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					NEXUS: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology                       Submission Guidelines                                       Revised Fall 2010


        NEXUS is a graduate student publication of the McMaster University Department of
Anthropology, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. We seek to feature student works from all
subfields of anthropology, and welcome analytical, applied, theoretical, literature reviews, and
methodological contributions (as well as book reviews). Please browse the past issues of the
journal for examples of the types of works that the journal has published in the past – all issues
are now freely available with OPEN ACCESS on our new website, thanks to DigitalCommons
from Bepress and the libraries of McMaster University!

Submission deadline
        Nexus generally publishes one volume per year, and our editorial board is updated yearly.
The current submission deadline for consideration in the Special Issue on the Anthropology of
Infectious Disease (Volume 22) is OCTOBER 12th 2010 (but check the website for any
updates). In particular, this issue aims to highlight the specialization of former and current
student members of the McMaster University Department of Anthropology in this topic area
(although submissions from non-McMaster authors are welcomed and encouraged).

Online submission ONLY:
       Nexus has recently converted to an online-only format, and articles may be solely
submitted online to the Nexus website (see the “Submit Article” link in the left-hand column).
To expedite the review and publication process, all manuscripts should be prepared prior to
submission according to specific format requirements.

Manuscript preparation (prior to online submission)
        Your article will be submitted online in several separate parts in order to conceal your
identity during the double-blind reviewing process. Only your editor will know your identity and
that of your reviewers throughout the entire process. To facilitate this, please separate your
manuscript into the following documents in preparation for online submission:

   1. Cover letter – plain text; will only be seen by editorial staff; use to directly communicate
      relevant information about your submission with the editor(s)
   2. Abstract – plain text; approximately 250 words summarizing the main points of your
   3. Article – Word document (.DOC only); body text, references, figures & tables
   4. Acknowledgements – plain text; can contain author identifying information, will NOT be
      revealed to reviewers

       You will also be required to submit the following information:

   1. Author Information
         a. Full name(s)
         b. Email address(es)
         c. Institution or academic affiliation (include your department in parentheses, if

NEXUS: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology                           Submission Guidelines                                           Revised Fall 2010

            d. Author order (the submitting author will be the corresponding author unless
                otherwise noted)
   2.   Article Title
   3.   Shortened Title (or “running head,” 50 characters or less)
   4.   Keywords (such as agency, ancient DNA, identity, the Maya, etc.)
   5.   Subject Area (please choose from archaeology, biological/physical anthropology,
        linguistics, sociocultural anthropology, or other)
   6.   Type of Submission (article or book review)

        Your full name(s), academic/professional affiliation(s) (where the work/research for your
article was mainly performed), current email address for the article contact person (the
"corresponding author," whose email will be published in the article) and current professional
mailing address (usually a departmental address) will be included in the published document.
Please communicate to the editor if you would prefer otherwise, although in general this
information will be deemed necessary in order to publish your article.

Manuscript Components

Cover letter
        If you wish, in your cover letter, you may direct brief comments to the editor concerning
your submission (such as placing it in the context of the anthropological literature, or why it
would make an appropriate contribution to Nexus). If there are special circumstances or
information concerning your article of which the editors should be made aware (such as the
article is a re-submission of a previously reviewed manuscript), you should include this in the
cover letter. Please remember that as Nexus is a student journal, the editorial staff changes yearly
and are not immediately familiar with past submissions that did not go to press. You should
provide all relevant author or affiliation information in your cover letter.

        A one paragraph (250 words) informative abstract should accompany your article. When
published, abstract will precede introductory section of text. This should be written in complete
sentences. Clearly and concisely state your objectives, principle observations, and conclusions.
        Your abstract can be submitted in plain text. If special formatting is required (such as
scientific characters or italicized text), you may turn on “HTML” formatting. Next to the abstract
submission box is a link entitled “Find out how to include HTML tags,” which will guide
you through the use of HTML coding. If you include HTML tags, please select “Paragraphs
formatted with HTML tags” from the format drop-down list below the abstract text box.

Article body
        The order of your article text should be: (a) body text, (b) references, and (c) figures.

