Information for Authors


Author Guidelines

To be considered for publication in Human Organization, manuscripts should be informed by anthropological theory and data and explicitly convey the applied dimensions of the author's work.

Authors should confine their manuscripts to no more than 8,000 words, including abstracts, references and tables. Manuscripts that exceed this limit may not be sent out for review. In addition, it is the responsibility of authors to ensure that their work conforms to the following style and formatting guidelines.

Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts to Human Organization:
No paper is ever rejected solely on the basis of incorrect style, but careful attention to the following points will greatly facilitate the review process and the eventual preparation of an accepted manuscript for publication.

I. Submission of Manuscripts 
Manuscripts submitted to HO must not be under consideration by any other journal, nor can they be scheduled to appear in any published form prior to publication in HO. All manuscripts and additional documents should be sent via the submission portal at Other submission formats will only be considered with PRIOR permission from the editors. Please consult section III for more information regarding electronic submission. Note: authors are required to submit the names of six potential reviewers along with their manuscripts.

II. Overall Format 
No paper will be sent out for review unless it conforms to the following formatting requirements.The entire manuscript must be double-spaced. No paper will be sent out for review unless it is in double-spaced format. Double-space all material, including quotations, list of references cited, notes captions, and headings. Leave ample margins on all sides (1"). Do not Justify right-hand margins. Use 12 point font; Times/Times Roman is preferred. Do not use underlining or bold print; indicate emphasis by using italics.

The manuscript should contain the following sections:

  • Title page, including 200-word abstract and five keywords (do not include identifying information: author's name and statement will be included prior to publication).

  • Text Notes: use endnotes, not footnotes and keep to an absolute minimum

  • References Cited 

  • Figures/maps Tables:  indicate placement of figures and tables in the text, but place the figures and tables separately at the end. Include a separate list of table headings and figure captions). 

III. Submission of Electronic Files and Figures
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via submission portal as a Microsoft Word document. Supplemental materials can be uploaded in the supplementary documents section during the submission process. Authors are reminded to embed any special fonts or characters such as Arabic fonts etc. Adobe PDF formatted submissions will not be accepted without prior permission from the editor.

Footnotes appear as "Notes" at the end of the article. Include footnote material in the text wherever possible. Notes are to be numbered consecutively throughout the paper and are to be typed on a separate sheet.

All tables, graphs, diagrams, and illustrative materials should appear on separate pages following the text.

All materials, including tables, maps, kinship diagrams etc, in as much as possible, should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. For other formats, contact the editors or editorial staff directly at

It is the policy of Human Organization to review all manuscripts without charge to authors. Furthermore, manuscripts by members of the Society for Applied Anthropology (at least one member in the case of multiple authors) accepted for publication will be published without charge as a benefit of membership. However, non-members of the Society will be required to a pay a $60 nonrefundable publication/membership fee at the time of acceptance and will then receive the publication as a benefit of membership. All payments should be made via the SfAA website ( Do not mail payments to the editorial office.

All Authors’ correspondence should be made via email to:

IV. Specific Questions of Style
(A) References 
Refernces are placed in the body of the text. The citation is placed in parenthesis, with the author's name, year of publication, and page cited: (Stedman 1982:1322). Punctuation is placed outside the parenthesis. Specific page citation is mandatory for a direct quote, or when referring to a paraphrased statement that is found only in a very specific place in a cited text. The page may be omitted if the reference is to the general theme of an entire work. If the citation refers to more than one work, list the works in alphabetical order by the author's name and separate the items by semicolons. For example, (Bolin 1987a, 1987b; Goodell 1985; Nesman 1981). Works by one, two, or three authors are cited by using the full names, e.g., (Welch, Greathead, and Beutel 1985). But works with four or more authors are cited as e.g., (Acheson et al. 1979). The coauthors' names are given in full in the References Cited list.

References Cited should be alphabetized by author's last name. Every item referred to in the text must appear in the Reference Cited list. Do not include any item in the References Cited if it has not been cited in the text. Multiple items by the same author are listed chronologically. Multiple items by the same author having the same publication date are alphabetized by the first word of their titles and distinguished by (a), (b), etc.

The layout of typical references is as follows:

Burton, Frank
1978 The Politics of Legitimacy. London, United Kingdom: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

De Walt, Kathleen M.
1983a Income and Dietary Adequacy in an Agricultural Community. Social Science and Medicine 17(23):1877-1886.

