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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.

Author Guidelines


Pathways Graduate Journal welcomes submissions from graduate students, senior undergraduate students, or professional scholars who share co-authorship with students. Topics for submitted papers fit within one of the four fields of anthropology: archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology (subject to availability of knowledgeable peer-reviewers) or similar humanities or scientific disciplines. If unsure, feel free to contact the editors to see whether your paper is suitable for Pathways at

All submissions must include a cover letter, title page, main article text, and signed Author Agreement. Additional supplementary documentation may include appendices and copyright permissions.

Submitted material must not be published or under consideration by another journal. In cases where a submission is based on research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member of field school instructor, the supervisor must also sign the author agreement. Consent to use shared data must be obtained by all parties. If there are multiple authors, every co-author must sign the author agreement.

The cover letter should include author(s) name(s), affiliations, title, a declaration of conflicts of interest, and a declaration of ethics approval where applicable. This letter may also indicate when permission has been granted to use figures made by someone other than the author. The cover letter does not need to be anonymized.

The title page should include the title, abstract, and 5-7 keywords. Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words and written in plain language. 

Manuscript text should be double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Do not right justify paragraphs or enable line hyphenation. 

The text must follow good academic writing conventions (e.g. be concise, clear, and use proper spelling and grammar) and follow general writing conventions in the four fields of anthropology. Please ensure that your submission has been thoroughly revised prior to submission. See Tips and Resources for Academic Writing for more information.  

Figure captions should be italicized and placed below each figure. Table captions should be italicized and placed above each table. Figures and tables should be formatted “In Line with Text”. Tables should be in table format rather than as an image. If reproducing copyrighted figures from previously published materials, author(s) must request permission from the copywrite owner(s) of these materials and provide proof of permission.

Headings, subheadings, and figure/table captions will be reformatted before publishing to match the style of the journal. 

The title page and main text, as well as any supplementary documents (e.g. appendices) should not contain any personal information about the author(s), such as author(s) name(s). This includes the document text as well as the file metadata. See Anonymizing Submission Files for instructions.



Pathways Graduate Journal follows the 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (author-date style). Parenthetical in-text citations include author last name, year, and page(s) if necessary, e.g. (Smith 2017, 47). For two or three authors, include authors’ last names separated by commas, e.g. (Smith, Chiu, and Abott 2015). For sources with four or more authors, list only the first author followed by “et al.” For example, (Smith et al. 2016).

The use of DOI links should be included in the bibliography, when available.

Note that University of Saskatchewan students have full access to 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style through the University of Saskatchewan Library. This is an excellent source of information on technical aspects of writing for everything from referencing formats, to correct numerical notation, to choosing keywords.

Any discrepancy between Pathways Guidelines and Chicago MOS should follow these Pathways Guidelines or contact the editors for further information.

Journal Articles

Journal article. 

Binford, Lewis R. 1962. “Archaeology as Anthropology.” American Antiquity 28, no. 2 (October): 217–225.

Journal article with multiple authors. 

a) 2-9 authors.

Gaffney, Dylan, Glenn R. Summerhayes, Katherine Szabo, and Brent Koppel. 2019. “The Emergence of Shell Valuable Exchange in the New Guinea Highlands.” American Anthropologist 121, no. 1 (March): 30–47.

b) More than 10 authors (list the first 7 authors).

Kuhlwilm, Martin, Ilan Gronau, Melissa J. Hubisz, Cesare de Filippo, Javier Prado-Martinez, Martin Kircher, Qiaomei Fu et al. 2016. “Ancient Gene Flow from Early Modern Humans into Eastern Neanderthals.” Nature 530: 429–433.


Entire book. 

Eriksen, Thomas Hylland, and Finn Sivert Nielsen. 2001. A History of Anthropology. London: Pluto Press.

Edited book. 

Wydra, Harald, and Bjørn Thomassen, eds. 2018. Handbook of Political Anthropology. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 

Book with a translator.

Augé, M. 1979. The Anthropological Circle: Symbol, Function History. Translated by Martin Thom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Book with multiple editions.

Cunningham, Craig, Louise Scheuer, and Sue Black. 2016. Developmental Juvenile Osteology. 2nd ed. London: Elsevier.

Book with multiple volumes.

Clutton-Brock, Juliet, and Caroline Grigson, eds. 1983.  Hunters and their Prey. Vol. 1 from Animals and Archaeology. BAR International Series, 163. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports. 

Chapter in an edited book.

Lambert, Patricia M., and Phillip L. Walker. 2019. “Bioarchaeological Ethics: Perspectives on the Use and Value of Human Remains in Scientific Research.” In Biological Anthropology of the Human Skeleton, edited by M. Anne Katzenberg and Anne L. Grauer, 3–42. 3rd ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. 

Other Materials

Thesis or dissertation. 

Robin, Cynthia. 1999. “Towards an Archaeology of Everyday Life: Maya Farmers of Chan Nòohol and Dos Chombitos Cik’in, Belize,” PhD diss., University of Pennsylvania.

News article.

Seiber, Erika. 2020. “How to Cope: An Argument for Anthropology, Ethnography, and Environmental Justice.” The Tennessean, January 2, 2020. 


Ayo, Piper. 2014. Interview by John Banks. September 20. 


Canadian Archaeological Association. n.d. “About the CAA.” Accessed February 5, 2023.


For other types of publications and sources refer to the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (author-date). Access to the full style guide is available to students through the University of Saskatchewan Library (and most other university libraries). Footnotes are not used in this referencing style. Contact the editor(s)-in-chief for any referencing questions.



  • Research Article
  • Review Article
  • Commentary
  • Book Review
  • Photo Essay
  • Plain Writing Research Summary
  • Video Submission
  • Other Multimedia Submissions

Research Article

Research articles will highlight original student research in anthropology, archaeology, or a discipline related to humanities. Submission format should include an abstract, key words, an introduction, a methods section, a results section, a discussion section, and a conclusion. Research articles are limited to 6500 words, not including references.

Review Article

Review articles will summarize the current state of research or understanding on a topic in anthropology and archaeology. Review articles should include introduction and conclusion sections as well as discretionary body headings. Review articles should be no more than 6500 words, not including references.

Book Review

Book reviews will summarize and critique on a book from within the field of archaeology and anthropology. Contact the editor(s)-in-chief to confirm whether a certain book will make an appropriate choice for the journal. Book reviews should be no more than 2000 words, not including references.


Commentaries are short opinion pieces which voice the author’s or authors’ perspective on a topic within the discipline of archaeology and anthropology based on learned experiences. Commentaries should be no more than 3000 words, not including references.

Photo Essay

A photo essay will communicate archaeological and anthropological research in photograph or illustration form. Each photograph would be accompanied by a short photograph caption and the entire submission will include a maximum 500 word writeup. If photographs contain sensitive information or informants, then these submissions must be accompanied by any pertinent documents such as approved ethical certification and/or participant consent.


Several other multimedia format submissions (e.g. story maps, 3D models, or interactive platforms) are also welcomed by our journal. Please contact the editorial team (via email) to verify if your multimedia submission can be accomodated. A short 500 word writeup should accompany this multimedia submission.


Video submissions, such as documentaries or éxposés, can be submitted alongside a 500 word writeup. If video footage contains sensitive information or informants, then these submissions must be accompanied by any pertinent documents such as approved ethical certification and/or participant consent.

Plain Writing Summary

Plain writing research summaries are summaries of research written in language accessible to the public. They should not exceed 3,000 words. 

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