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Editorial Policy

Anthropology Southern Africa (ASNA) 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 ASNA 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 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.



Manuscripts can be submitted via the Taylor & Francis Online submission system at Queries can be directed to the editorial assistant at

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.


Format of Manuscripts

Research articles should be no longer than 8 000 words (including the abstract, all figures, references and notes).

Photographs and other figures should be submitted 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.

Book reviews should not exceed 1 500 words and must include, as title: name and surname of book author, date of publication, book title, place of publication, publisher, length of the book and published price.

Commentaries should be up to 3 000 words. They are reviewed by the editors and published at their discretion.

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 brief abstracts of each contribution (100 words each). 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.



Submit two copies of the manuscript, one anonymised and the other with the author details.

Titles of research articles must not be longer than 15 words and must contain sufficient information for use in title lists or for coding purposes to store or retrieve information.

Abstracts and keywords: Abstracts of research articles (max. 200 words) must reflect the contents of the text faithfully and concisely, and be suitable for separate publication and indexing. Abstracts of commentaries must be limited to one or two sentences. All submissions require five to seven 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. Footnotes or endnotes may be used. Acknowledgements and a reference list should be placed at the end of the article. Artificial intelligence: An author is any person who has made a significant contribution to a journal article. Authors share responsibility and accountability for the results of the published research. All authors are wholly responsible for the originality, validity and integrity of the content of their submissions. Therefore, artificial intelligence does not meet the criteria for authorship.

Artificial intelligence: tools may be used in the production of scholarly document summaries and other preparatory tasks. We do not encourage the use of these tools in the writing of academic papers. Authors submitting to ASNA confirm that the final paper has not been generated by such tools.


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 journal uses the Chicago Author–Date referencing system and style. A comprehensive guide is available at Some reference exemplars are shown below.

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 (1921, 39) has noted, ...”

Book: Wolpe, H. 1988. Race, Class and the Apartheid State. Trenton: Africa World 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 work: 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: Wels, H., K. van der Waal, A. Spiegel, and F. Kamsteeg. 2011. Victor Turner and Liminality: An Introduction. Anthropology Southern Africa 34 (1–2): 1–4.


Page Fees for Authors Affiliated to South African Institutions

Anthropology Southern Africa (ASNA) 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.


Free online access

All authors will receive free online access to their article through Taylor & Francis Online and an electronic offprint, as well as 50 complimentary e-copies for download. Reprints of articles published in Anthropology Southern Africa can be purchased through Rightslink when proofs are received or alternatively on our journal’s website. If you have any queries, please email our reprints department at:


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