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The Arizona Anthropologist is a competitive, high quality annual journal designed, reviewed and published by an editorial board of graduate students in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

Focus and Scope

Arizona Anthropologist is a graduate student run peer-reviewed journal that publishes on an annual basis. We accept manuscripts in all fields of anthropology, with the following criteria:

  • Students not studying at one of the Arizona Universities are strongly encouraged to submit, however, the subject matter and geographical coverage are limited to the United States Southwest and/or the United States Southern Border Region.

We solicit three types of articles:

  • Traditional Scholarly Research Article, which range in length from 10-30 double spaced pages of text, not including figures, tables and bibliography. Articles that do not meet the criteria for Human Subjects Approval will not be considered for publication.
  • Photo Essay, a collection of images placed in a specific order to describe the progression of events, emotions, or concepts, are a medium that is well suited to anthropological topics and fieldwork. The recommended length is ten photographs, minimum length is six. The photos should be organized into a narrative with an introduction, body and conclusion; the Photo Essay will have a clear anthropological theme. The Photo Essay can range from purely photographic work, photographs with captions to essays with accompanying photographs. The author has to be the photographer and own the copyright on all images. Contact the editor for photo release and model release forms and photo submission guidelines. As a FYI, the journal currently prints in Black and White.
  • Notes from the Field, are less formal papers, focusing on aspects of fieldwork often rendered invisible in scholarly writing. Such topics include, but are not limited to, student’s experiences in adapting methodologies to specific contexts, negotiating ethical dilemmas, struggling to develop balanced and equitable representations, responding to changing field conditions, gaining access and building trust, engaging in advocacy, meeting the multiple and often conflicting expectations of different stakeholders. These thematic papers should be relatively short (5-20 double-spaced pages), avoid excessive use of citations, and be grounded in personal experience. We believe that sharing some of the difficulties encountered and lessons learned during our fieldwork will help prepare other graduate students for the experience.

Submission Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Word or Rich Text Format documents, formatted with the American Anthropological Association Style Guide.
  3. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and quotations. Authors should make sure they are correct, in substance and style.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses Times New Roman 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review (below) have been followed.

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Authors are responsible for ensuring their article does not infringe upon any copyright; violate any other right of any third parties; contain any scandalous, libelous, or unlawful matter; or make any improper invasion of the privacy of any person. The author(s) agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the University of Arizona against any claim or proceeding undertaken on any of the aforementioned grounds. Permission to use 3rd party materials e.g. figures, tables, photographs, illustrations, trade literature and data must be secured prior to publication and authors must include these permissions with their final submission.

Peer Review

When an article is first submitted to Arizona Anthropologist, the Editor-in-Chief determines it is eligible for publication (IRB approval if appropriate, etc.). If it passes this preliminary test, three reviewers are selected to read it, and provide feedback. We do a double-blind peer-review process, meaning that the reviewers do not know who wrote the paper and the author will not know who reviewed their work. Graduate students who are knowledgeable in Anthropology and Anthropology-related fields are recruited as potential reviewers. We typically allow one month for the reviewer to provide feedback. Reviewers for Arizona Anthropologist are asked to evaluate articles based on whether they think it is a contribution to the field or demonstrates a new or skillful application of the anthropological principles on which it is based, and accessible to researchers in any of the four fields of Anthropology.

Ideally, we seek three people to review an article:

  • one person who is most likely to be very knowledgeable in the field the author is discussing,
  • another person within the general sub-field,
  • and then someone outside of the subfield in order to make sure the paper is understandable and potentially have relevance outside of a particular sub-field.


Arizona Anthropologist allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

Journals published in journals hosted by the University of Arizona Libraries' Publishing Program do not charge author publishing fees. All journals hosted by the University of Arizona Libraries are fully open access, with no charges to access or to publish.

Publication Cycle

Arizona Anthropologist is published periodically by graduate students in the University of Arizona School of Anthropology.


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