- Activism and Social Movements
- Class Inequality
- Division of Household Labor
- Feminist Identity
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
- Gender and Migration
- Gender and Work
- Gendered Bodies
- Health and Carework
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Media Representations
- Politics and Gender
- Race, Gender, and Class Discrimination
- Reproductive Technology
- Religion and Gender
- Sexual Harassment
- Welfare Reform
Gender & Society promotes feminist scholarship and the social scientific study of gender. Gender & Society publishes theoretically engaged and methodologically rigorous articles that make original contributions to gender theory. The journal takes a multidisciplinary, intersectional, and global approach to gender analyses.
|Erika Busse-Cárdenas||Macalester College, USA|
|Ben Carrington||University of Southern California, USA|
|Pei-Chia Lan||National Taiwan University|
|Ghassan Moussawi||University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA|
|stef shuster||Michigan State University, USA|
|Erin Carpenter||University of Georgia, USA|
|Alexander Holt||University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Jasmine Underwood||University of Georgia, USA|
|Kelsy Burke||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Eiko Strader||University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA|
|Sabrina Alimahomed||California State University, Long Beach, USA|
|Pallavi Banerjee||University of Calgary, Canada|
|Chris Barcelos||University of Massachusetts Boston, USA|
|Irene Boeckmann||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Julie Brines||University of Washington, USA|
|Koji Chavez||Indiana University, USA|
|Hae Yeon Choo||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Julia Chuang||University of Maryland, USA|
|Heejung Chung||University of Kent, UK|
|Caitlyn Collins||Washington University in Saint Louis, USA|
|D'Lane Compton||University of New Orleans, USA|
|Sarah Damaske||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|Georgiann Davis||University of New Mexico, USA|
|Avery Everhart||University of British Colombia, Canada|
|Glenda M. Flores||University of California-Irvine, USA|
|Divine Fuh||University of Cape Town, South Africa|
|Saskia Glas||Radboud University, Netherlands|
|Gloria González-López||University of Texas-Austin, USA|
|Amy Hanser||The University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Maria Cecilia Hwang||McGill University, Canada|
|Simone Ispa-Landa||Northwestern University, USA|
|Kecia R. Johnson||Mississippi State University, USA|
|Maria S. Johnson||Black Women and Girls Fund (BWGF), USA|
|Angela Jones||Farmingdale State College, USA|
|Naomi Lightman||Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada|
|Krystale E. Littlejohn||University of Oregon, USA|
|Sigrid Luhr||University of Illinois Chicago, USA|
|Jordanna Matlon||American University, USA|
|Julia McReynolds-Perez||College of Charleston, USA|
|Joel Mittleman||University of Notre Dame, USA|
|Christin L. Munsch||University of Connecticut, USA|
|Michela Musto||Brown University, USA|
|Kris Natalier||Flinders University, Australia|
|Lindsey Trimble O'Connor||California State University, Channel Islands, USA|
|Eunsil Oh||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Vrushali Patil||Florida International University, USA|
|Aliya Hamid Rao||London School of Economics, UK|
|Poulami Roychowdhury||Brown University, USA|
|Md Abdus Sabur||University of Massachusetts, USA|
|Vaibhav Saria||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Elena Shih||Brown University, USA|
|Cinzia Solari||University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA|
|Paige L. Sweet||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA|
|Catherine J. Taylor||University of California-Santa Barbara|
|Margarita Torre||University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain|
|LaTonya J. Trotter||University of Washington, USA|
|Jennifer Utrata||University of Puget Sound, USA|
|Gowri Vijayakumar||Brandeis University, USA|
|Amanda Watson||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Lindsey Wilkinson||Portland State University, USA|
|Jill Yavorsky||University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA|
Gender & Society is a top-ranked, peer-reviewed, sociological journal with a global audience. Articles in Gender & Society analyze gender and gendered processes in interactions, organizations, societies, and global and transnational spaces. The journal primarily publishes empirical articles, which are both theoretically engaged and methodologically rigorous, including both qualitative and quantitative methods. The journal also publishes theoretical articles that meaningfully advance sociological theories about gender.
Gender & Society receives about 700 manuscripts a year and publishes fewer than five percent of all submissions. Before submitting, it’s important to determine whether Gender & Society is a good fit for your paper. Reading a current issue of the journal may help identify whether G&S is an appropriate outlet for your work. Keeping in mind the journal’s sociological focus and its worldwide reach, do you think the readers who would be most interested in your paper are already reading the journal? Does your paper follow the basic format for most Gender & Society articles? Does your paper focus on gender as a social structure or stratification system, and not only an individual attribute? For example, do you simply document differences between men and women, or do you analyze how and why gender operates as it does? Is an analysis of gender central to your paper’s argument? In addition, does your paper recognize that gendered processes may vary across intersections of race, class, and other global signifiers of identity and social location? Not all papers will analyze across these intersections, but they should recognize that these intersections exist.
Most articles published in Gender & Society fall into one of two categories: empirical articles and theoretical articles, although theoretical articles are relatively rare.
Empirical articles are based on original research using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. This might include data collected through interviews, ethnographies, experiments, surveys, content/narrative analyses, archives, other comparative-historical sources, secondary data, social network analyses, case studies, and participatory action research, including emerging digital methodologies. Submissions should be approximately 9,000 words long. Most published articles are around that length, though a higher word count is sometimes acceptable. While all papers need not follow a specific template, reviewers and readers may be accustomed to seeing research presented in a particular format. For example, an empirical paper might be organized as follows:
- A 150-200 word abstract providing an overview of the paper’s main questions, methods, and contributions.
