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Submission Information

VAR welcomes submissions relating to visual studies, broadly conceived, including projects that rethink 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.

VAR promotes the discussion of visual studies, broadly conceived. Within its breadth, visual anthropology includes both the study of visual aspects of cultural lives and experience, and the use of visual techniques and technologies in anthropological work. The journal also highlights innovative forms of ethnographic production and anthropological practice that explore the potentialities of sensory scholarship. We 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 anthropology, art practice, dance, architecture and material culture.

Original Research Articles

What materials should be submitted:
Visual Anthropology Review publishes both color and black & white images. Articles should not be longer than 7,000 words, inclusive of notes and references. 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 small enough to be sent by attachment. If video or other media are essential to the submission, these should be made available online and a link sent with the submission. A 100 word abstract and a short biographical statement (100 words, including your current institutional affiliation) should be included with the submission.

The submission will first be reviewed by the journal editors, and if appropriate, sent out for peer review. The aim is to complete the peer review process within 8-10 weeks of the initial submission, after which the author will be informed of the co-editors’ decision (Accept, Accept pending Revisions, Revise & Resubmit, Reject). Once the review process is successful and a submission is accepted, authors will be asked to complete a Visual Permissions Form indicating permission to use the accompanying images. Prior to publication, the author must complete the Author Agreement Form which will be maid available to the author via email from the publisher (Wiley-Blackwell).

Final revisions must conform to AAA Guidelines and when articles do not do so they will be returned. Authors will work with the co-editors on final copyediting. Authors will also receive first proofs from the publisher for final proofreading, at which time no major changes can be made  Both copyediting and proofreading must be completed in a timely manner in order to meet publication deadlines. Photographs that are copyrighted must include written permission to use, granted by the copyright holder. VAR recommends that if such permission is required, authors should begin the process as early as possible (ideally with the initial submission of the article to the journal).

View the SVA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Ethnographic Visual Media

Image Specifications:
Images for publication must be 300 dpi, with a 6 inch minimum width or height. Use TIFF or JPG formats. Please do not compress images for publication! A typical image with the required specifications has a size of about 1.2 megabytes. Images that are not sufficient for publication will be returned to the author with a request to resize or replace. Name digital images “Fig. 1,” “Fig. 2”. You may include your surname in the file name, but do not include any other information or titles as this may cause confusion in the layout stage.

Captions and Figures:
Include in the text the approximate location where you would like your figures to appear (“Figure 1 about here”). Captions for all of the figures must be included on a separate page of the manuscript, either at the beginning or the end of the article.

Bibliographic and footnote style:
VAR follows the bibliographic style of the American Anthropological Association’s publications portfolio, which conforms with the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date format). Follow these links for details and links to examples:

CMS Quick Guide (Click on Author-Date tab):

Use American spellings in all cases. Endnotes 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, and complete list of references in the appropriate style must be included at the end 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.

Where to send material:
Unless you are working with a guest editor, send text and images by email to both:

Jenny Chio (co-editor)


Rupert Cox (co-editor)

Copy VAR Editorial Assistant Anandi Salinas on all correspondence:

Book and Film Review Instructions


Authors publishing with VAR will be asked, once their article is scheduled for publication and in production, to provide additional materials (images, videos, links to relevant news articles etc.) for the journal’s SUPPLEMENTS initiative. See examples on the Supplements page.

Subscription Information

VAR 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 (see AAA website for details). This includes a subscription to Visual Anthropology Review.

Information and subscription forms can be obtained on the AAA website.

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