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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Generally, the ESJOA follows the Chicago Manual of Style as this is the requirement for many classes taught in the California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Department of Anthropology. The style manual is widely available, and the website can be accessed here: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html


Use the author-date system for embedded citations as this is what is most common in the social sciences and what you will see used in anthropology journals. Make sure that for every in-text citation, there is an entry in the bibliography at the end, and that no entry in the final bibliography goes uncited within the paper.

For papers submitted to the editors of the ESJOA, ensure that your paper includes a title, a header on each page with your surname and page number and a complete bibliography. The editors will check your citations, but it is NOT their responsibility to do them for you. Papers submitted with incomplete bibliographies—or entries that do not follow the Chicago Manual—will be returned to the author for completion. 

All papers submitted for inclusion in the journal must include a completed cover form. The ESJOA cover form must be signed attesting that the faculty member for whose class the paper was written has given feedback on the piece and no plagiarism is contained within. If no faculty member has returned feedback to you on the piece, it is not yet eligible for submission. Ask your professor for edits/feedback. This ensures that papers submitted were assessed by a member of the field and that plagiarism or failure to meet the course requirements did not occur. Take the feedback they give and revise your paper before you submit to the journal. It is also advising that you get edits from your peers before you submit for both content and grammar. You want to ensure your piece is as strong as it can be before it is reviewed by the journal’s editorial board to avoid your piece being rejected. Academics get feedback from many sources before submitting to peer-reviewed journals, and you should develop this habit as well.

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