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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.

  • The text adheres to the general guidance in Author Guidelines (below) and to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Guide.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed, and that the filename of your uploaded file is fully anonymised.
  • Full author addresses and keywords have been provided.
  • The authors undertake to obtain and deliver to the publisher all necessary permissions to reproduce any illustrations such as photographs, diagrams or maps (whether from printed material, from the internet or from any other source).
  • 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).
  • The authors consent to the publisher's Privacy Policy.
  • The authors consent to the publisher's Preservation Policy.
  • The authors agree to meet the journal's standards for publishing ethics .

Author Guidelines


  • File Format. Submissions must be uploaded to our online system in Microsoft Word or Word-compatible format.
  • Word Limit. Unless otherwise agreed, submissions should be no more than 8,000 words in length including references. Discussion articles (comments on published papers and author replies) should be no more than 4,000 words and book reviews no more than 1,500 words. Manuscripts of excessive length will not be considered.
  • Page Layout. A4, Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced. Include tables or figures at the end. Avoid excessive use of subheadings and text formatting for emphasis (underlining, bold, italics).
  • English. Manuscripts should be in English and be of an acceptable standard in that regard (if in doubt please have a native speaker read your manuscript prior to submission).
  • Anonymous Manuscript. To allow blind refereeing, please ensure that your manuscript is anonymous by removing your name and any self-identifying references.
  • Abstract. A summary of around 100–150 words, and a list of four or five ‘key words’ should be provided.



  • Authors do not need to pay any fees to publish in Nomadic Peoples.
  • All articles published on an Open Access basis through the Subscribe to Open model will be open access under a CC BY-NC license wthout author fees.
  • Articles published in volumes that remain gated because they do not reach the S2O threshold will remain gated, and no author fees will apply. However, an author wishing to publish their article Open Access in an otherwise gated volume may, if they wish, pay an APC to unlock their article. 

Book Reviews

The journal welcomes unsolicited book reviews, with a word limit of 750–1000 words. Contributors should register as authors and submit reviews using this online system, formatted according to the journal's style sheet. Book reviews are not subject to independent refereeing. The Editor has the right to reject review submissions, and to copy-edit and make minor alterations as required.

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