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History

The University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology ­began publishing in 1932 with our first monograph in the Occasional Contributions series. Several more series were inaugurated through the years, mostly under the directorship of James B. Griffin, including our two most well-known series: Anthropological Papers and Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology. In total, we have published around 200 monographs, with over 100 of them still in print. They are found in libraries throughout the world and are priceless records of archaeological data.

Mission

The Museum of Anthropology Publications is part of the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, the archaeology wing of the University of Michigan Department of Anthropology, and therefore our publications program emphasizes archaeological topics. In particular, we publish works that reflect the research interests of the Museum, with a particular interest in Museum collections, or areas of the world where the Museum has invested in ongoing research. We specialize in publishing primary archaeological data, but have also published works in many related disciplines of interest to archaeologists: ethnology, biological anthropology, computer science, biochemistry, and archaeological theory. Our publications range from short reports of less than fifty pages to massive two-volume works to CD-ROMs. Most of our publications, however, are book-length monographs of 200 to 400 pages.

Manuscript Submission and Manuscript Selection

We accept manuscript submissions and queries from any scholar. Manuscripts are reviewed by a Publication Committee made up of several Museum curators and the editor. The committee selects manuscripts based on quality of scholarship and writing, as well as technical and economic feasibility. The Museum looks especially for manuscripts that complement our research interests and theoretical approaches.

Our currently active series are:

Anthropological Papers

These are collections of papers or short monographs on any subject in anthropology or archaeology, including short site reports. It should be noted that the physical size of this series (6 × 9 inches) makes it unsuitable for works requiring large, detailed, densely packed illustrations and tables. Recent examples of our Anthropological Papers are Culture Change in a Bedouin Tribe (by Rohn Eloul) and the full-color The Himalayan Journey of Walter N. Koelz (by Carla M. Sinopoli).

Memoirs

These are longer and more detailed manuscripts, typically complex site reports or comparative studies of regional settlement patterns. Recent examples include The Northern Titicaca Basin Survey: Huancané-Putina (edited by Charles Stanish et al.) and Regional Archaeology in the Inca Heartland: The Hanan Cuzco Surveys (edited by R. Alan Covey).

Electronic Series

These are longer and more detailed manuscripts, typically complex site reports or comparative studies of regional settlement patterns. Recent examples include The Northern Titicaca Basin Survey: Huancané-Putina (edited by Charles Stanish et al.) and Regional Archaeology in the Inca Heartland: The Hanan Cuzco Surveys (edited by R. Alan Covey).

How to Submit a Manuscript to UMMAA

We treat every manuscript proposal on a case-by-case basis. Please send (by mail or email) a letter explaining your manuscript or project, a detailed abstract, the table of contents or outline, and a sample chapter to:

Museum of Anthropology Publications
Museum of Anthropological Archaeology
4013 Museums Bldg., 1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
umma-pubs@umich.edu

If you have colleagues on the faculty of the Museum, we certainly encourage you to discuss your manuscript with them first. Please be aware that manuscript decisions are made by the Publications Committee, not by individual faculty. The technical, digital, and hardcopy requirements can be discussed with the editor at any time. For some very general guidelines, read How to Prepare a Manuscript for Publication.

Terms of Acceptance

The Museum of Anthropological Archaeology will not guarantee acceptance of a manuscript for publication until it is completed and submitted within the time frame agreed upon in advance. The UMMAA will require you to transfer the copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan, but the author retains copyright of any illustrations. We particularly want to point out that this would prohibit you from at any time posting substantially the same work on the Internet. In addition, we may require a publications subvention to offset some of the production costs.