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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.

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 University of Chicago Press’s Editorial Manager 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. 

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.


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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