Submissions

Authors must submit their manuscripts online
Submit manuscripts at
https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/americananthro-jlaca

Please see these sections below
Word Limits & Supplementary Materials
Review Process
Formatting: Fonts, Margins, Indentations
Document Types and Stylesheet
Writing, Language and Audience
Cover Page, Titles, Abstract, Keywords
Illustrations (Tables & Charts)
Illustrations (Images & Maps)
Supplementary Audio & Video Recordings
Permissions to Publish

Word Limits & Supplementary Materials
  • Provocations are limited to 10,000 words or 8,000 words if the manuscript includes between four and ten images.
  • Research Articles are limited to 8,000 words and a maximum of three images.

Word limits include all title, abstract, references and footnotes. Articles of substantially more than this may be returned. It is the author’s responsibility for securing copyright for any images, illustrations and maps. The final decision on the inclusion of photographs lies with the editor. Images, artwork, and illustrations submitted by authors may be considered for use on the front cover of the journal issue.

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Review Process

JLACA uses a double blind review. Thus, the author must be anonymous on every page of the manuscripts except the title page and anonymize the meta-data on supplementary files such as images for review. Authors should not use running headers which may identify them and should eliminate self-references within the text or change to anonymous. JLACA is committed to a timely and efficient review process.

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Formatting: Fonts, Margins, Indentations

Submissions that do not follow the formatting stipulations below are returned to author for correction.

  1. Times Roman font
  2. Font size of 12 pitch
  3. Double spacing on all text
  4. No extra space padding before or after any lines including headers, titles, citations, bibliography, end notes, etc.
  5. Margins are one inch (2.54 cm) on all sides
  6. Flush left paragraphing on all text. Delete all paragraph indentations on a text, including headers, titles, citations, and end notes,
  7. Use of Chicago Stylesheet for all citations and bibliographic references.

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Document Types and Stylesheet

All articles must be submitted as Word documents using Times New Roman font, double spaced, flush left paragraphing, and one inch (2.54 cm) margin on all sides, top and bottom of the page. Please ensure the deletion of author identification in the file’s document information and meta-data.

JLACA follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition and uses the Author-Date system for in-text citations. Note that manuscript submissions that do not conform to Chicago style and format are returned to authors. Please review current rules and examples in the AAA online guide to Chicago style.

It is journal policy to write all ethnic and racial designators such as black, white, mestizo, negro, cholo, indian, creole, mulato, and so on, in lower case.

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Writing, Language, and Audience

The journal aims to be accessible to a broad, scholarly readership interested in the anthropology of Latin American and the Caribbean. Articles are accepted in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Scholars may prefer to write in a language that is not their native or academic “first” language. For example, a primarily Spanish or Portuguese speaker may prefer to publish in English or a native English speaker may choose to write in Spanish or Portuguese. In those cases in which an author chooses to write their manuscript in a language other than their primary, it is incumbent upon the author to ensure that their text is grammatically and syntactically correct, that there are no substantial and repetitive grammatical errors.

The first use of a foreign concept or terms should appear in italics and be translated in parentheses. After first-use, italics are not required.

All articles must be written clearly and exclude jargon. Articles should have a clearly expressed argument and structure of argumentation that is supported by evidence. A clear demonstration of in-depth field research should be apparent.

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Cover Page, Titles, Abstracts, Keywords

Search engines use titles, subtitles, abstracts, and keywords in bringing an article to the attention of a prospective reader. Readers also make decisions about what to read based on the content of the title and abstract. It is, therefore, important to carefully work on these three parts of an article in order to enhance discoverability and attract readers. Scholars also frequently cite articles solely on the basis of an abstract, which in turn is beneficial to the journal. Abstracts should be concise and explicitly convey the article’s principal and original contributions. Jargon should be avoided. JLACA recommends that authors develop titles that have clear and immediate reference and meaning for generally educated scholars; titles should avoid obscure references, jokes, or phrases that are only identifiable to a small community of researchers. It is recommended that titles provide information that clearly identifies the author’s central research issue/s, approach, argument or conceptual frameworks; subtitle should therefore offer more detail that communicates the particular subject matter of the article.

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Illustrations (Tables & Charts)

JLACA refers to all tables and charts as tables. Submit each table in a separate in a Word document to allow for copyediting. Do not submit in PDF. Give each table a number and a short descriptive title (e.g., Table 1: Short descriptive title). The Word file must follow this filenaming system: “author-name_table ##” and named in sequence. In the manuscript file located bracketed callouts between paragraphs to indicate the location of each table: [Please insert Table 1 here]. In the text, reference each table once, typically in a parenthetical reference, e.g.: (see Table 1).

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Illustrations (Images & Maps)

JLACA refers to any and all maps and images as figures and each must be submitted in a separate JPG file. Do not embed images in the manuscript. Image files must have 300 dpi resolution and print size of 8 x 10 inches without pixilation or distortion. If the original image file does not have 300 dpi sized at a minimum of 8×10 inches the image cannot be used for publication. Do not resize to enlarge. The jpg file must follow this filenaming system: “author-name_figure##” and numbered in sequence, author-name Figure 1, author-name Figure 2, and so on. In the manuscript file located bracketed callouts between paragraphs to indicate the location of each figure: [Please insert Figure 1 here]. In the text, reference each table once, typically in a parenthetical reference, e.g.: (see Table 1).

In a separate document, submit captions for each image numbered to correspond with the image files: Figure 1, Figure 2. All captions should include a basic description of the image that identifies who, what, when, and where. This caption must also include the photo credit. For Example:

Figure 1. Picapedros (stone miners) climb up the steep site of their andesite mine, Lozán Grande, located in the Chimborazo National Reserve. Photo Credit: Mateo Ponce, May 2012.

Issue Cover Photos

Once an author’s manuscript is accepted for publication, the author may submit a photo for consideration for the cover of the journal issue in which the article is scheduled to appear. Photos must be at least 600 dpi and large enough to print at 8 x 10 inches. As in figures in the text, the image must be accompanied by a separate file with caption and source. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that permissions for the use of the image have been granted.

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Supplementary Video & Audio Recordings

JLACA plans to begin publishing supplementary video and audio recordings that are integrated to articles published as Provocations/Provocaciones. These supplementary materials are published on a JLACA designated online platform that is separate from the Wiley/Anthrosource publishing. We invite submissions with video and audio recordings to launch these multi-media articles in 2020. Technical specifications are forthcoming.

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Permissions to Publish

As author, you must submit written permissions for each photographic image, audio recording, video, chart, map or table that is being reprinted or whose publication rights are owned by a third party. In addition you must provide written permission and authorship rights for each photo, audio recording and video for which you are the owner or for which you to retain publication rights. The written permission must include a statement of ownership of rights and the authorization of JLACA to publish the indicated item both in print and online.

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