Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines

Please read all guidelines carefully. A manuscript that does not follow these criteria will not be accepted for review. The online submission system may be reached here.


All articles are published in English. Abstracts may be submitted in English and one other language. Springer is pleased to offer Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry authors the opportunity to have their submissions reviewed by an independent language editing service prior to submission. The following four contractors have been selected specifically for their English as a second language (ESL) capabilities and their years of experience with scientific manuscripts. Interested authors should contact any of the following contractors for manuscript assistance; authors are directly responsible for all payments to these contractors:


Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Management System.

Additional queries may be directed to:

Brandy Schillace, PhD
Managing Editor, CMP, Department of Anthropology
Research Associate, Dittrick Museum of Medical History
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106–7125


  • Manuscripts must be submitted electronically. Authors will register with the online system.
  • Submissions should be proofread, final drafts and eminently readable.
  • Articles should be submitted as either a Microsoft Word or Rich Text File, double-spaced in 12 point, Times New Roman font, with at least 1-inch margins on all sides and the right hand margin not justified.
  • Articles should include an abstract of no more than 200 words that includes: information on the theoretical framework of the study, study objectives, research and analytical approaches, major findings, conclusions
  • A list of 4-5 key words is to be provided directly below the abstract. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.
  • Pages should be numbered, beginning with the title page.
  • Authors must provide affiliation information, as well as an email address and at least one other means of contact.
  • In the EM system, authors must indicate what category you are submitting under (Cultural Case Study, Illness Narrative, etc.) Please see the formatting guideline for new submission categories.
  • Provide a statement attesting to the originality of the submission, along with a guarantee that it has not been submitted or published elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts must conform to ‘The American Anthropologist.’ All references must appear at the end and not as footnotes. Please see the precise directions below.


  • For references, the names (when there are multiple authors) should be listed as follows: Last Name, First Name and with second authors, First Name Last Name, continuing with additional authors.
  •  The use of et al. is permitted in the text only; note that it should have a comma after the first author’s name and a comma after al., i.e., (Rivers, et al., 1905).
  • All authors, however, must be named in the reference section.
    • Authors must be listed with their given names rather than first initials to avoid confusion.
    • Do not use “&”; always write out “and.”
    • Citations should be single spaced, with a double space between entries.
  • Quotations: When quoting more than four lines (as when providing participant discourse, etc.), text should be single spaced and indented as a block quote.
    • Do not italicize quotations.
    • Double quotes should be for direct quotations, and single quotes for quotations within quotations, for words set off for ‘emphasis,’ and for literal translations of foreign language words and phrases (translations intended mainly for the reader’s convenience, in manuscripts where the emphasis is not on linguistic data, should appear in parentheses).



If an author is asked to revise and resubmit, the manuscript revisions must include a letter that explains how the reviewers’ points have been addressed.

Acceptable Terminology:

Race and culture or race and ethnicity should never be confused. Using a racial category to describe a cultural one, such as referring to Euro-American psychology (as opposed to Yankee or New England Protestant psychology), is inaccurate as it is a term of geographic origin, not of cultural or ethnic identity. CMP has permitted these problematic formulations in the past, but it will not continue to do so. We require, therefore, that all submissions provide appropriate ethnic, rather than racial designations. Other terms that are no longer appropriate are the color terms (“white, brown,” etc), the geographical designations that falsely suggest common culture or identity (“Asian”, “African”, etc.). The local cultural level should be the source of classifications, not the imposed western racial categories that are without cultural significance as descriptors of populations.

The term American is a possessive of America and, properly speaking, refers to any person in the Americas and to anything belonging to any culture or nation in the Americas. Authors should not use the term if s/he is referring only to the United States or things thereof. An adjectival form for the things or people of the US, it is here suggested, may be Usonian rather than American. Some readers may note that architect Frank Lloyd Wright coined this term. It is highly useful and appropriate in this international journal context, as the term generally employed by Usonians (that is, “American” to refer only to the United States) is highly offensive to many Latin Americans.

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