The Australian Journal of Anthropology

Cover image for Vol. 27 Issue 2

Edited By: Dr Michael Goddard

Impact Factor: 0.714

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 48/84 (Anthropology)

Online ISSN: 1757-6547

Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Australian Journal of Anthropology. Please consult the following instructions for help in preparing your manuscript, and feel free to consult us with any questions. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review. We look forward to your submission.


TAJA is the official journal of the Australian Anthropological Society, and publishes original research articles dealing with anthropology and related disciplines. The Journal especially welcomes articles that are theoretically focused, drawing on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in Australia and neighbouring countries in the Pacific and Asian regions. Papers that explore the relations between anthropology and cognate disciplines are also welcome.


The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by two or three reviewers and the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the editorial board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be written in a clear, concise, direct style, so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in the particular field. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the editor and the publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.


Original manuscripts should be submitted electronically via email to Dr Michael Goddard, Editor:


Papers are accepted for publication in the Journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

If tables or figures have been reproduced from another source, a letter from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher), stating authorization to reproduce the material, must be attached to the covering letter.


Manuscripts should follow the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers (AGPS, Canberra).

Spelling. The Journal uses Australian spelling and authors should, therefore, follow the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary. When using terms in a foreign language an explanation or translation should be provided in brackets. The first usage of a foreign term should be italicised and subsequent usages in normal type.

Abbreviations. In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.

Dates and numbers. Numbers up to ten should be spelled out, except in dates. When referring to specific dates, the month should be spelled out in full. Use an n-dash not a hyphen for number and date ranges. (Command and minus keys on a standard keyboard.)


The length of an article (including references, endnotes, tables and appendices) should not exceed 8000 words.

Manuscripts should be presented in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Text
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Endnotes
  • Appendices
  • Figure legends
  • Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes
  • Figures

Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated as endnotes.


As articles are anonymously reviewed, material that might identify authorship of the paper should be placed only on the covering letter and on the title page; this will be detached before the paper is sent to referees.

The title page should contain: (i) both a descriptive and a concise (less than 40 characters) title of the paper; (ii) the full names of the authors; (iii) the addresses of the institutions at which the work was carried out; and (iv) the full postal and email address, plus facsimile and telephone numbers, of the author to whom correspondence about the manuscript should be sent. The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should also be supplied.

The title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. Remember that searches on the web are usually done in terms of subject – catchy phrases might seem apt, but might also mean that readers interested in the subject matter cannot find your article. Do not use abbreviations in the title.


All articles must have a brief abstract that states in 150 words or fewer the major points made and the principal conclusions reached. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. A list of five keywords should be provided below the abstract.


The text should be organised into an introductory section, conveying the background and purpose of the report, and then into sections identified with subheadings.


Keep figures to a minimum.

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text.

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication: Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (line art) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-oriented programmes. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible).

For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: line art: >600 dpi; half-tones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi.

Figure legends. Figure legends should be typed on a separate page. Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.


TAJA welcomes the submission of photo essays. These should comprise high quality photographs and texts that elucidate and discuss or explain the photographs. Videos that accompany and augment material in an article are also welcome.


The sources of financial grants and other funding must be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors’ industrial links and affiliations. Grants from the Australian Research Council should be identified by number. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged. Personal thanks and thanks to anonymous reviewers are not necessary.


References follow the Harvard style, that is, parenthetical in the text and listed in alphabetical order of first authors’ names in the reference list. In the text, give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000). If there are two authors, use ‘and’: Smith and Jones (2001). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors, the first name followed by et al. should be used: MacDonald et al. (2002).

Page numbers must be included after the year for quoted material, for example, (Smith and Jones 2001: 77).

If Endnote has been used to compile a reference list, please ensure that all codes have been deleted before submission.

In the reference list, cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when seven or more, list the first three followed by et al. Do not use ibid. or op cit. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list, but should be cited in the text only, for example, (Smith 2000, unpublished data). All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.

‘Mc’ should be treated as ‘Mac’.

Last names containing ‘de’, ‘De’, ‘de la’, ‘van’, ‘von’, ‘Van’, ‘Von’, should be listed under D and V respectively. When listed in the references or cited in the main text capitals should be used. For example, Flip van Helden in the reference list is Van Helden, F. and in the text (Van Helden 2005)

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.


1. Single-author book

Godelier, M. 2009 In and Out of the West: Reconstructing Anthropology. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

2. Co-authored book

Gewertz, D. and F. Errington. 2010 Cheap Meat: Flap Food Nations in the Pacific Islands. Berkeley: University of California Press.

3. More than two authors

(Cite first author only in text citations)

Bonacich, E. with M. Smith and K. Hunt. 1999 The Economic Basis of Ethnic Solidarity: Small Business in the Japanese American Community. Berkeley: University of California Press.

