Anthropological Theory
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Anthropological Theory

2014 Impact Factor: 1.341
2014 Ranking: 26/83 in Anthropology
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editors
Julia Eckert University of Bern, Switzerland
Stephen P Reyna Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Nina Glick Schiller University of Manchester, UK

eISSN: 17412641| ISSN: 14634996|Current volume: 16|Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Anthropological Theory is an international journal seeking to strengthen anthropological theorizing in different areas of the world. This is an exciting forum for new insights into theoretical issues in anthropology and more broadly, social theory.

Anthropological Theory publishes articles engaging with a variety of theoretical debates in areas including:

  • marxism
  • feminism
  • political philosophy
  • historical sociology
  • hermeneutics
  • critical theory
  • anthropology of science
  • biological anthropology
  • archaeology
  • linguistic anthropology
  • historical anthropology
  • sociology
  • global anthropology

Anthropological Theory encourages work at a high level of conceptual analysis, and we are especially interested in the following sorts of submissions. Those dealing: 1. With particular concepts important in theory; 2. arguing particular theories; 3. investigating metatheory; and 4. exploring theorists and traditions; and 5. examining the history of the development of theoretical positions. (Please refer to the guidelines to Authors for further information before submitting a manuscript).

Contributors include:

  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Veena Das
  • Maurice Godelier
  • Jack Goody
  • Keith Hart
  • Charles Tilly
  • Alain Touraine
  • Katherine Verdery

"This will be a real stimulus for the discipline. Although 'theory' pervades our work, it will be fascinating to see the difference that being explicit makes.  It is a bold approach and one I like... All in all, this has the makings of a forum that could forge future classics." Prof Marilyn Strathern, University of Cambridge, UK

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Electronic Access:

Anthropological Theory is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://ant.sagepub.com

Anthropological Theory is an international peer reviewed journal seeking to strengthen anthropological theorizing in different areas of the world. This is an exciting forum for new insights into theoretical issues in anthropology and more broadly, social theory.

Anthropological Theory publishes articles engaging with a variety of theoretical debates in areas including:

  • marxism
  • feminism
  • political philosophy
  • historical sociology
  • hermeneutics
  • critical theory
  • philosophy of science
  • biological anthropology
  • archaeology

Anthropological Theory encourages work at a high level of conceptual analysis, and we are especially interested in the following sorts of submissions. Those dealing: 1. With particular concepts important in theory; 2. arguing particular theories; 3. investigating metatheory; and 4. exploring theorists and traditions; and 5. examining the history of the development of theoretical positions. Please refer to Article Types under Manuscript submissions for more details.

Structural Editor
Karen Alexander Karen Alexander Editing, USA
Editorial Assistant
Amadea Tschannen University of Bern, Switzerland
Editorial Board
Pratiksha Baxi Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Zerrin Özlem Biner Cambridge University, UK
Ayse Caglar University of Vienna, Austria
Yiching Wu China University of Toronto, Canada
Veena Das Johns Hopkins University, USA
Hastings Donnan Queen's University, UK
Niles Eldredge American Museum of Natural History, USA
Jose Luis Escalona CIESAS, Mexico
Nasser Fakouhi University of Teheran, Iran
Didier Fassin Princeton University, USA
Bela Feldman-Bianco University of Campinas, Brazil
Jonathan Friedman University of California, USA
Susan Gal University of Chicago, USA
Nicholas De Genova King’s College London, UK
John Gledhill University of Manchester, UK
Maurice Godelier EHESS, France
Sarah Green University of Helsinki, Finland
Ghassan Hage University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Faye Harrison University of Illinois, USA
Ellen Hertz University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Bruce Kapferer University of Bergen, Norway
Tobias Kelly University of Edinburgh, UK
Michael Lambek University of Toronto, Canada
Jonathan Marks University of North Carolina, USA
Susana Narotzky University of Barcelona, Spain
Francis Nyamnjoh University of Cape Town, South Africa
Rhoda Reddock University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Joel Robbins University of Cambridge, UK
Andreas Roepstorff Aarhus University, Denmark
Nandini Sundar Delhi University, India
David Sutton Southern Illinois University, USA
Deborah Thomas University of Pennsylvania, USA
Loic Wacquant University of California, USA
Biao Xiang Oxford University, UK
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    1. Peer review policy
      1.1 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.1.1 Plagiarism
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
    12. Further information

    Anthropological Theory is an international peer reviewed journal seeking to strengthen anthropological theorizing in different areas of the world. This is an exciting forum for new insights into theoretical issues in anthropology and more broadly, social theory.

    1. Peer review policy

    Anthropological Theory operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author. Submissions are reviewed initially by the Editors and then by two or sometimes three external referees.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    1.1 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    2. Article types

    The Editors encourage all papers explicitly addressing issues of theory within anthropology.  They are especially interested in the following, five sorts of submissions.  Those dealing: 1. with particular concepts important in theory; 2. arguing particular theories; 3. investigating metatheory; and 4. exploring theorists and traditions; and 5. examining the history of the development of theoretical positions.

