Submit to NAIS



NAIS invites

  • original scholarly manuscripts from all the areas encompassed within Indigenous Studies’ interdisciplinary range, including creative writing;
  • Notes From the Field;
  • Reviews

All empirical studies must document: (1) the use of accepted ethical protocols for research with human subjects; and (2) site-specific approvals, including research and/or institutional review board approvals required by Native nations, tribes, or bands.

Feature-length Manuscripts. Original scholarly manuscripts should be blinded for peer review, 35 pages maximum length including end notes and reference list.


(1) double-spaced, blinded manuscript as one Word document (do not send a pdf), including the title and abstract (150-200 words). Do not include author name(s) on or in the manuscript. Click here for information on How to Blind a Manuscript.  Click here for a link to “Writing an effective abstract.

(2) Any illustrations, figures, or artwork should be sent as individual files (such as tiff or jpeg) not embedded in the manuscript file. Tables may be embedded within the text of the manuscript.

(3) In a separate document, biographical statement(s) for each author (50 words each), and contact information for each author, including name, affiliation, email address, physical mailing address, and phone number. Please format according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Notes From the Field. Notes should be blinded for peer review, 25 pages maximum length including footnotes. Notes From the Field offers a venue to report on issues of debate within the field; ongoing projects of research or practice; and descriptive, evaluative, or policy-oriented analyses of innovative models or practices within Indigenous Studies. Submit the same documents as described under Feature-length manuscripts.

Reviews. NAIS invites reviews of books and other materials such as films, plays, or exhibits on topics relevant to our field. The journal accepts unsolicited reviews, but the Editors suggest contacting NAIS editorial staff at to communicate about specific review ideas and a reviewer’s qualifications. To see what materials are available for review, follow us on Twitter @review4NAIS and like our page on Facebook (NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies).

Reviews should be no more than 750 words and submitted in 12-point double-spaced Times New Roman font. We will consider essays of greater length that review multiple books, films, or other materials on a particular topic, theme, or area, but please communicate with NAIS editorial staff before undertaking such an essay.


All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to

Formatting Guidelines


All submissions should be double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins, formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Please see the Manuscript Submission Guidelines for the University of Minnesota Press at: but note that the UMP Guidelines are geared to producing book manuscripts, not journal manuscripts.

Art work, photographs, maps, illustrations: Do not embed these sorts of materials in the text of your manuscript document. Save each one (labeled by Author last name and numbered) as a separate file (such as a .tiff or .jpeg file). Use “Call outs” in the text to place each figure, in the form:


Each figure requires a clear caption; the captions may be included in the manuscript text. Be sure to include the source to be credited and any additional information requested by the source or creator, including copyright. The Press requires high quality, high resolution images (preferably 600 dpi) for clarity of reproduction in the print process. For fair use, see Permissions below.

Terminology: Please use the term most appropriate to the Indigenous group or people to whom the manuscript refers. When referring to a specific group, it is usually preferable to use the term they use to refer to themselves. Preferred general terms vary around the world; when in doubt, consult with the Editorial team.

Notes: Use end notes, not footnotes. Follow Chicago Manual of Style.

Permissions: Consult the University of Minnesota Manuscript Preparation Guide at for information on copyright requirements to use art work, photographs, poetry, song lyrics, long excerpts from previously published work (usually if it involves 10% or more of the original), and similar materials. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain all necessary permissions before an accepted manuscript can be published. Contact the NAIS Editorial Office if you have any questions.

Tables: Tables may be embedded within the text of the manuscript.Tables can provide an efficient format for presenting information, especially quantitative measures. One drawback, however, is that Tables can be difficult for assistive technologies to read. Consider carefully how to best present or describe the information you might put in a table.