All submissions to Women & Language should be electronically submitted in MSWord compatible format. Click here for the web page for detailed submission guidelines and to make an on-line submission to Women & Language. Preferred length for scholarly research and theory manuscripts is 7,500 words including endnotes and references; a 150-word abstract and 4-5 keywords should accompany submissions. Other types of submissions such as commentaries and essays are welcome and these may be shorter. Prepare materials with a separate cover page with no author identification on the manuscript itself; otherwise, submissions should adhere to the fifth edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual.
Women & Language maintains a double-blind peer-review process. Reviewers are encouraged to offer constructive suggestions for improving and revising the manuscript if necessary. Following are the review criteria:
- Significance of contribution to the study of communication, language, and gender
- Quality of conceptual framework
- Insightful use of relevant literature
- Quality of design, methods, and procedures
- Convincing analysis and conclusions
- Well-written, well-organized, clear arguments, APA style, and free of grammatical/spelling errors
Women & Language publishes reviews of books that relate to issues of communication, gender and language or to women and language. While book reviews may be solicited at the discretion of the Book Review Editor, unsolicited reviews are also encouraged. When a “special issue” of Women & Language is announced, book reviews will be sought to tie into the theme as well. All reviews are published at the discretion of the editors, who edit for length and clarity. Reviews should give readers of Women & Language a sense of what the book includes and evaluate what it contributes to scholars, teachers, and students interested in communication, language, and gender. Reviewers are expected to be candid in their assessments but should express negative criticisms in a constructive manner. Submissions: An electronic file of the review should be sent to Book Review Editor Erika Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org. Length: Reviews should be approximately 750 words unless the Book Review Editor has authorized a longer review for a particular book or has requested a review essay. Style: Each review should be headed by bibliographic information (author, title of book, publisher, copyright data) and the ISBN and soft cover price of the book. The name and institutional affiliation of the reviewer should follow on a separate line.
Media/Digital Media Reviews
Women & Language publishes brief (750 words) reviews of current media and digital resources relevant to the study and teaching of communication, language, and gender. Appropriate subjects might include: academic and research websites; academic and research blogs and vlogs; digital performance scholarship; educational or documentary films or audio programs; multimedia productions; video games/computer games; research software; scholarly databases.
Our aim is to both alert W&L readers to the existence and value of these resources and to provide commentary on digital developments and directions that might enhance academic practices and understandings in the study and teaching of communication, language, and gender. Submissions: An electronic file of the review should be sent to Media Reviews Editor Allyson Jule at email@example.com. Length: Reviews should be approximately 750 words, unless the editor has authorized a longer review or has requested a review essay. Style: Each review should be headed by complete bibliographic information following APA Guidelines. Please address questions to Media Reviews Editor Allyson Jule at firstname.lastname@example.org .