CALL for Commentaries and Photo Essays

25 May

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2018

Student Anthropologist is the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists, the largest organization of student anthropologists in the world. It is an annual digital publication. We encourage students from all levels and disciplines to contribute to the journal.

Aim and Scope
We aim to provide students with an opportunity to present their research and voice their perspectives through our annual publication, Student Anthropologist. With each issue we explore new directions in anthropology, allowing student interests to guide our selection of thematic and theoretical avenues of inquiry. We seek a plurality of voices from all subfields and levels within the discipline. Student Anthropologist welcomes not only original research addressing anthropological issues and problems, but also submissions that examine how anthropological skills, ideas, and ethnography can shed light on contemporary social issues. The journal is committed to guiding students through the peer review and revision process to publish innovative and high-quality articles.

Submission Guidelines
We seek scholarly submissions from undergraduate and graduate students worldwide, in particular those emphasizing anthropology’s capacity to inform public issues, social problems, and global realities. These submissions should contain original research or commentary. In accordance with general academic publishing guidelines, articles/photos must not have been previously published elsewhere (in full or in part). However, non-published conference papers adapted to fit our journal’s guidelines may be acceptable. Please disclose if your paper has been or will be part of a conference presentation. We will work with you to see if we can accommodate you, depending on the circumstances.

Any student (in any country in the world) enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral program may submit. While this is an anthropology journal, students do not need to be enrolled in an anthropology program.

We will also consider submissions from people who graduated in 2016 or 2017. Your submission should be at least partially based on research or other work you did while enrolled in a college or a university.

We are currently accepting:

  1. Commentaries: opinion, theory, or “think” pieces that are the author’s original work. Length should range from 500-2,000 words. One to five related photos or other graphics that you have the legal rights to (either you took the photo or created the graphic/artwork yourself or can provide written consent from the photographer to us) may be included. Please include any photos/graphics with your written submission.
  2. Photo essays: 10 to 20 compelling photos, ideally from the anthropological field, that tell a story in themselves. However, you can include up to 1,000 words of commentary. Again, you must have the legal rights to any and all images that will be published in Student Anthropologist.

All submissions should include:

  1. A cover sheet (the first page of the document) containing the author’s name, contact information, paper title, student status and affiliation, and any relevant acknowledgments.
  2. A double-spaced manuscript that adheres to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) and includes three keywords. Please save the document with your last name as the document name.
  3. Send your photos/graphics in an email or send a link such as Google Drive that only you and Student Anthropologist can access. (Again, we cannot publish previously published submissions — including photos and commentaries on personal blogs and/or social media.)

All submissions should be sent to the Interim Editor, Stephanie Mojica, at

Interested in Peer Reviewing?
In addition to publishing excellent student research, Student Anthropologist also aims to provide students of all levels with professional editorial opportunities. Students act as peer reviewers and editors.

If you would like to peer review or are interested in other journal production opportunities, please contact the Interim Editor, Stephanie Mojica, at

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