I have noticed two trends in anthropological publishing: First, several of our major journals have shortened the maximum length of submissions to below the 10,000 word mark. Second, new ethnographies seem to be getting shorter and short, and several I’ve read are less than 200 words of body text. I’m sure anthropology is just going along with larger trends in making these changes, but I think it also reflects changing answers to the question: how long is an anthropological thought?
I think I’d like to write separate entries on changes in book and journal length but before I do so I wonder what people’s general responses to these issues are? I know that the twittersphere was all a-tweet about shortened journal article lengths when the changes were made. Has anyone else noticed this but me? Or does anyone else have an opinion on either trend?