Author Guidelines

Ethos is an interdisciplinary and international quarterly journal devoted to scholarly articles dealing with the interrelationships between the individual and the sociocultural milieu, between the psychological disciplines and the social and cultural disciplines. Ethos is the official journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (

Ethos accepts theoretical reviews and essays, research reports, book reviews, book review essays, and brief commentary. Ethos also publishes occasional guest edited, thematic collections of articles published as special issues. Submission of special issues must be arranged with the Editor in advance.

Research reports may use a wide range of methodological approaches and epistemological standpoints, although qualitative, ethnographic, and mixed-methods approaches are typical.

Manuscript Types
Ethos considers manuscripts of the following types:

Theoretical reviews and essays (no more than 10000 words in the main body of the manuscript exclusive of the references cited and endnotes) are manuscripts that bring together and/or critically address contemporary currents in scholarly work of interest to those working in the intersections of anthropology and the psychological disciplines with the goal of making significant, novel, and well-informed interventions into these currents. These essays should be empirically grounded and draw on a diversity of findings from a range of ethnographic and other empirical reports. These essays could also serve to bring important developments in other sub-disciplines in anthropology or other psychological disciplines to the theoretical and empirical projects that fit within Ethos’ mission. Finally, these essays could engage the historical legacies within these disciplines in an attempt to reinvigorate enduring themes and theoretical issues that have particular relevance for contemporary theoretical currents. All theoretical reviews and essays are peer reviewed in a single-blind review process. Authors who wish to have their manuscripts reviewed in a double-blind process should submit a manuscript with all identifying information masked prior to first submission.

Research reports (between 8500 and 10000 words in the main body of the manuscript exclusive of the references cited and endnotes at the time of first submission) are reports of the findings or results of original empirical research by the author(s) that make a significant and contemporary contribution to the development and testing of theoretical projects of interest to those working in areas that fit Ethos’ mission. Ethos welcomes research reports from a range of epistemological and methodological standpoints. However, work that is explicitly grounded in particular social, cultural, and historical contexts and that uses ethnographic qualitative or mixed-method approaches is preferred. Authors of research reports should also describe briefly the details and appropriateness of their methodological approach and in a clearly defined section of the manuscript. All research reports and essays are peer reviewed in a single-blind review process. Authors who wish to have their manuscripts reviewed in a double-blind process should submit a manuscript with all identifying information masked prior to first submission.

Book Reviews: Book reviews should describe and evaluate the project undertaken by the book’s author(s) and summarize the primary contribution(s) of the work. A constructive critical assessment of significance in light of specific relevant literature and research should constitute the main discussion. Attention should be given to how effectively the volume under review speaks to the mission of Ethos to address the individual in socio-cultural milieus, and integrating psychological and anthropological perspectives. The review might comment briefly on the quality of the writing in this work and its appropriateness for teaching. Book reviews should be between 800 – 1,000 words long exclusive of any references cited. Book reviews are not peer-reviewed but are published at the discretion of the Editor and Book Reviews Editor. Ethos editorial staff (the Book Reviews Editor in particular) typically commissions reviews for Ethos but non-commissioned reviews will also be considered.

Book Review Essays: Book review essays for Ethos should consider two or more books on a single theme. Essays should describe and evaluate the projects of each book/author in relation to the others, as well as in the broader context of scholarship on the particular theme uniting the texts. We envision book review essays as something like a cross between an annual review article and a book review, in that they should seek to provide systematic examination of scholarly advances in a specific area of research, but should focus especially on a discussion of how the specific books selected for review advance knowledge about and contribute to this area of research. Essays should also specifically address the relevance of the books and the theme they address to psychological anthropology and psychocultural studies. Essays will be commissioned by the Ethos editorial staff (the book reviews editor in particular) but non-commissioned essays will be considered. Book review essays are expected to be a maximum of 3,000 words long.

Brief Commentary: (no more than 1500 words in the main body of the manuscript exclusive of the references cited and endnotes at the time of first submission). Ethos occasionally publishes brief scholarly commentary that critically and constructively addresses the contributions of work that has appeared in previous issues. These are not peer reviewed and are published at the discretion of the Editor.

Special Issues
Ethos regularly publishes collections of theoretical reviews, essays, and research reports that address a single topic as special issues. Arrangements for the submission of a special issue must be arranged with the Editor in advance. Interested guest editors of special issues should contact the editorial office and speak with the Editor for further information.

