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All manuscripts should be submitted to the Human Ecology via 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.

Large datasets, item lists, tables, copies of questionnaires, and addenda should be submitted with the manuscript as attachements using Editorial Manager in the initial submission process.  

When your submission is accepted and forwarded to production, you might wish to send us photos illustrating your research for possible selection as the cover photo of the issue that contains your article. You will retain all rights to these photos.

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

  • 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 and references (end notes are not used). An abstract no longer than 150 words should be accompanied by 4-5 keywords that express the precise content of the manuscript and research area. They are used in the external review process and for indexing purposes.
  • 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 and references; 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 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 and references; shorter manuscripts are preferred. No abstract or keywords are to be submitted.
  • Multiple Book Review Essays by invitation of the Book Review Editor, such contributions should not exceed 3,000 words. The editor will consider longer reviews where warranted.
  • 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. All book reviews should be send to the book review editor prior to submission to Editorial Manager. Once the book review is approved by the book review editor, it can be submitted via Editorial Manager by the reviewer.
  • Commentary, contributions should not exceed 1000 words and should directly relate to papers recently published in Human Ecology.
  • Special Issues, very infrequently the journal invites guest editors to submit special issues devoted to important topics, Invited contributors should submit manuscripts via Editorial Manager designated "special issue" once they have been approved by the guest editors.  They will be then subject to peer review and final acceptance by the journal editor. The same page limitations as per regular submissions will apply.

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.

The Review Process: All submissions are screened by the editors and advisors as to suitability to the mission of journal as well as for language issues.  Those considered appropriate are then sent to multiple outside potential reviewers.  The initial set of reviewers are given four days to indicate their willingness to comment; those who agree are given  35 days to complete the review.  Those who decline, are replaced with new invitees. It is not unusual for us to contact more than 6 or 7 potential reviewers; sometimes as many as 20 if the manuscript pushes the usual boundaries of interest to our readership.  Often when corresponding authors visit the Editorial Manager site it may  appear that there is no activity;  this masks the fact that we are trying to secure reviews. In particular, manuscripts that have been accepted pending revisions  may appear to be languishing while in fact they are in the queue for final editorial review and editing prior to production.  

Style Guide: Human Ecology follows the guidelines established by Springer Nature publications. The style guide used by the American Anthropologist is also acceptable. The journal is closely edited for clarity of language and favors a concise, empirical presentation. Submission must be in English and avoid unnecessary technical terminology and disciplione-related jargon. Papers should be concisely and clearly written and thus readily accessible to all scholars. Politically or ideologically loaded terminology is always inappropriate. When in doubt, authors should refer to recent issues of Human Ecology for guidance. 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.

Abstracts should not be longer than 150 words and should concisely state the main topic of the research, methodology, region of interest, and very briefly significance of findings. The abstract should not replicate the introduction.

Keywords Where keywords are required, they should be chosen very carefully as they will be used in selecting reviewers and, if the paper is published, in the indexing and dissemination of the paper. Keywords should be very specific to the paper submitted and, where appropriate, note the country and  ethno-geographic parameters of the research.

Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, figures, tables and charts) should be numbered in consecutive Arabic numerals. The captions for illustrations should be on a separate page. Consult Editorial Manager for specific rules regarding submission of photographs. Either the original drawings or high-quality photographic prints are acceptable. Identify all with number of the illustration. Each table should be on a separate page and numbered. Lengthy tables such as botanical lists, copies of questionnaires, and large data sets will be published online linked with the print and electronic copy of manuscript text.

Production: All papers are  accepted subject to final review by editors in the copy editing process. It is possible that a paper will be sent back to authors for further work if problems of language or logical inconsistencies are found.  All accepted, copy edited manuscripts will go to production and will be published electronically (Online First) prior to the paper edition (unless the author prefers otherwise). Proofs are sent for final author and editor proof reading  prior to online publication. The corresponding author should be meticulous in scrutinizing the final proofs for typographical and other errors.

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.

Press releases: The journal reserves the right to prepare press releases for any article it publishes.  Authors of copy-edited papers are also encouraged to pass on press release information to the editors of Human Ecology and to provide their institution's public relations or outreach department with a succinct statement of the main contribution made. Press releases are not simply abstracts but statements that highlight the broader public scientific significance of the research.

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

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.

English Language Editorial Services: Human Ecology is committed to publishing high quality manuscripts in English.  The journal can arrange for  in-house copy editing  services beyond what is customarily offered to all accepted  papers. For information and fees please contact us at  Also 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 


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