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Author Guidelines

We most welcome submissions of articles, commentary, news, media notes and announcements in some way relating to American Indian or international Indigenous policy issues, broadly defined. Articles may be submitted through the website or alternatively you may send article submissions electronically attached to e-mail to Rick Wheelock,, who will send them out for review. All non-article submissions (including Research Notes, which usually are non-refereed articles) go via e-mail to  Steve Sachs:, or on disk, at: 1916 San Pedro, NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87110. If you send writings in Word format, we know we can work with them. We can translate some, but not all other formats into word. 

Here are some general recommendations for formatting your submissions:

  • If you are using more than one level of paragraph heading, please use numbers or letters to identify each level (e.g. 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1...); please do not rely on formatting alone as that may be unclear for our editors.
  • If you have foot/endnotes in your submission, please enter them manually, as end notes as part of the text. Please do not mix endnotes and footnotes. Do not use an automated note system that numbers the notes as you go and put them in a footer. Such automated notes are often lost, and if not, may appear elsewhere in the journal, and not in your article, as several writings are posted together in the same file. The one exception is the Proceedings of the AIS section at the WSSA meeting, in fall issues, where each article is kept in its own file, and it is O.K. to use an automated note system.
  • If you use any tables or figures in a submission, please include them apart from the body of text and add markers to indicate where they should be included. Please ensure that your tables and figures fit on one page and do not require reformatting in order to fit alongside the rest.

Some other format/style things are helpful to us, and appreciated, but not an absolute requirement. As we publish in 12 point Times font, with single spacing, and a space between paragraphs, it saves us work if we receive writings that way. Many thanks. We look forward to seeing what you send us.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

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