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Submission Information


Style Sheet and Submissions Check List
VAR welcomes submissions relating to visual studies, broadly conceived- projects rethinking the meaning of cultural and theoretical visualization. Visual anthropology includes both the study of visual aspects of human behavior (including the anthropology of art and museology) and the use of visual media in anthropological research, representation, and teaching.

As the journal of the Society for Visual Anthropology, Visual Anthropology Review promotes the discussion of visual studies, broadly conceived. Within its breadth, visual anthropology includes both the study of visual aspects of human behavior and the use of visual media in anthropological research, representation and teaching. The journal welcomes articles, reviews and commentary on the use of multimedia, still photography, film, video and non-camera generated images, as well as on visual ideologies, indigenous media, applied visual anthropology, art, dance, gesture, sign language, human movement, museology, architecture and material culture.

What materials should be submitted:
Visual Anthropology Review publishes both colour and black & white images. Articles should not be longer than 7,000 words. Every submission to Visual Anthropology Review must include images, whether photographs, drawings, film stills, or screen grabs. The initial submission of manuscripts with photos should be through email. The document should be in the MS-WORD format and images should be not more than 200kb at 72dbi. The submission will be sent to peer reviewers. If the article is accepted, the author will be asked to send a CD with revised text and digital images to the editor. A 100 word abstract and a short biographical statement should be included with the submission. Authors wishing to order offprints must do so before the journal is printed. The author must complete the Author Agreement form and forward it by regular mail to one of the editors. The author must, for any images to be included in the article, complete an Image Permission Form and forward it to the editors. (The Order and Agreement files are in the Adobe PDF format. If you lack the Acrobat reader you can obtain one from: Adobe’s web site. )

Final revisions must conform to AAA Guidelines and when articles do not do so they will be returned. cf. below. Photographs that are copyrighted must include written permission to use, granted by the copyright holder.

View the SVA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Ethnographic Visual Media

Image Specifications:
Images for publication must be black and white, scanned at 300 dpi, with a 6? minimum width or height. Use only PICT or TIFF formats. Please do not compress images or submit jpg files for production! A typical image with the required specifications has a size of about 1.2 megabytes. Only name hard-copy and digital images “Fig. 1,” “Fig. 2? etc. Ambiguous names of picture files create confusion for the editors and layout artists.

Captions and Figures:
Include in the text the approximate location where you would like your figures to appear. Captions for all of the figures must be included on a special page of the manuscript.

Bibliographic and footnote style:
VAR follows the bibliographic style of American Anthropologist, i.e. The Chicago Manual of Style (14thedition, 1993) and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition, 2000). In Webster’s, use the first spelling if there is a choice and use American (not British) spellings. Click here to see examples of the proper procedures. When in doubt, follow Chicago.

Footnotes are expected for each essay, but should not be used merely to provide bibliographic material. Citations (in appropriate style) should appear in the body of the text. Rules for citations for book and film reviews differ from those for articles. There is no reference section at the end of reviews. In reviews, all citations are placed in the body of the review. Please see AAA Style Guide, Text Citations and References Cited/Reviews for details.

Where to send material:
Unless you are working with a guest editor, send text and images by email (and, at the appropriate time, a CD that contains revised text and digital images) to both:

Mark Westmoreland (co-editor)


Jenny Chio (co-editor)

Book and Film Review Instructions

Subscription Information
V.A.R. appears biannually. Subscriptions are available either in their own right or through membership in the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Visual Anthropology. Current AAA members may enroll in the SVA for yearly dues of $25. This includes a subscription to Visual Anthropology Review. Anyone may subscribe to Visual Anthropology Review for $25 per volume.

Information and subscription forms can be obtained on the AAA website at:

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