Call for Papers:

Field Notes sends out a call for papers each fall and, while submission deadlines vary, they are usually in early January. The most recent call for papers can be found here.  If your department or organization would like to receive the annual call for papers, 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.

Submission Guidelines:

Articles should be submitted on or prior to the publicized submission deadline and must include an abstract of between 275 – 450 words. Submissions should be in the form of a pdf document that must be emailed to the editorial board at fldnotes@uwm.edu. Authors can expect an email confirming the receipt of their submission within two weeks of the submission deadline and should expect an editorial decision within three months of the submission deadline. Most authors will receive feedback and will have two weeks to make revisions, but can also request an extension if needed by emailing the editorial board promptly. Authors should incorporate suggested changes or provide explanations for not incorporating any recommended revisions.

  • All submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html 

(select “author-date: sample citations”) 

  • There is no limit on the number of images, figures, or tables. If the work is accepted for publication and authors reproduce figures or tables that have been published elsewhere, proper permission(s) must be obtained as determined by the copyright holder(s). 
  • All submissions must be:


  • In English. 
  • A Microsoft Word document
  • Have double spaced text and one-inch margins. 
  • Be in Times New Roman, 10 pt. font. 
  • Use endnotes rather than footnotes.
  • Include page numbers