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All manuscripts should be submitted to the Human Ecology online submission and review system, Editorial Manager. Note that PDF files are NOT supported for purposes of submission.

Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to Springer will be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication. The necessary forms for this transfer are available on the Editorial Manager web page. Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.

In order to provide timely review and publication, articles will be considered in three categories:

  • Feature Articles, not to exceed 10,000 words
  • Research Reports, not to exceed 7000 words
  • Brief Communications, not to exceed 5000 words

While all submissions are externally peer reviewed, the turnaround time for research reports and brief communications is usually shorter. However, it should be emphasized that the standard of scholarship and research is the same for all submissions.

Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, figures and charts) should be numbered in consecutive Arabic numerals. The captions for illustrations should be on a separate page and include corresponding author's name. Consult Editorial Manager for specific rules regarding submission of photographs. Either the original drawings or high-quality photographic prints are acceptable. Identify all with author's name and number of the illustration.

When your submission is accepted and forwarded to production, you might wish to send us photos for possible selection as the Cover Photo of that issue. You will retain all rights to these photos.

Each table should be on a separate sheet of paper, numbered and include corresponding author's name.

Style Guide: In general, Human Ecology follows the recommendations of the Style Manual for Biological Journals, published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and it is suggested that contributors refer to this publication. The style guide used by the American Anthropologist is also acceptable. When in doubt, authors should refer to recent issues of Human Ecology for guidance. The journal is closely edited for clarity of language and favors a concise presentation. Contributors are strongly urged to have their submissions read by an experienced copy editor or proof reader. Manuscripts with serious language or style issues may be returned to authors for further work which can occasion delay in publication.

Language and Style: Submissions should be in English and avoid unnecessary technical terminology and discipline-related jargon. Papers should be concisely and clearly written and thus readily accessible to all scholars. Politically or ideologically loaded terminology is always inappropriate.

Reprints and Page Charges: The journal makes no page charges. Reprints are available to authors, and order forms with the current price schedule are sent with proofs.

Publication: All accepted papers are subject to final review by editors in the copy editing process. All accepted and copy edited manuscripts will go to production and will be published electronically (Online First) prior to the paper edition (unless the author prefers otherwise). Final author and editor proof reading will occur after the manuscript is sent to production.

Permissions: All inquiries regarding copyright release or permission to reprint should be addressed to the Springer office at All other questions should be directed to the Human Ecology editorial office which can be reached by email at

English Language Editorial Services: Human Ecology is committed to publishing high quality manuscripts in English. Springer is pleased to offer Human Ecology authors the opportunity to have their submissions reviewed by an independent language editing service either prior to submission or upon advice from reviewers or editors. The following contractors have been selected specifically for their English as a second language capabilities and years of experience with scientific manuscripts. Interested authors should contact any of the following contractors for manuscript assistance; authors are responsible for all payments to these contractors. Please note that the use of editing services does not automatically ensure final acceptance.

Diacritech Language Editing Services


Write Science Right


Bioedit (10% discount to Human Ecology contributors)

International Science Editing 


Submissions should be classified as one of the following:      

  • Feature Paper, Original Research

Feature articles address topics or problems of broad interest going beyond studies of circumscribed regional and topical interest generally drawing on an identifiable body of theory and presenting evidence based on well-defined methodology. Contributions should not exceed 10,000 words, including footnotes (end notes are not used). The Editor will consider longer submissions on their merits. An abstract no longer than 150 words should be accompanied by 4-5 keywords which express the precise content of the manuscript and research area. They are used in the external review process and for indexing purposes.

  • Research Reports

Research reports should present the results of current and timely research including reference to problem addressed, methodology used, and likely relevance. Contributions should not exceed 7,000 words, including footnotes; shorter manuscripts are preferred. The Editor will consider special cases on their merits.  An abstract no longer than 150 words should be accompanied by 4-5 keywords to express the precise content of the manuscript as well as the venue of research. Keywords are important as they are used in the review process.

  • Brief Communications

Brief communications address a wide range of problems and issues including those of a speculative nature or where the contributors feel further work is called for and focus on data presentation and methods. Contributions should not exceed 5,000 words, including footnotes; shorter manuscripts are preferred. The Editor will consider special cases on their merits. No abstract or keywords required.

  • Multiple Book Review Essays  

By invitation of the Book Review Editor, contributions should not exceed 3,000 words. The editor will consider longer reviews where warranted.

  • Book Reviews

Book reviews should not exceed 1500 words and should be submitted in the format used by the American Anthropological Association. See Instructions for Book Reviewers. Unsolicited book reviews will not be published. You may, however, contact the editor to indicate a willingness to review a book.

  • Commentary

Contributions should not exceed 1000 words and should directly relate to papers recently published in Human Ecology.

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