About the Journal

The Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology is the peer-reviewed, open-access journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association, dedicated to current issues and debates in anthropology. It was established in 1996 as a successor to Ethnologica Helvetica (1979-1996). The online edition is published by Bern Open Publishing, the print issue is published by Seismo Press.

Aims and Scope

The journal publishes ethnographically and theoretically grounded contributions on current issues and debates in social anthropology. It is dedicated to the development and critical discussion of novel theorisations of anthropological concepts. As a tri-lingual journal with articles in English, French, and German, it seeks to strengthen the dialogue between different theoretical strands and scholarly traditions. Its wide thematic scope encourages conversations across the discipline and between the various subfields of anthropology. The Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology publishes original research articles, contributions in audio-visual anthropology, shorter essays about on-going research, as well as book and film reviews.

Research Articles contribute to contemporary debates in social and cultural anthropology. The journal especially welcomes contributions exploring novel ways of theorising anthropological concepts as well as articles dealing with overlooked topics that are firmly rooted in ethnographic data. Make a new submission to the Research Articles section.

The journal’s Special Issue Section offers guest editors an opportunity to unravel anthropological topics and tropes from various perspectives in a series of articles, each contributing to the in-depth discussion of a unifying theme. The Special Issue section explores themes of relevance and sheds light on the current state of research in various subfields of the discipline.

Contributions in the Current Research Section present and discuss preliminary findings of recent and ongoing research projects. With this format, the Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology especially encourages early career scholars to present first research results to a broader scientific readership. Make a new submission to the Current Research section.

The Audio-Visual Anthropology Section provides a publishing platform for audio and visual interventions in social anthropology. Sensory perception is a fundamental form of engagement with the world; mediated through image and sound, this engagement allows us to explore, create, and share human, and more-than-human experiences. We seek contributions in film, photography, and sound that critically examine and creatively evoke social and political lifeworlds. We are looking for practice-based contributions that use media to produce theory or that think through and with images and sounds, and are accompanied by written text. Make a new submission to the Contributions in Audio-Visual Anthropology section.

Open Access Policy

The content of the Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology is freely available to download, save, reproduce, and transmit for non-commercial, scholarly, and educational purposes. Reproduction and transmission of journal content for the above purposes should credit the author and original source, in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. The content of the Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology is licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

The print issue of the journal is published by Seismo Press and can be subscribed here. 

The journal does not charge any article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges (ASCs) and does allow the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions.

Peer Review

The articles published in our journal go through a double-blind peer-review process.

Publication Ethics

The Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology endeavours to ensure the high quality of its publications. It adheres to high standards of ethical behaviour and expects them to be adhered by all parties involved in the publication. This includes the author, journal editor, peer reviewers and publisher. The journal follows the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for the preservation of scientific integrity.


The Swiss Journal of Sociocultural Anthropology is committed to publish only original material that has not already been published or reviewed elsewhere. Any manuscript that raises concerns about plagiarism will be checked and cases of plagiarism will be sanctioned.

Conflict of Interests

Reviewers, authors and editors must disclose any and all possible financial or non-financial conflict of interest in regard to the manuscript. If unsure, the journal editor should be contacted.


To ensure the long-term availability of scientific information, the contents of the journal are archived with LOCKSS.