4. Multiple references by the same author in the same year

Insert ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’ after the date of publication and cite in alphabetical order by title. If one item is a journal article, then the name of the journal determines the alphabetical order.

Clark, J. 1989a The incredible shrinking men: Male ideology and development in a Southern Highlands Society, in Culture and Development in Papua New Guinea, C. Healey (ed.) Canberra Anthropology 12: 120-43.

Clark, J. 1989b Gods, ghosts and people: Christianity and social organisation among Takuru Wiru, in (eds) M. Jolly and M. Macintyre Family and Gender in the Pacific. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 170-92.

Note: ‘ed.’ has a full stop because it is an abbreviation but ‘eds’ does not because it contains the first and last letters of the word.

5. Chapter in a book with editor(s)

Tomlinson, M. 2011 The true me: Individualism and biblical types in Fijian Methodism, in (eds) M. Patterson and M. Macintyre Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, pp 147–71.

Parmenter, J. 2011 Experiences of Indigenous women in the Australian mining industry, in (ed.) K. Lahiri-Dutt Gendering the Field: Towards Sustainable Livelihoods for Mining Communities. Canberra: ANU E Press, pp. 67-86.

6. Editor as author (when the reference is to the book as a collection)

Knauft, B. 1998 (ed.) Critically Modern: Alternatives, Alterities, Anthropologies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

7. Article in a journal

Dundon, A. 2010 AIDS and ‘building a wall’ around Christian country in rural Papua New Guinea, The Australian Journal of Anthropology 21(2): 171–87.

8. Article in Special Issue of a journal

Correy, S. 2006 The reconstitution of Aboriginal sociality through the identification of traditional owners in New South Wales, in Delimiting Indigenous Cultures: Conceptual and Spatial Boundaries, P. Sullivan and T. Bauman (eds) The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 17(3): 336-47.

9. Review

Lilley, R. 2009 Review of An Introduction to Childhood: Anthropological Perspectives on Children’s Lives. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 20(3): 395-6.

10. Report

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation 2007 Annual Report 2006-07. Maningrida: Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation.

11. Thesis

Cox, J. 2011 Deception and disillusionment: Fast money schemes in Papua New Guinea. PhD thesis, The University of Melbourne.

12. Paper

Gregory, C. 2011 From yams to rice. Paper presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, November 17.

13. Reprint or translation

Van Gennep, A. 1960 [1906] The Rites of Passage. M. Vizedom and M. Caffee, trans. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Bakhtin, M. 1981 The Dialogic Imagination. C. Emerson and M. Holquist, trans. Austin: University of Texas Press.

14. Article in newspaper

Soutphommasane, T. 2012 Australia’s Asian-ness is barely visible. The Age November 5: 11

15. Electronic or online sources

In addition to the normal citation conventions for the specific type of source (Author, date, title, etc.) the reference must include a URL and the date accessed. If the site has no author or date, please note that no author or date exist.

Electronic journal articles:

Keneley, M. 2000 ‘Land of Hope’, Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History <> accessed 23 October 2012.

17. Materials in archives

Pullen, R. n.d. ‘Report of botanical expedition in Papua New Guinea’. Personal correspondence of Royal Pullen (1925-72). Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific, Canberra, PMB 1232.


Endnotes should be placed as a list at the end of the paper only, not at the foot of each page. They should be numbered in the list and referred to in the text with consecutive, superscript Arabic numerals. Keep endnotes brief: they should contain only short comments tangential to the main argument of the paper. Avoid the use of references in endnotes.


Author Services

Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley’s Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article, once it has been accepted, through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.


Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley's production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to sign a license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley’s OnlineOpen option.

Copyright Transfer Agreement: The terms of the Australian Journal of Anthropology copyright transfer agreement can be viewed here, although actual signing will take place via Wiley's electronic system after acceptance. In signing the agreement it is assumed that authors have obtained permission to use any copyrighted or previously published material and have permission to publish from any Traditional Owners involved in the research.

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The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a website. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. The purpose of the PDF proof is a final check of the layout, and of tables and figures. Alterations other than the essential correction of errors are unacceptable at PDF proof stage. Approval to publish the article should be emailed to the Publisher by the date indicated, otherwise it may be approved by the Editor or held over to a later issue.


Authors who require the return of any submitted material that is accepted for publication should inform the Editorial Office after acceptance. If no indication is given that author material should be returned, Wiley will dispose of all hardcopy and electronic material two months after publication.


A minimum of 50 offprints will be provided upon request, at the author’s expense. These paper offprints may be ordered online. Please visit

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The Australian Journal of Anthropology offers authors the opportunity to reproduce colour figures in colour for free in the online version of the article. However, authors will be charged a publication fee to cover the costs of reproducing figures in colour in the printed version of the journal, otherwise they will appear in black and white in the printed version.