Information for Contributors

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. Students from all levels and disciplines are encouraged to contribute.

Student Anthropologist puts out a call for papers at least once per year.

With each issue, Student Anthropologist will explore thematic areas and new directions in anthropology from the perspective of the best young anthropologists. We seek a plurality of voices from all subfields in each issue. Student Anthropologist welcomes not only original research addressing anthropological issues and problems, but also submissions exploring how anthropological skills, ideas, and ethnography can impact on contemporary social issues.

We seek scholarly submissions from undergraduate and graduate students worldwide,  in particular those emphasizing anthropology’s capacity to shape public issues, social problems, and global realities. These submissions should contain original research.

The two types of submissions accepted include:

1. Scholarly articles: under 4,000 words in length. Our peer review process is double-blind (you will not know the identities of your two reviewers, and they will not know your identity).

2. Commentary submissions: opinion or theory pieces that are the original work of the author. Commentary submissions might include such mediums as written pieces (approximately 1,000 words in length), photo essays (10 photos and up to 1,000 words of commentary) and videos/YouTube© clips (10-minute maximum in duration and up to 1,000 words of commentary).

Student Anthropologist not only aims to publish excellent student research, but also to provide an avenue for professionalization for students to become involved in journal processes. Students act as peer reviewers and editors. Please email if you would like to act as a peer reviewer or get involved with other aspects of producing the journal.

Submission Guidelines

Any student currently enrolled at an accredited college at the undergraduate or postgraduate level can submit to Student Anthropologist. We also accept submissions from recent Bachelor’s or Master’s program graduates — provided at least part of the research in their article was done while they were students. While this is an anthropology journal, students/recent graduates from all disciplines may submit to Student Anthropologist.

All submissions should be sent as attachments and saved in Microsoft Office Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format and conform to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition). Submissions should be double spaced and adhere to our standard word limits. We rarely consider longer submissions or those of an irregular nature.

Tom Boellstorff, former editor of American Anthropologist. wrote 5 simple tips on how to get an article accepted at American anthropologist (or anywhere). This is worth at least a quick read.

Send submissions, as well as any questions, to

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