Author Guidelines

The Submission Process. Papers submitted for publication are initially considered by the editor and the editorial staff. Following this initial evaluation, papers may then be read by three outside peer-reviewers or returned directly to the author for revision. The work of editorial and peer-review is undertaken with the greatest possible speed and is usually complete within two months of submission. Articles submitted for publication should not have been previously published or be under concurrent review by another journal or as part of an edited book. Authors may suggest the names of potential reviewers, but the editor will not be limited to these suggestions. The editor is available to consult with potential authors prior to the submission of a manuscript for formal consideration.

Article manuscripts submitted to Museum Anthropology should be double-spaced, with at least one inch margins on all sides. An abstract of 100-150 words that summarizes the scope and findings of the paper is required. Papers that are sent to external peer-reviewers are based on a double-blind review process, in which both the author and reviewers remain anonymous. For this reason, all references to the author’s identity within the manuscript should be masked. Additionally, authorship, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and acknowledgements should be given separately and only on the first page of the manuscript. The body of the paper should begin on page two, headed only with the paper's title, which should be followed by the abstract and the paper itself.

Manuscripts should be submitted via email to, as attachments in Word or Rich Text Format (RTF). Papers that include complex non-English character sets should also be submitted as PDF files. Scholars without easy access to email may submit a single copy of the paper by mail to:Lea S. McChesney, Editor, Museum Anthropology, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology,MSC01 1050, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. If accepted, final versions of papers originally submitted for review in paper form must be provided in digital form.

In matters of style, including the formatting of citations and references, Museum Anthropology follows the 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Major style issues include:

• Style: Write in a clear and readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language, and plurals rather than he/she.

• Spellings: American English spellings should be used (e.g., organize not organise, artifact not artefact); spell out numbers one through ten and numbers beginning a sentence.

• Punctuation: Use double quotes, and single quotation marks only within double quotes; quotation marks should be placed on the outside of punctuation (except for question marks, colons, and exclamation points); present dates in the form of July 1, 2009, twentieth century, 1960s (not 60’s); use only a single space after all punctuation; use periods in abbreviations, contractions, and acronyms (e.g., A.D., U.S.A., Dr., Ph.D.); use a serial comma (e.g., red, blue, and green).

• Permissions: Authors are solely responsible for obtaining and providing proof of permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

• Formatting: Submitted manuscripts should not contain any track changes or visible editorial tracking tools; do not put endnote callouts on display type such as titles, section heads, or epigraphs; all section headings should be clearly identifiable, but do not number section heads.

• References: Articles requiring notes should use endnotes rather than footnotes; manuscripts that do not strictly follow the Chicago Manual of Style reference style may be returned without review.

For a summary of how to format references and citations, please see:

For anything not covered in this summary, please consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

Article contributions to Museum Anthropology generally do not exceed 8,000 words, including notes and other elements. Peerreviewed commentaries generally range from 2,000 to 6,000 words. Authors wishing to submit longer works are advised to discuss their proposed projects with the editor.

Figures. As submitted, articles should include workable copies of any proposed illustrations (drawings, photographs, maps, et cetera). These should not be embedded within the manuscript but should be forwarded to the editor as one or more separate files. The editor will provide guidance to the authors of accepted manuscripts for the preparation of final illustration materials in appropriate electronic formats.

Note: Starting in 2016, the journals of the AAA will be digital-fully, including Museum Anthropology. This shift poses some opportunities for authors in 2016 and beyond. Authors are encouraged to include four-color art, supporting information, and/or to create a video abstract on YouTube or Vimeo that can be linked to from the article. Authors can help researchers locate their content online by paying particular attention to titles, subtitles, and abstracts, see:

Museum Anthropology is a forum for the presentation of scholarly research and for the promotion of discussion and debate in the field. In achieving the journal's mission, the editor is assisted by an editorial board that provides counsel on matters of editorial policy, assists in insuring the widest possible involvement of the field in the work of the journal, and offers specialist knowledge of particular areas within its purview. The views expressed by contributors to the journal are not necessarily those of the editor, the editorial board, the Council for Museum Anthropology, the AAA, or Wiley-Blackwell. As a publication of the AAA, Museum Anthropology operates within the general framework of policies that governs the Association's broader program of scientific communication. 

Copyright Agreements. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the journal's standard license agreement to sign.

Authors are permitted to self-archive the peer-reviewed (but not final) version of the Contribution on the Contributor’s personal website, in the Contributor’s company/institutional repository or archive, and in certain not for profit subject-based repositories such as PubMed Central as listed at the following website:

There are separate arrangements with certain funding agencies governing reuse of this version as set forth at the following website:

The Contributor may not update the accepted version or replace it with the published Contribution.

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

OnlineOpen. If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your funder requirements.
For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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