Research in Economic Anthropology

Research in Economic Anthropology is a book series that focuses on
the broad anthropological investigation of economy and society.
This includes both ethnographic and archaeological approaches.

Research in Economic Anthropology (REA), first published by JAI Press in 1978 and edited by  George Dalton,
is the longest continuously running annual series in economic anthropology.  Under the leadership of Barry Isaac, who
served as editor from 1983 (Volume 6 - 1984) to 1999 (Volume 20),  REA earned a reputation as a supporter of both
ethnological and archaeological research on relationships between economy and culture/society.  At the end of
Isaac's tenure as editor, Elsevier  Science acquired REA from JAI and commenced publishing the series as Elsevier/JAI. 
Norbert Dannhaeuser and Cynthia Werner, both of Texas A&M University, edited Volumes 21 through 24,
but Michael Alvard (also of TAMU) handled Volume 23 as guest editor.  In 2005 editorship of REA passed to
Donald C. Wood of Akita University, and in late 2007 Emerald Publishing bought
the REA series, among others, from Elsevier.

Recent Volumes of REA:


Research in Economic Anthropology
style guidelines

Please see Emerald's author guidelines at:

> General Specifications and Layout:

In principle, manuscripts should be under 10,000 words (excluding references).  They also need to be submitted electronically as MS Word files (please inform the editor in advance if this is impossible) in Times New Roman and 12 point font.  They should also be double-spaced from beginning to end (including references).  The title should be in ALL CAPS and flush left on the top page.  Author name(s) should be written beneath with affiliation (including department name, if possible), printed exactly as it (they) should appear if the manuscript is published.  (Note that only author names appear on the first page of articles in REA – affiliations are listed on a separate “List of Contributors” page.)  An abstract should appear beneath the author names.  Please see Emerald's guidelines regarding abstracts.

The body of the paper ought to begin on the second page.  Section headings should be centered and in all caps.  It is not necessary for papers to begin with INTRODUCTION and end with CONCLUSIONS – other section titles are acceptable – but any manuscript submitted for consideration needs to offer a concise, clear summary of its findings.  Subsection headings should be centered, printed in both upper and lower case letters, and set in italics (a slight deviation from the official APA style).  Any divisions within subsections can be marked by flush left underlined headings but underlining should, in general, be avoided in REA manuscripts.

Notes (endnotes – no footnotes, please) immediately follow the text of the paper, under a section headed by NOTES (centered).  Please refrain from using the MS Word notes function, but rather manually insert small superscript numbers, with a corresponding numeral for each note.  Mere references to other sources, such as “see Smith, 2004, p. 67” should not appear as notes but rather in parentheses within the text of the paper.  It is acceptable, however, for a citation to appear in a note but not under references if the work is sufficiently identified for retrieval purposes – especially in the case of on-line sources.  Also, superscript numbers for notes should always appear after a period or comma.

Acknowledgements (if any) should come after notes, headed by ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (centered).  And finally, references come under REFERENCES.

Either UK or USA spelling is acceptable, but papers must be consistent in style.

> Tables and Figures:

Any images need to be of sufficient quality and cleared for publication regarding copyright laws.

Graphics for REA papers are identified either as tables or figures, the latter including photos, drawings, graphs, and charts.  They need to be numbered consecutively and presented on separate pages as separate MS Word files with their respective captions.  In the text, a reference to an illustration might read: “(see Fig. 1)” or “(see Table 2)”.  Captions would be written as follows: “Fig. 1. A Typical Market Street in a Small Village” or “Table 2. Standard Prices for Rice, 1980 to 2005”.

Authors need to indicate the placement for tables and figures with TABLE 1 ABOUT HERE or FIGURE 1 ABOUT HERE flush left in the text of the paper with double spacing both above and below.

If a manuscript is accepted for inclusion in an REA volume, the author(s) will need to provide the editor with the original files (jpg, etc.) for all graphics that were originally pasted into the MS Word files – the publisher will need the files.

> Citations and References:

Please DO NOT use the MS Word  "endnotes" function to prepare the citiations and references listings.
(Having linked text in a manuscript causes problems with revising and typesetting later. )

Internal citations for REA should be as follows:

(Schumpeter, 1934)
(Plattner, 1989, p. 383)
(Mauss, 1967, pp. 8-11)
(Cordove, 1991, p. 24; Durrenberger & Tannenbaum, 2002; Dyer, 1991, p. 9)
(Collier et al., 1994)   (three or more authors)
(Economist, 2003)
(ibid., p. 394)

Some examples of REA references:

Journal article – single author:
Wolf, E. R. (1955). Types of Latin American peasantry. American Anthropologist, 57, 452-471.

Edited book – single editor:
Plattner, S. (Ed.) (1975). Formal methods in economic anthropology. Washington DC: American Anthropological Association.

Book – single author:
Cohen, J. H. (2004). The culture of migration in southern Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Chapter or paper in a single edited book:
Halperin, R. (2002). The interstices of urban development: An economic anthropological approach to development in a Midwestern U.S. community. In: J. Cohen & N. Dannhaeuser (Eds.), Economic development: An anthropological approach (pp. 69-83). Walnut Creek CA: Altamira Press.

Two authors – chapter or paper in edited volume (edited book series such as REA should be treated as journals):
Dannhaeuser, N., & Werner, C. (2006). Introduction. Research in Economic Anthropology, 24, 1-8.

Electronic journal (no printed version available) – one author:
Hodgson, G.M. (2004). On the problem of formalism in economics. Post-Autistic Economics Review, 28. Retrieved April 27, 2006, from

Newspaper article – one author (or contribution to periodical):
Demick, B. (2006, February 27). Harsh conditions for workers. Daily Yomiuri, p. 11 (reprinted from The Los Angeles Times).

Note that “and” is not used in reference listings for multiple authors or editors – the symbol “&” is used instead.  Also, names are always listed with last name first, followed by initials for given or middle names, in the first instance but when names of editors are listed following the year of a publication the order is reversed.  For example, the editorial team of Dannhaeuser and Werner would be listed as “Dannhaeuser, N., & Werner, C.” preceding the year of publication for their introduction to REA Vol. 24 (see above), but the team of Cohen and Dannhaeuser would be listed as “J. Cohen & N. Dannhaeuser” following the year of publication for their 2002 edited volume (also see above).

> Before Submitting:

It is a good idea for authors to double check their references and citations to ensure that all works cited in a paper are in fact listed under references and vice-versa before submitting.  This will help speed up the editing/review process, and also make it easier to prepare accepted manuscripts for publication later.

It is also acceptable for authors to suggest other researchers (with contact information) whom they think would make good reviewers for a submitted manuscript.  However, there is no guarantee that suggested reviewers will in fact be asked (or be able) to review a paper.

Contact Donald C. Wood, REA Editor, at:  wood "at"