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Department of Social Anthropology

Cambridge Journal of Anthropology


The Department is the institutional base of the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology: an international, peer-reviewed, fully open access journal that’s part of the Berghahn Open Anthro subscribe-to-open initiative.

CJA publishes ambitious and rigorous scholarship in contemporary social and cultural anthropology. The journal draws on a range of theoretical and political traditions to provide original insights into human social life and to critically interrogate the terms of the anthropological endeavour.

The current Editor of CJA is Dr Liana Chua, who works closely with Dr Timothy Cooper (Reviews Editor) and an international Editorial Board. The journal also collaborates with the Department’s own Camthropod to create lively and engaging podcasts related to its content.

To find out more about the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, please visit

Listen to Camthropod Episode 25: The Future of the Anthropological Journal which discusses the future for the journal, its development over the years together with further progress plans with both the outgoing and the incoming editors.

Calls for contributions

Full details of the submission process and requirements can be found here:

CJA is published twice a year, and features original peer-reviewed research articles (individual or as part of special issues), book reviews and other review formats (see below).


Research articles should be a maximum of 8,000 words (including notes and references). All articles should include an abstract of 125 to 150 words, and 6 to 8 keywords. All authors should provide a biographical note of 100 words and an email address. Submissions can be made at any time.

Special issues curated by guest editors are published twice a year. These are selected through an open competition, with proposals generally due in October and June each year. The maximum length for a special issues is 60,000 words, including notes, references, introductions, and afterwords. Full details of the selection process can be found in calls for proposals, which are circulated via mailing lists, social media and the journal’s website.

Reviews can take several forms – please contact the Reviews Editor to discuss your ideas in the first instance.

  1. Book reviews should be a maximum of 800 words. In addition to standard reviews of single works, we also commission longer Review Essays of between 2,000 to 3,000 words that engage with a minimum of three recent titles.
  2. Re-reviewed aims to bring to wider attention works that do not fall under the usual criteria of a reviewable book. Firstly, we seek reviews of out-of-print books first published more than twenty years ago that reassess their contribution and relevance to contemporary debates. Secondly, we seek reviews of a single book, or review article of a number of titles, relevant to cultural, social, biological, or linguistic anthropologists, that were published in a language other than English, and which have yet to be translated into English. Book reviews in this section should be a maximum of 800 words. Longer essays may review a minimum of three titles and be between 2,000 to 3,000 words.
  3. Widening the Frame seeks to expand what constitutes a reviewable body of work by inviting expressions of interest to review films, film festivals, academic conferences, public workshops, podcasts, and photography, contemporary art, and museum exhibitions. Reviews should consider how the work(s), event(s), or series of debates contribute to timely and relevant issues in anthropological theory, practice, and their potential impacts on and beyond the academy. Widening the Frame Reviews should be a maximum of 800 words.