Style Guide & Conditions of Submission for Authors

GSF encourages submissions in the fields of gender studies, masculinities, sexualities and feminism that strengthen the understanding of:

  • power systems
  • resistance to liberation movements
  • stigma and discrimination
  • differential access to resources
  • diversity and LGBT issues

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the about the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as this section.

GSF (Gender, Sexuality & Feminism) invites unsolicited contributions of articles and book reviews. Contributions should fall within the broad scope of the journal. Contributors should present their material in a form that is accessible to a general readership.

Submissions are double-blind reviewed in accordance with our policy. Submissions will be immediately acknowledged but due to the review process, acceptance may take up to three months. Submissions should be submitted via to the editors as email attachments (

Each article should be accompanied by a title page that includes: all authors’ names, institutional affiliations, address, telephone numbers and e-mail address. Papers should be between 6,000-8,000 words (inclusive of abstract 150-200 words, endnotes, bibliography and notes on contributors). Book reviews should be up to 1,000 words. Emerging scholars papers should be no more than 6,000 words. Unless permission for a longer submission has been granted in advance by the Editors. Each article must include a 25-50 word “note on contributor(s)” together will full institutional address details, including email address.

We are unable to pay for permissions to publish pieces whose copyright is not held by the author. Authors should secure rights before submitting translations, illustrations or long quotes. The views expressed in papers are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the journal or its editors.

Conditions of Submission

Submission of a paper constitutes a representation and warranty to Gender, Sexuality & Feminism (GSF) that the paper presents original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. On acceptance of a paper by the GSF for publication, the authors agree the GSF publishing & copyright conditions.

In submitting a paper to the GSF, the submitting author represents and warrants to the GSF that all necessary permissions of all named co-authors have been secured, the order of names for publication has been agreed upon by all co-authors, and that the papers is free from defamatory, libelous, or fraudulent content.

Permission to quote from or reproduce copyrighted material contained in any paper for publication by the GSF must be obtained by the authors before submission. Any acknowledgments should be included in the typescript, preferably in the form of an Acknowledgments section at the end of the paper. Where the photographs or figures are reproduced, acknowledgment of source and copyright should be given in the caption.


GSF follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. In instances where Chicago defers to a dictionary and for spelling, we use Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

  • Word Processor: Word for Windows, if you use another program please make sure that the file is convertible
  • Main Body: Times New Roman, size 12
  • Spacing: double
  • Quotations: also Times New Roman, size 12
  • Main title: Times New Roman, size 14, bold
  • Subtitles: Times New Roman, size 12, bold
  • Margins: one inch on all sides, justified
  • Quotations: “Please use double curly quotation marks.” (In Word: tools, autocorrect, autoformat as you type – activate “replace straight quotes with smart quotes.”)

    Important: Please make sure to use English (not American) punctuation

    Quotations within quotations: “Please use ‘single curly’ quotation marks.”

  • Indent quotations that are longer than three lines by a half inch (use tabs) on the left hand side and please single space them; remember that unless there is direct speech used in an indented quotation, indented quotations do not use quotation marks.
  • Please do not use any templates
  • Ellipses: Three dots with spaces in between . . . if you leave out a “middle part.” Four dots with spaces in between if what’s left out is at the end of your sentence . . . . I hope this is clear!
  • References to page numbers should be as follows (63-65; 123-25; 1634-39, 1634-723).
  • Endnotes at the end of the paper will be used rather than footnotes. Please keep your endnotes double-spaced in the same size type as the rest of the typescript (12-point Times new roman).


Sources are cited in the text, usually in parentheses, by the author’s last (family) name, the publication date of the work cited, and a page number if needed. Full details appear in the reference list—titled “Works Cited”—in which the year of publication appears immediately after the author’s name. This arrangement makes it easy to follow a text citation to the corresponding full source in the reference list. (In electronic works, text entries may be hyperlinked to their corresponding reference list entries.)

For documentation of sources parenthetical “author-date” references (Name Year, Page number[s]) are used instead of footnotes. Do not use any footnotes for bibliographical references.

