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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.

ASA 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 in 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.

Further information on the copyright policy can be received from the Taylor and Francis copyright information page.


Page fees for authors affiliated to South African institutions

Anthropology Southern Africa is on the DHET list of accredited journals. Page fees for articles written by researchers attached to South African academic institutions will be requested 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 R226/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 the Anthropology Southern Africa association after publication of the paper.



Manuscripts can be submitted through the online ScholarOne Manuscripts system at New authors will be required to register first.

Queries can be directed to ASA’s editorial assistant at

Manuscripts 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. Authors assume full responsibility for the factual correctness of their contributions. Authors are also responsible for the accuracy of language, grammar and syntax, etc., of their contributions and must be prepared to have the language editing of their contributions done independently if necessary.


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 an abstract (200–300 words), a list of contributors and titles, and very brief abstracts for 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.



Research articles should be no longer than 8 000 words (including the abstract, all figures, references and notes). Book reviews should not exceed 1 500 words. Commentaries should be up to 3 000 words.

Photographs and other figures should be submitted as separate files saved (in order of preference) in PSD, JPEG, PDF or EPS format. For good print quality, visuals should have a minimum of 300 dpi. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format; to achieve best print quality, vector images are preferable.

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain the necessary permissions for visuals originating from published sources or from another party. For assistance, contact the editorial assistant (email above).

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 these Taylor and Francis guidelines.

Manuscripts need to be uploaded as two documents (see details on each below):

• a title page
• full anonymised manuscript



I. A separate title page must contain the following, in sequence:

• Title of the contribution. Titles must not be longer than 15 words, and must contain sufficient information for use in title lists or for coding for purposes of storing or retrieving 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)
• ORCID identifier for each author

II. Manuscript:

Articles and short communications require an abstract and keywords. For articles, abstracts (length 200 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 five to seven keywords.

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. Endnotes may be used sparingly for information that is not directly relevant to the argument.
A Word template using the Word Styles feature is available (though not required) for the paper (download title page template, download paper template).

Anonymise the manuscript by:

• Removing all identification of the author(s) in the document properties.
• Replacing any references by the authors in the reference list with “Author 1”, “Author 2”, etc., and adjust the associated in-text references.
• Cutting the acknowledgements from the paper and pasting them in the title page.

You are welcome to upload a manuscript containing all author details for reference by the editors.

Book reviews must include full details of the book under review (name and surname of author, date of publication, book title, place of publication, publisher, page length, published price and ISBN number). When uploading, book reviews need to be labelled as “anonymised” manuscript, even if they do not go out for review.
Commentaries are reviewed by the editors and published at their discretion. When uploading, commentaries need to be labelled as “anonymised” manuscript, even if they are not sent out for review.



Manuscripts should be written in clear English (UK spelling) with –ise endings. Consult the Oxford English Dictionary for spelling, capitalisation and abbreviation conventions. Refer to a recent copy of the journal for general style conventions. Acknowledgements, notes, ORCID identifier and a reference list should be placed at the end of the article.


“Double quotation marks for quotes”; single quotation marks for quotes within quotes.
Use block quotations for quotes over 40 words and double quotation marks within such quotes.
'Punctuation placed outside quotes, unless part of the quote'.
Ellipses: three unspaced dots, with a single space either side. Do not include square brackets otherwise.
Closing punctuation inside quotation marks.
Place superscript endnote marks at the point of greatest relevance in the sentence, not at the end of the sentence.


Spaced em rule for parenthetical dashes.
Use en rule between spans of numbers (e.g. 20–40), including page numbers in references.
Hyphenation: powerful human-rights-based arguments; long-term impacts; one-fourth; semi-urban areas; a 20-item screening instrument.

Numbers and dates

Spell out one to nine, then 10, 1 000, 10 000. Spell out again after 1 million.
Where numbers in the same sentence fall above and below 10, use figures for both (e.g., between the ages of 9 and 15).Space as thousands separator.
Decimal point, not decimal comma.
10% (except at start of sentence),
No elision of numbers,
Always use figures before abbreviations, e.g., 5 kg, 6%.
Monetary amounts: £10.00, $30.00, €50.00 or AU$61.90. But R 17.50, CHF 201.


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


• 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).
• 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)

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).


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

The journal uses the Chicago Author-Date referencing style. Some reference exemplars are shown below. For a detailed description, consult the Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed., 2010).

In-text references: References to publications should be included in the text, not in footnotes. They should be given by the name of the author, the year of publication and the page number, e.g.: “... as Sapir has noted (1921, 39) ...”

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.


Free online access

All authors will receive free online access to their article through Taylor & Francis Online, and 50 electronic e-prints to distribute as they so choose. Reprints of articles published in Anthropology Southern Africa can be purchased through the Taylor and Francis Customer Service team at