Information for Authors

To be considered for publication in Human Organization, manuscripts should be informed by anthropological theory and data. Manuscripts must not have been previously published in part or in full, and must not be under review elsewhere. The editor reserves the right to reject any manuscript deemed not to be substantially original.

Authors should confine their manuscripts to no more than 8,000 words, including abstracts, references and tables. Manuscripts that exceed this limit may not be sent out for review.

In addition, it is the responsibility of authors to ensure that their work conforms to the following style and formatting guidelines:

Guidelines for Preparing
and Submitting Manuscripts

These comments will supplement the brief "Information for Authors" found on the inside back cover of every issue of the journal.  No paper is ever rejected solely on the basis of incorrect style, but careful attention to the following points will greatly facilitate the review process and the eventual preparation of an accepted manuscript for publication-and will win you a warm spot in the hearts of the editorial staff.

I. Submission of Manuscripts

  • Manuscripts submitted to HO must not be under consideration by any other journal, nor can they be scheduled to appear in any published form prior to publication in HO.

  • Manuscripts should be submitted to via our submission portal; those sent to the business office of the Society for Applied Anthropology or to the addresses of former editors will be unnecessarily delayed.

  • All manuscripts and additional documents should be sent via the submission portal at Other submission formats will only be considered with PRIOR permission from the editors.  Please consult section III for more information regarding electronic submission.

  • Faxed manuscripts will not be accepted.

II. Overall Format

  • The entire manuscript must be double-spaced. No paper will be sent out for review unless it is in double-spaced format. Double-space all material, including quotations, list of references cited, notes captions, and headings.

  • Leave ample margins on all sides (1.5"). Do not Justify right-hand margins. Use 12 point font; Times/Times Roman is preferred. Do not use underlining or bold print; indicate emphasis by using italics.

  • Format document for use on standard 8.5 x 11" (21.6 x 28 cm.) paper.

  • The manuscript should contain the following sections:

Title page (includes author's name and address and up to five key words)
Abstract (title only; do not include author's name)
Author's statement (author's affiliation, acknowledgment of research support, etc.)
Notes (keep to an absolute minimum)
References Cited

Each of these sections should begin on a new page. Indicate placement of figures and tables in the text, but place the figures and tables separately at the end. Include a separate list of table headings and figure captions.

III. Submission of Electronic Copy-Files, Formats, and Figures

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via our submission portal at as a Microsoft Word document.  Supplemental materials can be uploaded in the supplementary documents section during the submission process. Authors are reminded to embed any special fonts or characters such as Arabic fonts etc. Adobe PDF formatted submissions will not be accepted without prior permission from the editors.  Authors may be requested to submit paper copies as needed.

All materials, including tables, maps, kinship diagrams etc, in as much as possible, should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.  For other formats, contact the editors or editorial staff directly at

A 200-word abstract and author's statement (including keywords, present affiliation, and research acknowledgments) must be included for publication with each manuscript.

On the new website you will be asked to comply to/or have the following prepared.

  • The submission has not been previously published nor is it before another journal for consideration; or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor.

  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format. The submission does not exceed 8,000 words, including abstract, References Cited, and tables. The submission observes US conventions of English usage and spelling.

  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); with figures and tables placed at the end.

  • The text meets this journal's formatting requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines found in About the Journal. Because Human Organization is peer reviewed, all author identification has been removed.

  • I have read and understand the copyright notice. I also understand that, by submitting my paper electronically to Human Organization, I agree to all the conditions set forth in the copyright agreement.

  • I have removed any identifying information (author's names etc.) from the manuscript so that it conforms with the double-blind review policy.

  • I have included an abstract at the beginning of the manuscript as well as key words.

  • I will list SIX potential reviewers (including their current email addresses) for this manuscript in the "Comments to the Editor" section directly below. These individuals must not have a close personal or collaborative relationship with the author and should not be current or former teachers or students. The editor reserves the right to submit the manuscript to review with readers partly or entirely of his choosing.

  • If I fail to comply with items 1 through 8 in this submission checklist, I understand that my submission will be returned to me for appropriate reformatting.

It is the policy of Human Organization to review all manuscripts without charge to authors. Furthermore, manuscripts by members of the Society for Applied Anthropology (at least one member in the case of multiple authors) accepted for publication will be published without charge as a benefit of membership. However, non-members of the Society will be required to a pay a $80 nonrefundable publication/membership fee at the time of acceptance and will then receive the publication as a benefit of membership.  All payments should be made via the SfAA website (  Do not mail payments to the editorial office.

All Authors’ correspondence should be made via email, read receipt requested to:  Supplemental manuscript copies and essential paper correspondence should be addressed to the editorial office:


Sarah Lyon, Editor-in-Chief
Human Organization
Department of Anthropology
University of Kentucky
202 Lafferty Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0024 USA


Editoral Assistant:
Heather Sawyer

Style Guide

Human Organization Style Guide