Anthropological Forum welcomes papers in anthropology and comparative sociology that present and discuss ethnographic material, or that engage with methodological and theoretical issues. The journal publishes both articles by accomplished scholars and articles from emerging junior scholars. In the latter case, the editors expect innovative discussions of ethnographic material.

After an initial evaluation by the editors, papers are sent out for anonymous peer-reviewing. Note that we are not able to engage the evaluation process for papers that do not meet the conditions described below. Please read the guidelines carefully and also follow instructions at the ScholarOne and Taylor & Francis websites linked below. 

Instructions for authors

The journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts to peer review manuscript submissions. To submit a paper, you need to create an account and uplaod your paper on ScholarOne. Before you do that, please prepare your mansucript as follows. Also read the extensive guidelines available at Taylor & Francis Online.

The usual conditions apply:

  • The manuscript must be your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work.
  • The manuscript has been submitted only to Anthropological Forum; it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere.
  • The manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.


Manuscript preparation

keyboard FotorManuscripts should be up to 10 000 words long, including notes, figures, tables and references, and should comply with the below guidelines.

General guidelines

Manuscripts are accepted in English. Anthropological Forum uses Australian English spelling as defined by The Macquarie Dictionary. All authors should follow these spelling conventions to the best of their abilities. We use -ise rather than -ize, -isation rather than -ization. Do not, however, change proper names, such as "World Health Organization", titles of books, or spellings within quotations.

Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Long quotations of 30 words or more should be indented without quotation marks.

Words in the title and subheadings, other than articles, prepositions and conjunctions, should be capitalised; for example, Death and the Regeneration of Life. The title and first level of subheadings should be in bold, the second level in italics. All section and subsection headings should also be aligned flush left.

Use Times New Roman font in 12 pt throughout, including indented quotes, endnotes and reference list. Use 1½ line spacing throughout.

Avoid Latinisms [e.g., i.e.] where possible; use English equivalents instead. When Latin abbreviations are used, they are italicised. Strictly limit your use of etc. or et cetera. Do not begin sentences with conjunctions like 'But‘ or 'And‘. Such sentences will always be altered by us during the copy-editing. Excessive use of the dash should be avoided. Use commas instead where possible. Avoid using 'he or she‘ by rewording the sentence (when possible) with the subject in the plural, so that you can refer back to it as 'they‘ in following clauses.

Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page (including Acknowledgements as well as Funding and grant-awarding bodies); abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgements; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).

Abstracts of up to 250 words are required for all manuscripts submitted. 
Each manuscript should have up to 5 keywords.

All authors of a manuscript should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the corresponding author. Please give the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the manuscript is accepted. Please note that the email address of the corresponding author will normally be displayed in the article PDF and the online article.

All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed by all authors.

Biographical notes on contributors are not required for this journal.

Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an Acknowledgement on the title page of the manuscript, in a separate paragraph, as follows:

  • For single agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."
  • For multiple agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx]."

Authors must also incorporate a Disclosure Statement which will acknowledge any financial interest or benefit they have arising from the direct applications of their research.

For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used, unless in quotes from another publication or from interviews.

When using a word which is or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trade mark, authors must use the symbol ® or TM.

Authors must not embed equations or image files within their manuscript


Style guidelines

References should appear in the text (not as footnotes), following the Chicago style; for example, Sahlins (1972, 231). Please note that this differs slightly from the style used in pre-2004 issues of Anthropological Forum. Do not use ibid, loc.cit, op cit., passim.

For two joint authors, use (Brown and Smith 1975). For three, use (Brown, Black and Smith). For more than three authors, use (Larsen et al. 1975).

If more than one work is cited, separate authors with a semicolon, author’s dates (in chronological order) with a comma: (Larsen 1971, 1982; Carruthers n.d.). Use:

Daly n.d. (for works for which there is no reliable publication date)
Daly c. 1751 (for approximate publication date)
Daly, forthcoming (for works not yet in process of publication)
Daly, in press (for works in the process of publication, but date unknown)

References to several works published in the same year by the same author should be distinguished by attaching lower-case letters to the date, based on alphabetical order of the titles (disregarding initial ‘The’ or ‘A’): Bell (1981a, 1981b). Be sure to use the same order in your bibliography.

If the author of a newspaper article is unknown, use:
(Canberra Times 24 Jan. 1987, B6)
The Weekend Australian (24–25 Jan. 1987, 19) reported…
(Financial Review 23 Jan. 1987, editorial)

References (Use References, not Bibliography, for the heading)

Multiple entries for each author should be presented in chronological order beginning with the earliest date.

Bibliographic entries must be formatted exactly as they are in the examples below. All book and article titles should appear in lower case except for the first letter of proper nouns and the first letter of the first words of the title and subtitle. Please note that this is different from the capitalisation to be used in the title of your article and in its subheadings.

For authors who know how to insert the symbol “en dash” instead of a hyphen between dates and between page numbers, please do so (e.g., pp. 79–85, not 79-85; 1939–1945).

Journal articles
Altman, J. 1999. Anthropology and indigenous public policy: One view from academia. Anthropological Forum 9 (1): 75–82.
Zorn, J. 1991. Making law in Papua New Guinea. Pacific Studies 14: 1–34.

Books (Monographs)
Berndt, R. 1962. An adjustment movement in Arnhem Land. Paris: Mouton

Books (Edited volumes)
Berndt, R. M., and C. H. Berndt. 1988. Body and soul. In Aboriginal Australians and Christian missions, edited by T. Swain and D. B. Rose, 422–37. Bedford Park, South Australia: The Australian Association for the Study of Religions.

Thesis titles, and titles of other unpublished works, are not italicised.

Arrange the list of references under the subheading References (aligned left) at the end of the article, following the section headed Notes (aligned left). Do not include items that are not cited in the text.



Please provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour.

Figures must be saved separate to text. Please do not embed figures in the manuscript file.
Files should be saved as one of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript), and should contain all the necessary font information and the source file of the application (e.g. CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).

All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).

Figure captions must be saved separately, as part of the file containing the complete text of the manuscript, and numbered correspondingly.

The filename for a graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.


Reproduction of copyright material

If you wish to include any material in your manuscript in which you do not hold copyright, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, prior to submission. Such material may be in the form of text, data, table, illustration, photograph, line drawing, audio clip, video clip, film still, and screenshot, and any supplemental material you propose to include. This applies to direct (verbatim or facsimile) reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

You must ensure appropriate acknowledgement is given to the permission granted to you for reuse by the copyright holder in each figure or table caption. You are solely responsible for any fees which the copyright holder may charge for reuse.

The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.


Submit the mansucript

When your paper is ready, please submit it with your cover letter and all illustrations at the submission website (you may need to create an account). Please make sure you include all of the below:


  • a full Word version of your paper;
  • an anonymised Word version of your paper: replace your name everywhere in the file with the word AUTHOR, remove your address, and remove the bibliographic references to your own work. Change the filename to something like "anonymous_..."
  • a cover letter describing briefly what your paper is about and provide any other information you think is useful;
  • all figures and tables as separate files.