1. Author-date references should follow the examples provided below:

a) Author’s name is mentioned in sentence preceding a direct quotation:

Discussing Foucault’s notion of power that is productive and formative, Judith Butler in Bodies that Matter. On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”, suggest that we need to ask what constrains the domain of what is “materializable”, and whether there are “modalities” of materialization (1993, 35).

a.1) Author’s name is not mentioned in the sentence preceding the quotation: (Butler 1993, 35)

b) Author’s name is not mentioned, idea is paraphrased rather than directly quoted:

Butler has indicated that cultural prohibitions such as homosexuality are sustained through the pain of guilt (see Butler 1993, 65).

b.1) Author’s name is mentioned in the sentence preceding the quotation: (1993, 117).

c) When a subsequent reference to the same work follows directly, only the page number is needed (117) or, for example, “text text text” (118).

d) Quoted in: “Issues of trust, loyalty, mobility, and downsizing have a significant effect on marriage” (Wolfe quoted in Ingraham 2005, 5).

2. Author-date references—examples and variations

The examples that follow are intended to provide an overview of the author-date system, featuring books and journal articles as models. Each example includes a reference list entry and a corresponding text citation. For the sake of consistency, text citations are presented in parentheses, though they do not always appear that way in practice. For more examples, consult the sections dealing with specific types of works throughout this guide.

3. Book with single author or editor

Borenstein, Kate. 1998. My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, A Real Woman, The Real You, Or Something Else Entirely. New York: Routledge.

in-text citation: (Borenstein 1998, 99–100) A book with an editor in place of an author includes the abbreviation ed. (editor; for more than one editor, use eds.).

Ingraham, Chrys, ed. 2005. Thinking Straight. The Power, the Promise, and the Paradox of Heterosexuality. New York: Routledge.

Wed, Elizabeth and Naomi Schor, eds. 1997. Feminism Meets Queer Theory. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Note that the text citation does not include the word “ed”:

in-text citation: (Ingraham 2005, 28); (Wed and Schor 1997)

4. Book with multiple authors

For a book with two authors, only the first-listed name is inverted in the reference list.

Wilkinson, Richard, and Kate Pickett. 2010. The Spirit Level. Why Equality Is Better for Everyone. London: Penguin Books.

in-text citation: (Wilkinson and Pickett 2010, 44)

For a book with three authors, adapt as follows:

Lynch, Kathleen, John Baker, and Maureen Lyons. 2009. Affective Equality. Love Care and Injustice. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

in-text citation: (Lynch, Baker and Lyons 2009, 101)

For a book with four or more authors, include all the authors in the reference list entry. Word order and punctuation are the same as for two or three authors. In the text, however, cite only the last name of the first-listed author, followed by et al.

in-text citation: (Barnes et al. 2008, 118–19)

5. Book with author plus editor or translator

In the reference list, do not abbreviate “Edited by” or “Translated by”:

Garcia Canclini, Nestor. 1995. Hybrids Cultures. Strategies for Entering and Leaving Modernity. Translated by Christopher L. Chiappari and Silvia L. Lopez. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989.

in-text citation: (Garcia Canclini 1995, 110-11)

Cantu, Lionel. 2009. The Sexuality of Migration. Border Crossing and Mexican Immigrant Men. Edited by Nancy A. Naples and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz. New York: New York University Press.

in-text citation: (Cantu 2009, 49).

6. Chapter in an edited book

In citations of a chapter or similar part of an edited book, include the chapter author; the chapter title, in quotation marks; and the editor. Precede the title of the book with In. Note the location of the page range for the chapter in the reference list entry.

Rubin, Gayle. 1975. “The Traffic in Women: Notes on the ‘Political Economy’ of Sex.” In Toward an Anthropology of Women, edited by Rayna Reiter. 157-210. New York: Monthly Review Press.

in-text citation: (Rubin 1975, 199)

7. Book with original publication date

“Older” primary sources, subsequent editions of scholarly works, etc.):

Katz, Jonathan. [1995] 2007. The Invention of Heterosexuality. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

de Beauvoir, Simone. [1949] 1997. The Second Sex [Le Deuxième Sexe] Translated and edited by Howard M. Parshley. London: Vintage.

