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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 .odt, .docx, or .doc document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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 uses gender-sensitive and inclusive language.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

TSANTSA accepts manuscripts in English, German, and French. All manuscripts are subject to peer-review and must be submitted via Tsantsa's online submission system. 

Style of the Text

  • Document format must be in .docx, .doc or .odt
  • clearly legible 12 point font (Times or similar)
  • double spaced with 2.5cm/ 1 inch margins
  • unjustified, flush left, no indentations
  • Title: maximal title length is 100 characters, for the subtitle 180 characters.
  • Headings: first order heading is in bold (use the same font as the body text), second order heading bold italicised, insert an empty line before a heading
  • Quotes: use double inverted commas for shorter quotes. Long quotes of more than 40 words are italicised. Set off long quotes from the text with an empty line before and after the quote (without indentation)
  • Footnotes: Keep footnotes to the minimum. They should never be important to the main argument. Footnotes are numbered consecutively, starting with the number 1 (not Roman numerals)
  • Images: 300 dpi 
  • Referencing and Citation: For citations, Tsantsa follows the Author-Date format of the Chicago Manual of Style (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-2.html). Sources appearing in the references list must be cited in the text and vice versa.
  • For contributions in English, you can choose between UK and US spelling. For UK spelling, the reference is the Oxford English Dictionary (www.oed.com). For matters of grammar, punctuation, hyphenation, and capitalisation use New Hart's Rule as a guide. For US spelling, the reference is Merriam-Webster (www.merriam-webster.com), for matter of grammar, punctuation, hyphenation, and capitalisation, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org)

Plagiarism: TSANTSA takes plagiarism very seriously. It asks authors to be sure that they have properly acknowledged the scholarly work of others.


Research Articles

Research articles contribute to current issues and contemporary debates in anthropology. TSANTSA especially welcomes contributions discussing novel ways of theorising anthropological concepts as well as articles dealing with neglected topics that are firmly rooted in ethnographic data.

Initial submissions should not exceed 9’000 words, including notes and references. The submission includes a title page with a 150 word abstract in English and the language of your text, 4-6 keywords, a word count of the main manuscript, and a biographical note in the language of your article. Please provide us with your contact details, including email and postal address.

Revised manuscripts include a cover letter explaining how the author has responded to the reviews. Upload the cover letter as a supplementary document.

Current Research

Current research articles present and discuss preliminary research results of recent and ongoing research projects. Contributions in this section have a strong commitment to ethnography. Initial submissions should not exceed 4'500 words, including notes and references. With this format, TSANTSA especially encourages early career scholars to present first research results to a broader scientific readership.

The submission includes a title page with a 150 word abstract in English and the language of your text, 4-6 keywords, a word count of the main manuscript, and a biographical note in the language of your article. Please provide us with your contact details, including email and postal address.

Revised manuscripts include a cover letter explaining how the author has responded to the reviews. Upload the cover letter as a supplementary document.

Contributions in Audio-Visual Anthropology

The section contributions in audio-visual anthropology is a publishing platform for audio and visual interventions in social anthropology. Sensory perception is a fundamental form of engagement with the world, which, mediated through images and sounds, allows us to explore, create, and share human (and beyond human) experience.

We seek contributions in film, photography, and sound that critically examine and creatively evoke social and political lifeworlds. We are looking for practice-based contributions that use media to produce theory or that think through and with images and sounds, and are accompanied by written text.

Book and Film Reviews

Book reviews discuss recent publications that make important theoretical or empirical contributions to anthropology. We have a particular focus on publications originating in the Swiss academic context. They should not exceed 1'500 words. If you are interested in writing a book review, get in touch with the coordinating section editor for a choice of book to review or take a look at our booksheld on the announcement page for a selection.

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