Information for Authors of Reviews, Review Essays, Obituaries and Commentaries

General Guidelines

American Anthropologist publishes articles, essays, and research reports; book, film, and exhibit reviews; commentaries, and obituaries. American Anthropologist does not pay authors for their manuscripts nor does it provide retyping, drawing, or mounting of illustrations, or other such services. Those are the responsibility of the author.

Reviews should provide balanced critical assessments that take into account American Anthropologist's diverse readers and their many perspectives and approaches. Accuracy and fairness are paramount in American Anthropologist reviews. Although the editors do not take any particular position regarding any specific book, film, or museum exhibit, they discourage inappropriate remarks, such as gratuitous or ad hominem attacks, and reserve the right to reject reviews deemed inappropriate.

Submissions: Scholars who would like to volunteer their services to the Book Reviews section of the journal are encouraged to write to with their credentials and areas of expertise, so that they may be considered for future reviews. We cannot accept unsolicited reviews for books and visual anthropology materials; in the case of museum exhibit reviews and public anthropology materials, the Visual Anthropology Review Editors (who are also responsible for museum exhibits) and Public Anthropology Review Editors will consider waiving this rule on a case by case basis. However, scholars who wish to review any materials (books, visual anthropology materials, museum exhibits, or public anthropology materials) may identify themselves to the Book Review Editor, Visual Anthropology Review Editors, or Public Anthropology Review Editors, respectively. These editors will try to match you with appropriate materials to review. Commentaries on articles and reviews should be submitted via the online submissions system.

A note about Obituaries: Please note that obituaries published in American Anthropologist differ from death notices published in Anthropology News. American Anthropologist obituaries are biographical essays of about 2,000 words covering the life and work of the subject. In contrast, Anthropology News death notices are much briefer, and are designed to provide basic information about the deceased (name, dates and places of birth and death, affiliations, major publications, immediate survivors), for the record. While anyone can submit a death notice to Anthropology NewsAmerican Anthropologist obituaries are solicited by the Obituary Editor; suggestions for possible authors of obituaries are welcome, and you can find the current Obituary Editor's contact information below. For more information about Anthropology News death notices and how to submit a notice, please visit the Anthropology News submissions page.

Material for the Obituary, Visual Anthropology, Public Anthropology, and World Anthropology sections should be sent to the editors of those sections, not to the Editor-in-Chief. Contact information for these editors can be found at the bottom of this page.

Author Responsibilities: Authors must recognize that they [not the American Anthropological Association (AAA)] are responsible for the content of their articles, for the accuracy of quotations and their correct attribution, for the legal rights to publish any material submitted, and for submitting their review, commentary, or review essay in proper form for publication. A manuscript submitted to the American Anthropologist must not be under consideration by any other journal at the same time or have been published elsewhere.

Evaluation: Commentaries, review essays, reviews, and obituaries are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief and/or the appropriate section review editors. The editors reserve the right to reject or return for revision any submitted material on the grounds of inappropriate subject matter, quality, length, or nonconformity with the AAA style guide. Solicitation of book reviews does not guarantee publication. We will, however, be delighted to publish a review that adheres to the below standards.

When writing your review, we request that you consider the following guidelines: Please do not simply summarize or list each chapter. Instead, we ask that you offer substantive commentary on, for example, the quality of the theory, methodology, and writing, or the relevance of the research to other current or recently published work. When reviewing an edited volume, do not feel that you must write about, or even mention, every chapter. Instead describe the overall focus of the volume, pick a few significant contributions and discuss those in detail. Finally, please do not exceed the word limit, avoid lengthy direct quotations and minimize outside references.

Edited manuscript: Edited manuscripts are sent to authors, who should answer any queries and respond to suggested substantive changes. Authors should retain copies for their records.

Galley proofs: Authors of reviews and commentaries do not receive galleys, even though minor copy-edited changes may have been made, unless authors specifically request them at the time they submit their approval of substantive edited changes. If requested, galleys will be returned to you in pdf format. As always, no substantive changes will be allowed at this point and any new changes and additions are treated as suggestions. AAA reserves the right to bill you for substantial alterations. For corrections to be taken into account on the pdf version of the master galley, corrected galley proofs must be mailed to the Production Editor within 48 hours of receipt.

Final Page Proofs: No page proofs are sent to authors; the AAA Department of Publication Services is responsible for ensuring that all indicated corrections are made on the final page proofs.

Reprints: Authors may order reprints directly from the printer. Camera-ready copy of an author's contribution is available to that author from the AAA for one year from printing time at no cost.


Review Editor Contact Information

New books for review and related correspondence

Timothy J. Smith, Co-Editor, Book Reviews
American Anthropologist
Anne Belk Hall
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane

ASU Box Number 32173
Boone, NC 28608

New film and video reviews and related correspondence

John L. Jackson, Deborah A. Thomas and Stanton Wortham, Visual Anthropology Editors
American Anthropologist
Department of Anthropology University Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

New obituary information and correspondence

Sydel Silverman, Obituary Editor
American Anthropologist
4 Blueberry Hill Road
Irvington, NY 10533

New Public Anthropology Reviews correspondence

David Griffith, Public Anthropology Review Editor
American Anthropologist

Department of Anthropology

East Carolina University

Flanagan 231

Greenville, NC 27858

New World Anthropology information and related correspondence

Virginia R. Dominguez, Associate Editor for World Anthropology

American Anthropologist

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Department of Anthropology

607 S. Mathews Avenue

Urbana, IL 61801

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