8. Book review

Dunckel-Graglia, Amy. Review of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora, by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes. Sexualities 14 (2): 259-61.

9. Journal article

Citations of journals include the volume and issue number and date of publication. The volume number follows the italicized journal title in roman and with no intervening punctuation. A specific page reference is included in the text; the page range for an article is included in the reference list, preceded by a colon. The issue number often appears in parentheses (as in the first pair of examples below). If a journal is paginated consecutively across a volume or if the month or season is included in the reference list entry, however, the issue number (or month or season) may be omitted (as in the second and third pairs of examples).

Cauldwell, Jane. 2007. “Queering the field? The complexities of Sexuality within a Lesbian-Identified Football Team in England.” Gender, Place and Culture 14 (2):183-96.

in-text citation: (Cauldwell 2007, 141–52)

10. Journals consulted online

Chicago recommends the inclusion of a DOI or a URL. The GSF prefers URL. The URL in the following example—consulted through the online journals archive JSTOR—was listed along with the article as a more stable (and shorter) alternative to the URL that appeared in the browser’s address bar:

Rich, Adrienne. 1980. “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society I (5): 631-60.

in-text citation: in-text citation: (Rich 1980, 643)

11. Websites and blogs

To cite an undated online document in a reference list, use an access date rather than “n.d.” (no date).

Motherhood initiative for Research and Community Involvement. Accessed 9 May 2011.

Ellis, Rhian, J. Robert Lennon, and Ed Skoog. 2006. Ward Six (blog). Accessed June 30 2008.

12. Newspapers or magazines

Meredith, Fionola. “Younger Sisters: Say Hello to the New Feminists.” The Irish Times, 12 October 2010.

13. Interview, email or personal communication

References (including references to personal communications) are placed in the body of the text, not in the notes. For each quotation or statement specific enough to need a reference, place the citation in parentheses (author’s last name year of publication of work quoted or referred to, page[s] cited) thus: (Kimmel 2005) or (Connell 2000: 150).

In the reference section, quotes follows:

Foucault, Michele. “Polemics, Politics and Problematizations.” By Paul Rabinow. May 1984.

Vance, Carole. “[Subject title of the email]”, email to author, 30 July 2009.

14. Audiovisual materials in author-date format

Chicago recommends a more comprehensive approach to dating audiovisual materials than in previous editions of the manual. Though citations in the author-date system have therefore become somewhat easier to format, it is often more appropriate to list such materials in running text and group them in a separate section or discography. Older sources are more likely to have been consulted in the form of a digital copy; though authors should cite the format consulted, it is generally useful to give information about the original source, if available. Moreover, the date of the original recording should be privileged in the citation. Whom to list as “author” depends on the focus of the citation and is a matter of authorial discretion.

Harris, Emmylou. 2005. A Love That Will Never Grow Old. (performer). Music composed by Gustavo Santaolalla and lyrics by Bernie Taupin. Soundtrack of Brokeback Mountain (2005).

Snow Patrol. 2004. Run. Album Final Straw.

Renaissance Male Project. 2011. Feminism and Masculinity: How to Be a Black Male Feminist (video) Available at

15. Films

O Beijo da Mulher Aranha [Kiss of the Spider Woman]. 1985. Directed by Hector Babenco.
The Crying Game. 1992. Written and directed by Neil Jordan.

16. DVDs and videocassettes

Citations of video recordings, like citations of sound recordings, will vary according to the nature of the material. Any facts relevant to identifying the item should be included. Indexed scenes are treated as chapters and cited by title or by number.

Hedwig and the Angry Inc. 2001 Directed by John Cameron Mitchell and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Videocassette (VHS), 91 min.


