This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the guide for ScholarOne authors before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.


Editorial Policy

Anthropology Southern Africa (ASA) welcomes the submission of papers based on original research that deal with broadly defined anthropological issues in Southern Africa. Preference is given to submissions presenting new empirical material and novel theoretical or methodological directions in the region. Authors are encouraged to write in a style accessible to non-specialists.
Submissions are considered for publication on the understanding that the author offers ASA an exclusive option to publish and that the paper is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All our research articles are refereed and we endeavour to ensure that the review process is completed within a three-month period. The views and opinions expressed in papers are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the journal or its editors.
Anthropology Southern Africa accepts reviews of recently published ethnographies, edited volumes or books that deal with issues in Southern Africa. We prioritise reviews of books by members of the Anthropology Southern Africa association and ethnographies sited in Africa. We occasionally publish commentaries that further the discussion of important topics.


To assure the integrity, dissemination, and protection against copyright infringement of published articles, you will be asked to assign us, via a Publishing Agreement, the copyright for your article. Your Article is defined as the final, definitive, and citable Version of Record, and includes: (a) the accepted manuscript in its final form, including the abstract, text, bibliography, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material hosted by Taylor & Francis. Our Publishing Agreement with you will constitute the entire agreement and the sole understanding between you and us; no amendment, addendum, or other communication will be taken into account when interpreting your and our rights and obligations under this Agreement.
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Page fees for authors affiliated to South African institutions
Anthropology Southern Africa (ASA) is on the DHET list of accredited journals. The Anthropology Southern Africa (ASNA) association will request page fees for articles written by researchers attached to South African academic institutions from earnings on research outputs to help sustain the journal’s operations. Authors are not expected to pay for their articles themselves, but should approach their university to do so on their behalf. Supervisors should do so on behalf of their postgraduate students. The journal’s acceptance of contributions for publication does not depend, however, on the willingness of institutions to pay. Page fees are ZAR226 per page. In co-authored papers, authors are invoiced according to their share of the authorship (e.g. half each for two authors). Page fees are invoiced by ASNA after publication of the paper.


Manuscripts should be submitted through the online ScholarOne system at New authors will be required to register first. Papers should be in Microsoft Word compatible format. All papers are submitted to at least two referees for evaluation. Manuscripts may be returned to authors for revision, or if style or presentation do not comply with the standards of the Journal. Queries can be directed to the editorial assistant (
Authors assume full responsibility for the factual correctness of their contributions. Authors are also responsible for the accuracy of language, grammar and syntax, etc., in their contributions. Authors may be requested to submit their contributions for independent language editing if necessary.

Word templates

Word templates are available for this journal. If you are not able to use the template via the links or if you have any other template queries, please contact


Research articles should be no longer than 8 000 words (including the abstract, all figures, references and notes). Photographs and other figures should be uploaded as separate files saved (in order of preference) in PSD, JPEG, PDF or EPS format. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also acceptable but do not embed these in your manuscript – send the original files. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain the necessary permissions for visuals originating from published sources or from another party. For further assistance, please consult the T&F help page “Using Third Party Material in your Article.”

You can request a template from the editorial assistant (

Manuscripts need to be uploaded as two documents: (i) a title page (see details below under “Layout”); (ii) full anonymised manuscript: please remove identification of the author(s) in the document properties; please remove any references by the authors in the reference list with the text “Author 1”, “Author 2”, etc., and adjust the associated in-text references; please remove any information in the acknowledgements that could indicate the identity of the author. You are welcome to upload a manuscript containing all author details for reference by the editors.

Book reviews should not exceed 1 500 words and must include: name and surname of author, date of publication, book title, place of publication, publisher, length of the book and published price. Please note when uploading that book reviews need to be labelled as “anonymised” manuscript, even if this is not the case.

Commentaries should be up to 3 000 words. They are reviewed by the editors and published at their discretion. Please note when uploading that commentaries need to be labelled as “anonymised” manuscript, even if this is not the case.


Special themed sections: The submission of proposals for special themed sections is welcomed. Organisers or special editors of these sections should send a brief proposal, including a section abstract (200–300 words), a list of contributors and titles, and very brief abstracts of each contribution (100 words each) to the editorial assistant ( Include full contact details of the corresponding author. The editorial team will evaluate such proposals and endeavour to liaise with the proposed special editor within a month of the proposal submission.


For articles, book reviews and short communications: the first page (in the case of articles, the title page) must contain the following, in sequence:

  • Title of the contribution. Titles must be no longer than 15 words, and must contain sufficient information for use in title lists or for coding for purposes to store or retrieve information.
  • The surname and initials of every author.
  • The name and complete postal address of the university/institution of each author.
  • Current e-mail and complete postal address of the first author if this differs from the first author’s institutional address.