A. Main text
        The full length of your article should be no longer than 6500 words (approximately 25
pages). PLEASE submit your article in .doc format (NOT .docx). You may also include a PDF
document of your article (although not instead of a Word document), but as the system will
automatically create a PDF for you, this is not necessary. The system will also remove any

NEXUS: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology                          Submission Guidelines                                          Revised Fall 2010

author identifying information when creating a PDF. Manuscripts should be submitted double-
spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font. This facilitates easy reading during the
review process.
       Where possible, your text should be subdivided with titled headings. Subtitle headings
may also be used, but only sparingly or when absolutely necessary. Unfamiliar or new
abbreviations and terms should be fully explained and defined when first used in text. The use of
footnotes throughout the text to include short, supplementary information is acceptable, but
please use sparingly. Wherever possible, consider integrating footnote material into the main
body text for improving readability.

B. References
        In text, references must be cited within parentheses using the author-date style (no
footnote citation). Page numbers should be included whenever appropriate, and by necessity
when referencing concepts or data found on specific pages in a source text. The use of "et al." in
in-text references is acceptable when reference is made to publications with three or more
        Please use the Chicago Style of referencing (for example, you may find samples of the
Chicago referencing style here:
Please see a full Chicago style guide (available online or at your local library) for a more detailed
description of the referencing requirements.

In-text reference example
       (Smith et al. 2002, 27)

References section examples
Journal Article
   Hammond, Michael. 1980. Anthropology as a weapon of social combat in late-
   nineteenth-century France. Journal of the History of the Behavioral
   Sciences 16: 118-32.
   Keller, Evelyn Fox. 2000. The Century of the Gene. Cambridge, MA: Harvard
   University Press. 300p.

C. Figures (tables, illustrations and charts)
        Each table, illustration, or chart should be included on separate, individual pages after the
References section, either as an image within the document or as a typed Word table. Each figure
page should include (1) figure number, (2) title, and (3) brief, descriptive caption. In the caption,
please clearly define all abbreviations or acronyms found in your tables/figures (even if this
information is found in your body text). Images and charts should be referred to as "Figures,"
and tables (text-only) should be referred to as "Tables," numbered separately but sequentially
within each category (i.e. Figures 1-8 and Tables 1-3).
        Colour images are welcomed and encouraged, made possible by online publication
(however, as not all readers will be able to print colour images, check black-and-white print
quality prior to submission). Images should be formatted as .JPG, .GIF, or other internet-ready
formats. All figures should not need any further artwork or typesetting, and should not be larger
than 12cm by 18cm. For text within images (such as chart axes or numbers), please utilize easy-
to-read fonts such as Adobe Caslon Pro or Helvetica (the journal fonts, which are preferred),
Arial, or Times New Roman. Tables should be formatted as Microsoft Word/Excel tables. Please

NEXUS: The Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology                        Submission Guidelines                                        Revised Fall 2010

see previously published articles for examples of acceptable charts, figures, and table
        Any copyrighting of figures is the sole responsibility of the author. Please include figure
credits where appropriate and necessary.
        With online publishing, multimedia inclusions beyond images and tables are now
possible within published works: possibilities include short videos, Flash presentations, and
more. Please send these contributions separately to, or host them
elsewhere online and communicate the link via e-mail. Decisions regarding the relevance and
appropriateness of multimedia submissions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

D. Supplementary material
        If necessary, open access to additional supplementary material (such as lengthy
appendices, supplementary data, etc.) for your article can be provided online; however, the
relevance and necessity of such additions will be accessed on a case-by-case basis by the
editorial staff. The online format of the journal is flexible regarding attachment of appendices to
the final PDF of the article itself, so separate files of supplementary material may not be

       Nexus encourages authors to acknowledge all parties who aided in the production of the
research contributing to the submitted manuscript (but whose contributions were not sufficient
enough to warrant authorship), including (but not limited to) funding bodies (scholarships and
research funds), supervisors, and research assistants. Your acknowledgements will not be seen
by any reviewers, and will only be added to your manuscript if it is accepted for publication.

Evaluation and peer-review process
        NEXUS is a refereed journal, and all articles are evaluated by at least two peer referees.
Our review process is double-blind (both author and referees remain anonymous to one another).
All efforts will be made to locate reviewers outside of your academic circle so as to avoid the
potential for authorship identification during the review process.

       Please direct any questions about our submission process or requirements that are not
covered in our submission guidelines to Please consider Nexus for
your works in anthropology!

                                Your Volume 22 Editorial Board,

                         Alison M. Devault, M.A. & Jessica Pace, M.A.
                                 Department of Anthropology
                                    McMaster University
                                  Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


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