    Concepts
    The Editors welcome paper’s that evaluate concepts.  They welcome suggestion of new concepts that contribute to innovative theorizing.  Equally, they encourage evaluation of existing concepts. Are they too broad, too narrow, too vague, too ambiguous?  Is it possible to make observations bearing upon them?

    Theory
    A distinction might be made between theories and paradigms.  Paradigms are broad research traditions composed of numbers of theories.  The Editors believe that theory exhibits the following characteristics:

    1. Explicitness: Certain anthropologists believe that theories may be both implicit and explicit.  Implicit theories are those that are suggested for some reason, though not formally expressed, in a text.  Because they not actually articulated they are more likely to be subject to vagueness and ambiguity.  More robust theories are ones that as unambiguously and clearly as possible state a theory.
    2. Explanation and Understanding: Theory offers explanation or understanding of different actualities. Anthropological theory seeks explanation and understanding of the human condition.
    3. Statements of relationships between concepts: Anthropological theories are statements specifying relationships between concepts that explain or provide understanding of occurrences in the human condition. A single concept is not a theory.  A gaggle of unrelated concepts is not a theory.

    For example, Durhkeim’s theory of suicide involved two concepts and one relationship.  The concepts were ‘integration’ and ‘deviance’.  The relationship between the concepts was an inverse one: The less closely persons were integrated in social groups, the more likely they were to be deviant.  Suicide was a form of deviance, and Durhkeim believed he had found evidence the showed people in 19th century France who were less integrated exhibited greater deviance because the committed more suicide.

    1. Generality and abstraction: The concepts in theories vary in generality and abstraction. The more general and abstract concepts are, the more they are able to explain and/or understand.  Theoretical statements, largely arising from observation, that are relative low in generality and abstraction are said to be ‘empirical generalizations’; those that are of the highest generality and abstraction are said to be ‘theories’; and those inferred from theory are said to be ‘hypothesizes’.
    2. Validation: Theoretical statements without a reason to believe them are of little interest. Validation provides a reason for belief. It is the provision of information that what an explanation or understanding says will occur actually occurs.
    3. Theorizing: Theory formulation involves theorizing of which there are two parts: Formulation of theoretical statements and their validation.

    The Editors will be delighted to receive articles that present explicit theoretical statements with some validation that deal with occurrences in the human condition of significance.

    Metatheory
    Metatheory, as the Editors understand it, concerns epistemological analysis of theory. Its subject matter is the nature of anthropological theory and theorizing in order to be able to formulate more robust theory.  This means addressing questions like: What is theory? Is scientific theory the better way to investigate the human condition? What are explanation, understanding, objectivity, truth, evidence in the anthropological context? What is the difference between theories and paradigms? What methods are appropriate for anthropological theorizing?

    Theorists and Traditions
    The Editors welcome explorations of particular theorists and research traditions.  They are interested arguments concerning their strengths, weaknesses, and significance. They will be especially delighted to learn of theorists and traditions beyond anthropology that are of interest to it.

    History
    Theory has its history.  The Editors would be pleased to receive articles that explore the history of different theoretical perspectives.  They would be especially interested in those seeking to understand why and how particular regions of theory flourish or languish.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    All new submissions should be made online at the Anthropological Theory SAGE Track site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/AT.

    If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the ‘Online Help’ button at the top right of every screen. 

    Covering letter: Please attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other print or electronic journal.

    Owing to the broad range of subject matter, authors are encouraged to supply the names of one or more potential referees.

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    4. Publishing Policies

    4.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    Anthropological Theory and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests                  

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Anthropological Theory does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    8. Acknowledgements                                                         

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Anthropological Theory additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit: http://www.rin.ac.uk/funders-acknowledgement.

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    9. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    10.1.1 Word Limits

    There are no strict word limits, for some articles 6,000 might be all they need while other need 10,000 (maximum). But the editors ask that writing be parsimonious, arguments be tight, and anything not clearly within the framing of the argument be eliminated.

    10.2 Journal Style
    Anthropological Theory conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    10.3 Reference Style
    Anthropological Theory adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose ‘Select Another Style...’ from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    10.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    Tables should be typed (double line-spaced) on separate sheets and their position indicated by a marginal note in the text. All tables should have short descriptive captions with footnotes and their source(s) typed below the tables.

    Illustrations: all line diagrams and photographs are termed 'Figures' and should be referred to as such in the manuscript. They should be numbered consecutively. Line diagrams should be presented in a form suitable for immediate reproduction (i.e. not requiring redrawing), each on a separate A4 sheet. They should be reproducible to a final printed text area of 115 mm x 185 mm. Illustrations on disk should be supplied as TIFF or EPS files at high resolution. Photographs should preferably be submitted as clear, glossy, unmounted black and white prints with a good range of contrast. Slides are also acceptable. All figures should have short descriptive captions typed on a separate sheet.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    Anthropological Theory does not currently accept supplemental files.

    10.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/submission.sp for further information.

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    11. After acceptance           

    11.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    11.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Anthropological Theory with SAGE.

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows: AT@anthro.unibe.ch.

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