Information for Authors

Practicing Anthropology is a career-oriented publication of the Society for Applied Anthropology.  PA strives to be a participatory publication.  Authors are invited to submit special issues and individual articles for review.

All contributions published in Practicing Anthropology reflect the views of the authors and not necessarily viewpoints adopted by The Society for Applied Anthropology, the institutions with which the authors are affiliated, or the organizations involved in the journal's production.


Articles, Photos and Other Materials


Articles should be written in an interesting style that maintains readers' attention. The length should be roughly 3,500 words including all bios, references and tables (if applicable).  The number of references should not exceed 12. Citations should be in the American Anthropological Association style.  The style guide is available at  Please insert page numbers.

Authors should submit a one-paragraph bio with each article. The bio should contain the author's affiliations, research activities, and email address (or other contact info if preferred).  Submissions can be accompanied by 2-3 relevant images with captions.  Photos should be sent by email in the .gif or .jpeg format

In addition to the article, bio and photos, please submit a 100-150 word abstract and three key words.

Manuscripts  should be sent in Microsoft word format, and photos in .jpg or .gif format, to

Please label your document and photos in a way that clearly identities them. For instance, the Word manuscript file for Margaret Mead would be "MeadM.PA.docx and photos MeadMPhoto#(e.g., 1-3).PA.jpg. or MeadMPhoto#(e.g.,1-3)PA.tif. Please make sure that we have captions for your photos. Captions should be included at the end of the Word manuscript file. Photos should be submitted separately as .jpg or .tif files.

Creative submissions

Practicing Anthropology is now accepting submission fo creative work written by anthropologists and collaborators. Creative submissions should relate in some way to social scientists conducting fieldwork and/or engaging in the practice of ethnographic and mixed-methods research. 

Submissions can be visual pieces, flash fiction, non-fiction, fieldnotes/field notes, first person reflections or narratives, poetry, children's stories, or other creations. Written work should be brief and may not to exceed 3,500 words. 

Creators of accepted pieces will maintain a Creative Commons License allowing for reprints and use with a note that it was published first in Practicing Anthropology. 

Submissions should include relevant information on permissions including photo release and informed consent documentation if the submitted piece was created within the context of fieldwork. Send creative submissions or questions to with the heading Creative Submission. We will respond to your submissions as quickly as possible (usually within one month).


Special Issues

Practicing Anthropology welcomes suggestions for special editions on topics about applied or practicing anthropology are most welcome.  Potential guest editors are encouraged to contact the editors and reach an agreement in principle about the topic(s) and theme of 8-10 articles for a full issue, or 4-5 for a partial issue.  Please submit abstracts, 1-2 page proposals, or samples of papers already written (e.g., conference papers).  After the agreement is reached, the special issue editor works closely with his or her colleagues on the papers making sure all submissions fall within the guidelines listed above.

The special issue editor submits articles to the Practicing Anthropology editors for review.  After review, the Practicing Anthropology editors will work with the guest editor and authors regarding revisions of content, style and grammar.

The special theme editor will also work with the PA editor on the introduction and in selecting a cover photo for the themed issue.


Manuscript Review

Practicing Anthropology is an editor-reviewed publication, and it is the policy of Practicing Anthropology to review all manuscripts without charge to the 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 pay an $50 non-refundable publication fee at the time of acceptance and will then receive the publication.



Please contact editor Lisa Jane Hardy or editorial assistant Shaylynne Shuler at Northern Arizona University for more information on upcoming issues and deadlines. Submissions are always welcome. We will notify authors of production deadlines once a manuscript has been accepted for publication.