texts in which specific concepts, debates, or ethnographic examples are discussed. Entries in the references should be in alphabetical order of authors and should include the following: name and initials (not full given names) of author(s), date, title,  and (for books) place of publication as well as, if published in 1901 or after, name of publisher. For articles the name of journal should be provided in full with the volume number (arabic numbers to be used throughout) and pagination. Include both volume and issue number only where a journal is paginated by issue rather than in one sequence across the volume. Always include pagination for chapters within books. Translators should be credited for translated works. Where the original date of publication differs significantly from the date of the edition being cited, the date of original publication should also be included in square brackets.

Examples are:

Levin, M. (ed.) 1993. Ethnicity and aboriginality: case studies in ethnonationalism. Toronto: University Press.
Mauss, M. 1979 [1935]. Body Techniques. In Sociology and psychology: essays by Marcel Mauss (trans. B. Brewster), 95-123. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Mills, M.A. 1997. Religious authority and pastoral care in Tibetan Buddhism: the ritual hierarchies of Lingshed monastery, Ladakh. Ph.D. thesis, University of Edinburgh.
Sanz, C., D. Morgan & S. Gulick 2004. New insights into chimpanzees, tools and termites from the Congo Basin. American Naturalist 164, 567-81.

Strathern, M. 1990. Negative strategies in Melanesia. In Localizing strategies: regional traditions in ethnographic writing (ed.) R. Fardon, 204-16. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press.

———   1996. Cutting the network. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 2, 517-35.

Sutton, G.M. 1932.  The exploration of Southampton Island, Hudson Bay. (Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum 12: 1).  Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum.

Tsur, R. 2001. Onomatopoeia: cuckoo-language and tick-tocking: the constraints of semiotic systems (available on-line: Articles/Tsur/default.html).

Papers with improperly prepared notes and bibliographies will be returned to authors for correction.

  • Paragraphs must be separated by a double hard return.  Single quotation marks should be used for quotations in the text, double marks for quotations within quotations. The journal follows UK punctuation conventions. Note also that the journal uses serial commas (i.e. red, white, and blue, rather than red, white and blue - references and quotations are excepted here).
  • The journal follows UK spelling (except for quotations from US sources), but the -ize variant, i.e. organize not organise, etc.
  • Quotations of more than fifty words should be set off with a double hard return and indented. Foreign words (except proper names) should be italicized.
  • Photographs, tables, figures, and other illustrations should be on separate pages, numbered and titled. When submitting a paper in hard copy for consideration please provide such materials in low-resolution format or as photocopies. If accepted, digital higher-resolution or original copies of these materials will need to be sent to the editorial office via email. Illustrations must be in a minimum 300 dpi format (either tif or jpeg files).
  • Each article must include a 25-50 word 'note on contributor(s)' together will full institutional address details (including email address). In addition, an abstract of 100-50 words should be provided. The abstract will be printed in English but should also be suitable for translation into French (a French abstract follows each article). The abstract in particular should be submitted in its final form, as owing to the translation process, it cannot be guaranteed that changes to the abstract at proofing stage will be incorporated into the final article.

To ensure independence and impartiality, and that reviewed items are appropriate for review within the journal, the JRAI does not accept unsolicited reviews, and does not carry reviews of books where the Reviews Editor has not first received review copies for editorial assessment. The JRAI welcomes expressions of interest by potential reviewers of listed books and films but reserves the right to assign reviewed works according to the Reviews Editor's own assessment of suitability. The JRAI carries reviews of books and films of relevance and interest to a general anthropological audience, including social, biological and linguistic anthropology as well as archaeology and closely cognate disciplines. The JRAI is grateful to receive review copies of books in any of these areas and will commission reviews of works of interest to these audiences where suitable reviewers can be found. The JRAI does not have the editorial capacity to fill out individual review request forms. Please send review copies to Jessica Turner, Reviews Assistant, Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5BT. Please direct editorial enquiries to the Reviews Editor, Dr Thomas Yarrow, via email:

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services, where, via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected, the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

f the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust or members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Page proofs of articles will be sent to authors, who must return them by the date indicated in the email; where proofs are not received in time, the editor's own corrected proof will be used. Proofs are intended for checking, not re-writing, and authors are most strongly reminded that material must be submitted which is ready for publication. Alterations at proof stage are accepted only at the discretion of the Editor. Proofs of correspondence, shorter notes, announcements, and book reviews will not normally be sent to authors. The Editor reserves the right to shorten correspondence.

The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working email address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. This stage must not be used as an opportunity to revise the paper, as the published version must reflect the version accetped by peer review. Speedy return of corrected proofs is important. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site: This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof.

Early View

The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute is part of the Wiley Online Library Early View service. Articles accepted for publication can be accessed on a regular basis online in advance of their appearance in a print issue.

These articles are fully peer reviewed, edited and complete and are considered fully published from the date they first appear online. This date is shown with the article in the online table of contents. The articles are available as full text HTML or PDF and can be cited as references by using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers. To view all the articles currently available, please visit the journal homepage on and click on the 'Early View' area at the top of the list of issues available to view. On print publication, the article will be removed from the Early View area and will appear instead in the relevant online issue, complete with page numbers and volume/issue details. No other changes will be made.

Offprints from the JRAI are supplied in pdf format only.

Requests for permission to reproduce articles or sections of articles from the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute should be sought via Rightslink from the publishers website (Wiley Online Library).