- A short introduction posing a research question focused on gender and noting the question’s importance.
- A review of the literature placing the question in its appropriate theoretical and empirical context and making clear how the question has the potential to contribute to existing sociological theory. In some cases, this section might include hypotheses or theoretical expectations, or a section on “background,” which gives necessary information about the context of the study.
- A methods section systematically describing the methods used in collecting the data for the paper. This section should also explain the sampling approach and provide details about the sample. Finally, it should describe how the data was analyzed, providing a summary of how the results section will unfold.
- A results section, which systematically presents the major findings, providing detailed evidence (such as quotes or numbers), and connecting these findings back to theory. This section should consist of thematically organized subsections, to make it easier to follow the paper’s narrative. This should be the longest section of the paper.
- A conclusion reiterating the research question and findings and considering alternative explanations and limitations of the study. This section should identify the paper’s main contributions to gender knowledge and feminist theory, by identifying how the findings have extended, filled a gap, or contradicted previous research and theory.
While not all papers follow this format, it is important that all empirical papers include discussions of both theory and method. You might look at the following recently published articles in Gender & Society as potential models for empirical articles:
Sarah Patterson, Sarah Damaske, and Christen Sheroff
Gender and the MBA: Differences in Career Trajectories, Institutional Support, and Outcomes https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0891243217703630
Heather McLaughlin, Christopher Uggen, and Amy Blackstone
The Economic and Career Effects of Sexual Harassment on Working Women https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0891243217704631
William J. Scarborough, Ray Sin, and Barbara Risman
Attitudes and the Stalled Gender Revolution: Egalitarianism, Traditionalism, and Ambivalence from 1977 through 2016 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0891243218809604
Empirical comparative historical articles do not always follow the same format, but the following article in Gender & Society provides another model, one that is rich with evidence for the arguments that the author makes, but argued in a slightly different style:
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Yearning for Lightness : Transnational Circuits in the Marketing and Consumption of Skin Lighteners http://gas.sagepub.com/content/22/3/281
Theoretical articles are focused arguments, highlighting key tensions in the literature, and making an argument regarding new theoretical directions. A review of existing literature does not qualify as a theoretical article. Theoretical pieces should be timely, engaging to a wide audience, and logically presented. Some papers may rely on empirical data but take a “big picture” approach to the topic. Theoretical pieces do not always follow a particular format and may be shorter in length than an empirical article.
All papers published in Gender & Society must carry significant theoretical and empirical weight.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gendsoc. Submitting authors are required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. Manuscripts that are accepted for review will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the Editor. The online process permits submission of a separate title page, a main manuscript document, and supplementary files. Prior to submission, we recommend consulting the Gender & Society Guide to First Submissions, available here as well as previous issues of the journal to get a sense of the kind of papers we publish.
Papers should be approximately 9,000 words, including an abstract (150-200 words), notes, and references. All tables, figures, and appendices must be submitted separately from the paper, and should be submitted together in one supplemental file. Authors should consult the Chicago Manual of Style, Style B, for citations and references, or refer to the Gender & Society style manual, available here. Authors should not number the pages; the online system will number the pages.
Plain Language Summary
A plain language summary (PLS) is an optional addition that can be submitted for any article type that requires an abstract. The plain language title (approx. 50 words) and plain language summary (approx. 300 words) should describe the article using non-technical language, making it accessible to a wider network of readers. More information and guidance on how to write a PLS can be found on our Author Gateway.
The PLS publishes directly below the scientific abstract and are open access making it available online for anyone to read. Peer review of the PLS will be conducted following our PLS reviewer guidelines. When submitting, authors should enter their plain language title and plain language summary into the box provided in the submission system when prompted. The PLS does not need to be provided in the manuscript text or as a separate file. If you are not submitting a PLS with your submission, please enter “N/A” in each box.
If you need professional help writing your Plain Language Summary, please visit our Author Services portal.
Anonymized Review Process
The review process for manuscripts submitted to Gender & Society is anonymous; please remove all material from the manuscript that identifies you. Your submission should be anonymized, meaning there is no clear way for reviewers to identify you as the author. All references to your own work should be cited in the third person. Please do not make references to your own work unless they are absolutely necessary; for example, if the reviewer would be able to identify you if a citation was omitted. A reference to any previous work should read: “As Collins (2014) has found…” and NOT like: “As I previously demonstrated… (Collins 2014).” Only include acknowledgements on a separate title page, not on the manuscript document.
For additional information, contact the Gender & Society office at email@example.com.
Books for review should be sent to Kelsy Burke, Gender & Society Book Review Editor, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Department of Sociology, 711 Oldfather Hall, Lincoln NE 68588-0324; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the journal does not review textbooks, films/DVDs, or books that do not incorporate gender as a central category of analysis. The journal receives far more books than can be reviewed. The journal also does not accept or consider unsolicited book reviews, but instead invites appropriate scholars to review books germane to the scope and mission of Gender & Society.
Guest Edited Special Issues
Gender & Society occasionally - but not frequently - publishes guest edited special issues. Please click here to see the full guidelines on special issues.
If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in Sage Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let Sage know directly if you are choosing Sage Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit Sage Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at Sage, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit Sage Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information, please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.