AE primarily publishes research articles, reflections on the production of anthropology knowledge, invited commentaries, forums, and book reviews.
AE does not publish guest-edited special issues, due to the large number of article submissions and the difficulties involved in reviewing such submissions to the standard by which the journal abides.
Manuscripts of articles submitted to the AE must make a clear and significant contribution to contemporary debates and theoretical developments in the discipline. The journal does not publish articles that merely apply theoretical ideas to the analysis of ethnographic materials. Articles published in the journal are expected to have a strong theoretical focus grounded in solid ethnography; a critical engagement with the issues of the contemporary moment; and an attention to scale as central to anthropological analysis. In addition, the journal is committed to publish works that cross traditional epistemological boundaries and contribute to anthropology as an international discipline.
AE forums are special features on contemporary issues in which anthropologists can make a timely intervention.
“The Production of Knowledge” features reflect on the strengths and challenges of ethnographic practice and anthropological knowledge. This may include analysing the significance of ethnography for a particular constituency or global community, with a focus on global perspectives on ethnographic practices; tracing the impact of new disciplinary trends or methodologies; reflecting on the legacy of a particular anthropologist or school of thought; or examining the conditions under which ethnographic knowledge is commonly (or uncommonly) produced, including the ways that standard visions of ethnographic fieldwork may be raced, classed, ableist, and/or gendered.
“Ethnography at its Edges” are longer review essays of multiple books that explore the relationship between the use of ethnographic techniques in disciplines other than anthropology and contemporary trends within the discipline. For more information, please contact the book reviews editor.
Authors are encouraged to submit materials that supplement and enhance their published articles, such as photographs, audio clips, and video clips for publication on the journal’s website.