About the Journal

About the Journal

Archivio per l’Antropologia e la Etnologia is the official Journal of the Società Italiana di Antropologia e Etnologia (SIAE). The Archivio has been continuously published since its founding in 1871 as the first scientific journal wholly dedicated to anthropology. The journal publishes original contributions, which are rigorously peer-reviewed. Papers are accepted for publication in several languages, including English, Italian, French, and Spanish.

The Archivio is published annually as an open access Journal. 

Aims and Scope

The journal offers a critical space for the diffusion and discussion of anthropological research within a multidisciplinary framework, as envisioned by the founder of the journal Paolo Mantegazza. Topics range over the entire gamma of anthropological disciplines, including biological anthropology, paleontology, archaeology and prehistory, cultural anthropology, ethnology, museology, and linguistics. The Archivio per l’Antropologia e la Etnologia is dedicated to making significant contributions to the discussion of all anthropological topics critically important in an era of rapid change and globalization.

Journal Sections and Criteria for Acceptance

The Archivio per l’Antropologia e la Etnologia publishes full research papers, brief reports, forum (critical comments and discussion), conference proceedings, book reviews, news, and the annual report of the meetings of the Società Italiana di Antropologia e Etnologia (SIAE). The main criteria for acceptance of submitted work are originality, scholarly rigor, significance for further inquiry, quality of presentation, and consistency with the topic and approach of the section.

The Journal is divided into the following sections:

  1. Research papers

Submission to this section is for full research papers.  All submissions are rigorously peer-reviewed and final acceptance is decided by the Editorial Board. Papers, including figures, tables, and references, generally should not exceed 10 printed pages or about 6000 words.

  1. Brief Reports

As with full research papers, brief reports are also rigorously peer-reviewed with final acceptance decided by the Editorial Board. Brief reports should not exceed 2000 words with a maximum of 2 figures/tables.

  1. Forum

This section of the Journal is for brief comments and discussion of current topics and should not exceed 1000 words. Contributions to this section are not peer-reviewed and acceptance is decided by the Editorial Board.

  1. Conference proceedings

The Journal publishes the proceedings of workshops and conferences promoted by the Società Italiana di Antropologia e Etnologia. All proceeding publications are subject to peer review in the same manner as research papers and brief reports.

  1. Book reviews

Book reviews may be submitted to or solicited by the Editorial Board. Book reviews are not peer-reviewed and acceptance is decided by the Editorial Board.

  1. News and Annual Report

The Journal publishes in every issue, news about museum displays, conferences, museum exhibitions, book presentations, and other events of particular interest. Annual reports detail the meetings of the Società Italiana di Antropologia e Etnologia and are prepared by society members at the request of the Editorial Board.


biological anthropology, paleontology, archaeology, prehistory, cultural anthropology, ethnology, sociology, linguistics, museology, sustainability, decolonization.

Peer-review Procedure

All research articles undergo a rigorous peer review process with the Editorial Board making the final decision on publication. Authors are obliged to submit for consideration only original papers not contemporaneously submitted to any other journal. Authors assume scientific responsibility for the paper’s contents and must have the necessary permissions to publish images, tables, or other content, as established by law. The Editorial Board is committed to communicating to authors the review process results. 

Open Access Policy

The Journal provides immediate open access to its content.

By “Open Access”, we mean the free availability on the public internet, the permission for all users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the 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, is to guarantee the original authors with control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. We support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in our journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY-4.0). Furthermore, we encourage authors to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication without embargo. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

Fundings and Ethics

To ensure transparency, authors are required to specify funding sources and detail requirements for ethical research in the submitted manuscript (see Author Guidelines).

Corrections and Retractions

In accordance with the generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing, Archivio per l’Antropologia e la Etnologia does not alter articles after publication: "Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible".
In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct Substantia publishes corrections and retractions (expressions of concern).

In cases of serious errors that affect or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article, Archivio per l’Antropologia e la Etnologia publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.
In accordance with the "Retraction Guidelines" by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Archivio per l’Antropologia e la Etnologia will retract a published article if: 
  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation)
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication)
  • it turns out to be an act of plagiarism
  • it reports unethical research.
An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. Archivio per l’Antropologia e la Etnologia will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such.
If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article Archivio per l’Antropologia e la Etnologia may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.

Reversion of rights

Articles may sometimes be accepted for publication but later rejected in the publication process, even in some cases after public posting in "Just Accepted" form, in which case all rights will revert to the author.


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