The New Florida Journal of Anthropology is an open access, peer-reviewed, graduate student-run academic journal housed in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. Submissions are not limited to the UF community or its affiliates. We encourage diversity of scholarship by publishing any anthropologically focused research with no geographic or temporal restrictions. In the spirit of inclusion, we also welcome research from related subjects including linguistics, geography, history and other related fields. Our primary goal is the dissemination of knowledge. To attain this, NFJA issues are gold open access, meaning they are digital, and completely free of charge for both authors and readers.
We accept submissions from established researchers who have either earned a graduate degree (MA, MS, PhD, etc.) or are currently in graduate school. We accept submissions from undergraduates provided that at least one author has earned a graduate degree or is currently in graduate school. All research article submissions are subject to double-blind peer-review by experts in the field, while ethnographic film submissions undergo single-blind review.
New Florida Journal of Anthropology Editorial Policies
Open Access Policy
The New Florida Journal of Anthropology provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There are no publication charges, and all content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author for non-commercial purposes. Nonetheless, reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein requires credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the license. This open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative’s (BOAI) definition of open access.
Copyright to Your Publication
As described in the author agreement, authors retain copyright to their publications. As an open access journal, we disseminate all content under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)
The New Florida Journal of Anthropology permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.
Content published in the New Florida Journal of Anthropology will be preserved by the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The Libraries are committed to long-term digital preservation of all materials in UF-supported collaborative projects. Redundant digital archives, adherence to proven standards, and rigorous quality control methods protect digital objects. The UF Digital Collections provide a comprehensive approach to digital preservation, including technical supports, reference services for both online and offline archived files, and support services by providing training and consultation for digitization standards for long-term digital preservation.
Content will be preserved indefinitely, unless a specific request for removal of a specific item is directed to the journal managers. If you believe that your copyrighted material has been deposited into this journal without consent, please contact the administrators at the New Florida Journal of Anthropology.
Content is also preserved in the PKP Preservation Network (PKP PN).
The New Florida Journal of Anthropology does not accept articles containing material plagiarized from other publications or authors.
For the purposes of this policy, plagiarism is defined as copying of or reliance on work — including text, images and data — by others or yourself without proper attribution. Please be aware that self-plagiarism is also prohibited; this includes thesis or dissertation materials. You must provide proper attribution in all cases where your previously published material or previously used data or images are included in your manuscript. If your dissertation/thesis is made available in such a way that it can be identified by plagiarism software then any submission to NFJA must include proper attribution, e.g. quotations and a reference, and/or sections with high similarity indices should be rewritten.
Plagiarism detected prior to publication will cause rejection of your manuscript. Plagiarism detected after publication will cause the published article to be amended to state that it contains plagiarized material; in extreme cases of plagiarism, the publication will be removed at the Editors’ discretion, and the reason for removal stated on the journal’s website.
The New Florida Journal of Anthropology does not consider the following situations to be plagiarism when proper attribution is made:
- Translations into English of a previously published paper not in English;
- Publication of all or part of a revised thesis or dissertation;
- Publication of a paper previously made public as a conference presentation, white paper, technical report, or preprint
The New Florida Journal of Anthropology follows workflows developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) to deal with cases of plagiarism.
Use of Third-Party Copyrighted Materials
When submitting your manuscript, please be mindful of copyright laws in the United States and (if outside the U.S.) your home country. The New Florida Journal of Anthropology respects the intellectual property of scholars, students, and publishers, and we ask that you secure appropriate permissions or evaluate whether your incorporation of images, figures, charts, quotations, and other materials falls within the scope of fair use/fair dealing.
If you are incorporating published materials that you have previously authored, be aware that in many cases your publisher may now own the copyright and you may need to seek permission to reprint your own work.
The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries provides resources on copyright and fair use, with an emphasis on U.S. Copyright Law: https://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/copyright
Correction, Retraction, and Removal of Articles
Correction. Despite the best of efforts, errors occur and their timely and effective remedy are considered the mark of responsible authors and editors the New Florida Journal of Anthropology will publish a correction if the scholarly record is seriously affected (e.g., if accuracy/intended meaning, scientific reproducibility, author reputation, or journal reputation is judged to be compromised). Corrections that do not affect the contribution in a material way or significantly alter the reader’s understanding of the contribution, such as misspellings or grammatical errors, will not be published. When a correction is published, it will link to and from the work. The correction will be added to the original work so that readers will receive the original work and the correction. All corrections will be as concise as possible.
