Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology provides the anthropology undergraduate student body with an outlet for their voices. We believe our journal encourages students to familiarize themselves with their peers' research and to network.

The Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology publishes undergraduate works in the sub-fields of Anthropology, including Social Anthropology; Cultural Anthropology; Archaeology; Biological Anthropology and Medical Anthropology.


Section Policies

Social - Cultural Anthropology

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Biological - Medical Anthropology

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Upon submission, an article's abstract and the article will be read by the editorial team, in which they will check whether or not it follows our guidelines, i.e. style guidelines, relevance to Anthropology, etc.

Please note, the Journal has incontestable spelling, syntax and punctuation rules. The editorial team abides by Canadian spelling, syntax, and punctuation using the Chicago Manual of Style (AAA) and The Globe and Mail Style Book.

If the article is accepted, it will then undergo a peer-review editing process by at least two editors (upper-year Anthropology students) who will make suggestive corrections for both style and content. The paper will then be sent back to the author who will be asked to edit their paper for publication.

Please note, class papers are not publishable as they are - meaning that whichever context the paper was written in is not applicable to the journal; therefore, content should be edited as to make it accessible to a wider audience. 

We would like to emphasize that undergoing an editorial process is different than being marked by a proffersor or a TA. While a professor will look for major inconsistencies and strong ideas - especially in the context of the course - a reviewer will analyze everything to make sure it is understandable from a perspective outside the course. An "A" paper is not publishable as is. Every and any paper will be edited in one form or another.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Author Rights

Upon acceptance of a submission by the journal editors, authors are free to retract their submission at any time until one full week (7 days) prior to the journal publication date. Authors are free to refuse to change their work if they do not wish to do so. In the event of a dispute regarding proposed changes to an author's work between a journal editor and author, the executive members of the Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology reserve the right to retract the acceptance of the work in question for the journal. If an author fails to meet a submission or editing deadline as set by the Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology executive, the Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology reserves the right to refuse publication of that author's work. In the event of a retraction of acceptance or a refusal of publication, the Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology will notify the author by the contact methods provided by the author with his/her submission.

The Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology does not require authors of original research papers, reviews or articles to assign copyright of their published contributions. Authors grant the journal a license to publication, in return for which they can reuse their papers in their future printed work without first requiring permission from the publisher of the journal.