Anthropology in Action

Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

Information for Contributors

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Download the AIA Submission Guidelines and Style Guide (PDF) here.

General Instructions

The journal welcomes research-based papers, commentaries, and debate and literature review articles. You are welcome to contact the Editor to clarify whether your proposed article is suitable for submission. Articles should normally be 5,000 to 6,000 words, but shorter pieces are also welcome. Please contact the Editor if you wish to submit a longer article.

Email submissions are preferred and should be sent to the Editor Christine McCourt at However, if you prefer to submit by hard copy, please send two printed copies together with a copy on disk to:

Dr Christine McCourt, Editor
Department of Midwifery and Child Health
School of Community and Health Sciences
City University London
Alexandra Building, Philpot Street
London E1 2EA, United Kingdom

Please also supply an abstract for your article (100-150 words) together with up to eight keywords. You should at the same time submit a brief biographical note for the List of Contributors. You should also clearly note your contact details (including e-mail and mailing address) up to the planned date of publication. If your plans change significantly and you are likely to be away, please inform the Editor as soon as possible. On acceptance of your article, you will be sent an Assignment of Copyright Form to sign and return—a signed copy of the form must be on file with the Editor before the issue goes to press. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted at proof stage.

Style Guide

The AIA Style Guide is based on the Berghahn Books House Style Guide for British English, which follows The Oxford Guide to Style (OGS). Please consult the guide for a summary of key stylistic requirements and conventions, including dates, transliteration, quotations marks, references, and artwork submission. Please note that the journal uses British punctuation and spelling, following The Oxford English Dictionary (OED). We can also recommend Hart's Rules (OUP) and The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors as useful alternative reference works.

If you have any further questions or a query pertaining to a style issue not addressed in any of the guides, please contact Editor Christine McCourt.

Ethics Statement

Authors published in Anthropology in Action (AIA) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars or practitioners in the field. While every effort is made by the publishers and the editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. Authors and contributors are expected to follow ethical principles in their work at all times, and should refer to the current ASA or AAA or other relevant professional ethical guidelines. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete AIA Ethics Statement.