Retraction. The New Florida Journal of Anthropology reserves the right to retract items, with a retraction defined as a public disavowal, not an erasure or removal. Retractions will occur if the editors and editorial board finds that the main conclusion of the work is undermined or if subsequent information about the work comes to light of which the authors or the editors were not aware at the time of publication. Infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, inaccurate claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data will also result in retraction of the work.
Removal. Some circumstances may necessitate removal of a work from the New Florida Journal of Anthropology. This will occur when the article is judged by the editors and editorial board to be defamatory, if it infringes on legal rights, or if there is a reasonable expectation that it will be subject to a court order. The bibliographic information about the work will be retained online, but the work will no longer be available through the New Florida Journal of Anthropology. A note will be added to indicate that the item was removed for legal reasons.
Authors of research papers submitted for publication in the New Florida Journal of Anthropology are encouraged to make the data underlying their articles available online whenever possible. For the purposes of this policy, the term “data” is understood broadly and refers to both quantitative and qualitative research outputs, spanning observations and analysis of social settings (producing numbers, texts, images, multimedia or other content) to numbers attained through instrumental and other raw data gathering efforts, quantitative analysis, text mining, or citation analysis, as well as protocols, methods, and code used to generate any specific finding reported in the paper. The New Florida Journal of Anthropology editorial board prefers that the data be submitted as supplemental files accompanying the article, or be archived in a secure repository that provides a persistent identifier, assures long-term access, and provides sufficient documentation and metadata to support re-use by other investigators. Acceptable solutions include institutional repositories; repositories specifically focused on data curation, or domain specific repositories. If there is no relevant public repository available, and the data cannot easily be included in a supplement, authors should describe how the data are being curated and made available or, in the case where they cannot be made available (e.g., IRB restrictions), why that is so. In any case, a citation to the dataset should be made in the article itself in accordance with the data citation principles of the FORCE11 “Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles“, including an ORCID for the researcher(s) associated with the data. Finally, we recommend that whenever possible authors explicitly define the terms of re-use by assigning a license to their data, choosing, for instance, among Creative Commons or Open Data Commons licenses.
The New Florida Journal of Anthropology data policy does not require data publication and citation at this time due to still-emergent standards for data peer review; the lack of sufficiently robust and distributed infrastructure to support the variety of disciplinary research occurring in our field; uncertainty whether the New Florida Journal of Anthropology should provide a third mode of data publication in the form of “data papers” or “data descriptors”; and insufficient preparation and notification to the New Florida Journal of Anthropology contributors to ensure datasets are properly curated with the aim of publication. Authors unable to share their data must provide written explanation of this circumstance in their cover letter at the time of submission.
Name Change Policy
The LibraryPress@UF is committed to supporting requests for author name changes and/or pronoun changes, with as few barriers as possible. Name changes and/or pronoun changes are available to authors upon request, with no legal documentation required. Upon receiving a name change request, the LibraryPress@UF will update all metadata, published content, and associated records under our control to reflect the requested name change. The LibraryPress@UF will not issue a notice of correction for the name change or notify co-authors or editors. While the LibraryPress@UF cannot control the use or appearance of an author’s name for external systems and publications administered by other editorial boards, and changes made to prior publications may not propagate to downstream environments, the LibraryPress@UF is committed to collaborating with other groups to support systemic changes to ensure name changes are fully supported.
Authors who wish to update or change their name should contact Chelsea Johnston, Scholarly Publishing and Repository Librarian at the University of Florida, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests will be treated with respect and confidentiality, and addressed as quickly as possible.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement
The University of Florida is committed to creating a community that reflects the rich racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the state and nation. The New Florida Journal of Anthropology contributes to this mission by promoting inclusivity through supporting open access; actively encouraging greater representation across cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints; and fostering transparency and openness throughout the publishing cycle.
To further our goals of diversity and inclusivity, it is recommended that authors, reviewers, and editors consider the following:
- Encourage participation of people from underrepresented groups as authors, reviewers, and editors.
- Include content from multidisciplinary scholars that fits publication scope.
- Create an editorial board that reflects the diversity of a global academic community.
- Maintain a clear and open process for article review and contribution.