Journal Information

  • ISSN: 0749-6427
  • eISSN: 1533-7901
  • Frequency: Twice per year


Wicazo Sa Review is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the mission of assisting Indigenous peoples of the Americas in taking possession of their own intellectual and creative pursuits. During the past two decades, Native American/American Indian Studies has emerged as a central arena in which Indigenous populations in the United States define the cultural, religious, legal and historical parameters of scholarship and creativity essential to the ongoing process of decolonization and to survival in the modern world. Founded in 1985, Wicazo Sa Review is a journal in support of this particular type of scholarship, providing inquiries into the Indian past and its relationship to the vital present.

The journal is seeking articles, essays, interviews, reviews, literary criticism, and scholarly research pertinent to a variety of themes of decolonization, Native American/American Indian Studies, and to the survival of Indigenous communities and peoples.

Editorial Details

Lloyd L. Lee, University of New Mexico
Associate Editor
Amy Lonetree, University of California, Santa Cruz
Book Review Editor
Madeline Rose Mendoza, University of New Mexico
Founding Editors

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

Roger Buffalohead

Beatrice Medicine

William Willard

Contributing Editors

Majel Boxer, Fort Lewis College

Ellen Cushman, Northeastern University

Clayton Dumont, San Francisco State University

Donald Fixico, Arizona State University

Lawrence Gross, University of Redlands

Suzan Shown Harjo, The Morning Star Institute

Sarah Hernandez, University of New Mexico

Ted Jojola, University of New Mexico

Glenabah Martinez, University of New Mexico

Cornel Pewewardy, University of Central Oklahoma

Lisa Poupart, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Kathryn Shanley, University of Montana

Edward Valandra, University of Manitoba

Michael Yellow Bird, University of Manitoba

Alumni Editors

Duane Champagne, University of California, Los Angeles

Steven J. Crum, University of California, Davis

Tom Holm, University of Arizona

Luci Tapahonso, University of New Mexico

Laura Tohe, Arizona State University

Author Guidelines


Submissions must be the author’s original work, not have been published previously, and must not be under consideration elsewhere.  In your email, please confirm in a statement.

The manuscript should be between 6,000 – 9,000 words (including End Notes), double-spaced, 12-point font, and follow the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition.  The text should be in Microsoft Word.

Authors’ name(s) should not appear on manuscript; instead, please include a separate document with the author’s name, email, mailing address, and the title of the article.  Authors should not refer to themselves in the first person in the submitted text or notes.

Submissions should include anonymized essay, abstract (200 words), short bio, and a separate document containing author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information (both email and mailing address)

Digital images may be submitted in the following commonly used file format: TIFF and JPEG. In the final submission, digital photographs may not be embedded in a Word document.  They should be sent separately as individual files to facilitate production. Original submissions being sent out for review can include embedded photos or figures.  Digital images must be at least 5 inches wide at 300 ppi resolution.

Checklist of Documents required for submission:

__Abstract (200 words)

__Manuscript (6,000 – 9,000 words)


__Captions for Images/figures

__Author bio (100 words)

Queries and submissions should be sent to:


Author Fees

Wicazo Sa Review does not require author fees for publishing materials in the journal for non-Open Access submissions. Queries about Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs) should be directed to the editorial team at:


Peer Review Policy

When a manuscript is accepted for review by the editor, the manuscript will be sent to two reviewers for a blind peer review.  The two reviewers must be tenure-stream or tenured faculty at a university, college, tribal college, or community college.  A reviewer can also be a community expert on the manuscript topic.

The reviewers will be required to do the blind peer review in four weeks and return the evaluation of the manuscript’s readiness for publication to Dr. Lloyd L. Lee at  Based on the evaluation, the journal will accept for publication, conditional accept with needed minor changes and editing, resubmit needing major changes and editing, or reject.  If a manuscript requires minor or major changes and editing, the contributor can make changes and edits and resubmit.  The resubmitted manuscript will be evaluated following the same process.


Copyright and Licensing

Wicazo Sa Review authors grant to the University of Minnesota the exclusive right to reproduce their essay and distribute it by all means and media now known or hereafter discovered. They also grant to the University the exclusive right to license others to reproduce all or part of their essay and distribute it by all means and media now known or hereafter discovered. The rights authors grant include, but are not limited to: original publication throughout the world in all languages; anthology; serial; digest; abridgment; condensation; adaptation; translation; dramatizations; photocopying; microfilm; reprint editions by other publishers; electronic media versions; display and transmission publicly or otherwise on-line, or through other electronic or digital means of transmission, and the right to copyright in the name of Native American Studies, University of New Mexico.


University of Minnesota Press Policy on Institutional Repositories

A pre-print is the un-refereed version of an article. We ask authors to acknowledge its future publication and identify the journal, the year of publication, and the publisher. Please indicate that the article is a “working paper.”

