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How to Get Published in Anthropology

A Guide for Students and Young Professionals

Edited by Jason E. Miller and Oona Schmid - Contributions by Catherine Besteman; Peter Biella; Tom Boellstorff; Don Brenneis; Mary Bucholtz; Paul N. Edwards; Paul A. Garber; Peter Givler; William Green; Linda Forman; Ricky S. Huard; Hugh W. Jarvis; Cecilia Vindrola Padros; John Kevin Trainor and James M. Wallace


This one-stop guide to getting published in anthropology gives graduate students and young professionals the crucial information and tools they need to tackle the all-important requirement to publish. Part I provides step-by-step guidance on key efforts that budding anthropologists can benefit from, including organizing a conference panel, creating a poster, presenting a paper, getting an article published in a journal, and publishing a dissertation as a monograph. In Part II, scholars in the anthropology subdisciplines offer first-hand insight into publishing in their area. Part III chapters cover author contracts, copyright issues, collaboration, and online publishing opportunities. Helpful appendices list anthropology journals and publishers specializing in anthropology books.

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AltaMira Press
Pages: 184Size: 6 1/8 x 9
978-0-7591-2108-9 • Paperback • November 2011 • $31.00 • (£21.95)
978-0-7591-2109-6 • eBook • November 2011 • $28.95 • (£19.95)
Jason E. Miller is a doctoral candidate in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida specializing in visual and participatory approaches to anthropology. He holds the student seat on the executive board of the American Anthropological Association.

Oona Schmid is director of publishing at the American Anthropological Association, the publisher of more than 20 journals and AnthroSource
Introduction: What Is Publishing?

Chapter 1: Attending Conferences and Organizing a Panel by Jason E. Miller
Chapter 2. Creating a Poster by John Trainor
Chapter 3. Presenting a Paper by Paul N. Edwards
Chapter 4. Submitting and Getting an Article Accepted in a Journal by Tom Boellstorff
Chapter 5. Publishing Your Dissertation as a Monograph by Sarah Caro

Chapter 6. Archaeology by William Green and Linda Forman
Chapter 7. Applied and Practicing Anthropology by Tim Wallace
Chapter 8. : Biological and Physical Anthropology by Paul A. Garber
Chapter 9. Cultural/Social Anthropology and Ethnography by Catherine Besteman
Chapter10. Linguistic Anthropology by Mary Bucholtz
Chapter 11. Medical Anthropology by Linda M. Whiteford and Cecilia Vindrola Padros
Chapter 12. Visual Anthropology by Peter Biella

Chapter 13. Author Agreements by Ricky S. Huard
Chapter 14. Copyright by Peter Givler
Chapter 15. Collaboration by Don Brenneis
Chapter 16. Online Opportunities and Challenges by Hugh W. Jarvis
Appendix A: Anthropology Journals
Appendix B: Publishers That Publish Anthropology Monographs
About the Editors and Contributors
This volume is a terrific source of professional wisdom about publishing and career development in all fields of anthropology. Targeting students and young professionals, it provides a road map for how to publish in various venues and how to prioritize one's scholarly and publishing endeavors. The guide's first section, "Step-by-Step Guidance and Advice," provides brief stand-alone chapters by recognized anthropologists concerning necessary academic career activities: organizing panels for professional meetings, presenting at conferences, submitting manuscripts to journals, and rewriting a dissertation into a book. (Many anthropologists would have benefitted from this guide years ago.) Part 2 features concise treatments of concerns relevant to the various subdisciplines within anthropology, e.g., archaeology, linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology. The final section discusses general publishing considerations such as author agreements, copyright, collaboration, and online opportunities. The guide also contains an appendix of peer-reviewed journals, and another appendix listing publishers of anthropology monographs. In sum, this guide is authoritative, insightful, affordable, current, and indispensable. Summing Up: Essential. Graduate and faculty libraries.

How to Get Published in Anthropology is essential reading for all graduate students and the professors who teach them. The contributors practice what they preach by offering lively, concise, and well-written essays that cover the rapidly changing field of publishing. Step-by-step guidance is provided to guide burgeoning authors, from presenting conference papers to publishing journal articles, books, and digital communications. Attention is given to subdisciplinary considerations, and valuable advice is provided about technical issues such as author agreements, copyright, and collaboration. I enthusiastically recommend this book to my young colleagues and to anyone who wants to know more about the field of anthropological publishing.
T. J. Ferguson, University of Arizona

A must for every anthropologist’s bookshelf: graduates students, young scholars, and senior anthropologists who mentor younger colleagues. The authors of these sixteen short chapters give detailed advice on presenting a poster or conference paper, publishing in a journal, writing a book, and navigating new web-based resources. There are suggestions for those in the different sub-fields of anthropology and tips on how to survive a power-point breakdown when presenting a paper, how to deal with a journal’s letter of rejection, and how to approach a publisher with a first book manuscript. [There is] sage advice about everything from copyrights to surviving the trials of tenure and promotion.
Louise Lamphere, University of New Mexico

Explains how to do a poster for or present a paper at a conference, get an article accepted in a top journal, and publish a first book.

Tailors advice to those in cultural and social anthropology, archaeology, biological and physical anthropology, applied and practicing anthropology, linguistics, or visual anthropology.

Includes the personal stories of contributors who have successfully negotiated the publishing process.

Provides the inside scoop from publishing professionals.

Read a January 2012 review of How to Get Published in Anthropology on the blog
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