Anthropology and Humanism

Cover image for Vol. 40 Issue 1

Edited By: Jeffrey Ehrenreich and David Syring

Online ISSN: 1548-1409

Author Guidelines

Anthropology and Humanism, the journal of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, is the voice of humanistic science. In this capacity, AH accepts articles from anthropologists who concern themselves with the central question of the discipline: what it is to be human. Believing that such an issue must be addressed both holistically and by the whole discipline, AH welcomes contributions from all major fields of anthropology. Also, the journal welcomes articles from scholars in other disciplines, in the humanities as well as in the sciences.

Among the types of submissions AH especially values are (1) those that explore the relationship between humanistic anthropology and other anthropological currents, (2) those that bring to the fore trends in the humanities that may further humanistic anthropology, and (3) those that bring out the intricate and contradictory processes of life in other cultures—also including those of the anthropologist.

In the treatment of the above themes, AH particularly solicits essays, fiction, poems, graphics, and photographs. The length of essays and fiction should not exceed 25 pages, and that of poems, 3 pages. Both essays and fiction should have a short summary of approximately 50 to 75 words.

AH follows The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, University of Chicago Press, 2003) for most matters of style, including hyphenation, capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, and grammar, and follows Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2003) for spelling.

Submit manuscripts electronically to the editor at the address listed below. Manuscripts must be double-spaced, including quotations and excerpts, notes, references, tables, and figure captions. Position the notes at the end and the list of references after the notes. Margins throughout the manuscript (top, bottom, and both sides) must be at least one inch, and the right margin should not be justified.

Include as separate sections beginning on new pages a title page, with complete title, the author(s) name and affiliation; the summary with five keywords; the article text; notes; references; and figure captions, in that order. All pages of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively.

References. All entries in the reference list must be cited in the text and vice versa. In text, references are cited in parentheses, with last name(s), year of publication, and, where necessary, page numbers. The reference list should be in AAA style: ordered alphabetically by author’s last name; author on one line, primary author’s last name first, with full first names (not initials) for all authors and editors of collections throughout the list; date of publication indented on the next line, followed by title and then publisher’s city and name. All subsequent lines should be indented beyond the date. No underlining, italics, or boldface should be used in the reference list. The AAA Style Guide may be accessed through the AAA website at

Figures. Artwork for figures should be sent electronically.

Note: Starting in 2016, the journals of the AAA will be digital-fully, including AH. This shift poses some opportunities for authors in 2016 and beyond. Authors are encouraged to include four-color art, supporting information, and/or to create a video abstract on YouTube or Vimeo that can be linked to from the article. Additionally, authors can help researchers locate their content online by paying particular attention to titles, subtitles, and abstracts, see:

AH publishes book reviews that discuss topics of central interest to humanistic anthropology. The reviews may cover recent or classical works in anthropology or a combination of the two. Review articles on materials that are not reviewed in other anthropological journals are welcome.

Submit all manuscripts (articles, fiction, poetry, and book reviews) through the Open Journal System at

Email general inquiries to David Syring at, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN 55812.