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Critique of Anthropology

Critique of Anthropology

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Anthropology | Political Sociology

eISSN: 14603721 | ISSN: 0308275X | Current volume: 44 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Critique of Anthropology is dedicated to the development of anthropology as a discipline that subjects social reality to critical analysis. The journal challenges received wisdoms inside academic anthropology and in society at large, presenting work that is innovative, challenging, sometimes experimental and often uncomfortable.

"Critique of Anthropology adopts a critical spirit and self-reflection to produce significant anthropology in the present and to promote a more disciplined and principled anthropology for the future." Richard Fox, Washington University

"I have read and enjoyed Critique of Anthropology from its very first issue. It is a journal that has always been agile in picking up and debating new substantive and theoretical issues in anthropology. Throughout the years it has become a useful teaching tool, providing valuable insights into the developments in our discipline." Verena Stolcke, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

"Critique of Anthropology has been the only anthropological journal with a genuinely distinctive personality in recent times." Maurice Bloch, London School of Economics

"I welcome Critique of Anthropology's particular mix of new answers to old questions and searching examinations of new departures." Eric Wolf, City University of New York

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Critique of Anthropology is a peer reviewed journal, dedicated to the development of anthropology as a discipline that subjects social reality to critical analysis. It publishes academic articles and other materials which contribute to an understanding of the determinants of the human condition, structures of social power, and the construction of ideologies in both contemporary and past human societies from a cross-cultural and socially critical standpoint. Non-sectarian, and embracing a diversity of theoretical and political viewpoints, COA is also committed to the principle that anthropologists cannot and should not seek to avoid taking positions on political and social questions.

All branches of anthropology which raise issues relevant to the journal's basic aim of developing a critical cross-cultural social science that challenges received wisdoms within both the academy and present society at large, are within the scope of the journal's interest. This may include aspects of biological anthropology, ethno-history and archaeology.

COA seeks to present work that is innovative, challenging, sometimes experimental, and often uncomfortable. Above all it aims to be a pace-setter for the development of anthropology at the international level.

Managing Editors
Sian Lazar Cambridge University, UK
Gareth Stanton Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Corresponding Editor
Alan Smart University of Calgary, CA, Canada
Editorial Board
Maia Green University of Manchester, UK
Sian Lazar Cambridge University, UK
Alan Smart University of Calgary, CA, Canada
Daniel Souleles Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Editorial Advisory Board
Catherine Alexander University of Durham, UK
Talal Asad Johns Hopkins University, USA
Eric Bähre University of Leiden, The Netherlands
Nina Bandelj University of California, Irvine, USA
Tom Biolsi Department of Anthropology, Portland State University, USA
Susanne Brandstädter Cologne University, Germany
Lindsay DuBois University of Dalhousie, CA, Canada
Marc Edelman City University of New York, USA
Stephan Feuchtwang London School of Economics and Political Science
John Gledhill University of Manchester, UK
Keith Hart University of Pretoria, South Africa
Nelly Arvelo Jimenez Instituto Venezalona de Investigaciones Cientificas, Venezuela
Stuart Kirsch University of Michigan, USA
Belinda Leach University of Guelph, Canada
Winnie Lem Trent University, CA
Mary B. Mills Colby College, USA
Wang Mingming Peking University, China
David Nugent Colby College, Waterville, USA
Robert Pool University of Barcelona, Spain
Frances Rothstein Towson State University, USA
Mike Rowlands University College London, UK
Jacqueline Solway Trent University, Canada
Gareth Stanton Goldsmiths College, London, UK
Lynn Stephen University of Oregon, USA
Maila Stivens University of Melbourne, Australia
Anne Stoler The New School for Social Research, USA
Ida Susser Hunter College, CUNY, USA
Richard Ashby Wilson University of Connecticut, USA
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    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Critique of Anthropology will be reviewed.  Articles must be under 8,000 words in length, including notes and bibliography.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Special Issues
      1.4 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplemental material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to CoA, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    The journal publishes Original Articles and Book Reviews. Articles must be under 8,000 words in length, including notes and bibliography. Articles must include an abstract (100-150 words) and five to 10 key words.

    The editors will from time to time accept an article for translation into English, once publication has been agreed in principle. But this is a time-consuming process, and contributors are requested to submit in English if at all possible.

    1.3 Special Issues

    Critique of Anthropology welcome proposals for special issues. Please send a brief description of the proposed issue as a whole, with a list of authors, titles and abstracts to Note that issues are limited to 50,000 words (approximately 7 articles). For special issues we currently have a very long lead time to publication of approximately 3 to 4 years from time of first proposal. 

    1.4 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.4.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    CoA operates a double-anonymize reviewing policy in which the reviewers’ names are always concealed from the submitting author. Manuscripts are initially reviewed by members of the journal’s international editorial working group for intrinsic quality, contribution to debate and suitability for the journal. 

    Some submissions will be rejected or be returned with the recommendation to revise and resubmit at this stage, accompanied by comments. Papers that receive a balance of favourable reviews and are considered a high priority for space in the journal will be refereed by specialists in their subject matter. Authors are then sent all the accumulated comments, which may contain suggestions for minor or more substantial revisions.

    Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. Authors should be aware that the volume of submissions is high and that proposals for special issues in particular will be subject to extended scrutiny, since each paper submitted for the issue will be reviewed individually and judged against the standard of papers submitted by individuals that will be competing for space. Questions of priority must arise even when comparing projects of high quality.

    Although we aim to provide authors with a preliminary response within two months of submission, the international composition of the editorial group and increasing demands on the time of our specialist peer reviewers will sometimes result in longer turnaround times.

    CoA aims to be a genuinely international journal and one that promotes new ideas. We encourage and regularly publish submissions from younger scholars and from anthropologists outside the United States and Europe.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

      Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    •    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
    •    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
    •    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Funding

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Critique of Anthropology additionally requires all Authors in receipt of funding to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit:

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    CoA encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway

    2.6 Research Data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    CoA and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Critique of Anthropology offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. The text should be double-spaced throughout with 1.5cm at left and right hand margins (making 3cm in total) with 2.5cm at head and foot (to make 5cm). Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This journal does not currently accept supplementary material.

    4.4 Reference style

    CoA adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on Sage Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the Sage Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided above and in this section. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Critque of Anthropology is hosted on Sage track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please prepare your manuscript according to the Manuscript Submission guidelines above and then simply visit to login and submit your article online. 

    All manuscripts for Articles must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details for the Editor-in-Chief below in Section 7 at the end of this document.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.  

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office:



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