Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

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Published since 1990, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) engages with current debates and innovative research agendas addressing the social and cultural transformations of contemporary European societies. The journal serves as an important forum for ethnographic research in and on Europe, which in this context is not defined narrowly as a geopolitical entity but rather as a meaningful cultural construction in people's lives, which both legitimates political power and calls forth practices of resistance and subversion. By presenting both new field studies and theoretical reflections on the history and politics of studying culture in Europe anthropologically, AJEC encompasses different academic traditions of engaging with its subject, from social and cultural anthropology to European ethnology and empirische Kulturwissenschaften.

In addition to the thematic focus of each issue, which has characterised the journal from its inception, AJEC now also carries individual articles on other topics addressing aspects of social and cultural transformations in contemporary Europe from an ethnographically grounded anthropological perspective. All such contributions are peer reviewed. Each issue also includes book reviews and reports on major current research programmes.

The Board of Editors welcomes contributions. Authors should submit articles as word attachments by e-mail, formatted as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format files. Electronic submissions are preferred, but mailed contributions will be reviewed. Please note that all correspondence will be transmitted via e-mail.

Each issue has a thematic focus, which is supervised either by a guest editor or a member of the editorial board. Details of themes and editors are normally announced at least two issues in advance. All correspondence should be addressed to the editorial office unless otherwise indicated. Please send submissions of articles to the Editor, Ullrich Kockel, at Authors interested in reviewing books or writing review articles should contact the Reviews Editor, Máiréad Nic Craith, directly at

Articles should be 6,000 to 8,000 words (including notes and references), although longer articles may be considered. Reviews should be 800 words, and Review Essays must have a minimum of three titles reviewed and be 2,000 to 4,000 words in length.

The document must be set at the US letter or A4 paper size standard. The entire document (including the notes and references) should be double-spaced with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins on all sides. A 12-point standard font such as Times or Times New Roman is required and should be used for all text, including headings, notes, and references. An unusual character or diacritical mark should be flagged, as the character may not translate correctly during typesetting.

The cover page should provide the title of the article, complete contact information for each author (address, phone, fax, and e-mail), biographical data of approximately 100 words for each author, and any acknowledgments. Please provide a total word count and indicate the number of tables and/or figures included. The figures should be named clearly so that their placement in text can easily be matched to where they are called out in the text.

The article must include an abstract of no more than 150 words and 6 to 8 keywords. The abstract should not duplicate the text verbatim but include the research question or puzzle, identify the data, and give some indication of the findings. Keywords will be drawn from the content and not duplicate the article title.

Upon acceptance, authors are required to submit copyright agreements and all necessary permission letters for reprinting or modifying copyrighted materials, both textual and graphic. The author is fully responsible for obtaining all permissions and clearing any associated fees.

Figures and corresponding captions should be placed in separate files; only placement indicators should appear in the main text. Figures should be numbered consecutively as they appear in text. Please number items individually (figure 1, 2, 3, 4) as opposed to grouping items together (figure 1, figure 2a, 2b, 2c).

For optimal reproduction, figures or photos should be submitted as TIFF (resolution at 300 dpi) or EPS (800 dpi), black and white, with all fonts embedded. Additionally, all images should be approximately 4 x 4 inches at the resolution indicated. Figures may also be submitted on glossy camera-ready paper. Tables and corresponding captions should be placed in separate files; only placement indicators should appear in the main text. As with the figures, please be sure to number the tables consecutively.

AJEC is a refereed journal. Articles are sent to at least two scholars with relevant experience and expertise. Referees are asked to advise the editors whether the article should be published and, if so, with what recommended changes. The editors respond to the author with their decision and a list of any changes needed for the article to be accepted for publication. They also send the anonymous referees' comments to the author.

Manuscripts that have been accepted for publication but do not conform to the style guide may be rejected or returned to the author for amendment. The editors also reserve the right to alter usage to conform to the style guide issued by the publishers. Authors may not supply new materials or request major alterations following the copyediting stage, so please ensure that all text is final upon acceptance. Contributors will receive one free copy of the relevant issue.

The AJEC style guide is based on The Oxford Guide to Style (OGS), with some deviations for house preferences. The journal uses British punctuation and spelling, following The Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Please refer to the AJEC Style Guide (PDF) for a summary of key stylistic requirements.

Authors published in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures (AJEC) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors and/or guest editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars 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. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete AJEC Ethics Statement.