Submissions of original content (not published or under review elsewhere) are accepted on an ongoing basis. There are no fees to submit, publish, or view regular content. Contributions may be requested for the publication of special sections and special issues (see below).
We welcome submissions for the following types of contributions (please note that journal sections were changed in April 2020):
Responsible editors: MAT Editorial Collective
Original research articles comprise the core of the journal. MAT seeks to rethink health and medicine in local and global contexts, within the broad fields of medical anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), and global health. In line with our commitment to open access, accepted articles (up to 10,000 words including references) will be written in clear language that makes insights available to a wide readership. The editors seek to publish work that innovates both theoretically and methodologically, or that revisits classical anthropological debates in thinking through contemporary problems. We also seek work from ‘applied’ anthropologists and activists working in sites outside of academia. Research articles can include primary research, for example based on ethnographic fieldwork, or secondary research, for example based on a review of a particular field of literature. Please see here for further information about the Journal scope and aims. Through the publication of original research, MAT aims to fulfill its mission to publish cutting-edge scholarship at the forefront of theoretical and methodological debates in the discipline.
Position Pieces are creative in genre and form, subvert disciplinary boundaries, and reflect upon their authors’ positions relative to the material and concepts they engage. We collect these works under the banner of “Position Pieces” as a nod to the role of position in shaping our scholarly activities and professional practices. In other words, the writing collected under the banner of Position Pieces gestures to the reality that our own positions – in relation to our interlocutors, the field, the academy, and other disciplines – are always moving. Position Pieces aim to capture that momentum through texts that reflect ‘upstream’ thinking – thoughts and conversations that are not yet formatted into academic publication conventions. These may be essays, theoretical forays, instigations, or other experimental texts with a tentative, unfinished edge. Position Pieces provoke debate, unearth hidden assumptions, and contribute to the decentering and deprovincializing of medical anthropology. In this way, they advance MAT’s broader mission to explore how culture, politics, and social norms bear on medicine, illness, and health – and vice versa. We are particularly keen to publish essays written by public health workers, patients, medics, social workers, psychologists, bioethicists, nurses, and clinical practitioners of all stripes, in addition to medical anthropological work. The word limit for a Position Piece is 3,000 words.
Responsible Editor: Rosie Sims
Field Notes is a space to innovate with ethnographic writing. These pieces are experience-near to field research and ought to dwell with the empirics of field work. Let this be a space to try out a new ethnographic style, to hone one’s creative writing skills, or publish those indelible bits of field research that just don’t fit anywhere else. Submissions should be forthrightly empirical and are expected to have few, if any, citations. The word limit for a field notes piece is 3,000 words, though shorter submissions are encouraged.
Responsible Editor: Liz Cartwright
Given the centrality of observing, seeing, and representing to ethnographic projects, MAT provides a forum for researchers to present a set of up to ten photographs that critically engages with these issues. Submissions should include an accompanying textual comment of under 1,000 words (excluding references), reflecting on how photography shapes the ways in which ethnographic subjects are approached, collaborated with, framed, and presented as objects of research, science, and art. Longer pieces that include photos in the text can be submitted to any of the other sections. Authors should also bear in mind that ‘less is often more’ when it comes to the number of images included in photo essays. We encourage authors to carefully consider the value of each image before submitting. Please note: images should be between 1800 and 3000 pixels on one side, and must be uploaded through our OJS portal as ‘supplementary files’ during stage 4 of the submission process.
Responsible Editor: Bridget Bradley
MAT invites reviews of books, films, podcasts, conferences, and exhibits. Reviews should be in essay form and entail a discussion of at least three different reviewed works (which need not all be of the same medium). Many review essays will be commissioned but we also welcome suggestions and recommendations. The word limit for reviews is 3,000 words.
Special sections & special issues
Responsible Editors: MAT Editorial Collective
In general, we prefer special sections to special issues. Special sections consist of 3-5 peer-reviewed articles on a particular topic, with an invited editorial by the guest editor(s). A special issue is a curated collection of articles (6-8), think pieces, photo essays, relevant book reviews, etc., with a shared theoretical focus. We aim to put out 1–2 special issues a year, whereas a special section can be published as soon as the papers are completed.
MAT is a fully independent and open-access publication that relies primarily on grants and public funding to operate. Publishing special issues/sections results in costs that exceed our operating budget, with each contribution requiring hours of editing, proofreading, and web-based work. As a result, we ask special issue contributors to help offset these costs of readying a special issue for publication. The cost per article is 500 euro. Fees can be paid as a whole by one institution or individually by each contributor, and all fees must be paid prior to publication. As we are committed to open access, fees may be negotiated; we offer a sliding scale for authors without access to institutional support and/or based in the global South. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
We will be updating our special issue policy in the coming weeks. Please get in touch directly if you have an idea for a special issue.
