The Journal of International Women's Studies is an on-line, open-access, peer reviewed journal that provides a forum for scholars, activists, and students to explore the relationship between feminist theory and various forms of organizing.
- General Submission Guidelines
- Book Review Submission Guidelines
- Copyright Permission Request
- English Copy Editing Services for Non-Native English Speakers
General Submission Guidelines
Submit your article, essay, feminist reflection, fictional and/or creative piece to JIWS@bridgew.edu. Reviews typically take 2-3 months with approximately 4-6 months from first submission to publication, depending on how long it takes authors to revise and where we are on the calendar with respect to the next issue. All JIWS submissions go through a blind, peer review process. Please note that we will return articles that need extensive English language editing, do not conform to submission guidelines regarding formatting, and demonstrate a lack of professionalism with respect to quality of presentation—spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.
Articles are written by scholars, researchers, or professionals who are experts in their fields, publishing the results of research.
Essays are also written by scholars, researchers, or professionals and include more subjective, personal and interpersonal reflective content, often challenging the norms of scholarly article formats across various disciplines. While feminist scholarly articles, rooted in feminist theory can also involve more subjective content essays largely reflect on research, scholarship, academic and professional norms to a greater degree through the lens of feminist ideals.
Feminist reflections are unconventional first-person reflections in a blog or vlog format heightening the personal reflective component found in essays. There is less attention to conventional and scholarly modes of citation.
Fictional/creative works are also encouraged. We seek poetry, short stories, short plays, videos, vlogs or links to vlogs, blogs or links to blogs, photos of artworks, videos of short performance pieces, all with the objective of heightening awareness of patriarchy, intersectional inequalities, women’s subordination and/or seeking to transform these conditions and social structural inequalities.
Only completed work should be submitted. The editors cannot provide feedback on work in progress.
Abstracts and key words should be included in the same file as the article. Abstracts should be 300-350 words in length. Authors should include one key word or phrase about their research methodology.
The maximum length of any contribution should be 7,500 words, inclusive of notes and bibliography.
Contributions should be double-spaced, including all notes and references. Page numbers should be placed in the upper-right corner, paragraphs should be indented, and all illustrations and tables should be labeled and captioned accurately. Use Times New Roman, 12 point font, left/right justified text, and bold-faced headings. Follow APA or MLA citation styles, or a style appropriate to your discipline. Improperly formatted articles will be sent back to the authors and will not be accepted for review.
Literature Reviews: Please consider whether your literature review is either necessary or in fact such a review. Too many submissions claim to include literature reviews but offer only a small selection of relevant literature. You may have been taught a formula for articles: please critically examine from multiple feminist and queer optics if the formula is necessary or merely following an assumed requirement. As a feminist journal, we welcome creative challenges to such assumed formulas. If your review is not a comprehensive review, do not title it as such; instead, offer titles such as “Selections from the literature”, “Background to the current problem” or some other title.
In the interests of blind peer review, only the title of the paper should appear on the first page. Authors should include their name and affiliation and any acknowledgements on a separate page.
A brief biographical note of not more than 80 words about each author should be supplied on a separate page including your email address if you wish readers to reach out to you.
Contributors should bear in mind the international nature of the journal's audience. Footnote explanations are necessary for all political & geographic references, popular culture references, as well as academic references. Please do not assume that scholars who are famous in one country bear similar prestige elsewhere.
Submission of work to this journal will be taken to imply that it presents work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. On acceptance of work, the authors agree that the rights to reproduce and distribute a published work in the JIWS belong to both the JIWS and the author. Authors must cite the JIWS upon reproducing their work elsewhere after informing the JIWS of their intent to reproduced their work.
Permission to extensively quote from or reproduce copyright material must be obtained by the authors before submission and any acknowledgements should be included in the typescript, preferably in the form of an Acknowledgements section at the beginning of the paper. Where photographs or figures are reproduced, acknowledgement of source and copyright should be given in the caption.
