Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

Information for Contributors

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The Board of Editors welcomes contributions for publication in Focaal.

Please send submissions to: Luisa Steur, Managing Editor

Department of Anthropology
University of Copenhagen
Oster Farimagsgade 5
Opgang E
DK-1353 Copenhagen K

Submitted articles and theme sections are evaluated by anonymous peer review. Forum articles and review articles are published with consent of the editors and with the full responsibility of the authors.


General style guidelines

Download Style Guide here (PDF)

  • Use concise titles
  • Do not use notes for referencing.
  • Provide acknowledgments under separate heading.
  • Provide page numbers for all quotes.
  • Reference list should include full names (not just initials) of authors.
  • Do not capitalize titles, subtitles, or referenced book titles.
  • Focaal style of reference to be followed — see samples in Style Guide


Theme Section Proposals

Should include:

  • 1 page introduction outlining original contribution/theoretical intervention of theme section
  • list of abstracts of proposed articles
  • short biographical notes of authors and theme section editor(s)


Theme Section

  • Will be 40,000 words max. (including notes and references)—that is, 3 to 5 articles plus introduction. Theme section articles should cohere in an obvious and interesting manner.
  • Will include an introduction that lays out substantively the intellectual program behind the theme section: how does the theme section intervene in existing debates in anthropology?
  • Will include a picture for the cover of the volume, referred to in the introduction. The picture should be:
    • of good technical quality (pixel density suitable for printing, well-composed)
    • reflect in an interesting and original manner the theme of the section as well as the general mission of the journal (as stated in the journal blurb)
    • be available in terms of copyright
  • Theme section articles should include:
    • an abstract of 150 words (no verbatim sections from text)
    • list of 5 keywords
    • biographical note of 75 words
    • contact e-mail of author


General Articles

Articles should be 8000 words max — including notes and references.

  • an abstract of 150 words (no verbatim sections from text)
  • a list of 5 keywords
  • a biographical note of 75 words
  • contact e-mail of author


Forum Articles

Max. 5000 words—including notes and references.

  • biographical note of 75 words
  • contact e-mail of author

Forum Style: few references, more free essayist and assertive, experimental writing, including much local detail in the narrative and presenting a more personal voice. Authors are encouraged to bring forward a strong intellectual/political statement, accompanied by reportage.

Review Articles

Max. 3000 words – including notes and references.

N.B. for further instructions see Book Review Info page.

  • biographical note of 75 words
  • contact e-mail of author


Ethics Statement

Authors published in Focaal (FCL) certify that their works are original and their own. The 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 Focaal Ethics Statement.