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Feminist Review

Feminist Review

eISSN: 14664380 | ISSN: 01417789 | Current volume: 132 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 3 Times/Year
New to SAGE from 2019

• Committed to exploring gender in its multiple forms and interrelationships
• Addresses key societal issues including challenges of race, class and sexuality

Feminist Review is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal setting new agendas for feminism. The journal invites critical reflection on the relationship between materiality and representation, theory and practice, subjectivity and communities, contemporary and historical formations.

Feminist Review resists the increasing instrumentalisation of scholarship within British and international higher education and thus supports the generation of creative and innovative approaches to knowledge production. As well as academic articles, the journal publishes experimental pieces, visual and textual media and political interventions, including interviews, short stories, poems and photographic essays.

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"Feminist Review has been the home of sophisticated, passionate feminist writing for nearly thirty years, and is still the journal I would turn to first when looking for debate and enlightenment on a whole range of issues. Its commitment to untangling the complexities of political and cultural theory and practice remains undimmed, and unrivalled."
- Sarah Waters

"For the last twenty years I've read every issue of Feminist Review. It's the journal that first opened my eyes to what it meant to investigate the world with a feminist curiosity. And today it still is as fresh in its insights as ever".
- Cynthia Enloe, Professor of Government, Clark University, USA

"Feminist Review, at the cutting edge of contemporary debates, is a lively and informative resource for students and academics in higher education across a range of disciplines. I strongly recommend it."
- June Purvis, Times Higher Education Supplement

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Feminist Review is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal setting new agendas for feminism. Feminist Review invites critical reflection on the relationship between materiality and representation, theory and practice, subjectivity and communities, contemporary and historical formations. The Feminist Review Collective is committed to exploring gender in its multiple forms and interrelationships.

Feminist Review resists the increasing instrumentalisation of scholarship within British and international higher education and thus supports the generation of creative and innovative approaches to knowledge production. As well as academic articles we publish experimental pieces, visual and textual media and political interventions, including, for example, interviews, short stories, poems and photographic essays.

When Feminist Review first appeared in 1979 it described itself as a socialist and feminist journal, ‘a vehicle to unite research and theory with political practice, and contribute to the development of both’. Challenges of race, class and sexuality have been central to the development of the journal. Forty years later, FR remains committed to these core values.

The Feminist Review welcomes submissions to the annual Currents issue on a rolling basis and to themed issues in response to Calls for Papers. Submit now!

The Collective
Yassin Brunger Queen's University Belfast, UK
Parise Carmichael-Murphy University of Manchester, UK
Sophie Chamas SOAS University of London, UK
Annie Goh University of Arts London, UK
Asiya Islam University of Cambridge, UK
Kyoung Kim Independent Scholar, UK
Amber Lascelles University of Bristol, UK
Po-Han Lee National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Sheena Gimase Magenya Independent Scholar, South Africa
Kavita Maya Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Akanksha Mehta Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
maie panaga Independent Scholar, Egypt
Navtej Purewal SOAS University of London, UK
Halina Rauber-Baio Independent Scholar, Brazil
Madhulika Sonkar Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India
Nydia A. Swaby Independent Scholar, UK
Chloe Turner Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Jennifer Ung Loh Independent Scholar, UK
Jamie Wang University of Sydney, Australia
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Feminist Review

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Feminist Review will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Feminist Review does not accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers.

    If you have any questions about publishing with SAGE, please visit the SAGE Journal Solutions Portal

    1. What do we publish?
              1.1 Aims & Scope
              1.2 Article types
              1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
              2.1 Peer review policy
              2.2 Authorship
              2.3 Acknowledgements
              2.4 Funding
              2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
              2.6 Research Data
    3. Publishing polices
              3.1 Publication ethics
              3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
              3.3 Green open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
              4.1 Formatting
              4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
              4.3 Supplementary material
              4.4 Journal style
              4.5 Reference style
              4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
              5.1 ORCID
              5.2 Information required for completing your submission
              5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
              6.1 SAGE Production
              6.2 Access to your published article
              6.3 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Feminist Review, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    1.2.1 Guest Edited Issues

    Feminist Review welcomes proposals for Guest Edited Issues of the journal, and works closely with colleagues to prepare issues for publication. Please see full information on Guest Edited Issues here.

    1.2.2 Non-Themed Issues

    Feminist Review welcomes submissions for publication in the journal in line with its aims.

    We are an interdisciplinary feminist journal with an interest in publishing innovative, interesting work that cuts across boundaries and takes risks with form as well as content. We publish both full-length academic articles and shorter Open Space pieces in each non-themed issue. Open Space aims to create dialogue and present work in progress as well as polemic, poetry and other non-standard interventions.

