Changes for AAP in 2015


The NAPA would like to announce a number of important transitions and changes to the AAP. After many years of remarkable service as editors, Drs. David Himmelgreen and Satish Kedia will turn over editorial responsibilities to incoming editor, Dr. John Brett of the University of Colorado Denver. The two issues for volume 38 have been or soon will be published (“Practicing Forensic Anthropology: A Human Rights Approach to the Global Problem of Missing and Unidentified Persons,” and “Biocultural Approaches to Health Disparities in Global Contexts.”) completing the editorial duties for Drs. Himmelgreen and Kedia.

The American Anthropological Association is conducting an extensive review of its publishing program in light of significant changes in the journal publishing world. This has presented NAPA and the AAP with important opportunities to reconsider the journal’s direction and improve upon what has been a very successful format over the last seven years. The NAPA Executive Committee, Publications Committee, and the current and incoming editors have worked hard over the last twelve months to bring to fruition the following changes. Given the substantial increase in the number of practicing anthropologists, there is a clear need for another high quality peer-reviewed publication outlet for applied, practicing, and engaged anthropologists. To that end NAPA has decided to transition the AAP from its current single-theme monograph format to a focus on publishing volunteered submissions on a range of topics. Through the two issues of volume 39 (2015) the journal will be a “hybrid” with approximately half of each issue devoted to a single theme and the other half dedicated to volunteered papers. Beginning with volume 40 in 2016 the AAP will be a fully volunteered paper journal providing an important new venue for practicing scholars and widening the field of offerings in the AAP.

To facilitate this change we are going to adopt the electronic submission platform, ScholarOne. There are substantive advantages to using an electronic platform because it simplifies the process of submission, review and editing thus shortening the time between submission and publication.

The NAPA decided to be among the first of the publishing sections in the AAA portfolio to move into a fully-digital publication in 2015. AAA will be moving to an all-digital format for all its publications by 2016. This further streamlines the process and shortens the time from submission to publication for the AAP. Both electronic submission and digital publication will begin with the first issue of volume 39 (print copies will be available by special order).

NAPA members will receive an email link to each issue upon its publication and all past and future issues will continue to be available through AnthroSource.

We will begin accepting volunteered papers for volume 39 to the ScholarOne platform on January 3rd, 2015. If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact the incoming editor, John Brett at To submit a manuscript (after January 5th, 2015) through ScholarOne, please go to which will take you to the author submission page.

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