Instructions and information for contributors

General and policy

  1. The purpose of JASO-Online is to provide a forum for the publication of research and views of interest to anthropologists, especially but not entirely research that can be considered ‘work in progress’.
  2. The series is run in association with the School of Anthropology and the Oxford University Anthropology Society. Numbers in the series may be downloaded free from the relevant website. Authors will not receive any payment for their contributions, whether in the form of fees or royalties.
  3. The Editor(s) will make every effort to ensure that contributions do not offend either the law or good academic practice with regard to libel, plagiarism or improper citation.
  4. Articles in JASO-Online are copyright protected. Authors retain the copyright but license publication in JASO normally under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence (see In special circumstances we will consider other licences.
  5. It is the responsibility of the Author to get permission to include third party material (such as maps, photos and illustrations). See section below.
  6. Authors are free to do the following: they may place a copy of their article in a subject or institutional repository subject to including a statement that the article is copyright and including the URL of the JASO-Online publication. They may republish their articles elsewhere free of charge on condition that JASO is credited and including the URL of the JASO-Online publication.
  7. Reasonable copying for educational purposes within the relevant guidelines is permitted without prior reference to the Editor(s).
  8. Contributors will be regarded as having accepted these conditions, as well as any listed below, when they offer a paper for consideration.

Submission and assessment of papers

  1. Contributions should be no more than 10,000 words in length, including notes and references. They should be submitted electronically to the Editors as email attachments using the address on the contacts page. Appendices may include tables, photos and small amounts of digital video subject to the agreement of the Editors
  2. Contributions are subject to an internal review process, but are not ordinarily sent to external referees. JASO does not undertake in advance to accept for publication any contribution offered to it. In particular, contributions should be written in sufficiently good English to require only minimal editorial revision and copy-editing. Contributions may be rejected on these grounds alone.v
  3. If accepted, contributions will be copy-edited and then sent back as proofs to the author, with any queries highlighted. Proofs are for checking rather than revising, and extensive textual revisions should be avoided at this stage. Proofs should be returned promptly, and in any case within two weeks of receipt. Any queries should be answered either directly in the electronic text, identified through a different highlighting colour, or by amending the text as appropriate.

Third Party Copyright

As stated above, articles in JASO are normally published under a Creative Commons CC licence.

If you include material by third parties (eg long extracts from texts and most importantly illustrations, diagrams or images by other people) then their copyright status must be clarified and, if needed, explicit licences must be obtained if he image is to be included in your article.

Helpful guidance on this has been prepared by the Bodleian about third party material in theses. The basic principles apply to articles in JASO as well.


  1. The Oxford dictionary for writers and editors and Hart’s rules give appropriate guidance on spellings and other aspects of the editing and preparation of manuscripts. American as well as British spellings and punctuation are acceptable, provided consistency is observed throughout. Where there is considerable such inconsistency, British style will be followed. -ize is preferred to -ise, except where this conflicts with etymology (thus ‘televise’, ‘emphasise’). Otherwise, the following conventions should be used.
  2. Times New Roman should be used as the typeface. The main text and bibliography should be 12 point in size, footnotes and set-off quotes 11 point. Phonetic characters may be inserted using a Unicde complaint font such as Doulos-SIL (available freely from SIL).
  3. Single quote marks should be used for quotations of any sort, double quote marks only for quotations within quotations.
  4. Longer quotations of more than five lines long should be set off from the main text and indented. They should not be preceded or followed by quote marks, though these may be used within the set-off quote as required (e.g. for a quote within the set-off quote). Quotations should not be placed in italics.
  5. Italics should be used for foreign words cited singly or in small groups, but not for longer quotations that consist of continuous text (which should be treated as ordinary quotations in English). Italics should also be used for book or journal titles cited in the text, but article titles should be in ordinary type within single quote marks.
  6. Footnotes are preferred to endnotes. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. They should consist of supplementary text, not references alone, though some references may belong to the text of the footnote itself.
  7. All pages should be numbered using arabic numerals, centred at the foot of the page.
  8. Any illustrations should be provided in electronic form and integrated as such into the text. Photographs are generally unproblematic provided copyright permissions have been obtained. We are happy to discuss the use of small video clips but these may be constrained by space issues.


  1. The ‘Harvard’ system of placing short references in the text (e.g. Smith 2000: 100) and listing full references in the bibliography should be followed. References should be kept to a minimum.
  2. References should not be put in footnotes alone but only if they are integral to the text of the footnote.
  3. References should be listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order of author’s surname or equivalent identifier.
  4. Titles should be in italics in the case of self-standing published items (books, journal titles), in ordinary type without quote marks in the case of articles in journals and edited volumes and unpublished theses.
  5. Titles should not have initial capital letters for words, except for the first word of a title (not a sub-title if preceded by a colon) and where they would be required in normal text.
  6. Please include DOI reference numbers where they exist.
  7. For references to digital sources - a) give your last date of access, b) please enter the source into the digital archive and quote the URL. 

A sample entry (for an online journal article) should look like

Wouters, J., Subba, T. (2013) The "Indian face," India's Northeast, and "The Idea of India", Asian Anthropology, 12 (2), pp. 126-140, DOI: 10.1080/1683478X.2013.849484, (last accessed on 20 March 2015).

JASO house style: references

Parkin, Robert 1996. The dark side of humanity: the work of Robert Hertz and its legacy, Amsterdam: Harwood.

Journal article:
Parkin, R. 1990. Ladders and circles: affinal alliance and the problem of hierarchy, Man 25/3, 472–88.

Chapter in edited book/conference proceedings:
Parkin, Robert 1998. Dravidian and Iroquois in South Asia, in Maurice Godelier, Thomas R. Trautmann and Franklin E. Tjon Sie Fat (eds.), Transformations of kinship, Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Chapter in book of essays by a single author:
Parkin, R. 2001. Durkheimian evolution in the work of Marcel Mauss, in Robert Parkin, Perilous transactions: papers in general and Indian anthropology, Bhubaneswar: Sikshasandhan.

Parkin, Robert 1984. Kinship and Marriage in the Austroasiatic-speaking World: A Comparative Analysis, Oxford: D.Phil. thesis.

Online Resource:
Parkin, Robert 1987. Kin Classification in the Karakorum, Man 22/1, 157-70: DOI: 10.2307/2802968 (accessed 10 Nov 2008).

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