Call for Commentaries and Photo Essays– 2020

24 Jun

Submission Deadline: July 24, 2020

AboutStudent 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. We seek a plurality of voices from all subfields and levels within the discipline. We are currently seeking commentaries and photo essays that examine how anthropological skills, ideas, and ethnography can shed light on contemporary social issues, particularly the global pandemic and Black Lives Matter movements.

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 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.

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 2019 or 2020. 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 two types of scholarly submissions:

  1. Commentary: opinion, theory, or “think” pieces that are the author’s original work. Submissions might include such mediums as written pieces (approximately 2,000 words in length), photo essays (10 photos and 1,000 words of commentary) and videos/YouTube© clips (10-minute maximum in duration and 1,000 words of commentary).
  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 does not contain any identifying information about the author (peer review is double-blind). This should also include a 250-word abstract and 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 Managing Editor, Bridget Kelly, at

Interested in Peer Reviewing or Joining the Editorial Board?
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.

We are currently looking for individuals with electronic formatting expertise who could serve as a Design Editor for the 2019/2020 edition. A formal call with more details will appear soon.

If you would like to peer review or are interested in other journal production opportunities, please contact the Managing Editor, Bridget Kelly, at


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