International Review of Anthropology and Linguistics


This journal is published in German, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

‘Anthropos’—the International Review of Anthropology and Linguistics has been edited by the Anthropos Institute since 1906 and is published biannually. Originally relying on ethnographic contributions by Roman Catholic missionaries, the review evolved and is one of the most important anthropological reviews worldwide today. It publishes articles in several languages on both cultural and linguistic subjects, focusing on cultural anthropology, (post-)colonial studies, the study of religion and linguistics.

ISSN 0257-9774

Board of Editors

The institute was founded in 1931 in St. Gabriel near Vienna in Austria. In accordance with the theological discourse of that time, the first statutes encouraged the members “to share in the discovery and description of the mysterious workings of God and the restless searching of the human spirit in the history of peoples and cultures.” The founding members of the institute, in addition to Wilhelm Schmidt who became its first director, were Frs. Martin Gusinde, Wilhelm Koppers, and Paul Schebesta – acclaimed ethnographers and authorities in their respective fields of studies.

After Hitler marched into Austria in 1938, Schmidt and the Anthropos Institute quickly fell afoul of the ideology of the National Socialism and had to move to Switzerland, where the institute found a new location in the Château de Froideville, near Fribourg. In 1942 Schmidt succeeded in establishing a Chair and an Institute for Ethnology at the University of Fribourg, both of which were also organizationally attached to the Anthropos Institute.

By the end of the 1950s, the General Council of the Society of the Divine Word – the umbrella organization that supports the institute – decided to move it to Sankt Augustin near Bonn, in Germany, in order to bring it closer to the universities of Cologne and Bonn, which in turn created new opportunities for scientific cooperation. The new location of the institute also gave students of the missionary seminary of the Society of the Divine Word in Sankt Augustin access to the institute’s library and specialists, and thus provided them with a better understanding of human cultures. The facilities in which the institute is located today were completed in 1962.

In 2003, the Anthropos Institute has been restructured into Anthropos Institute International, a worldwide network of scholars and affiliated institutes. A coordinator for international cooperation and contact is chosen for a three-year term.

The Anthropos Institute Sankt Augustin has been assigned the role of being responsible for the publications of the Institute (Anthropos journal and two book series).

Editorial Staff

  • Darius J. Piwowarczyk (Editor in Chief)
  • Vinsensius Adi Gunawan
  • Othmar Gächter
  • Stanisław Grodź (Director)
  • Birgit Lenz-Volland
  • Joachim G. Piepke

MANUSCRIPTS and BOOKS to be reviewed should be addressed to:

Arnold-Jansen-Str. 20
53757 Sankt Augustin

Guidelines for Authors

Publishing Open Access

Anthropos is not an open access journal. However, it is possible to publish individual articles in the journal open access by making the digital version freely available under a Creative Commons license chosen by the respective author(s). The publisher requires a fee to cover the publication costs (Article Processing Charge – APC) in the amount of 1,990.00 EUR (plus VAT). Many scientific institutions and science funding bodies provide corresponding funds for the publication of research results.

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Peer Review Process

The review process used by the journal Anthropos is based on a peer review by at least two experts in the field covered by each manuscript in question. One or two members of the journal’s editorial team assess the manuscripts as well. In general, the authors of all manuscripts submitted to the journal will be asked to guarantee that their manuscript is an original piece of work, which has not previously been published in another journal or online, or submitted to another journal for publication (regardless of the language it is written in).

On receiving a manuscript, our editorial staff will anonymize it so that its reviewers remain unaware of who its author is. The review process can take four to eight weeks depending on the availability of reviewers. Authors will be notified accordingly if a review of their work is not immediately possible.

The journal’s editor in chief decides which reviewers are to be asked to evaluate each manuscript. The selection criteria used in this respect are the reviewers’ professional reputations and academic expertise in the subject each manuscript addresses.

The final decision of whether a manuscript is to be published or not lies with the editor in chief, who can request an arbitration decision from a third expert or consult the members of the editorial board if the initial two reviewers’ opinions of the manuscript clearly contradict each other. It is on this basis that the editorial office, as a collegial body, comes to a decision as to whether to accept a manuscript or recommend it be revised. This decision will then be summarized and relayed to the author in question.


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