CALL for Book Reviews – 2018

18 Apr

Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018.

Student Anthropologist is the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (the largest organization of anthropologist students in the world). It is an annual digital publication. Students from all levels and disciplines are encouraged to contribute. 

Aim and scope of journal
We aim to provide students with an opportunity to present their research and voice their perspectives through our annual publication, Student Anthropologist. We seek a plurality of voices from all subfields in each issue. Student Anthropologist welcomes submissions which explore how anthropological skills, ideas, and ethnography can have an impact on contemporary social issues. Student Anthropologist is also committed to guiding students through the peer review and revision process to craft excellent articles.

We are currently seeking submissions for our book review section. The journal accepts volunteered book reviews. Please contact the Book Review Editor (Elizabeth Holdsworth at with book review suggestions. 

 Student Anthropologist is interested in three types of book reviews:

  1. Book reviews of current award-winning anthropology texts, including those of AAA section award winners;
  2. Book reviews of recently published ethnographies (within the past three years), edited volumes or other texts, which possess particularly useful pedagogical qualities;
  3. Reviews of two or three recently published books (within the past five years) focusing on a particular topic (i.e. well-being, kinship, etc.).

All potential authors are encouraged to contact the Book Review Editor before submitting a complete review to make sure that the books in which they are interested have not been reviewed and are appropriate for review

In each review, we request that you offer an overview of the text’s content and thesis. Beyond that, we expect you to provide a critical assessment of the text and to offer substantive and fair commentary on, for example, the quality of the theory, methodology, writing style, innovation, and connection to other published work. Please do refrain from a discussion of the author unless it is critical to the material. As a journal for and by students, Student Anthropologist is also particularly concerned with the pedagogical value of books. We encourage you to comment on the pedagogical qualities of the text. Why is reading this book important for anthropology students? What courses or level of students would benefit from reading it?

When writing your review, we also request that you consider the following guidelines:

  • Book review manuscripts must be 800-1,000 words long. (A multiple book review can be slightly longer, about 1,200-1,400 words.) Book reviews falling far short of or far exceeding this length will be returned to their authors without being examined. 
    • Manuscripts must be in 12-point font, double- spaced, with one-inch margin on all sides. Please save the manuscript as a Word document (.doc file), with your last name as the document name.
    • The submission should include the manuscript and a cover sheet containing the author’s name, contact information, student status and affiliation.
    • Please include publication data for the book at the top of the first page, using punctuation as follows: Title of the Book. Author’s Name. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Number of pages. ISBN.
    • When reviewing an edited volume, do not feel that you must write about or mention every chapter. Instead describe the overall focus of the volume, pick a few significant contributions and discuss those in detail. Review previous publications for examples.
    • Be specific. Avoid vague affirmations or general statements. Instead of saying that the reviewed book is, for example, innovative, explain why it is so.
    • Reviews should not require footnotes. Avoid lengthy quotations and limit references to four-six. In-text references are cited in parentheses, with last name(s), year of publication, and where necessary, page numbers.
    • Manuscripts should follow the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

*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 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

All submissions and inquiries should be sent to the Book Review Editor at the contact information listed below.

Elizabeth Holdsworth
Student Anthropologist Book Review Editor
University at Albany, State University of New York
Anthropology Department
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222


Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018.




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