Journal Scope & Guidelines for Authors

The Journal of Ethnobiology invites manuscripts based on original research in any area of ethnobiology, the interdisciplinary study of past and present relationships between humans and their biological worlds. Topics include but are not limited to: paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, ethnobotany, ethnozoology, ethnoecology, linguistic ethnobiology, and other related fields of study within anthropology and biology. Research areas published in JoE include but are not limited to paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, ethnobotany, ethnozoology, ethnoecology, linguistic ethnobiology, and other related fields of study within anthropology and biology. JoE does not limit itself to a single perspective or approach, but seeks to represent the diversity of the field of ethnobiology (including cognitive, symbolic, linguistic, ecological, and economic aspects of human interactions with the living world). Papers that significantly advance theory or methodology are particularly welcome. JoE does not publish uncontextualized data such as species lists; appropriate submissions must elaborate on the cultural context of findings.

Submissions: Manuscripts should be 20 - 40 ms pages, and approximately 5,000 - 8,500 words, including tables and references cited. We encourage authors to send articles less than 5,000 words to Ethnobiology Letters, and manuscripts longer than approximately 8,500 words to the Contributions in Ethnobiology series. In some cases, additional material (e.g., long lists of taxa and ethnobiological uses) can be published as an on-line supplement to the main article.  

Open Acess Option: The Journal of Ethnobiology does not charge page charges, but we do encourage authors to become members of the Society. For accepted papers, and if authors are interested in making a paper open access, we have a limited number of slots per journal issue. Please contact the editors for information about our open access fee.

Self-archiving Policy: The Society of Ethnobiology as a small non-profit organization owns the copyright on papers published in the Journal of Ethnobiology and does not permit self-archiving.  Information about articles published in the Journal of Ethnobiology can be profiled on self-archiving sites, such as Researchgate and, with the link to the paper on BioOne, which will display the paper's abstract.  Our very low online membership rates allow members to access all of the papers we publish, online through BioOne. Membership supports the Journal of EthnobiologyEthnobiology Letters, and Contributions in Ethnobiology. Become a member at this link: We thank our authors for supporting the Society and the Journal through adhering to this policy.

Style Guide: Please consult the pdf below for author guidelines. All submissions will undergo an initial internal assessment for general suitability. If they do not meet the journal’s mission and standards, they will be promptly turned around to the authors without further consideration.  In addition, submissions that have not been correctly formatted and otherwise do not conform to the journal’s style guide, and/or which have substantial language (readability) issues, will be immediately declined.  If formatting and other such issues are addressed, a revised version may be considered after resubmission.

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