Museum Anthropology

Cover image for Vol. 37 Issue 1

Edited By: Jennifer A. Shannon and Cynthia Chavez Lamar

Online ISSN: 1548-1379

Author Guidelines

The Submission Process. Papers submitted for publication are initially considered by the editor and the editorial staff. Following this initial evaluation, papers may then be read by three outside peer-reviewers or returned directly to the author for revision. The work of editorial and peer-review is undertaken with the greatest possible speed and is usually complete within two months of submission. Articles submitted for publication should not have been previously published or be under concurrent review by another journal or as part of an edited book. Authors may suggest the names of potential reviewers, but the editor will not be limited to these suggestions. The editor is available to consult with potential authors prior to the submission of a manuscript for formal consideration.

Article manuscripts submitted to Museum Anthropology should be double-spaced, with at least one inch margins on all sides. An abstract of 100-150 words that summarizes the scope and findings of the paper is required. Papers that are sent to external peer-reviewers are based on a double-blind review process, in which both the author and reviewers remain anonymous. For this reason, all references to the author’s identity within the manuscript should be masked. Additionally, authorship, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and acknowledgements should be given separately and only on the first page of the manuscript. The body of the paper should begin on page two, headed only with the paper's title, which should be followed by the abstract and the paper itself.

Manuscripts should be submitted via email to, as attachments in Word or Rich Text Format (RTF). Papers that include complex non-English character sets should also be submitted as PDF files. Scholars without easy access to email may submit a single copy of the paper by mail to: Editor, Museum Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205, USA. If accepted, final versions of papers originally submitted for review in paper form must be provided in digital form.

In matters of style, including the formatting of citations and references, Museum Anthropology follows the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Style Guide (available at:, the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Major style issues include:

• Style: Write in a clear and readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language, and plurals rather than he/she.

• Spellings: American English spellings should be used (e.g., organize not organise, artifact not artefact); spell out numbers one through ten and numbers beginning a sentence.

• Punctuation: Use double quotes, and single quotation marks only within double quotes; quotation marks should be placed on the outside of punctuation (except for question marks, colons, and exclamation points); present dates in the form of July 1, 2009, 20th century, 1960s (not 60’s); use only a single-space after all punctuation; use points in abbreviations, contractions, and acronyms (e.g., A.D., U.S.A., Dr., Ph.D.); use a serial comma (e.g., red, blue, and green).

• Permissions: Authors are solely responsible for obtaining and provide proof of permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

• Formatting: Submitted manuscripts should not contain any track-changes or visible editorial tracking tools; do not put endnote callouts on display type such as titles, section heads, or epigraphs; all section headings should be clearly identifiable, but do not number section heads.

• References: Papers requiring notes should use endnotes rather than footnotes; manuscripts that do not strictly follow the AAA Style Guide’s reference style may be returned without review 

Article contributions to Museum Anthropology generally do not exceed 8,000 words, including notes and other elements. Peer-reviewed comments generally range from 2,000 to 6,000 words. Authors wishing to submit longer works are advised to discuss their proposed projects with the editor.

Figures. As submitted, papers should include workable copies of any proposed illustrations (drawings, photographs, maps, etc.). These should not be embedded within the manuscript, but should be forwarded to the editor as one or more separate files. The editor will provide guidance to the authors of accepted manuscripts for the preparation of final illustration materials in appropriate electronic formats.

Museum Anthropology is a forum for the presentation of scholarly research and for the promotion of discussion and debate in the field. In achieving the journal's mission, the editor is assisted by an editorial board that provides counsel on matters of editorial policy, assists in insuring the widest possible involvement of the field in the work of the journal, and offers specialist knowledge of particular areas within its purview. The views expressed by contributors to the journal are not necessarily those of the editor, the editorial board, the Council for Museum Anthropology, the AAA, or Wiley-Blackwell. As a publication of the AAA, Museum Anthropology operates within the general framework of policies that governs the Association's broader program of scientific communication. Support for Museum Anthropology is provided by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.