About MAT

Medicine Anthropology Theory is an English-language, open-access journal that publishes scholarly articles, essays, reviews, and reports related to medical anthropology and science and technology studies. 


MAT (‘em-ay-tee’) is both a continuation and a departure from its predecessor, Medische Antropologie, which was published out of Amsterdam from 1989–2012. Like Medische AntropologieMAT seeks to balance the larger field by foregrounding work by non-American scholars. Based in Amsterdam and Paris, MAT is supported by an expanded international advisory board.

Aims and scope

MAT has four principal objectives. The first is to provide a forum for top-notch scholarship in medical anthropology, the anthropology of biomedicine, and critical global health studies. The second is to engage ‘applied’ anthropologists (many of whom work in the global South, and are typically employed in global health projects rather than academic institutions) in theoretical and political debates. The third is to rethink classical anthropological theory (kinship, exchange, ritual, the state, etc.) in light of contemporary ethnographic scholarship on biomedicine and health. The final objective is to try to move medical anthropology and global health firmly beyond a politics of bare life. 

Review process and publication schedule

Scholarly articles undergo a double-blind peer review process, which typically takes twelve weeks from the time of submission. All other contributions are reviewed by our editorial team. Please see our submission guidelines for more information on the kinds of contributions we seek. 

We publish material on an ongoing basis. Three times a year  (April, August, and December) published material is paginated and grouped into an issue. 

Research and publishing ethics

All submitted manuscripts are to be kept confidential by reviewers and the editorial team.

Reviewers are expected to recuse themselves should there be a conflict of interest (such as financial or personal relationships) connected to a particular manuscript or author.

Authors are expected to have complied with prevailing ethical guidelines regarding human subjects research and informed consent.

ISSN, indexing, and archiving

The ISSN for Medicine Anthropology Theory is 2405-691X. The journal is currently indexed by the Anthropological Literature database, out of Harvard University, which is included in some EBSCO subscriptions. The editors are in the process of applying to have the journal indexed or included by EBSCO, PubMed, and the Directory of Open Access Journals. Each article, review, think piece, and photo essay will be assigned a DOI. This webpage will be updated once each agency approves our request. Each issue will be archived using CLOCKSS.


This open-access journal is supported by the Eradication Project (European Research Council Consolidator Grant, PI Vinh-Kim Nguyen), the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Reseach (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Universiteit van Amsterdam), the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and the Chair Anthropology & Global Health (Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme Paris).

Website design and creation

Sam de Groot and Joel Galvez


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