A post-print is the peer-reviewed version (but not the final published version) of the article. Twelve (12) months after publication, authors may mount post-prints of their articles on their own web sites and/or institutional repositories on not-for-profit servers. Authors may not use the publisher-generated PDF. For post-prints, please include the following credit line: This article was published as [complete bibliographic citation as it appears in the print journal]. No part of this article may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or distributed, in any form, by any means, electronic, mechanical, photographic, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the University of Minnesota Press.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement


  • The editor of Wicazo Sa Review is responsible for identifying and contacting peer reviewers, always keeping in mind potential conflicts of interest and making sure that submissions are evaluated in terms of scholarly content and contribution without regard to the identity and affiliation of the author.
  • The editor of Wicazo Sa Review ensures the confidentiality of authors and reviewers.
  • Based on Wicazo Sa Review’s internal and external review process, the editor decides whether to accept, reject, or encourage revision and resubmission of the manuscript. 



  • Guidelines for authors appear on the Wicazo Sa Review website and will be sent on request.
  • Authors are required to state whether the article has been submitted to or is under review with another publication and whether the article has previously been published in another language.
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the submission. Authors should ensure that all the listed authors have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript and to the inclusion of their names as co-authors.
  • Authors are expected to respect the intellectual properties of others, through acknowledgement of sources, proper citation and attribution, quotation of direct texts taken from other sources, and recognition of research participants and research funders.
  • Before a submission can be published, authors will be required to sign the University of Minnesota Press Contributor Agreement Form and a Permissions Agreement regarding illustration and artwork.
  • Authors should communicate any errors discovered after publication directly to the editor and publisher.


Review Policies

  • The editor will independently review and select submissions in a confidential process, and reserve the right to reject any submission that does not meet the journal’s standard. Submissions will not be discussed or shared beyond those directly involved in the publication process, such as reviewers and editorial staff.
  • Articles undergo an internal review by the editor and, when relevant, members of the Editorial Board. If submissions are deemed appropriate for the journal, they undergo double-blind peer review. Wicazo Sa Review sends authors reviewer comments and a decision about publication as expeditiously as possible.
  • The editor will make every effort to ensure that the selection process and peer review of submissions is fair and unbiased, and that peer review is undertaken by qualified scholars in the appropriate field who are free of conflicts of interest.
  • The editor’s decision to accept or reject an article for publication in Wicazo Sa Review is based only on the submission’s relevance to the remit of the journal and the significance of the submission as a work of original scholarship.
  • Reviewers should have no potential conflict of interest.
  • Potential reviewers are provided with the title and abstract of the submission, and if they agree to serve as reviewers and have no conflicts of interest, are sent Wicazo Sa Review’s review guidelines.
  • In order to protect the anonymity of the double-blind peer review process, reviewers are requested to keep confidential all information regarding submissions to Wicazo Sa Review.
  • For revised resubmissions, authors should address all comments and suggestions by reviewers and provide an account of the revisions undertaken.


Conflict of Interest Guidelines


Conflicts of Interest are considered to occur when the editor has private interests that interfere with their ability to make an unbiased final decision on any manuscript. In cases where it is deemed an editorial conflict of interest exists, including (but not limited to) financial interest or a personal relationship with the author, the editor of Wicazo Sa Review will disclose this to members of the Editorial Board and be recused from making a decision on the article.


Authors are expected to disclose any potential conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interests for authors occur when their private interests influence the objectivity of research. In order to avoid conflicts, authors should acknowledge the following upon submission of their manuscript:

  • All sources of research funding
  • Any financial or non-financial interests that may have impacted presentation of their research.

The following situations are considered conflicts of interest for reviewers and will be avoided:

  • Co-authoring publications with at least one of the authors in the past 3 years, not including edited collections.
  • Being colleagues within the same section / department or similar organization unit in the past 3 years.
  • Supervising / having supervised the doctoral work of the author(s) or being supervised / having been supervised by the author(s)
  • Having a personal relationship (e.g. family, close friend) with the author(s)
  • Having a direct or indirect financial interest in the paper being reviewed.

It is not considered a Conflict of Interest if the reviewers have worked together with the authors in a collaborative project or if they have co-organized an event.

Allegations of Misconduct

  • The editor will promptly investigate complaints related to pieces published in this journal.
  • When there is an allegation of academic misconduct, we solicit a response from those accused, seek full documentation of the allegation, and consult with the editorial board to determine any appropriate steps.
  • After consultation with the editorial board, the editor will work with the author(s) to ethically address the issue and come to the appropriate solution, whether that is revising the article, issuing an apology, and/or retracting the piece.



The editor will consider retraction if:

  • They have evidence that the article presents unreliable findings, includes unethical or fabricated research, plagiarizes other materials, or infringes upon copyright.
  • The author(s) and / or reviewer(s) failed to disclose a major conflict of interest during the peer-review process that impacted the decision to publish by the editor

In all cases, the editor will promptly publish a retraction statement that clearly identifies the article and explains the reason for retraction.


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Additional Information

Ownership and Management

The copyright for Wicazo Sa Review is held by the Association for American Indian Research. Manuscript submission and review processes are managed by the editorial team at Wicazo Sa Review, while the University of Minnesota Press coordinates production of the journal.


Governing Body

For up to date information on Wicazo Sa Review’s Editorial Board see the “Editorial Details” tab



All back issues of Wicazo Sa Review are available digitally on Project MUSE and are archived separately by the University of Minnesota Press.


Revenue Sources

This journal makes revenue from subscriptions, advertising, and institutional sources. Publishing fees do not influence the editorial decision making process.