Guidelines for Contributors

Call for Papers:

Field Notes sends out a call for papers each year at the start of the UWM Fall semester and the deadline for submission is generally around the New Year or the beginning of the UWM Spring semester. If you or your organization would like to receive the annual call for papers and follow-up reminders, please submit your information by selecting Email Subscription.

Manuscript Types

Articles: This format constitutes original research conducted by the author. Submissions should be between 3500–8000 words (including references). If the article is accepted and original research was undertaken involving living humans or animals, IRB approval may be necessary prior to publication. 

Research Reports: These articles are short interim reports on ongoing projects, including fieldwork, lab work, or other research. Reports can include preliminary findings as well as intended contributions to anthropological method or theory. These can be between 3000 – 5000 words, including references. 

Review Articles: Review articles are critical analyses of existing published literature in the field of anthropology focused on a specific area. Using summary, comparison, and analysis, authors must focus on identifying deficiencies and issues and make recommendations for future research.  These articles can take the form of a literature review, a systematic review, or a meta-analysis and should be between 5000 – 8000 words including references.

Current Debates: Current Debates pieces are intended as short commentaries identifying and outlining a topical area of interest in anthropological method or theory. Authors will critically examine the issues involved and suggest future approaches. These can be between 3000 – 5000 words, including references. 

Book reviews: Book reviews consist of a critical summary and commentary analyzing the merits of a recently published book. Only books published in the last two years will be accepted. Submissions should be no more than 2000 words, including references. 

Book review essays: Book review essays compare and contrast two to three books on the same theme or subject area. The author will identify critical issues and assess the contributions of each book to understanding the topic in question. Submissions should be no more than 4000 words, including references.

Copyright Agreement:

This Agreement is made by and between the author and the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin System on behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Anthropology Student Union at the date the author's article is accepted for publication by Field Notes.

In consideration of the promises made herein, the parties agree as follows:

  1. The author retains the copyright to the article.
  2. UWM through its journal known as Field Notes undertakes to publish the article.
  3. The author hereby grants to UWM a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to publish or distribute the article in electronic form, paper form, or any other format or medium, at any time and in any context.
  4. The author agrees that she or he shall not publish the article in any other journal, whether electronic or otherwise, in the same or substantially the same form as the article, without acknowledging prior publication in the journal, and citing Field Notes for the article.
  5. The author agrees to include links to the Field Notes URL in any electronically available copy of the article.
  6. The author agrees that she or he will not request that the University remove the article from Field Notes home web or its archives in the future.
  7. The author agrees that with the exception of short excerpts from other's works, the article will contain no material including images from other copyrighted works without a written consent of the copyright holder. The author will obtain such consents at her or his own expense and will file them with UWM at the time the article is delivered. All obligations associated with permissions will be the responsibility of the author.
  8. The author agrees that she or he is the sole owner of the article submitted to Field Notes and has full power and authority to make this agreement; that she or he has made good faith effort to verify that the article does not infringe any copyright, violate and property rights, or contain any scandalous, libelous, or unlawful matter.
  9. This agreement shall become effective and binding at the date of the formal acceptance of the article for publication by Field Notes.
  10. The written provisions contained in this agreement constitute the sole and entire agreement made between the author and UWM concerning the article.