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Policies & Formatting

Submission Policies

The editors reserve the right to determine the suitability of submissions. For additional information, please contact the editors.

Submission Guidelines

Only manuscripts that are original and have not been previously published elsewhere will be considered.

  • All submissions must be made electronically. Submissions should include:
  • One file with a document stating the author(s)'s name and affiliation(s), the title of the article, and contact information
  • One file with a document containing the title (14 point font) and an abstract (12 point font) approximately 250 words in length, in .doc or .docx format
  • One file with a document containing the title, the body of the article, references, figures, and tables in .doc or .docx format. If tables and figures are included at the end of the manuscript, include another file with a pdf version of the document showing where the figures and tables should be located in the text.

Note that the author’s name and affiliation are only on the first document in order to ensure anonymity during peer review.

All work will normally be in English, but exceptions are possible.

Use Times New Roman 12 point font for the text. Footnotes and Figure captions should use 11 point font. Tables and text embedded within a Figure may use Arial or another sans serif font.

Formatting Guidelines

Do not format manuscripts by using spaces for indentation, the Tab key for indenting paragraphs, extra blank lines, and the like. Format documents using the Format/ Paragraph option in Word:

  • Use the Special/First Line option to indent the first line of a paragraph, except for the paragraph immediately following a heading.
  • Use the Line Spacing option to set the line spacing to either double line spacing or 1.5 line spacing.
  • For indented quotes, use the Special/First Line option to indent the first line of the quote and use the Special/Hanging option to indent all the other lines of the quote.
  • For text headings, use the Spacing option to space 12 pts before the heading and 6 pts after the heading. If another heading immediately follows a heading only space 6 pts before the heading.
  • For the references, use the Special/Hanging option to indent all lines except the first line of a reference.
  • Use Line and Page Breaks and then check the “Keep with next” option to prevent a heading from terminating a page.

Insert footnotes. Do not insert endnotes.

Headings: The first heading should be 14 point font and bold, the second level should be 12 point and bold, and the third level should be 12 point and italic. Alternatively, headings may be numbered.

In-text citations

  • Place citations in parentheses and include the author’s name and the source’s year of publication, with no intervening punctuation: (Smith 2020).
  • Always include page numbers for quotations or extensive paraphrases, using an en dash for page ranges: (Smith 2020: 141–147).
  • Use semicolons to separate two or more references in a single parenthetical citation and list them by year: (Smith and Jones 2001; Bristol 2005; Brown 2014).
  • Do not include “ed.” or “trans.” in citations (and in the case of books that have been reprinted or updated, do not include the original publication year). This information will be included on the reference list.
  • Use the first author’s last name and et al. for works with four or more authors.
  • You may use the following abbreviations: e.g., and i.e. Do not use ibid., passim, op. cit., and so on.

Reference list

  • Include every source cited in the text and no others, listed alphabetically by author.
  • When including multiple works by the same author, list them chronologically, from oldest to most recent.
  • For works published by the same author in the same year, add a, b, and so on, and list them alphabetically by title.
  • For multiple references with the same author, include the author’s name in each reference.


Asad, T. 2003. Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Bender, C., and P. E. Klassen. 2010. After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement. New York: Columbia University Press.

Book Chapters

Bielo, J. S. 2016. “Creationist history-making: Producing a heterodox past.” In Lost City, Found Pyramid: Understanding Alternative Archaeologies and Pseudoscientific Practices, edited by J. J. Card and D. S. Anderson, pp. 81-101. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

Chapter in Multivolume Work

Foucault, M. 2000. “Lives of infamous men.” In Power, edited by J. Faubion and translated by R. Hurley, pp 157–177. Vol. 3 of The Essential Works of Foucault, 1954–1984, edited by P. Rabinow. New York: New Press. First published 1977.

Edited Volume

Stoler, A., ed. 2013. Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination. Durham: Duke University Press.

Journal Articles

Bessire, L., and David Bond. 2014. Ontological anthropology and the deferral of critique. American Ethnologist 41 (3): 440–456.
Bialecki, J. 2016. Apostolic networks in the third wave of the spirit: John Wimber and the vineyard. Pneuma 38 (1-2): 23–32.
Yates-Doerr, E. 2015. Does meat come from animals? A multispecies approach to classification and belonging in Highland Guatemala. American Ethnologist 42 (2): 309–23. DOI:10.1111/amet.12132.
DOIs should be included when the article is obtained online. They are preferable to URLs, being more stable. No access date is necessary in this case.

Online Resources

Daser, D. 2014. AE interviews Catherine Lutz (Brown University). American Ethnologist website, May 9. Accessed [Month Day, Year].

Multimedia Source

Lemelson, R., dir. 2009. 40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy. Los Angeles: Elemental Productions. DVD.

Multiple References by the Same Author

Stout, N. 2014. Bootlegged: Unauthorized circulation and the dilemmas of collaboration in the Digital Age. Visual Anthropology Review 30 (2): 177–187.
Stout, N. 2015a. Generating home. Cultural Anthropology Online, March 30. Accessed [Month Day, Year].
Stout, N. 2015b. When a Yuma meets mama: Commodified kin and the affective economies of Queer tourism in Cuba. Anthropological Quarterly 8 (33): 663–690.


Kinship undertakes a double blind peer review process.

Kinship does not use online software to screen for plagiarism.

Kinship does not charge authors for processing or article submission.


Once published, a journal article cannot generally be revised or removed. We feel it is important to provide perpetual access to materials published whenever possible and appropriate. However, we will remove publications under special circumstances, including in the case of submission errors, rights violations, or inappropriate content. Please be aware, however, that even after the removal of a work, a citation to the work will remain in our system, along with a URL.

If you would like your work removed from eScholarship, please contact the editors.

Revising Work

Once manuscripts are published, we are generally unable to revise them. If a significant error or omission is discovered, contact the editors.

Rights and Permissions

Kinship does not require copyright transfer, only permission to publish and archive the article. Copyright holders retain copyright ownership, granting a nonexclusive license to the journal and eScholarship to publish the article, meaning that the author may also publish it elsewhere. Before submitting an article to the journal, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared in any third party material. All articles published in the journal are subject to the journal’s author agreement, which is available in the first step of the submission process or by contacting us to request a copy.

Open Access statement

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Long-term preservation policy

All materials submitted to eScholarship are automatically deposited in CDL's Merritt Preservation Repository for long-term preservation.