Author Guidelines

Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR) is a semiannual journal devoted to the anthropology of law and politics, most broadly conceived.  It publishes work that is distinguished by its innovative definition of problems, ethnographic orientation or theoretical outlook.  We welcome submissions of manuscripts between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length, book reviews between 800 and 1,000 words in length, and contributions to the Directions section of between 900 and 4,000 words in length. All word counts should include notes and references.

This style guide is intended to provide guidance to authors in preparing copy for publication in PoLAR.  For matters of style not covered here, consult the reference list at the end of this style guide or contact the editorial office.

In the interest of making Political and Legal Anthropology Review a space for furthering scholarly conversation, authors are strongly encouraged to consult the journal's archive  for articles of relevance to their topic as they prepare their manuscript. 

The editor reserves the right to reject or return for revision any material submitted, on the grounds of inappropriate subject matter, quality, or length, or because of nonconformity with this style guide. 

PoLAR does not pay authors for their manuscripts, nor does it provide retyping, drawing, or mounting of illustrations, or other such services.  These are the responsibility of the author.

Authors remain responsible for the content of their articles, for the accuracy of quotations and their correct attribution, for the legal right to publish any material submitted, for the inclusion of mandatory acknowledgments and/or disclaimers, and for submitting their manuscripts in proper form for publication.  


Articles and Book Reviews
   Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words in length (including notes and references) and book reviews should not exceed 1,000 words.  Type authorship, institutional affiliation, complete address, phone number, fax, and e-mail on a separate sheet.  Submissions of manuscripts should also include an abstract and at least five keywords. Figures should be provided as separate files and should be high resolution: 300 DPI for photos; 600 DPI for line art or images with text.  The preferred formats for image files are EPS, PDF, or TIFF.  For more info, see our Electronic Artwork Guidelines. A manuscript submitted to PoLAR should not be under simultaneous consideration by any other journal or have been previously published.

To submit a manuscript, please go to PoLAR's ScholarOne site at Please contact the PoLAR editorial office at with any concerns or questions related to the submission process.

Directions Pieces   This section of PoLAR provides a forum for exchange about the changing practices in the field.  Material submitted for this section should not exceed 4,000 words in length and may include any one of the following (for which no abstract is necessary):
• Grant proposal applications addressing issues in the anthropology of law and politics.
• A brief essay or report on research that makes a contribution to political and legal anthropology and that can be communicated most effectively in commentary format. 
• Course syllabi that investigate themes and topics of political and legal anthropology and expand the purview of the field.
• Interviews with persons of interest to members of the field.
• Debates on questions of interests to anthropologists of law and politics.

Authors are encouraged to communicate informally with the editorial office if they have questions about or suggestions for this section of the journal.

Evaluation   Generally, manuscripts are evaluated by two or more peer reviewers and by the editor. Authors are notified as soon as a decision has been made to accept or reject a submission.  Some rejections are made with the invitation to revise and resubmit, but in all cases a new evaluation of the revised manuscript will be made.

Typing the manuscript   Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout, including notes, references, tables, figures, captions, and quotations.  Use 8 1/2' x 11' white paper.  Text should be standard 12-point font and have margins (top, bottom, and both sides) of at least 1'.

Please include as separate sections and in the following order:

• title page with complete title, author name(s) and affiliation(s), a current mailing address, phone number, and e-mail
• text
• endnotes (this section, entitled 'Notes,' no quotation marks, contains any acknowledgments which are not numbered and precede the actual footnotes and then the footnotes themselves which are used for explanatory purposes)
• references cited (headed by 'References Cited,' no quotation marks)
• figure captions (each on a separate page)
• tables or figures (each on a separate page)

All of the pages must be numbered consecutively.

Note on Headings   If you wish to divide your article into sections, headings must be used.  Do not use numbers, as these are not part of PoLAR style.  Section headings should be left-justified, in bold, and not in all-caps.

For all specific guidelines pertaining to textual elements, see the PoLAR Style Guide

BOOKS FOR REVIEW SHOULD BE SENT TO: Matthew Wolf-Meyer, Department of Anthropology, Binghampton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghampton, NY 13902-6000

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

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