Submission Guidelines

Women, Gender, and Families of Color

WGFC practices a blind-review and anonymous editorial process. Authors should submit any manuscript(s) for consideration electronically via the WGFC 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. Text should be double-spaced. 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. WGFC follows the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition and all manuscripts should be written in this style. Any manuscripts not written in the Chicago Style, 16th edition will not be considered for review or publication. Manuscripts and discs will not be returned.

WGFC 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 WGFC 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 WGFC 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 WGFC will need additional modifications per the reviewer's remarks. After these remarks are addressed by the author(s), the submission is returned to WGFC. After the submission has been copyedited and formatted by our copyeditor, it is sent to the author(s) and WGFC for final approval (prior to publication online). WGFC reserves the right to make minor edits to submissions during the post-review process.

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