Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.

American Ethnologist

One of the flagship journals in the field of anthropology, dedicated to showcasing of research that deals with ethnology in the broadest sense of the term. For those interested in publishing articles combining ethnographic research and rigorous theoretical work with a concern for intellectual/theoretical diversity and conceptual creativity. A flagship journal that publishes professors at all stages of career with Sr.-level professors contributing numerous articles.

American Ethnologist (AE) features a wide selection of research in the field of ethnology. Articles that appear in this journal address a wide array of issues including race, gender, sexuality, health, work, violence etc. within the context of a globalized world shaped by an array of transnational forces. AE takes submissions grounded in the disciplinary practices of anthropology and cultural study, especially ethnography and field research. The journal’s esteemed reputation makes it especially attractive for pieces that seek to push the theoretical boundaries of the field by engaging in leading theoretical debates both as a question of substance and method. The articles in this journal feature a robust exploration of culture, drawing the experiences of other people into conversation with global forces, political and economic changes, and historical processes as they have and are unfolding.

Useful for Submission

Word Count: no more than 11,000 words

Issues per year: 4

Current volume number: 40

Articles per year: 30 – 40

Citation style: Chicago Manual of Style

Abstract length (if required): 100 to 125 words

Upcoming special issues (if available): none listed, last special issue was on the European refugee crisis

Relevant Editors: notable anthropologists in the discipline

Submission Guidelines


About Wendy Belcher

Associate Professor, Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies. Author of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Instructor of Deep Reading Journals as Publishing Praxis.


This entry was posted on June 12, 2015 in Anthropology Journals, Social Science Journals.