About MAT

Medicine Anthropology Theory is an English-language, fully open-access journal that publishes original scholarly articles, essays, reviews, and reports related to medical anthropology, global health, 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 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, publication schedule, and submission guidelines

Scholarly articles undergo a double-blind peer review process, which typically takes twelve weeks from the time of submission. Interventions essays undergo open peer review, and it may take twelve weeks to identify reviewers for these pieces and receive their evaluations. All other content is internally reviewed by our section editors and is usually reviewed within six weeks. When specialized expertise may be required for a review, section editors may solicit external reviewers. 

We publish material on an ongoing basis. Three times a year (April, September, and December) published material is paginated and grouped into an issue. Additional special issues and special sections may be published up to two times per year. 

Please see our submission guidelines for more information on the kinds of contributions we seek, including word limits, and for the contact information for section editors. 

Editorial team and Advisory Board

Editorial Team and Advisory Board

The journal is led by an Editorial Collective at the University of Edinburgh. The Collective have two major responsibilities: to provide intellectual leadership and oversight of the journal’s work, and to ensure a sound financial basis for the journal. The Managing Editor, a role that rotates between members, has responsibility for administrative oversight of the project. The Assistant Editor coordinates the day-to-day work of the editorial team, liaises with the section editors and other team members to ensure the publishing pipeline flows smoothly and ensures the technical accuracy of various aspects of the journal (formatting, XML, DOIs). Any complaints about workload or management may be directed to the Collective Coordinator, members of the Editorial Collective, or any member of the Advisory Board. 

The Advisory Board members participate in annual board meetings, provide feedback to the editors, and contribute to the journal substantively and by promoting it in relevant fora. We are currently in the process of establishing a new International Advisory Board. 

Ethical considerations 

All submissions must be original material, not published or under review elsewhere. If a submission is found to be plagiarized, it will be rejected. While MAT does not employ a plagiarism-screening service, the editorial team does spot-check content from time to time. If authors ‘recycle’ their own text, they will be asked to substantially revise their contribution to the satisfaction of the editors. 

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

All submissions 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.

If peer reviewers arrive at widely diverging recommendations, the journal’s coeditors review the manuscript and the reviews to ascertain how to proceed. An additional review may be solicited or the editors may provide other guidance to authors in how to handle the various recommendations.

If authors find any errors after publication, they are welcome to contact the managing editor to ask for a correction. Minor corrections can be made very quickly to both the webpage and PDF versions. Any complaints may be directed to the journal’s coeditors, who may seek the guidance of the Advisory Board.

The Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) has many valuable resources for guiding the journal’s editorial work, and also provides this resource for authors facing authorship disputes.

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, think piece, interventions essay, photo essay, and book review is assigned a DOI. This webpage will be updated once each agency approves our request.

The journal uses PKP Publishing Services for hosting and backup of the journal. Each issue will be archived using CLOCKSS.


This open-access journal is supported by the DiaDev project (European Research Council Starting Grant, PI Alice Street), The University of Edinburgh Journal Hosting ServiceThe School of Social and Political Science (University of Edinburgh), Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Reseach (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Universiteit van Amsterdam).

MAT does not accept any advertising.


All materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. During the submission process for all manuscripts, authors must agree to this copyright license, which grants copyright to authors and allows for the free sharing of their work, with attribution.

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