Anthropology Department

Radicle: Reed Anthropology Review

Submission Guidelines

Radicle showcases Reed student work that is informed by theoretical and methodological perspectives drawn from coursework in anthropology. The journal seeks polished work created both within and outside of an anthropology class, addressing either traditional or emerging topics in anthropology. The journal welcomes essays, reviews, photo essays or short video clips concerned with theoretical issues, ethnographic methods, contemporary cultural analysis, and research design in historical perspective.

The following criteria are used to orient the reviews of the editors and reviewers.

A submission to Radicle should:

1. Explicitly address a theoretical framework or methodological approach to understanding and explaining human communities, relationships, behavior and/or events that was introduced in an anthropology course. This could include defining key concepts and demonstrating how they might apply to an analysis of contemporary sociocultural phenomena; it could include a review of a key work or discussion of a theoretical debate; it could include a balanced critique and a suggested alternative.

2. Make a cogent, well-organized argument with reference to appropriate and compelling evidence.

3. Carefully contextualize and frame or analyze any media presented.

4. Suggest a reflexive attentiveness to issues of research, design and methodology.

Submitters do not need to be anthropology majors! As long as you have taken a course in anthropology—such as Anthro 211—you are eligible to submit. For questions on what constitutes anthropological methodology, please refer to our FAQ and/or the criteria listed above. All submissions will be considered in an anonymous peer review process, for details refer to our FAQ. We want to remind all Reedies that in compiling our issue we consider all student work to be of equal importance, and we especially value the work of all individuals who are typically marginalized or silenced. So please do not hesitate to send in your work or an inquiry even if you're uncertain about submitting.

Final submissions should follow these formatting guidelines:

  1. May not exceed 5,000 words
  2. Text submissions in .doc format/Word document
  3. Proper use of 16th edition Chicago Manual of Style author-date citations—for questions refer to Chicago Manual of Style website:
  4. Images always as separate files, never embedded in text document
  5. No images submitted without a text description and/or discussion
  6. Only original images or those labelled for reuse—for questions on ethical use of images, please refer to Library’s Ethical Use of Images page:
  7. If human subjects are central to the work, approval by Reed’s IRB committee is required—for questions refer to FAQ
  8. For multimedia content, such as video, audio, still images and interactive media, please contact to make sure that your files can be uploaded and published before submitting them. Radicle has limited hosting space for multimedia content, so some files may need to be resized or compressed before publication.

*Please note that authors are responsible for removing all self-identifying traces in their files, including content and metadata, to ensure blind peer review.  The online submission process includes a link to instructions that will help authors remove identifying information from their submissions. Please follow these instructions carefully.


Inquiries should give a brief description of the work you would like to submit. They should mention submission type and subject, and should explain a) how you utilize anthropological theory or methodology and b) what interests you about this subject. For example, one could review a text from Anthropology 211 because it seemed particularly relevant to events or theoretical debates happening today. Or one could create a photo project exploring contemporary sociocultural and political or economic issues affecting a specific Portland neighborhood. We want to hear your ideas, and we need to know why you think they belong in an academic journal of anthropology. Initial inquiries should not exceed 250 words. Email your queries to