IMTFI Working Paper Guidelines

It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that manuscripts submitted comply with style and referencing guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition and observe author-date format for in-text (parenthetical) citations, with a reference list of sources cited at the end of the document. All manuscripts should be written in English, following spellings from Webster’s College Dictionary, 11th Edition.

1. Working papers should be journal article length: 6,000-12,000 words.
Initial submissions that exceed the word limit will not be reviewed. IMTFI will not edit down a submission to adhere to its length restrictions. It is up to the authors to ensure their initial submissions adhere to this word limit.

2. Manuscripts should be double spaced, in Times Roman 12 points, with 1-inch margins.

3. Pagination: Arabic numerals on the lower right hand side, beginning with the second page of text.

4. Title Page: Should contain author(s) name, affiliation and abstract.

  • Affiliation: Institution and author’s e-mail address.
  • Abstract: No more than 250 words.

5. Key Words: List up to five key words associated with the research material.

6. Heading and Subheading Formatting: Headings and subheadings should be bold, avoid section numbers.

7. Figures and tables should be numbered consecutively, have headings, and provide full source information. Please obtain permission to use them in the IMTFI Working Paper Series.

8. Foreign words: Isolated words and phrases in a foreign language may be set in italics if they are likely to be unfamiliar to readers. If a definition follows a foreign word or phrase, the definition is enclosed in parentheses or quotation marks.

9. Author biography and acknowledgements: No more than 200 words.

10. References: Must be as complete as possible, and appear at the end of text, unnumbered, in alphabetical order. A single-author entry precedes a multi-author entry that begins with the same name.

  • Books (two or more authors): Horst, Heather A., and Daniel Miller. 2006. The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication. New York: Berg.
  • Chapters in books: Abolafia, Mitchel Y. 1998. “Markets as Cultures: An Ethnographic Approach.” In The Law of the Markets, edited by Michel Callon, 69-85. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Journal articles: Weinstein, Joshua I. 2009. “The Market in Plato’s Republic.” Classical Philology 104:439-58.
  • Paper presented at a meeting or conference: Smith, Ralph. 2010. “Shifting Mobile Money Regimes in Tanzania” Paper presented at the annual meeting for the American Anthropology Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 28.
  • Blog entry or comment: Blog entries or comments may be cited in running text (“In a comment posted to The Open Anthropology Collective Blog on February 15, 2011,…”), and they are commonly omitted from a reference list.

11. Working papers must be submitted electronically following the link below.


*IMTFI is currently not taking any submissions to the Working Paper Series. 


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