How to Prepare and Submit Manuscripts for Review
Manuscripts prepared for review should be submitted electronically to If you have not already registered an account at the ScholarOne Ethos Manuscripts portal, you will be prompted to create one. Once you have completed the User Account Creation process and clicked “Finish,” you will be prompted to log into your user account. You may then enter your “Author Center” and click to submit your work. If you already have an account, please sign in and enter your “Author Center” to proceed with your submission. Please follow the instructions provided throughout the electronic manuscript submission process. Uploading of manuscript files will be Step 6 – File Upload in the submission process within your “Author Center.” When your manuscript is successfully submitted, you will receive an immediate email confirmation. Your main text file should be uploaded in WORD.docx format.

Prior to submission, please ensure that the final manuscript should follow AAA guidelines as outlined in the “AAA Style Guide” located at For matters of style not covered in the guide consult Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2003) for spelling and hyphenation of words and The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010) for capitalization, punctuation, and so forth.

Include in the main manuscript file (.docx) file the following elements (in order):
A title page: a complete title and running head, and author(s)’ name(s) and affiliation(s) (identifiers may be masked at the author’s discretion for double-blind review purposes).
An abstract and key terms: 150 words or less followed by 4 key terms
The main body of the manuscript: (within the word limits for the manuscript type given above)
Acknowledgments: For Manuscripts based on research with human subjects should include an indication as part of ‘Acknowledgements” of the IRB approval and community approvals where appropriate given the authors’ institutional context. Please also indicate the funding sources for your research as appropriate and any conflicts of interests that the research funding might present.
References Cited
A list of table and Figure captions
Notes as endnotes

Each manuscript element listed above should begin on a new page and all pages should be numbered consecutively.

Tables and Figures. These should be clearly numbered and each uploaded (Step 6) as separate files. Figures should NOT have captions in the artwork file. Table titles should appear with tables. See special instructions for formatting tables and figures below.

References. All entries in the References Cited list must be cited in the text and vice versa. References in the text are cited in parentheses, with last names(s), year of publication, and, where necessary, page numbers; for example, (Jones 1976:34-37). Compile References Cited in alphabetical order and in chronological order for two or more works by the same author(s). See the “AAA Style Guide” for further information.

Tables. Number tables consecutively in order of their appearance in the text. Provide a short, descriptive title for each table with each table file and also include table titles in the separate listing of table and figure captions. Within the body of the text indicate clearly where each table should appear. Do NOT embed tables in the text but supply them as separate documents, one table per file. Tables should be prepared in WORD.

Figures. Authors must supply material suitable for reproduction. There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We prefer that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. For all text within a figure please be certain that font size is large enough to undergo reduction in publication. Do NOT send PowerPoint, Corel, or Excel files as art. Indicate in the body of the text where each figure should appear. Additional art preparation guidelines may be supplied if the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Copy Editing and Proofs
Authors are expected to check copy edited manuscripts and their proofs for typographical errors and errors in fact. No rewriting at proof stage is permitted, and any changes suggested by authors at either stage are subject to editorial approval. Authors should return corrections to copy edits and proofs to the editor within 48 hours of receiving them, and they should keep the editor informed of address and contact information changes until they have received proofs.

Statement on the Use of Gendered Language
We remind authors of the American Anthropological Association’s 1974 resolution on the generic use of the term man. Whenever possible this term should be replaced by more comprehensive and nondiscriminatory language such as people and human beings. Other unnecessarily gendered language should be avoided, including the personification as male of hypothetical groups or individuals (e.g., “the anthropologist’s view of his task”). This is critical where cross-cultural materials are presented (e.g., “the native healer invokes his spirit guide”). Is “native healer” a gender specific role in the society at issue? As well, authors are cautioned in the use of she/he and his/her as a matter of style. We recommend pluralization or use of the possessive their (“anthropologists’ view of their task”) in working around such modifiers.

Contact the Editorial Office

Please direct any questions about submitting manuscripts and reviews to the editors below.

Main Editorial Office:
Edward D. Lowe
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo CA, 92656
949-480-4387 (Office)

For Book Reviews Contact:
Rebecca Seligman
Book Reviews Editor
Department of Anthropology
1810 Hinman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 491-7207 
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Global Health Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research Northwestern University

Open Access Publishing
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Copyright Agreements
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