Submission Guidelines

Black Women, Gender & Families

BWGF practices a blind-review and anonymous editorial process. Authors should submit any manuscript(s) for consideration electronically via the BWGF submission link below. If you must make a submission via the mail, please include a single hard copy and a disc containing an electronic version of the manuscript. All self-citations should be removed from manuscripts. Papers should not exceed 30 pages, including notes, tables, and references. Do not embed tables and illustrations within the manuscript text; please place a call-out within the text to indicate placement and place tables and/or illustrations at the end of the manuscript. Previously published work or work currently under consideration elsewhere will not be considered. Manuscript(s) should include a cover page stating author's name(s), institutional affiliation(s), a telephone and fax number, and an e-mail address. An abstract and brief bio should also be submitted with all manuscripts. BWGF follows the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition and all manuscripts should be written in this style. Any manuscripts not written in the Chicago Style, 15th edition will not be considered for review or publication. Manuscripts and discs will not be returned.

BWGF uses a combination of endnotes and a bibliography (titled "References"). Endnotes should be used for discursive material and to expand discussions. Author-date parenthetical references should be used for in-text references (e.g., Pough 2002, 2003; Wilson 1996, 2001, 2005), and a references list should include all sources cited in the article. Since BWGF uses the author-date notation system, multiple works by the same author should be arranged chronologically, not alphabetically, in the bibliography. Please refer to previous issues of BWGF for examples

Submissions are initially reviewed by the journal editor(s) to determine whether it meets the scope and quality required to be examined by our reviewers. All articles are then sent to at least two (2) reviewers. Reviews are blind, meaning that the reviewers will not know who the author(s) submitting the article are. After an initial review, articles will be placed into four categories: 1) ACCEPT with minor revisions; 2) ENCOURAGE REVISION - the paper needs modifications, but has strengths; 3) PERMIT REVISIONS - the paper has strong potential, but is underdeveloped, and 4) DECLINE. Almost every article accepted for publication by BWGF will need additional modifications per the reviewer's remarks. After these remarks are addressed by the author(s), the submission is returned to BWGF. After the submission has been copyedited and formatted by our Copyeditor, it is sent to the author(s) and BWGF for final approval (prior to publication online). BWGF reserves the right to make minor edits to submissions during the post-review process.

The BWGF editors invite you to try out our new electronic manuscript submission system. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the acceptance and production process. To begin, Click Here to set up your personal account and upload your submission. These will be reviewed as soon as possible (typically within three to four months). Thank you for considering BWGF.

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