1983b Nutritional Strategies and Agricultural Change in a Mexican Community. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press.

Ellen, Roy F., ed.
1984 Ethnographic Research: A Guide to General Conduct. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press.

Huamoni Coba, Nanto, and Enqueri Nihua
1992 Huaorani Letter to Maxux President. URL:<gopher://> (December 23,1996).

Nash, June
1976 Ethnology in a Revolutionary Setting. In Ethics and Anthropology:Dilemmas in Fieldwork. Michael A. Rynkiewich and James P. Spradley, eds. Pp.148-166. New York: Wiley.

Reynolds, Paul D.
1972 On the Protection of Human Subjects and Social Science. InternationalSocial Science Journal 24(4):693-719.1979 Ethnical Dilemmas and Social Science Research. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Stuart, James W.
1977 Subsistence Ecology of the Isthmus Nahuat Indians of Southern Veracruz. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Riverside.

Please note An institution that serves as an author is written out in full, followed by an acronym. The acronym alone is used in the citation. For example, the full reference is:

California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
1986 Statistical Review 1985. Sacramento: State of California.
But the citation would be: (CDFA 1986).

Be sure to indicate inclusive pages and volume numbers for articles in periodicals, and inclusive pages and name of editor for articles in anthologies.

For all other questions regarding style of references-particularly such matters as government documents, unpublished reports, materials in languages other than English, please consult the Chicago Manual of Style (2003).

(B) Direct Quotations 
Direct quotations of five or more typed lines must be indented from both left and right margins. Do not use quotation marks. Give the reference for such a quotation in the sentence immediately preceding, if at all possible. Omissions in a quotation are indicated by ellipses (three spaced dots); the third dot does not substitute for a period.

(C) Spelling
The final authority on spelling will be Webster's Third New International Dictionary. In a direct quotation, however, the original spelling is followed, even if it is incorrect. An incorrect spelling is indicated by [sic]. Acronyms do not carry periods. Very familiar acronyms may stand without explanation (e.g., UN, USA, USAID, EEC), but unfamiliar titles are written out in full at first mention, followed by a parenthetical acronym that is used thereafter, e.g., Strawberry Processing Advisory Board (SPAB).

(D) Numbers 
Numbers from one to one hundred are spelled out; all others are expressed as numerals, including such constructions as 5,000 (rather than "five thousand"). A number expressing percentage is written as a numeral followed by the word "percent" (e.g., 5 percent, not "5%" or "five percent"). Monetary expressions are to be written as numerals and symbols (e.g. $8,000, not "eight thousand dollars"). Provide U.S. dollar equivalents for all other currencies, if at all possible. Century designations use numerals, and "century" is not capitalized (e.g., "18th century"). A decade is referred to as "the 1980s" (not "the 1980's or "the eighties").

When inclusive pages are cited, no digits are omitted [e.g., (Burton 1978:164-179)], but when a span of years in a single century is indicated, the first two digits of the second number may be omitted (e.g., "1965-80").

If a number begins a sentence, it must be written out. Common units of measurement are left in abbreviated form; numbers associated with such abbreviations are left as numerals (e.g., 6 km., not "six kilometers"). Use metric units whenever possible.

V. Abstracts
Because SfAA is committed to broadening the international scope of applied anthropology, authors may submit a second version of their abstract and key words written in a language of their choice, after the original English version is accepted for publication. This abstract will be published in print and online alongside the English version. A disclaimer will be included in the author's statement explaining that the abstract was provided by the author.

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 Microsoft Word format. The submission does not exceed 8,000 words, including abstract, References Cited, and tables. The submission observes US conventions of English usage and spelling.

  3. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); with figures and tables placed at the end.

  4. The text meets this journal's formatting requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines found in About the Journal. 

  5. I have read and understand the copyright notice. I also understand that, by submitting my paper electronically to Human Organization, I agree to all the conditions set forth in the copyright agreement.

  6. I have removed any identifying information (author's names etc.) from the manuscript so that it conforms with the double-blind review policy.

  7. I have included an abstract at the beginning of the manuscript as well as key words 

  8. I will list SIX potential reviewers (including their current email addresses) for this manuscript in the "Comments to the Editor" section directly below. These individuals must not have a close personal or collaborative relationship with the author and should not be current or former teachers or students. The editor reserves the right to submit the manuscript to review by readers partly or entirely of his choosing. 


  10. Manuscripts should be submitted via our electronic portal at

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