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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • You have submitted all supplemental documentation, including a list of potential peer-reviewers.

Author Guidelines

Submission to NFJA implies that the content has not been published in elsewhere, except in cases of scientific meetings or symposiums. 

NFJA accepts manuscripts relating to all sub-fields of Anthropology and related fields. These include, but are not limited to, History, Biology, Sociology, Geology, Linguistics, Women and Gender Studies, as well as all regional disciplines (i.e. African Studies). Research that does not directly fall under the discipline of Anthropology must related to humans in some way. NFJA accepts submissions in the form of Articles, Book Reviews, Conference Reviews, and Undergraduate Articles. Articles will be subjected to double-blind peer review, by experts in the field who hold a PhD or higher. Undergraduate Articles are peer-reviewed by individuals who hold an MA or higher to allow for graduate student participation in the referee process. Book and Conference Reviews are not peer-reviewed and all decisions about their inclusion in the journal are made by the editorial board. 


Articles should be between 3,000-8,000 words, but exceptions can be made when necessary. All citations should be in APA 7 style. The organization of the article should include an Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Bibliography. Figures and tables are encouraged if they contribute to aiding the readers understanding of the material. When necessary, supplemental information can be submitted with the article, which can be made available online. 

The submission should be submitted as separate files (Text, Figures and Tables, Tweetable Summary, and Supporting Information). Figure and table files should be accompanied by their respective captioning. Organization in this manner allows the editor to format the document for publication in a concise manner. Format should be Times New Roman 12pt. font. U.S. spelling is preferred. APA 7 citation style is required for both in-text citations and bibliographies. Information about APA 7 can be found here and here.  

The text file should include: 

  • Title 
  • Full name(s) of the author(s) 
  • Institutional affiliations 
  • Abstract 
  • Key words (no more than 5)
  • Main text body 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • References 
  • Figure legends 

Figures should be submitted as editable files, not images. 

If your paper is accepted, NFJA may decide to Tweet or blog about it or otherwise promote your work. For this purpose, you will be invited to provide at the submission stage a Tweetable Summary of no more than 95 characters that conveys the essential message of your paper, as well as a photograph that relates to your research which we will post through the NFJA Twitter to promote your article.  

Click the link below to see the submission template for an example of how your final draft will be formatted for publication.


Peer-Review Policy

All article submissions are subjected to a double-blind peer-review. On the submission page, please include the following in the Peer-Reviewers Components document. Please note that the journal’s editors are not obliged to invite any recommended or opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

  • Suggested peer-reviewers for your submission (3-4)
  • List any individuals who you prefer not to review the submission
  • List any individuals who would present a conflict of interest

Recommended reviewers should be an expert in their field and must be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any potential conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts include, but are not limited to, the following guidelines:

  • The reviewer(s) should not have prior knowledge of your submission
  • The reviewer(s) should not have collaborated with any of the authors in the last 5 years
  • The reviewer(s) should not be from the same institution as any of the authors


Conference Reviews will vary depending on the submission type. Authors may either review a single presentation, an entire session, or an entire conference summary. All should be between 600-2,000 words, although exceptions can be made. These submissions are not peer-reviewed and final decisions on inclusion in the journal will be made by the editorial board.

Single presentations or session reviews should include a concise summary of the discussion clearly stating the aims and findings of the research, as well as an overview of the methodology employed. It should also include a review of the broader impact the research might have. Finally, it should include the authors own opinion on the research presented.  Possible things to consider: Was the presenter/session organized and knowledgeable on the subject? Was the material presented in concise, meaningful manner? Did the research employ novel methodology? How will the research impact the field at large? Was this research appropriate for the conference in which it was presented?

Conference summaries should clearly state the name, date(s), location, keynote speakers, and focus of the conference. It should cover the main highlights of the conference and any interesting or novel developments in the field which arose. Be sure to summarize the overall thematic events which occurred and any impressions you (and other conference attendees) may have felt. Consider: Was the conference successful?  Where might there be room for improvement in the future? Where there any specific trends in overall research trajectories?


NFJA accepts submissions for book reviews as non-peer review content. They should be between 600-2,000 words, but ideally around 750 words. They should include a statement about the significance of the book, and its central themes, but should not simply summarize the book. Consider the impact the piece of work might have on the respective field of research. Does the author(s) have sound methodology? Are there gaps in the knowledge or problematic writing styles? Does this work have the ability to serve not only academic realms but reach out to boarder audiences? These are just suggestions for things to consider, but feel free to expand on any avenue which you feel fits best with your review. Please feel free to reach out to nfja@anthro.ufl.eduwith any questions regarding book review submissions.


Undergraduate article submissions are subject to the same "Article Guidelines" and double blind peer-review processes specified above. The only difference is that undergraduate articles may be peer reviewed by individuals with a minimum of a master's degree. 


Thesis or dissertation abstracts submitted for publication must be 350 words or less, and all citations must be in APA 7 style. These submissions are not peer-reviewed and final decisions on its inclusion into the journal will be made by the editorial board.


The Editors will occasionally create editorial content. This includes, non-peer review articles, news, reviews, interviews, etc. related to the journal's mission. However, authors are encouraged to contact the Editors if they have an interest in submitting such content.