Final submissions following revisions should be 12 font, Times New Roman, single spaced; left/right justified; bold topic headings with no space between heading and paragraph including title, abstract, and author's name/s; two spaces between author’s name/s and abstract. italicized subheadings (no numbers). Keywords should be italicized with the three (or more) key phrases or words themselves should not be in italics. Follow APA or MLA citation styles, or a style appropriate to your discipline; references/bibliographies, which should be single-spaced. Authors should consult recent editions for guidelines and send inquiries to the editor. Please note: this does not refer to your final draft, but to the final version of your article once it is revised and resubmitted. Improperly formatted articles will be sent back to the authors and must be received by the publication date to be included in the designated issue. We cannot guarantee which subsequent issue an article will appear in if it is not received on time.
Book Review Submission Guidelines
JIWS accepts book review submissions that have not been previously published or that are not currently under consideration by other journals or publications.
Book review articles may vary and range from 1,000 to 2,500 words, but the minimum of 1000 words will not include the ‘review’ information listed below. We want critical reviews of these books, as discussed below in the ‘critique’ section, not just a synopsis.
Book reviews must be sent via E-mail as Word Document attachments to:
Department of Economics, Northeastern University:
Detailed information about the reviewed book should be listed in the following order:
- Book title;
- publication year;
- total number of pages;
- indicate if illustrations,
- appendix, or index are included;
- price as it applies to hardcover and/or paperback copy;
- hardcover or paperback.
Detailed information about the critique of the book must include:
- Critique the book, ie., discuss it in context with other publications in this area, ie., the canon.
- A brief overview, ie., synopsis is useful but the synopsis should not be more than 1000 words, while the critique should discuss more fully the value of the book with insights by the reviewer.
- Discuss the research methods used by the author(s).
The reviewer’s name, academic degree, title, and contact details (institutional affiliation mailing address, phone number, and E-mail address) should be listed at the top of your document.
Book reviews may have endnotes with citation appropriate to the reviewer’s discipline.
Film Review Submission Guidelines
JIWS accepts film review submissions.
Film review articles may vary and range from 1,000 to 2,500 words, We seek critical, reflective reviews as discussed below in the ‘critique’ section, not just a synopsis.
Film reviews must be sent via E-mail as Word Document attachments to:
Detailed information about the reviewed film should be listed in the following order:
Detailed information about the critique of the film must include:
A brief overview, ie., synopsis but the synopsis should not be more than 1000 words, while the critique should discuss more fully the value of the film with insights by the reviewer.
The reviewer’s name, title, and contact details (institutional/organizational affiliation mailing address, phone number, and E-mail address) should be listed at the top of your document.
Film reviews may have endnotes with citation appropriate to the reviewer’s discipline.
Copyright Permission Request
The JIWS does not charge for:
The JIWS charges copyright permission fees for:
Please e-mail the JIWS at email@example.com for permission and information about fees, and if information about your particular request is not included.
1) University repositories: The JIWS allows republication of articles and other publication genres in university repositories with proper citation of the JIWS. It is not necessary to contact us to download a JIWS and deposit in a university repository.
2) Edited collections and readers: The JIWS allows republication of articles and other republication genres in edited volumes and readers with permission from the editor. There is a republication fee which on occasion is waived on request and evaluation.
English Copy Editing Services for Non-Native English Speakers
- film title;
- release year;
- length in minutes;
- film genre and type (e.g. documentary, fiction)
- indicate if subtitles are available;
- price as it applies to universities, individuals, rental/streaming/purchase;
- Authors to replicate their own work,regardless of where they are publishing
- Authors to republish copyrighted material in not-for-profit publications
- Students wanting to republish their work for educational purposes
- Republication of the abstract only
- Up to five copies for personal use
- Republication of copyrighted material in which they are not the author, in for-profit publications
- Photocopying of more than five copies
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