Practicing Anthropology


Practicing Anthropology is a career-oriented publication of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Its overall goals are:

  • to provide a vehicle of communication and source of career information for anthropologists working outside academia
  • to encourage a bridge between practice inside and outside the university 
  • to explore the uses of anthropology in policy research and implementation
  • to serve as a forum for inquiry into the present state and future of anthropology in general.

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Editorial Board & Staff

Editorial Board & Staff


Advisory Board

Lisa Jane Hardy, Editor 
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ

Editorial Assistant

Bonnie McCormick
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
Mary Butler
University of Maryland 
Erve Chambers
University of Maryland (emeritus)
Jorge Durand 
University of Guadalajara 
Sandhya Ganapathy
St. Lawrence University
Sharon Moses
Northern Arizona University
Anita Puckett
Virginia Tech 
Heather Reisinger
(CADRE - Iowa City VAHCS)
Gwen Saul
New York State Museum
Jennifer Talken-Spaulding
National Park Service 
Robert M. Wulff 
George Mason University

Production Editor

Copy Editor

Neil E. Hann
Society for Applied Anthropology
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Lori Buckwalter
Society for Applied Anthropology
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Information for Authors

Information for Authors

Practicing Anthropology (PA) is a career-oriented publication of the Society for Applied Anthropology.  PA strives to be a participatory publication.  Authors are invited to submit special issues and individual articles for review.

All contributions published in Practicing Anthropology reflect the views of the authors and not necessarily viewpoints adopted by The Society for Applied Anthropology, the institutions with which the authors are affiliated, or the organizations involved in the journal's production.

Articles, Photos, and Other Materials


Write articles for PA in an interesting style that maintains readers’ attention. The length should be roughly 3,000- 4,200 words including all bios, references and tables (if applicable). The number of references should not exceed 12. Citations should be in Chicago Manual style. Please insert page numbers. Include:

  • 100-150 word abstract

  • Up to three key words that describe the central topics covered in your article

  • A one-paragraph bio containing the author’s affiliations, research activities, and email address (or other contact info if preferred) and a picture of the author.

  • Multi-author submissions require bios and pictures of each author.

We prefer articles written in first person narrative style with no passive voice

We do accept and encourage visual images to accompany submissions. Submit images with filenames and add [figure 1] etc. within the manuscript to show where the images should appear. Photos should be submitted in the .gif or .jpeg format. Please make sure that we have captions for your photos. Captions should be included at the end of the Word manuscript file.

Submit manuscripts and accompanying material to the submissions manager.

Creative Submissions

Practicing Anthropology is now accepting submission of creative work written by anthropologists and collaborators. Creative submissions should relate in some way to social scientists conducting fieldwork and/or engaging in the practice of ethnographic and mixed-methods research.

Submissions can be visual pieces, flash fiction, non-fiction, fieldnotes/field notes, first person reflections or narratives, poetry, children’s stories, or other creations. Written work should be brief and may not exceed 3,500 words.

Creators of accepted pieces will maintain a Creative Commons License allowing for reprints and use with a note that it was published first in Practicing Anthropology

Include relevant information on permissions including photo release and informed consent documentation if the submitted piece was created within the context of fieldwork.

Send creative submissions, accompanying images where applicable, and a picture of the author[s] through our submission manager, here. If you have any questions during the process, please send an email to with the heading Creative Submission. We will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible. Creative pieces do not require an abstract.

Special Issues

Practicing Anthropology welcomes suggestions for special editions on topics about applied or practicing anthropology.  Potential guest editors are encouraged to contact the editors and reach an agreement in principle about the topic(s) and theme of 8-10 articles for a full issue, or 4-5 for a partial issue.  Please submit abstracts, 1-2 page proposals, or samples of papers already written (e.g., conference papers).  After the agreement is reached, the special issue editor works closely with his or her colleagues on the papers making sure all submissions fall within the guidelines listed above.

The special issue editor submits articles to the Practicing Anthropology editors for review.  After review, the Practicing Anthropology editors will work with the guest editor and authors regarding revisions of content, style and grammar.

The special theme editor will also work with the PA editor on the introduction and in selecting a cover photo for the themed issue.


PA is dedicated to publishing work from many different authors from different backgrounds and positioned in different projects and locations from new community researchers to senior researchers in the field. We especially encourage first time authors who are practicing anthropologists or work as community partners on projects that use ethnographic and mixed-methods research and practice. We are happy to work with new authors on developing ideas and manuscripts for the journal. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions at all. We are here to communicate with you even if you have no idea how publishing works.

Community Engagement and "Companion Authored" Submissions

We are interested in continuing to include content that demonstrates community-engaged work. Social scientists who decide to submit work to PA should carefully consider who they list as collaborators and co-authors. When we receive submissions from authors who are writing about collaborative work we will be interested in how you write about collaboration and how you include multiple authors in your manuscript. We encourage submitting companion pieces that are not “co-authored,” but are “companion authored.” Companion authorship means that two or more people author pieces that come together under one introduction. See PA Spring 2019 issue for examples of companion pieces.


We would like to publish work in multiple languages. Authors have the opportunity to submit work in English and translated into another language. We can assist with Spanish translation of short articles in some cases. Get in touch to discuss options if you are considering publishing your work in multiple languages. 

We strongly encourage submissions from authors around the world who are from historically underrepresented and oppressed groups including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, People of Color authors, authors from across the gender spectrum, authors who are from regions of the world with few educational and publication resources, authors asking important critical questions about power and representation, and authors who have never published before.


Submissions are always welcome. We will notify authors of production deadlines once a manuscript has been accepted for publication.

Practicing Anthropology is now using a submission manager. Submission manager link here.

Please contact editor Lisa Hardy or editorial assistant Bonnie McCormick for more information.

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