Submitting to AAA

NOTE: Submissions must be via the American Anthropologist online submissions website,

American Anthropologist is the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association and is published on a quarterly basis. American Anthropologist follows the mission statement and goals of the American Anthropological Association by advancing anthropology as a discipline that studies humankind in all its aspects, involving archaeological, biological, ethnological, and linguistic research. It also attempts to further the professional interests of anthropologists by disseminating anthropological knowledge and illuminating its relevance to human problems.

American Anthropologist welcomes manuscripts that speak across subdisciplines but also welcomes those that originate within a single subdiscipline. In the latter case, we work through the editorial process to unpack subdiscipline-specific terminology and provide contextual information that will make manuscripts maximally intelligible to all readers, without requiring that authors alter their research questions, analytical style, or writing voice.

Contributions from all subdisciplines in both their basic and applied dimensions are welcomed, as are those focusing on broad, cross-cutting problems, themes, and theories. Manuscripts written for the profession at large that develop general implications from exacting substantive research will be of particular interest. Collaborative work, particularly among colleagues in different subdisciplines, is encouraged, and contributions from international colleagues are desired.

Submission Process

Submissions must be via the American Anthropologist online submissions website, Figures or photographs should be submitted as TIF files with resolution of 300 dpi or greater. Authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures during production, as not all digital art files are usable.

American Anthropologist follows Chicago style with a few modifications, most notably in the references cited section. Submitted manuscripts that do not conform to American Anthropological Association style and format will be returned to authors. For the American Anthropological Association style guide, see:

Research Articles
There is a single primary category of submission to American Anthropologist, the “Research Article.” Research Articles may be anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000 words in length. Initial submissions exceeding 8,000 words (including all figures, tables, references, and notes) will not be considered. If accepted for publication, Research Articles may be extended up to 10,000 words at the discretion of the Associate Editors and the Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Editorial Board.

American Anthropologist conducts “double-blind” review, which means that reviewers do not know the name of the author whose manuscript they are evaluating. When uploading your manuscript you will need to upload a manuscript file with no identifying author information (designate this as “Main Document”) and a separate title page (designate as Title Page) with author details. In your manuscript, references to your own work should be anonymized. For instance, if you are Susan Smith, a citation reading “(Smith 2003:13)” should appear as “(Author 2003:13)” and should be similarly rendered anonymous in the bibliography.

If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.

Members of the Editorial Board and faculty at the Editor-in-Chief's institution (University of California, Irvine) may not submit manuscripts to American Anthropologist. In recompense, the Editor-in-Chief offers to read one manuscript a year and provide feedback on how to strengthen it for submission to a different journal.

Proposals for Group Submissions

American Anthropologist welcomes group submissions around any theme or topic, including those organized by a guest editor or editors. It is not necessary to contact the Editor-in-Chief for permission or feedback before a group of manuscripts is submitted. Such manuscripts should be submitted individually by their authors: it is not necessary to submit them all at once. Introductions or overviews by the group editor(s) should not be submitted at the outset. The manuscripts will undergo the exact same review process as any other manuscript. If more than one of the manuscripts is submitted for publication, it is the responsibility of the authors (or guest editor(s)) to notify the Editor-in-Chief that the accepted manuscripts are meant to be grouped together. At that point, at the discretion of the Associate Editors and the Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Editorial Board, the guest editor(s) may be invited to submit an introduction or overview to the group submission.


Short commentaries of no more than 500 words that further substantive discussion of significant topics that have appeared in American Anthropologist in the previous six months will be published at the editor's discretion, as will reviews of films and museum exhibits.

Author Responsibilities

Authors, not the American Anthropological Association, 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 manuscripts in proper form for publication. Manuscripts submitted to American Anthropologist should not be under simultaneous consideration by any other journal or have been published elsewhere in any form.


Manuscripts are generally evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief, by one or more members of the Editorial Board, and/or by referees. Associate Editors of the journal may also participate in the review process as needed. Authors are invited to suggest potential reviewers; however, the Editor-in-Chief will not be bound by these suggestions. Due to the large number of submissions, many manuscripts cannot be accepted for publication.

Contact Information

All submissions:

Email address:

Mailing address for correspondence:

Tom Boellstorff, Editor-in-Chief
American Anthropologist
University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697

Publishers should send new books for review to:

Rosemary A. Joyce, Co-editor, Book Reviews
American Anthropologist
Kroeber Hall #3710
Berkeley, CA 94720-3710

Correspondence concerning book reviews should be sent to Unsolicited book reviews will not be considered, and solicitation of book reviews does not guarantee publication. Solicited book reviews should adhere to the American Anthropologist review policies and standards outlined on

All correspondence concerning review sections and obituaries should be sent to the following:

Visual Anthropology Editor
Karl Heider,

Obituary Editor
Sydel Silverman,

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