Social Anthropology

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Edited By: Sarah Green and Patrick Laviolette

Online ISSN: 1469-8676

Author Guidelines

Submit your manuscript online

Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale is a refereed journal. Articles, which may be in English or French, should be original and should not be under consideration elsewhere.

Author Guidelines in preparation of submission

1. Length of manuscripts

Articles should be no longer than 7000 words, including references and notes, but excluding the abstract.

2. Title page

A separate sheet should give the author's name and academic affiliation, the title, a short abstract of no more than 200 words, five key words, and a word count of the main manuscript.

3. Style of the text

  • Subheadings should be typed flush left without preceding numbers or letters. Where subheadings are of a different order of importance this should be indicated by A, B, or C in the margin.

  • Quotations: single inverted commas should be used except for quotations within quotations, which should have double inverted commas. Quotations of more than about 40 words should be set off from the text with an extra line of space above and below, and typed without inverted commas.
  • Spelling: UK English (not American English) spelling should be used in English articles except in quoted matter which should follow the original. Use -ise not -ize word endings.
  • Page numbering: all pages except the cover sheet to be consecutively numbered, starting with 1, to appear in the bottom right hand of each page.
  • Margins: 1 inch/ 2.5 cm on all sides.
  • Paragraphs: left justification; a single tab to begin new paragraphs; sections to be divided with a space.
  • Line spacing: double-spaced.
  • Font size: 12pt. Please use a font that is clear and easy to read.

4. Footnotes

Footnotes should be kept to a minimum, and should never be important to the main argument.

  • Footnote numbers in the text: should always appear after punctuation; e.g. Scientists examined, over several years,1 the fossilized remains of the woolly-woolly yak.2 (These have now been transferred to the Chauan Museum.)3

  • Location of the footnotes: at the end of the document (i.e. as endnotes).
  • Footnote numbering: consecutively numbered, starting with the number 1 (not Roman numerals).

5. Citations, Bibliography and Websites

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

a. Citations within the text:

  • Single author quotation: (Bayly 1993: 208)
  • Two authors, more than one page: (Humphrey and Hugh-Jones 1991: 124-6)
  • Several authors: (Goody et al 1987: 25)
  • Citation of another author's work in secondary text: (Laidlaw 1996 cited in Lewis 1998: 45).

b. Bibliography:

The bibliography should come at the very end of your text, after any notes, appendices or illustrations, and follow the following conventions.

  • Single author monograph:
    Malinowski, B. 1922. Argonauts of the Western Pacific. London: Routledge.
  • Two authors/chapter in book:
    Bitušíková, A. and K. Koštialová 2009. Gender and governance in rural communities of postsocialist Slovakia, in L. Kürti and P. Skalník (eds.), Postsocialist Europe: anthropological perspectives from home, 29—50. Oxford: Berghahn.
  • Journal article:
    Mangiameli, G. 2013. ‘The clouds of the paramount chief: interpreting the taboo of rainwater among the Kasena of North-Eastern Ghana’, Journal des Anthropologues 132—133: 339—359.

c. Websites

References to websites should be included in the main text or in footnotes and must mention the date you accessed the website. E.g.: (accessed 1/06/14).

6. Figures, tables, illustrations

Figures, tables, illustrations etc. should be numbered and their source or author must be included directly below the figure or illustration, even if the author of the paper also produced the figures, tables or illustrations. You may not use copyrighted material without the appropriate permissions.

7. Multimedia and moving images.

Links to sounds and moving images are permitted in a manuscript, though the manuscript should be able to work without them, as a print copy. Do not embed such materials into texts.

Submission procedure

Authors should submit their papers to Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale online through ScholarOne Manuscripts, one of the industry standards in submitting journal manuscripts. It is easy and quick, and you can track the progress of your manuscript using this system.

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If for any reason you cannot use the online system, please contact the journal editors at

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