Themed Issues

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AlterNative publishes themed supplements or issues that span a specific topic or theme of international interest to, for or by indigenous peoples. If you would like to be the guest editor on a themed supplement, here are some things to consider when putting together your proposal, as well as the general guidelines for download.

What is a theme supplement/issue?

  • A themed supplement is a collection of scholarly articles that encompass a specific issue or theme around indigenous peoples that is of interest internationally.
  • The supplement/issue would be typically a total of 50,000 words in length, and made up of 5 to 8 articles, plus an introductory piece, usually written by the guest editor.
  • We are a scholarly journal and, as such, expect articles to be aimed at a scholarly international audience. As a journal of indigenous peoples, there is great scope for different types of article, which may be written within indigenous rather than Western frameworks, and the Editors would be happy to discuss different options with you.
  • We also encourage one or perhaps two articles to be written in an indigenous language with only an abstract in English, although we will also require assurance and reviews showing that both the language and the content is of high quality.

What a themed supplement is not

  • A themed supplement is not a conference proceedings, but rather a suitable collection of commissioned or selected articles, commissioned and organised by a guest theme editor. A theme may well come out of discussion at conferences, meetings or symposia, or from a debate sparked at such an event.

We ask that read our guidelines available for download below and if you are interested in editing a proposal, that you complete the theme proposal form, giving us details of your proposed theme issue. We would then review this and if we accepting your supplement/issue in principle, we would then set a deadline and schedule. For any questions, please email the editorial office at