General Guidelines and Style Requirements

We will only review work that is not under consideration elsewhere and has not been previously published, including in electronic format. However, we will consider new English translations of works that have been published in other languages, so long as the author has retained the right to publish the work.

In addition to longer articles (maximum 12,000 words), the journal occasionally publishes shorter pieces, including book reviews, review articles, and notes. Our reviews are typically by invitation of the editors, however we welcome recommendations of books to review and would be happy to receive expressions of interest in writing book reviews.

We use The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, for manuscript and citation style.

The author is responsible for securing permission to use lengthy quotations or images that are not created by the author.

To submit an essay for review, please fill out our online essay submission form. Once received, your essay will be sent to our editors and a committee of reviewers (see Review Policies and Procedures below). If your essay is selected for publication, you will receive an email that will contain an online acceptance form link and instructions about next steps. If you have questions, please contact us at

Important: Please see our Style Guide for more information on formatting your submission.

We occasionally publish book reviews or review articles, typically by invitation. The same submission guidelines for articles apply to reviews, although reviews are limited to a maximum of 2,500 words (including endnotes and references).

Artwork and curated exhibitions will be published on our website in certain issues, typically by invitation. Please contact the editors before submitting artwork for consideration. Works must be original and not have been previously published in whole or in part, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Images should be emailed as attached JPEG or TIFF files or delivered by Dropbox (scanned at least as 300 dpi and at least 4,000 x 6,000 pixels and identified only by title, medium, and number. Please also include a brief artist’s statement and a title page with the artist’s name and contact information in Microsoft Word.

Genders will occasionally publish special issues concentrating on a particular theme or contemporary issue. If you are interested in contributing to a special issue, please check the Call for Papers currently open for special issues.

Embed all illustrations, images and graphics within your Word document. If your article is selected for publication, you may be asked to submit individual image files. Images should be emailed as attached JPEG or TIFF files or delivered by Dropbox (scanned at least as 300 dpi and at least 4,000 x 6,000 pixels and identified only by title, medium, and number). All permissions to use illustrations, images, or graphics that are not created by the author are the responsibility of the author. Please see “Permissions” below for more information.

Genders is a peer-reviewed journal. All manuscripts submitted to our journal are reviewed initially by the editors. Those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal and fit within the aims and scope of the issue will be sent for outside review, typically by two experts in the relevant field. In order to maintain anonymity during the peer review process, please make all references to your own works in such a way as to not compromise your identity. (Or, if not possible, notify the editors that you understand reviewers may be able to identify you as the author). Submission of a paper constitutes a representation and warranty to Genders that the paper presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

If a manuscript is accepted for publication, we reserve the right to edit it, in consultation with you, as the author, in accordance with our editorial guidelines. This peer-review and editorial process may take up to six months.

Genders adheres to the author-date system of citation with limited endnotes as described in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, primarily Chapter 15. Please feel free to consult our Citation Guide for example citations of common source materials or The Chicago Manual of Style or more guidance.

References need not be formatted before review, but must be formatted before a manuscript can be copy-edited and published. 

All permissions to use lengthy quotations or images included in a submitted manuscript that are not created by you are your responsibility. Much of the text you quote in your manuscript, and perhaps even some of images, may not require permission, either because they fall under the doctrine of fair use or are in the public domain. However, if these exceptions do not clearly apply, you will need to request permission and provide the editors with written documentation that you have received such permission.

To help determine whether it is necessary for you to seek permission to include text, images, or other material, feel free to consult this Permissions Worksheet. Please also refer to Chapter 4 of The The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, for more guidance. You may also find additional information on copyright and fair use regulation on the Association of American University Presses’ copyright and permissions resources page and, in particular, AAUP's Permission FAQs. Stanford University Libraries’ Copyright & Fair Use website provides additional helpful information on the doctrine of fair use. If you have any questions about whether you are required to request permission, please contact the editorial staff after your manuscript has been accepted. We are happy to provide guidance on fair use and other copyright issues. However, this information should not be construed as legal advice or as a substitute for consultation with a knowledgeable attorney, such as university counsel, in any particular circumstance.

Please bear in mind that it may prove necessary to obtain more than one permission for each image that you wish to include in your manuscript.  For example, you may need to request a copyright permission from the creator of a work of art as well as a use permission from its owner.  It may even be necessary for you to request permissions to reprint your own previously published work.

A sample permission request letter can be found in The Chicago Manual of Style (Figure 4.3). We have also provided downloadable permission request templates that can be modified for your particular request. We recommend printing your requests on your institutional letterhead. Please return a copy of each counter-signed permission letter to the editors and keep the originals for your own files. 

Articles from Genders may be copied or otherwise reused without permission only to the extent permitted by Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law. For more information, check out our Download page. Please contact us through our online form to request permission for a reuse. For all requests, include the author’s name, the title of the journal article, the issue number and publication date, and the page numbers (if excerpting, please provide specifics). For reprints and subsidiary rights, please also include your volume title, publication date, publisher, print run, page count, and a description of the rights requested.

Authors of articles published in Genders  are entitled to use their articles for their teaching and scholarly work. Please consult the editorial staff if you have any questions about author’s rights.