Anthropology of Consciousness

Cover image for Vol. 26 Issue 2

Edited By: Nicole Torres and Gary Moore

Online ISSN: 1556-3537

Author Guidelines

AOC is the voice of the anthropological study of consciousness. In this role, AOC accepts papers from anthropologists who are concerned with all aspects of this area of inquiry, welcoming contributions from all fields within the discipline. The journal also welcomes submissions from scholars in other disciplines, both humanities and sciences. AOC generally follows the most current edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press) on most matters such as hyphenation, capitalization, punctuation, abbreviation, and grammar, but defers to minor exceptions adopted in the Style Guide of the American Anthropological Association (available for free download at AOC uses the online edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for spelling.

In order to be considered for publication, manuscripts should:
▼ Be between 8,000-10,000 words for articles, 500-1,000 words for book reviews.
▼ Include original research, a discussion of existing research, or an informed theoretical argument.
▼ Be written in a scholarly style. This includes an abstract, discussion of methodologies used, references to similar previous research studies (if appropriate), in-text citations, and a bibliography.
▼ Center relevantly around a “consciousness” theme.

The Anthropology of Consciousness may accept articles of a different length or style on a case-by-case basis.

All submissions to the AOC are doubleblind reviewed and may be resubmitted. Submissions are only accepted electronically, via the Manuscript Central (Scholar One) website. Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, notes, references, and figure captions) and in 12-point type with minimal formatting. Use tabs rather than single spacing for indented text. Organize manuscripts into the following sections, beginning each on a separate page:

▼ Title Page—title of article; name, affiliation, address, and e-mail of each author; an abstract of 75–150 words; and five keywords.
▼ Running Text—margins of at least one inch (top, bottom and both sides); no proportional spacing or type justification; one space after period and colon; pages numbered consecutively; callout [Place Table 1 here] for each table, figure, or black-and-white photograph.
▼ Notes (optional)—acknowledgements and endnotes. Do not use software to embed
footnotes within the running text.
▼ References Cited—include only entries cited in text; format of the American Anthropologist; no underlining, italics, or boldface. Use 0.25″ tab for indenting.
▼ Figures, Tables, and Captions—black-and- white digital figures; table formatting as appropriate; captions double-spaced; separate page for each item.

Note: Starting in 2016, the journals of the AAA will be digital-fully, including AOC. This shift poses some opportunities for authors in 2016 and beyond. Authors will be 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. Authors can help researchers locate their content online by paying particular attention to titles, subtitles, and abstracts, see:

To submit a manuscript, review of book, film, video, column, editorial, or any other category of contribution, point your browser to and follow the instructions on the website.

Address all journal inquires to the Managing Editors:
Nicole Torres (
Gary Moore (

For technical assistance with online submissions contact the Assistant Editor:
Tanya Collings (

Address correspondence related to permissions, subscriptions, memberships, changes of address, and other areas to:
Anthropology of Consciousness
American Anthropological Association
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