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Book Symposia and Book Reviews

  • HAU does not publish book reviews. We kindly ask that you do not contact the journal with requests.
  • HAU also does not accept unsoliticted proposals for Book Symposia.

If you have any questions about HAU Book Symposia, please contact the editor-in-chief: giovannidacol@haujournal.org


Author Guidelines


HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory invites unsolicited contributions of several forms: articles, reviews and discussion articles, translations, and fora. Contributions should fall within the broad scope of the journal, as outlined in the statement of scope and focus. Contributors should present their material in a form that is accessible to a general anthropological readership. We especially invite contributions that engage with debates from previously published articles in the journal.

Submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed in accordance with our policy. Submissions will be immediately acknowledged but due to the review process, acceptance may take up to three months. Submissions should be submitted via our website submission form (see links above for registration and login). Once you login, make sure your user profile has "author" selected, then click "new submission" and follow the instructions carefully to submit your article. If problems arise, first check the FAQ and Troubleshooting guide posted below. If you are still experiencing difficulty, articles can be submitted to the editors as email attachments.

Each article should be accompanied by a title page that includes: all authors’ names, institutional affiliations, address, telephone numbers and e-mail address. Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words (inclusive of abstract 100-150 words, footnotes, bibliography and notes on contributors), unless permission for a longer submission has been granted in advance by the Editors. Each article must include a 100 words “note on contributor(s)” together will full institutional address details, including email address. We request that you submit this material (title page and notes on the contributors) as "supplementary files" rather than in the article itself, which will need to be blinded for peer-review. For tips on ensuring a blind peer-review, see here.

We are unable to pay for permissions to publish pieces whose copyright is not held by the author. Authors should secure rights before submitting translations, illustrations or long quotes. The views expressed in all articles are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the journal or its editors. After acceptance, authors and Special Issue guest editors whose institutions have an Open Access library fund must commit to apply to assist in article production costs. Proof of application will be requested. Though publication is not usually contingent on the availability of funding, the Journal is generally under no obligation to publish a work if funding which can be destined to support open access is not made available.

For the amount of fees, please contact the Editor in Chief. HAU is a gold open access journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a green open access journal in Sherpa-Romeo, and indexed by Scopus, ERIH, and many other indexes.

HAU uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, as the arbiter of manuscript style issues. In instances where Chicago defers to a dictionary and for spelling, we use Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

References (including references to personal communications) are placed in the body of the text, not in footnotes. For each quotation or statement specific enough to need a reference, place the citation in parentheses (author’s name, year of publication of work quoted or referred to, page[s] cited) thus: (Leach 1961) or (Johansen 1954: 148). We use colons and not commas (exception to CMS). Authors should cite only sources that are relevant and necessary; excessive citations in the body of the text should be avoided. There should be no excess entries in the bibliography that go uncited in the body of the manuscript.

All notes should appear as footnotes. The footnotes are restricted to material that is directly relevant to the text. Notes are numbered consecutively throughout the text by superscript numerals. We do not use “full-fact citation,” so references in the footnotes should follow the author-date style. Be aware that while the note number is superscript in the text, it appears in regular face and font in the note itself (see example below).

The only footnotes in the article should be content based, such as this:
1. Smith (1998) makes the same point but with a very different conclusion, namely that brown eggs are in fact healthier than white ones.

Footnotes should not be citational like these (instead use the author-date system as described above):

1. Brown 1992: 213-14.
2. Smith 1998; Jones 2006: 103.

Bibliographical references follow the author-date style (Chicago Manual of Style, chapter 15), and include full citation of every publication cited in the text. All entries must be double-spaced, listed alphabetically by the same author(s). When listing successive works by the same author, the 3-em dash replaces the preceding name or names only (not an added ed., trans. or whatever). The 3-em dash should replace the six hyphens (i.e., ------) if used in the manuscript.


Anderson, Benedict. 1991. Imagined communities: Reflections on the origins and spread of nationalism. Revised edition. New York: Verso.

Bourdieu, Pierre. 1977. Outline of a theory of practice. Translated by Richard Nice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Turner, Victor. 1957. Schism and continuity in an African society: A study in Ndembu village Life. Manchester: Manchester University Press on behalf of the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute, Northern Rhodesia.

Astuti, Rita, Jonathan Parry, and Charles Stafford, eds. 2007. Questions of anthropology. Oxford: Berg.

Chapters in books:

Fortes, Meyer. 1938. “Culture contact as a dynamic process.” In Methods of study of culture contact in Africa, edited by Bronislaw Malinowski, 60–92. Memorandum 15. London: Oxford University Press for the International Institute of African Languages and Cultures.

Edwards, Jeanette, and Marilyn Strathern. 2000. “Including your own.” In Cultures of relatedness: New approaches to the study of kinship, edited by Janet Carsten, 149–66. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Journal articles:

Radcliffe-Brown, Alfred R. 1924. “The mother’s brother in South Africa.” The South African Journal of Science 21: 542–55.

Clifford, James. 1994. “Diasporas.” Special issue, “Further inflections: Toward ethnographies of the future,” Cultural Anthropology 9 (3): 302–38.

Online journal articles (provide doi or url):

Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo. 2004. “Le don et le donné: trois nano-essais sur la parenté et la magie.” Ethnographiques.org 6 (Novembre). http://www.ethnographiques.org/2004/Viveiros-de-Castro.

