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The AnthroGlobe Journal

An initiative to broaden international electronic communication in Anthropology



Guidelines for Authors


Last edited: 5 November 2005

Considerations for All Materials

The AnthroGlobe Journal is experimental and flexible. Rules will be broken on occasion. We will take advantage of the characteristics of the Internet. To start with, we accept materials, subject to the Editor's final decision, of a number of different kinds. . ALL DEPARTMENTS MAY INCLUDE MULTI-MEDIA MATERIAL. Copyright remains with the Author for all materials, except Bibliographies or other materials in which amendments by a variety of authors are placed directly in the text. Authors and Editors of bibliographiesmay alter the text at any time, the date of change being recorded, and have the SOLE right, other than the Editor's editorial supervisory rights, to do so.

All work submitted must be the original work of the submitter. Subject to practicalities (including at the moment the Roman and perhaps Cyrillic alphabets) work may be presented in ANY language.

The Editor insists that terms be used with clarity and accuracy. If they are drawn from other disciplines, they should conform to usage in those disciplines, unless changes are specifically defined. We ask authors to be as clear as they can be in their writing. Copy Editing may take place AFTER text has been posted.

Ideally, transmit text as an email attachment in a format that can be read in Word. Other formats (e.g. print, handwriting) can be accepted after agreement with the Editor, in exceptional circumstances. Video materials are preferred in MPEG or AVI, still pictures and diagrams in .gif, jpeg, or tiff.. Other formats can be discussed if necessary. We may convert still images to slide shows (up to 49 images per show) and .avi or mpeg movies into Shockwave.

Emailed or attached tabular material MUST be created with cells or as images, NOT with space bars.

Primary Articles

These are original contributions to knowledge, advancing knowledge.

The Editor asks that authors make their contributions clear by adopting an ideal structure. This should take the following form.

  1. A brief summary containing the main argument and conclusion, which AnthroGlobe may translate into other languages.
  2. A statement of the research QUESTION followed by a statement of the logical steps that are necessary to demonstrate the validity of the answer.
  3. A sufficient discussion of the present state of knowledge and literature out of which the research question has emerged, thus demonstrating its significance to scholarship.
  4. The presentation of evidence organised with respect to each of the logical steps identified in (2) above.
  5. A summary of each of the conclusions reached in (4) leading to an argued statement as to whether the research question has been answered.
  6. A statement of unanswered or ambiguous points with implications for further research.

Negative findings are as valuable as positive findings, and articles should not be kept back for that reason.

In the Editor's opinion, many print articles fail to approximate the above principles. The result is reading confusion, unnecessary ambiguity, and lessened impact. While this is our ideal, we will not automatically rule out contributions whose authors find it inappropriate to conform.

Readers may be invited to post discussion of the articles.

Articles in Draft

As the name implies, these are articles which authors do not consider to be in final form. Authors are in fact inviting their colleagues to criticise and contribute through discussion, after which the author may present a final form, either to AnthroGlobe or to another journal. This is especially valuable for work in progress. Discussion will be encouraged. Authors are expected to inform the editor of later changes.

Field Experiences

Field Experiences are intended to be less formal accounts. We hope they will benefit colleagues and students, prospective anthropologists, and colleagues in related fields.


Reprints are meant to give wider distribution and access to papers which were printed in serials that are not readily indexed or found in library collections, especially in less endowed parts of the world.. This does not exclude entries from the major journals, since in many countries even those journals can be next to impossible to access. Please remember that as the Internet matures -- it is a squawling baby yet -- for many colleagues Internet access will be easier than library access, especially in poorer countries (ironically). It takes millions to create a library collection, a thousand or so to create an internet access centre, especially as radio connectivity becomes more widespread.

Reprints may be in any form. It is essential that the person submitting be the author or have acquired copyright (e.g. through inheritance) or that copyright has expired. We especially invite colleagues to suggest appropriate reprints. It is essential that the author make sure that the original publishing organisation has not acquired relevant copyright from the author. In submitting such materials, the submitter assumes responsibility for copyright issues, and holds the AnthroGlobe Journal innocent.

Please endeavour to scan the material into word processing format before sending. In many instances this will not be possible; in which case forward a hard copy. Email the Editor for the appropriate editorial mail address.

If Reprints are longer than thirty printed pages, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO CONSULT THE EDITOR BEFORE SUBMITTING. Lengthy materials are not ruled out for that reason alone, but will be treated more selectively.

There will be interactive commentary in many cases.

Research Notes

These may be in almost any size, shape or form. They are intended to be factual, presenting DATA for the use of others, or giving an account of research under way to attract the notice of students and colleagues. Interactive commentary will be limited.

Substantive Conference, Seminar, Colloquia and ListServe Reports

AnthroGlobe is NOT interested in pro forma statements that such and such a meeting took place in a fabulous resort with so and so giving such and such papers to an enthusiastic audience with rich discussion. Those are things AnthroGlobe and its visitors don't care about.

WE WEREN'T THERE. And further, after your meeting, the discussion sort of tapered out. AnthroGlobe provides a tool for remedying this by going on record and inviting continuous discussion.

We would like SUBSTANTIVE reports, dealing with the issues. What were they? What new information and ideas emerged? Where do they lead?

Ideally, we would like to link your papers with discussion summaries and follow-up interactive responses. Sometimes this can be shortened by the use of rapporteurs. Papers of course can be placed elsewhere in AnthroGlobe, or even on other hosts, and referred to by hot-link.

Organisers will know that valuable contributors could not be physically present at the meeting. This is a means of extending participation.

Many ListServers have their own archives.  But it is sometimes useful to have a member collate and summarize the discussion threads on a topic for wider distribution through AnthroGlobe.

Book Film and Audio Reviews and new publications


However, review discussion articles may be submitted under the other headings, as appropriate.


AnthroGlobe does not compete with the vast on line Royal Anthropological Institute bibliography. We host specialised bibliographies on selected themes. A scholar submits a bibliography as an email attachment, which, if it is suitable, AnthroGlobe places on line. The submitter is appointed Editor for that Bibliography, and receives updates, additional entries, corrections, from colleagues world-wide. which he/she then incorporates into an update. Consult the AnthroGlobe Bibliography Editor, Matthew Ciolek for General or Pacific Region work, or the AnthroGlobe Editor for specialized bibliographies related to other parts of the world, Robert Lawless.

Field and Internet Technology

We have here the location for information and discussion of technology and hardware of all kinds for field use, and discussion and sources of appropriate software. This material has been removed temporarily since it is out of date pending the reappointment of a segment editor.


When items in the above Departments have been on line for at least a year, and if the number of visitors per month reduces to near-zero, the items will be transferred to archival pages, organised in much the same way.

Preferred File Formats

For articles and non-multimedia related presentations, the preferred file formats are:

1) Microsoft Word (.doc),
2) WordPerfect (.wpd),
3) Rich Text Format (.rtf),

Authors should NOT hyphenate at line breaks, NOT enter hard line breaks, and NOT use full justification.

Other formats will depend on our ability to use automated conversion.


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