Transforming Anthropology

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Online ISSN: 1548-7466

Author Guidelines


EDITORIAL POLICY: As the chief publication of the Association of Black Anthropologists, Transforming Anthropology advances scholarship across the four fields of anthropology and beyond. We seek contributions that reflect the dynamic, transnational, and contested conditions of social worlds, and work that pushes the boundaries of discipline and genre.  The publication interrogates the contemporary and historical construction of social inequalities based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality and other invidious distinctions.  We remain committed to publishing material that generates dialogues among communities of scholars, activists, artists, and the people with whom they work.  Transforming Anthropology is published semiannually.  We invite submissions of research articles for peer review, book and film reviews or review essays, as well as short commentaries, research reports, interviews, and other innovative formats. Submissions from advanced graduate students are especially welcome.

Transforming Anthropology does not pay for any submissions. Also, services such as scanning, retyping, drawing, mounting of illustrations and tables, editing that exceed standard copyediting, and express post¬age are the sole responsibility of the author. The Editors reserve the right to return or reject any materials that do not conform to this Style Guide or are not consistent with the journal’s goals in terms of length, content, etc.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS:  With the exception of book and film reviews, all manuscripts should be submitted online at  Book and film reviews should be submitted directly to Dr. Drexel G. Woodson, Book/Film Review Editor, Transforming Anthropology, University of Arizona, School of Anthropology, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), P.O. Box 210030, Tucson, AZ  85721-0030; Phone (520) 626-8811; Fax (520) 626-3888 (

MANUSCRIPT FORM:  The main text should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages, INCLUDING notes and references. Manuscripts should have a one-inch, unjustified margin on all four sides.  Do not use right justification. Do not break words at the end of typed lines, and do not include author’s name on any pages other than the title page. On a separate page, provide a 150-word abstract with up to five keywords. Do not include author’s name on this page.  At the time of submission, we require a 100-word bio with current affiliation, rank, research interests, and key publications. All acknowledgments should be placed in the first endnote, which should appear after the first sentence of the essay.

BOOK/FILM REVIEW FORM: Book or film reviews cannot exceed 850 words, but otherwise must conform to all the stylistic requirements in this guide. Reviews should begin with the author(s), title and subtitle of the book, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, number of pages in Roman and Arabic numerals, and the book’s cloth and/or paperback price. The Reviewer’s full name and institutional affiliation comes next, followed by the text. Submit an electronic version in PC compatible Word for Windows to the Book/Film Review Editor at the address above. Reviews are published on a rolling basis as space permits, and at the discretion of the Editors.

EVALUATION: This process will take several months. Authors are notified by e-mail of the status of submissions as peer reviews come in and as decisions are made. Peer reviewers of manuscripts are chosen at the discretion of the Editors, and book/film reviews are evaluated by the Book/Film Review Editor, who will notify authors directly of acceptance.

ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE:  Upon acceptance, authors may be asked to make additional minor changes by the Editors.  When issues are sent to the publisher, authors will be notified directly by a copy editor, who will give detailed instructions regarding that process.  Authors will have one final chance to proof their articles when they receive page proofs, though no major changes will be allowed at this point.

AUTHOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES: It is the responsibility of the author (and not Transforming Anthropology) to ensure originality of content; accuracy of quoted materials, references, citations, and dates; spelling and grammar; to obtain legal rights to publish materials submitted, including any illustrations that are not the author’s work; and to submit manuscripts consistent with this Style Guide. Submissions to Transforming Anthropology should not be under consideration by any other journal or have been published elsewhere. Any submissions not meeting these requirements will be returned to the author.

COMMENTARY, REPORTS AND REFLECTIONS, AND “ANTHROPOLOGY IN ACTION” SUBMISSIONS:  Manuscripts for these sections may take the form of field reports, discussions of topics/issues of significance to Transforming Anthropology readers, and briefs on works-in-progress. Decisions on these submissions will be made by the Editors, and are published on a space-available basis.

GENERAL STYLE GUIDELINES: The following specific style guidelines pertain to all manuscripts, as well as book and film reviews. For general style questions not mentioned, follow guidelines set by The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.

Emphasis and Italics: Emphasis is indicated by underscoring, not by italic type. Foreign words not commonly found in English usage are set in italic type. In the list of references do not use italics or quotation marks to indicate titles. In the text, use italics for books, journals, and film titles.

Capitalization: Generic names for peoples, used as nouns or adjectives, are capitalized. Thus Black in the sense of African American is capitalized; White in the sense of European American also is capitalized. If the stem of a pre-fixed word is capitalized, use a hyphen, e.g., non-European, pro-Black.  Additionally, both words are capitalized when “diaspora” (lower case as a general term) becomes a modifier for specific peoples:  African Diaspora, Caribbean Diaspora, Indian Diaspora (peoples from the subcontinent), Jewish Diaspora, and so on.  Finally, Transforming Anthropology does not use hyphens in African American, Asian American, European American, etc.

Citations, Endnotes, and References: In-text citations should conform to the American Anthropologist style guide, which is available at  Use End Notes, not Footnotes. The bibliography should consist only of references cited and should give the full citations, including page numbers.  Double-space all entries and list alphabetically by last name of the senior author and chronologically for two or more titles by the same author(s). The author’s full professional name should be used, e.g., W.E.B. Du Bois, not William Du Bois or W. Du Bois.  Refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, to determine appropriate formatting, including archival and electronic sources.

Notes:  All notes that follow the text should begin on a new page and are restricted to material that cannot be included in the text.  Notes are numbered consecutively throughout the text by superscript numerals.  Notes should not exceed five double-spaced pages, and are included in the manuscript page count.

Tables: All tabular material should be separate from the text, in a series of tables numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Each table should be typed on a separate page, double-spaced, and identified by a short descriptive title centered at the top. Notes for tables appear at the bottom of each table and are marked with lowercase, superscript letters. Marginal notations in the text should indicate approximate placement of tables. Please send an original of each table, saved as a tiff (tif.) file.

Figures: All illustrative, non-tabular material should be separate from the text, in a series of figures numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Illustrations must be submitted in tiff (tif.) or jpeg (jpg.) files. Captions must be clearly marked. The author must include all permissions with the final manuscript.

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