  • Use single quotation marks with double for quotes within quotes and single again for quotes within quotes within quotes. Displayed extracts do not need quotation marks.
    Please enclose any of your own interpolated words in square brackets to show that they are not part of the quoted matter.
  • Punctuation should be within quotation marks if a complete sentence is quoted. Final punctuation will be outside quotation marks if the quotation forms only part of a sentence. Remember that direct quotations should not be changed to conform to our house style but should appear as in the original.
  • Dates should be written 18 August 1996, (day-month-year with no punctuation) and decades as the seventies or the 1970s without an apostrophe.
  • Abbreviations consisting of capital initial letters don’t have full stops – GNP, USA. Contractions ending with the same letter as the original word do not take terminal full stops – St, Mr, Dr – but abbreviations where the last letter of the word is not included do take a full stop – ed., ch. Thus ed. and eds are both correct. Abbreviated units of measurement do not take a full stop – lb, mm and kg – and do not take a final ‘s’ in the plural – 7lb, 10mm. Please use ‘and so on’, ‘that is’ and ‘for example’ instead of etc., i.e. and e.g.
  • Initial capitals are used to distinguish the specific from the general – for example, ‘he is Professor of Economics at Oxford University’, but ‘he is a professor at a university’.
  • Numbers one to ten are expressed in words, but 11 upward appear in figures, unless used in general terms – for instance, about a hundred people.

    Wherever a unit of measurement is used the number preceding it appears in figures – unless it is used in a very general sense such as hundreds of miles.

    Four digit numbers should appear closed up without a comma, but five-digit numbers and above should take a comma – 4251 but 42,510. In tables, all numbers with four or more digits take a comma.
  • Decimal points should appear as full stops on the line. Please mark clearly the difference between the capital letter O and zero and between lower-case l and figure 1 where there may be doubt.
  • Inclusive numbers should include the fewest possible digits: 32–3, 132–48, 200-5, except in ‘teen’ numbers, where the 1 is repeated, 1914–18.
  • Dates should be elided to the last two digits: 1977–78.
  • In text, percent should be spelt out and the number should appear in figures – 54 per cent. In tables the % symbol can be used.
  • Hyphenation. In general this is being used less frequently in compound terms – for instance, microeconomic, but note, for example, the adjectival hyphen in ‘a twentieth-century author’. The editors will decide on consistency in this matter for the book as a whole.
  • Headings, sub-headings, table headings and figure captions should not have full stops.
  • Parentheses (or round brackets) are used for simple interpolations, and square brackets for editorial notes or interpolations in quotations.
  • Parenthetical dashes Your pages will have a more professional appearance if you use spaced en rules (–) rather than hyphens (-).


Extract material is best displayed with an indent on the left-hand side and a line of space above and below.

Tables, diagrams and graphs

Where tables, diagrams or graphs are involved please judge carefully:

  • How much space each one will take up
  • Whether each one would look better set vertically on the page (portrait) or turned sideways (landscape)
  • How each can best be placed to avoid too much empty space on the page.
  • Do not assume that each table or diagram should fit a complete page. It is always best to think about how tables and diagrams will fit before you start paginating the text. You may want to look at other well-produced books to see how they deal with tables and diagrams.
  • Note that landscape diagrams (i.e. ones that are wider than they are deep) should usually be turned anticlockwise on the page. All diagram captions should be placed beneath the diagram.

Supplying diagrams

If your paper includes diagrams, please import the appropriate files into the main text file.

  • Tables and figures please number them consecutively. In the text please refer to Table number, Figure number.
  • Please tell us about the tables you would like to include and to warn us if there are any that are likely to present a typesetting problem because they are, for example, very wide or long. Bear in mind that any rules in your table will be set horizontally rather than vertically.
  • Please number the tables and in the text refer to tables by their number rather than with the words ‘above’ or ‘below’.


Please discuss any ideas for illustrations with the editors for their consideration at the earliest stage possible.

Journal Management

Founder editors:
Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila, PhD
Katherine O’Donnell, PhD
Gender, Sexuality & Feminism (GSF)