Peer review process
Scholarly articles will be initially screened by a member of the editorial collective to assess whether the piece meets relevance and quality thresholds for the journal. We aim to complete the screening process within two weeks of submission. The author will be informed whether their article has been rejected at this stage or will undergo peer review. In the latter case, the article will remain under the oversight of the original editorial collective member for the duration of the review process. Scholarly articles undergo a double-blind peer review process and are reviewed by 2-5 reviewers. We aim for the first round of the review process to take no more than twelve weeks from the time of submission.
If peer reviewers arrive at widely diverging recommendations, the responsible Collective Editor will review the manuscript and the reviews to ascertain how to proceed. An additional review may be solicited or the editor may provide other guidance to authors in how to handle the various recommendations.
Each submission will be reviewed, initially, by one section editor. The process will be single-blinded. Our section editors frequently work with authors on idea development prior to submission, though this is not required for submission, and will be the first point of contact for any submission. If a section editor thinks that a submission is promising, the author will be invited to submit their manuscript through the OJS system. The section editor with then send the piece out for one external, single-blinded review. Section editors may work with authors on the piece prior to sending it out. Authors will be notified whether the piece has been declined, selected for development by working with the editorial team, or immediately sent out for external review. At the point of submission, authors are invited to suggest reviewers for the external review, should their piece reach that stage.
The journal is committed to keeping a strict regimen on turn-around times and will keep authors updated about the progress of the review process.
MAT published three issues a year, in April, September and December. Additional special issues and special sections may be published up to two times per year.
Preparation of manuscripts
All submissions must be original material, not published or under review elsewhere. If a submission is found to be plagiarized, it will be rejected. While MAT does not employ a plagiarism-screening service, the editorial team does spot-check content from time to time. If authors ‘recycle’ their own text, they will be asked to substantially revise their contribution to the satisfaction of the editors.
We use Open Journal Systems (OJS) for the submission of manuscripts. Your manuscript should be saved as a Microsoft Word file, and be formatted in Ariel font 12 point, and double spaced. In the submission process, you will be asked to provide contact information, up to five keywords, an abstract (150 words), an image or images, a biographical note, and a note on authors and contributors (see our authorship policy). Please keep images in their intended place in the Microsoft Word document and please gather information on copyright requirements for the images used. As part of the submission process, you will be asked to agree to our copyright policy, which grants copyright to the author and allows for the sharing of the text with attribution (Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution License).
Citations and references
The journal uses Chicago Style internal citations, also known as ‘author/date’ style (AuthorLastName YEAR, page), and reference lists. Please format your citations and references according to the examples found at this website (click the author-date tab): http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html. Please, include DOIs (following this format: https://doi.org/10…) and URLs wherever possible.
Please keep footnotes to a minimum (no more than 10); include note material in the text whenever possible.
For almost all matters of style, MAT follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Please note a few exceptions:
Headings. Please use initial capital letters only.
Quotations. Please follow British-style punctuation (single quotation marks to open and close quotations, double quotation marks only within a quote, and punctuation placed outside of quotation marks) and the insertion of block quotes for extracts of 50 words or longer.
Dates. Please style dates following this example: 12 May 2010.
Spelling. We follow Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary https://www.merriam-webster.com/. Either UK or American English may be used, as long as the author is consistent.
Hyperlinks. Please leave all URL addresses visible so they can be read in PDF versions of articles.
All submissions should be accompanied by a thumbnail image which will appear next to the article on the journal website. Thumbnail images will be requested by the editorial team when entering the copyediting stage.
Thumbnail images should be: JPG for photographs or PNG for illustrations without photographs, and of larger width than height, recommended 160px x 320px pixels in dimension
Any images included in the text of the article should be placed in the desired location within the manuscript, and accompanied by caption text. At copyediting stage, the editorial team will request the author for the photographs, and a descriptive line of no more than 125 characters which would serve as ALT text for accessibility.
Images should be sent in JPG format for photographs or PNG format for illustrations without photographs. Images should be between 1800 and 3000 pixels on one side.
Authors are responsible for ensuring any copyrighted image has permission or falls within an exception to the general copyright statue, such as public domain, fair use, or open access, and providing these details to the editorial team before the production stage.