About us


The Anthropology Book Forum publishes reviews of both books and films of relevance and interest to a general anthropological audience, including sociocultural, biological and linguistic anthropology as well as archaeology and cognate disciplines. More recently, the Forum has expanded the genre of the standard book review to include different forms of conversations aimed at evaluating and discussing newly published work of interest to the anthropological community.

We publish online every Monday.


The Anthropology Book Forum is an Open Access journal, founded by the American Anthropological Association as an experimental prototype in digital publishing aimed at accelerating the scholarly book review process within anthropology through the implementation of a totally digital workflow.


The Forum plays a crucial role in facilitating a vibrant exchange of knowledge.


We work with over 100 publishers around the world to connect readers and authors.


The Forum serves larger audiences in accessing and engaging with anthropological ideas.

Monthly Featured Books
Available for Review

Birds of Passage: Hunting and Conservation in Malta

By Mark-Anthony Falzon

Genomic Citizenship The Molecularization of Identity in the Contemporary Middle East

By Ian McGonigle

Aztec Philosophy Understanding a World in Motion

By James Maffie

Check out our full list of books and films available for review

If you don’t see a title or film on our site that you would like to review, please get in touch.

News and Updates

Award winning journal

The Anthropology Book Forum was awarded the 2022 GAD New Directions Award (Group Category) which calls attention to the myriad ways anthropologists are expanding anthropological perspectives in the twenty-first century.

Addition of the Anthropology Review Database

This summer we will begin merging the Anthropology Book Forum with the Anthropology Review Database, a previous journal that published over 3,000 reviews of books, software and films relevant to anthropological audiences.

We hope to be finished by early 2024.

Other-than-English titles

We are looking for reviewers to review books in languages other than English. If you have a book in mind, or are interested in providing a review in a  language other than English, please get in touch!

Interested in writing for the Anthropology Book Forum?

The Anthropology Book Forum is an Open Access publication.

Open Access, as defined in the Berlin Declaration, means unrestricted, online access to peer-reviewed, scholarly research papers and articles for reading and productive re-use, not impeded by any financial, organizational, legal or technical barriers.

The Anthropology Book Forum ascribes to the principles set forth by the Fair Open Access Alliance