HOW TO EDIT AN ASAO VOLUME
Guidelines originally prepared in 1985 by Margaret Rodman, revised
in 1999 by Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart, in 2002 by Michèle
Dominy, in 2004 by Jeannette Mageo and the book series editorial
board, and in 2008 by Rupert Stasch and the book series editorial
1: The Session
The qualities that make a good ASAO session pave the way for a
successful volume. As you organize your session you should be thinking
ahead to the volume, if that is your goal; pay attention to (1)
the breadth and depth with which you cover the relevant ethnographic
material (2) comparability of chapters around a set of clearly defined
theoretical and ethnographic questions, (3) originality and scholarly
significance, and (4) the consistency with which varying contributions
address a set of common theoretical and ethnography questions. The
final session and the later volume should be strong theoretically
and ethnographically. Being an ASAO volume, it should also be rich
in cross-links between chapters: contributors should speak directly
and indirectly to the introduction and one another’s work.
Try to attract at least 10-12 contributors so that you can be selective
in inviting participants to contribute to a volume. After the session,
consider eliminating the weakest and/or least appropriate papers.
Encourage each contributor to make comments on each paper. These
should be written, but verbal comments at the meetings can also
be very helpful. As organizers and potential editors, you should
comment extensively on each paper. The more rigorous you are in
suggesting revisions before and after the symposium, the fewer changes
you are likely to be asked to have your contributors make later
on. Seven chapters plus an introduction and conclusion makes a good-sized
volume. The longer the book, the more work it will be for you to
edit and the longer it is likely to take to appear in print (because
of the number of people involved). In a longer volume, you must
be certain that every chapter is equally strong and that the quality
is as consistent as it would be in a shorter book.
Every volume must have an introduction and a conclusion. The session
organizer(s)/volume editor(s) generally write(s) the introduction
as well as a brief preface. Edited collections need either an interesting,
innovative topic or a fresh perspective on an important older topic.
The introduction should clarify what the volume attempts in this
regard; this project should also be discussed in cross-talk between
chapters. In other words, we expect the volume's integrity to be
created and carried not simply by its introduction and/or conclusion
but also by the manner in which the chapters engage one another
The introduction should also situate the volume clearly in the ethnography
of the Pacific and within anthropological theory, as well as in
relation to other recently published works.
2. Preparation of Copy for Submission to Series
Discuss your plans for a volume with the Series Editor
and Editorial Board members at the annual meeting. Then keep the
Editor informed of your progress. When your volume is close to completion
but prior to submission, please send a prospectus to the series
editor via e-mail.
The prospectus should consist in a two or three page overview of
the volume followed by chapter abstracts. The overview should clarify
the volume's unifying theoretical and ethnographic questions. The
overview should also suggest the volume's contribution to one or
more literatures: how does it compare to other recent works and
what is its special contribution? Be sure to highlight thematic
cross-connections between the chapters. Chapter abstracts should
be written by the chapter authors, not by the editor, and should
clarify the chapter's relation to the volume's unifying theoretical
and ethnographic questions, its special contribution to the volume
as a whole and its cross-talk and intersections with other chapters.
On the basis of the prospectus the Book Series Editorial Board
will invite submission of the full manuscript.
At the earliest stage possible, instruct volume contributors to
follow Berghahn’s style guide, available at the following two URLs
(in long and short versions, respectively):
Note also that ASAO volumes should follow the “author-date” style
of citing works, not the “short title” style that Berghahn also
lists as an option.
If you are invited to submit your manuscript for review, give an
approximate date for submission. Confirm this about 6 weeks before
the manuscript is ready so that reviewers can make the time to read
the manuscript promptly. You should try to submit clean (but not
photo-ready) copy, paginated throughout, with all its parts: tables
of contents, list of figures/tables/maps, preface, introduction,
all other chapters, conclusions, notes, bibliography. Accurate maps,
tables, and figures should be included with the manuscript. You
should wait until later to submit biographical notes on each chapter
author so that these will be up to date when the book appears. You
should also wait until later to make an index for the book. A prospectus
with chapter abstracts should accompany the manuscript. The manuscript
should be sent to the series editor in hard copies and as attachments.
The completed volume should be all in one font with standardized
margins and saved in one file; the pagination should be continuous.
Please do not bind manuscripts; they will need to be copied.
3. Review and Revision
The Series Editor will mail the manuscript at ASAO expense to appropriate
qualified reviewers among the three members of the Editorial Advisory
Board, or other reviewers if appropriate.
The manuscript may be recommended to Berghahn (with or without
revisions), rejected, or the volume editor(s) may be requested to
revise and resubmit the manuscript for a second round of reviewing.
Individual chapters may be rejected or chapter authors may be requested
to revise and resubmit. If the ASAO Book Board accepts the manuscript
with revisions, the revised manuscript should be submitted with
a cover letter describing how editors and contributors address editorial
comments and suggestions. Please submit the manuscript via email,
on a disk and as a hard copy. The email and disk versions should
present the manuscript as one document with cover page and table
Once your volume has been recommended by the ASAO Book Series
Board to Berghahn for publication, and Berghahn has agreed with
the recommendation (based on examination of the reader’s reports
and other supporting materials), the volume editors submit the final,
corrected manuscript to Berghahn, and the volume editors work with
Berghahn’s production team through the further stages of bringing
the work to publication. It takes up to one year from this point
of production to being available for distribution. Some specific
aspects of the production process are described at the following
“author info” page on Berghahn’s website, a bit down the page under
the heading “PRODUCTION”:
Berghahn publishes the book initially in hardcover, and
then a year later brings the book out in softcover. The Press handles
distribution and advertising, including displays at the meetings.
Some further information about publicity and distribution can be found
at the same “author info” page at Berghahn’s website listed a moment
ago, via the link “What to Expect when my Book is Published by Berghahn