Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Anthropology & Aging considers articles that expand and enrich our understanding of aging and the life course by utilizing the ideas and techniques of anthropological inquiry.We welcome submissions from scholars and professionals at all levels that showcases the diversity of research and writing within this field. We particularly welcome articles based on empirical research with a strong theoretical foundation that speaks to current topics and conversations going on within the broader fields of anthropology, sociology, social work, medicine, geriatrics, public policy, population studies, human development and aging studies.


Section Policies


Policy and scholarly commentaries are thoughtful and reflective essays on current events or social policies pertaining to aging and culture. These provide authors with an opportunity to discuss theoretical, ethical and other time-sensitive topical issues which do not lend themselves to a full-length article. These may also pertain to issues related to the practice of anthropology of aging in applied and professional settings or pedagogical reflections on teaching aging and anthropology.Commentaries typically range from 3,000 to 5,000 words.

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Articles are peer-reviewed and should make a unique and substantial contribution to the field of aging and anthropology. We particularly welcome articles based on empirical research with a strong theoretical foundation. Contributors who wish to submit a group of articles for a special themed issue should contact AAQ well in advance and provide abstract of the papers planned for the issue. 6000-9000 words for review, including endnotes, captions, appendices, and references.

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The “Portfolio” section highlights creative visual work related to aging accompanied by a brief statement by the artist or photographer about their work. If you are interested in contributing to this section, please contact the portfolio editor with a link to samples of your work.

  • Jennifer Stratton
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Research Reports

Research or field reports are brief discussions of ongoing or recently completed studies and are typically 2,000-5,000 words. We are particularly interested in reports from graduate students and applied anthropologists whose work may not be suitable for a full-length peer reviewed article but might be of interest to those of us who conduct research and teach on aging and anthropology.

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Book Reviews

Anthropology & Aging does not currently accept unsolicited book reviews. If you are interested in writing a book review, and/or would like to see a title reviewed, please contact the book reviews editor.

  • Joann Kovacich
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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts undergo editorial screening; scholarly articles are selected for publication through a double-blind peer review process. Most articles are assigned two reviewers who are responsible for assessing the contribution and quality of the submission. The journal is published twice annually as open access digital editions. There is currently no print addition of this journal. We strive for a prompt turnaround of manuscripts; average time from submission to decision is six to eight weeks.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:


“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”


Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY license.


Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

In order to partially offset costs of open-access, indexing, and other services provided by this website, we require that all authors who publish in Anthropology & Aging become a member of the Association of Anthropology and Gerontology (AAGE), currently $28/pa for professional members and $18/pa for students (some discounts available). For more information, visit http://anthropologyandgerontology.com. There are no additional article processing charges or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.



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For Reviewers

Anthropology and Aging strives to give authors helpful suggestions for improvement with a timely turnaround to publication. Reviewer feedback need not be extensive, but should at least evaluate in a brief statement the major contributions of the article, any specific weaknesses (including literature), any highly problematic or ethical issues (including methods), and a recommendation to the Editor for publication, revision (minor or major) or rejection (guidelines are attached). Articles follow the conventions of other anthropology journals and do not require adherence to a strict scholarly scientific format. As soon as you receive an email request, sign in and accept your assigned article to review, you will have access to the reviewer guidance form. This form is only a rough guide.


Statement on Publishing Ethics

Adherence to ethical standards for the dissemination of research results is critical to the research process. Anthropology and Aging adheres to the Code of conduct and best practice guidelines of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), the Code of Conduct of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).