Call for Papers

We welcome essays that consider genders and sexualities in relation to artistic, semiotic, political, literary, social, ethnic, racial, economic, rhetorical or legal concerns.

We are especially interested in:

  • Essays that articulate how sexuality has been used and manipulated to create, sustain or protect particular social, economic, political or legal systems.

  • Historical and cross-cultural approaches to contemporary social issues; essays with an innovative theoretical dimension; critiques of Western European/American feminist theories; critiques of gender as a category of analysis; critiques of sexuality as a category of analysis; essays about unacknowledged cultural assumptions that involve gender or sexuality; substantive critiques of the basic cultural assumptions of psychoanalytic theory or its applications.

  • Discussions of particular works of art, literature, journalism, television, music, photography, video, film, or performance that address a cultural or social issue.



Most professional societies, even the MLA, now recognize that an article published in a peer-review journal on the web is a valid professional publication.

Genders offers additional advantages. Here's how Brenda Weber, an assistant professor at the time she published with us, describes her experience:

"My piece on Extreme Makeover has generated an amazing profile for me. I have been invited to Canada, England, and Australia to present my work, I have been asked to review manuscripts, and my essay is frequently used both in the classroom and by other scholars working on issues of the body, representation, and makeovers. I'm convinced that much of this attention is due to the profile of Genders, its accessibility, and the merited respect it garners internationally."

The current annual circulation of our journal is 230,000.  That is, we distribute to 230,000 individuals internationally who read our journal annually.


We require that we have first right to any manuscript that we consider and that we have first publication of any manuscript we accept.

For initial review, essays must be submitted in HARD COPY.

The maximum length for an essay is 8,000 words. The minimum length is 6,000.

Photocopies of illustrations are sufficient for initial review.

Essays with numerous errors of grammar and punctuation will not be reviewed, regardless of topic.

Concerning notes and bibliography, any system of documentation is acceptable for initial review of your essay. If we ask for revisions and/or accept your essay for publication, we will ask you to eliminate footnotes and use a "works cited" format. However, this is not necessary for our initial review of the essay.

All essays submitted must be in English for review. Quotations in languages other than English must be accompanied by translations.

On a separate sheet at the front of the essay, place the title of the essay and your name, address, and telephone number. Include any other information about how we can contact you, such as your e-mail address or fax. Be sure the essay title also appears at the top of page one of your essay.

You are welcome to write a letter to the editor about yourself, your background or the essay itself.

Send THREE hard copies to:

GENDERS has begun the process of transferring the journal to a new Editor. During this time, we will not be reviewing essays. The process will take several months.


We will acknowledge receipt of your essay. All essays submitted will be read. If we do not send your essay out to reviewers, we will return the copies to you immediately if you enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Essays considered for publication are sent to board members for comment and a decision is made after the comments are received. Your name is not included on the manuscript in this process. The whole review process usually takes about three months.

We may ask for revisions based on the board's comments. If we do, we will give you a final decision on the revised essay as soon as you return it to us.


If your manuscript is accepted for publication, we will do all the coding that is needed to publish your essay on the web. You supply us with a disk version of your essay in whatever software you choose, and we do the rest.


Genders is a peer-reviewed academic journal.


The journal is read internationally in: Arab Emirates, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and United States of America.

Are you visiting us from a country not listed here? Contact the editor so we may post it!


The journal is permanently archived at the following institutions:
Library of Congress, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Stanford University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, New York Public Library, Princeton University, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin, and The International Centre and Archives for the Women’s Movement, Amsterdam,The Netherlands. Additionally, all articles in the journal are archived by more than one hundred universities and colleges that have joined the LOCKSS archive program. For a complete list of institutions archiving the journal through membership in LOCKSS, see the LOCKS home page at






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