(About URLs or DOI line breaks, see CMS 14.12)



To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file.

    For Microsoft 2003 and previous versions, and Macintosh versions of Word:

    • Under the File menu select: Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

    For MacIntosh Word 2008 (and future versions)

    1. Under the File menu select "Properties."
    2. Under the Summary tab remove all of the identifying information from all of the fields.
    3. Save the File.

    For Microsoft 2007 (Windows):

    1. Click on the office button in the upper-left hand corner of the office application
    2. Select "Prepare" from the menu options.
    3. Select "Properties" for the "Prepare" menu options.
    4. Delete all of the information in the document property fields that appear under the main menu options.
    5. Save the document and close the document property field section.

    For Microsoft 2010 (Windows):

    1. Under the File menu select "Prepare for sharing."
    2. Click on the "Check for issues" icon.
    3. click on "inspect document" icon.
    4. Uncheck all of the checkboxes except "Document Properties and Personal information".
    5. Run the document inspector, which will then do a search of the document properties and indicated if any document property fields contain any information.
    6. If the document inspector finds that some of the document properties contain information it will notify you and give you the option to "Remove all," which you will click to remove the document properties and personal information from the document.
  3. For PDF files:

    • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.



HAU is happy to review manuscripts written in French, Portuguese, or Spanish. If accepted, the author is responsible for submitting a professionally translated English version with the revised manuscript.




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There are two places to login on HAU's website. The first is on the bottom of left-hand menu at HAU's homepage. The second is on the footer of each page. You may also access the login page directly by clicking here.


I cannot log in to the system. How do I acquire a new user name and password?

If you cannot remember your username, please write an email to Ellen Kladky (ekladky@haujournal.org), who will locate your username and notify you. If you know your username, but cannot remember your password, please click the "Login" link on the left-hand menu at HAU's homepage. Below the fields for entering your username and password, you will notice a link that asks "Forgot your password?"; click that link and then enter your email adddress to reset your password. You will be sent an automated message with a temporary password and instructions for how to create a new password. TIP: If you do not receive the automated email in your inbox, please check your SPAM or Junk Mail folder. For any other issues, please contact our Managing Editor, Ellen Kladky (ekladky@haujournal.org).


How do I locate the online submission form and fill it out?

First you need to register or login (see above). Once you are logged in, make sure the "roles" section of your profile has "Author" selected. Once you assign yourself the role of "Author," save your profile and then click the "New Submission" link on your user home page. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://bit.ly/1EdLMj7

Please note that the above link will only work if you are logged in. Once you arrive at the submission form page, please read the instructions carefully filling out all necessary information. Unless specified otherwise by the editors, the journal section to be selected for your submission should be "Artlcles." Proceed to the remaining sections, checking all boxes of the submission preparation checklist, and checking the box in the copyright notice section (thus agreeing to HAU's copyright terms). Once the first page is completed, click "Save and Continue." The next page allows you to upload your submission. Use the form to choose your file from your computer. Make sure you click "Upload." The page will refresh and you may then click "Save and Continue." You will then proceed to a page for entering the metadata for your article. Please fill out all required fields and any further information you can provide. Click "Save and Continue." The next page allows you to upload supplementary files (images, audiovisual materials, etc.). These are not required, but if you wish to provide supplementary materials, please upload them here (do no forget to click "Upload." Then click "Save and Continue." This brings you to the final page of the submission form. Please click "Finish Submission" in order to close the submission process. You wil then be notified by email that your article has been successfully submitted. TIP: If you do not receive the automated email in your inbox, please check your SPAM or Junk Mail folder. For any other issues, please contact our Managing Editor, Ellen Kladky (ekladky@haujournal.org).


Why am I not receiving any email notifications from HAU?

Unfortunately, some automated messages from Open Journal Systems arrive in users' Spam (or Junk Mail) folders. First, check those folders to see if the message was filtered into there. You may also change the settings of your email by editing your preferences to accept all mail from [hau] and related haujournal.org email accounts.


I am trying to upload a revised article following an initial round of peer-review, but I cannot locate where to upload the article. Where do I submit a revised article?

Follow the login process outlined above and when you successfully login you will see on your user home page a link next to "Author" for "active" articles in our system (usually it is only one article, but if you have mulitple submissions currently in our system, the number could be higher. Click the "Active" link and you will be led to a page that lists your authored articles currently in our system. Click the link under the column labeled "Status" and this will take you to a page showing the current review status of your article. At the very bottom of the screen, you will see an upload form under the heading "Editor decision." Here you may upload your revised article. An automated email will be sent to the editors and you may also notify them directly via email (giovannidacol@haujournal.org; ekladky@haujournal.org). You may then logout.


I successfully submitted an article; how long will it take for the editors to respond to me with a decision.

For all articles that are recommended for peer-review, the editors of HAU strive to notify authors of a decision within 4-6 weeks. You may contact HAU's Managing Editor, Ellen Kladky (ekladky@haujournal.org) if you have any questions relating to the review process and its duration.


For all other inquiries, please contact: Ellen Kladky (Managing Editor)



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format, and is not above 15MB in file size.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining or bold (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are titled and placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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In short, copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution and link to the licensing, in educational, commercial, and non-commercial settings.


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