The Publications Committee of the RAI invites proposals for the Special Issue to appear in 2023. Each Special Issue will be available in book form, and will be distributed by Wiley-Blackwell free of charge to RAI Fellows, and as part of the subscription to libraries taking the JRAI. The Special Issue will also be available for sale, and offered to RAI Members and Student Fellows at a 35% discount on the published price.

Proposals for the 2023 issue should be sent to the RAI by email on, to arrive by 26 March 2021. They should be about 1500 words in length (to a maximum 2000 word limit) and follow a standard model below. Proposals should be as precise as possible, and should meet the following criteria:

  1. They should contain clear evidence that the resulting volume, if selected, will be authoritative; will meet the highest academic standards; and will appeal to a broad academic readership. Topical themes will be welcome.
  2. They should be submitted in the confident expectation that, if shortlisted, a near-complete MS can be supplied by 18 June 2021.
  3. They should not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  4. The planned length of the published volume should be in the region of 80,000 words.
  5. Single- or joint-authored proposals will be welcome. Proposals based on a collection of papers should indicate who will act as the editor or editors.
  6. Assignment of copyright to the RAI is a condition of publication. Authors and editors will be responsible for ensuring that all secondary copyright permissions have been obtained.

On the basis of the proposals received, the Publications Committee will draw up a shortlist for further consideration, and will notify proposers by May 2021. Near-complete MS will be required by 18 June 2021. Each manuscript will be single-blind reviewed twice. A final decision will be given by 3 December 2021.



Please address all of the following in your proposal. The Publications Committee may ask for further details or clarification of a proposal prior to initial shortlisting. Total length of proposals should be around 1500 words (with a maximum 2000 words).

  • Name, position and contact details of proposer (who will be the guest editors of the issue)
  • Title (working title if necessary) of proposed Special Issue
  • Name, position and contact details of the proposer
  • Brief description of the project, activity or event, with dates if applicable, on which the Special Issue was based
  • Names of (provisional) additional authors/contributors, if applicable
  • An abstract for each article to be included in the issue
  • Description of content in as much detail as possible, giving the academic context of the proposal and demonstrating academic excellence, innovation, and appeal to a wide anthropological readership
  • Short bibliography of key references
  • Have all necessary copyright agreements for reproduction of material been obtained? If not, please give details
  • Details of any images/photographs to be included
  • If your proposal is shortlisted, a near complete MS of the final text needs to be provided by 18 June 2021.

Please send your abstract by post and as an email attachment to the Publications Support Officer,, to arrive by 26 March 2021.