Abstracts and keywords: Articles and short communications require an abstract and keywords. For articles, abstracts (length approx. 150 words) must reflect the contents of the text faithfully and concisely, and be suitable for separate publication and indexing. Abstracts of short communications must be limited to one or two sentences. Each contribution must include six to eight keywords.

Text: Pages must be numbered sequentially. Headings should not be numbered or underlined, but main headings and secondary headings must be distinguished from each other, e.g. by case, bold, font, etc. Avoid footnotes, although endnotes may be used.

Style guidelines

Manuscripts should be written in clear English (UK spelling) with –ise endings.

Consult the Oxford English Dictionary for spelling, capitalisation, hyphenation and abbreviation conventions. Please consult a recent copy of the journal for general style conventions.

The Style Guide can be downloaded here.


Acknowledgements should be placed after the main text and before the endnotes, under the title “Acknowledgements.”



  • Initials (e.g. USA, NJ, BBC) do not have full points between them.
  • For names of article authors and in references, no space between initials (J.P. Smith, Smith, J.P).
  • etc., i.e., e.g., vs., c. in roman, followed by a full stop.
  • No full stops for abbreviations: Mr, Dr, am, pm
  • Full stops follow contractions: Prof.
  • Closing punctuation marks are placed inside the quotation marks.

Ellipses: three unspaced dots, with a single space either side. Retain square brackets either side if included by the author. Do not include square brackets otherwise.

Please insert the superscript endnote mark at the point of greatest relevance within a sentence; do not move it to the end of the sentence.

Quotation marks
Double quotation marks for quotes and single marks within quotes.
Quotes that are longer than 40 words should be indented left and right and placed in a smaller font. No quotation marks are used. Single quotation marks for quotations within indented quotations.

In general, use hyphens (-) to join words or numbers with words: powerful human-rights-based arguments; long-term impacts; one-fourth; semi-urban areas; a 20-item screening instrument.
Use en-dashes (–) for number ranges: in the age group 18–24 years; 24–49-year-olds; pp. 61–64; 2–5 days.¬
Use em-dashes (—) for emphasis or balance: E-health — the application of information and communications technologies in the healthcare sector — is fast developing worldwide.

Numbers and units
Numbers: spell out one to nine, then 10, 1000, 10,000. Spell out again after 1 million.
Use a decimal point, not a comma.
Where numbers in the same sentence fall above and below 10, use figures for both (e.g. between the ages of 9 and 15).
Always use figures before abbreviations, e.g. 5 kg, 6%.
Monetary amounts: £10.00, $30.00, €50.00 or AU$61.90 and no space between symbol and number, but R 17.50 with space between the abbreviation ‘R’ and number.
Full expansion: pp. 123–124 (NOT pp. 123–4)

October 4, 2005
In the twenty-first century
In the 1970s
The nineteenth century was ...
Nineteenth-century art ...
mid-seventeenth century
9:30 am, 10 pm

Capitalise: proper names (the National Gallery), names of places (Delhi), names of dates and periods (the Middle Ages), names of events (the Boston Tea Party), names of legislation and legal documents (the Bill of Rights), names of honours and awards (Bachelor of Music), Religious names and terms (the Holy Spirit, the Supreme Being), names of people and languages (Irish, Aboriginal, German), trade names (Informa), names including a letter or number (Route 66, Room 2b).

Lower case when referring to an institution in general (government papers, the president said) but capitalise when referring to a specific institution or when the title precedes a name (the Indian Government, President Obama).

Capitalise major words in the titles of books/periodicals/chapters/articles/poems written in English ( The Merchant of Venice, “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”, Sunday Times, The Story of My Life).

Non-English words / phrases (excluding proper nouns) should be in italics with the gloss or translation in square brackets or worked into the sentence in which they appear.

References: quick guide (download detailed guidelines here)

Baderoon, G. 2014. Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

Chapter in book
Okley, J. 1992. “Anthropology and Autobiography: Participatory Experience and Embodied Knowledge.” In Anthropology and Autobiography, edited by J. Okley and H. Callaway, 1–28. London: Routledge.

Edited book
Tonkin, E., M. McDonald, and M. Chapman, eds. 1989. History and Ethnicity. London: Routledge.

Reprinted work
Schmitt, C. (1932) 2007. The Concept of the Political. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Journal article
Comaroff, J., and J.L. Comaroff. 2004. “Criminal Justice, Cultural Justice: The Limits of Liberalism and the Pragmatics of Difference in the new South Africa.” American Anthropologist 3 (2): 188–204.

Eyene, C. 2013. “An Interview with Mary Sibande.” art lab/art news.