    In addition to two themed issues (for which we issue a Call for Papers), we publish one non-themed issue of around 6-7 articles a year, which means that only a small selection of the many articles submitted to Feminist Review are taken through peer-review and on to eventual publication. Yet this also means that those pieces we do support through this process are usually published within a year of submission, much more quickly than journals that accept a higher percentage of submissions. All non-themed submissions are anonymize reviewed by two collective editors in the first instance and a selection of full-length articles sent out for anonymize review by two external referees.

    Articles should be 6,000-8,000 words in length while Open Space submissions should be up to 3,000 words. Word counts includes of abstract, main text, footnotes and references, Print a word count at the end of the text, together with the date of the manuscript. Provide an abstract of 200-300 words for articles (but not Open Space pieces), plus a list of up to six keywords suitable for indexing and abstracting services.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Feminist Review is a peer-reviewed journal. All submitted articles, including Open Space, are initially read anonymously by two or more members of the FR editorial collective.

    Feminist Review operates triple anonymize review for research articles. This is the strictest possible level of anonymous peer review: the author's name is withheld from the assigned editor as well as from the reviewers, and vice versa, until the review and decision-making processes are complete. The author’s details will only become known to the editors after the author has received the final decision email. To ensure the integrity of the journal's triple-anonymize review procedures, please do not contact the editors directly either prior to the submission of a paper or at any point during the review process. All queries should be directed to the editorial office’s Managing Editor at Articles that are suitable for Feminist Review are subsequently sent out, again anonymously, to up to 4 external reviewers, who are experts in the article’s subject area.

    Feminist Review is committed to publishing high quality articles. Only a select number of articles are sent out for anonymous peer review, but we endeavour to let people know about the progress of their submission within 6–8 weeks.

    Resubmission Deadlines

    The deadline for a resubmission is 1 month for an article accepted subject to minor revisions, 3 months when an author has been requested to revise and resubmit, and 4 months when an author has been requested to re-write and resubmit.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions
    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Funding

    Feminist Review all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Feminist Review encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    2.6 Research Data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the SAGE Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. The journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics and we encourage authors to refer to the International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    This journal is an AIB journal and therefore abides by the AIB Journal Code of Ethics. Please ensure this is read carefully before submitting to the journal.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Feminist Review and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the FR Collective at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement, which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Green open access and author archiving

    Feminist Reviews offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding colour reproduction from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    The 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 supplemental files.

    4.4 Journal style

    Please find notes on style below.


    Please check all your subheadings for consistency. It is not advisable to use more than three levels of subheadings as this leads to difficulties in setting and can also confuse the reader.


    Use single quotations for quoted material within the text; double quotation marks should only be used for quotes within quotes. Do not use leader dots at the beginning or end of a quotation unless the sense absolutely demands it. For ellipsis within a quotation use three leader dots for a mid-sentence break, three leader dots in brackets if the break is followed by a new sentence. Quotations of more than forty words should begin on a fresh line and be distinguished by indentations. Quotation marks are not necessary for quotations set out this way. Do not change the spelling or punctuation in a quotation unless there is an obvious error, e.g. quotations from American books should retain American spelling.


    Use Oxford spelling generally,with -ise/-yse rather -ize spelling (organise, realise, analyse).

    4.5 Reference style

    Feminist Review adheres to a Harvard reference style. Please see guidance below:

    In the text, give the name of the author (use et al. for three or more authors), the date of publication and, following quoted material, the page reference—e.g. 'Many composers have attempted to return to this state of childhood' (Swanwick, 1988, p. 56); several authors have noted this trend (Smith, 1970; Jones and Cook, 1968; Dodds et al., 1973).

    The date of publication cited must be the date of the source referred to; when using a republished book, a translation or a modern version of an older edition, however, the date of the original publication may also be given, e.g. Orwell (2002 [1930]). Where there are two or more works by one author in the same year, these should be distinguished by using 1980a, 1980b, etc.

    The reference list should include every work cited in the text. Please ensure that dates, spelling and titles used in the text are consistent with those listed in the reference list.

    The content and form of the reference list should conform to the following examples. Please note that page numbers are required for articles, both place of publication and name of publisher should be given for books and, where relevant, translator and date of first publication should be noted. Do not use et al. in the reference list; list each author's surname and initials.

    The following are sample references for different types of work. Please note the order of the items and the punctuation.

    • Caiazza, A., 2002. Mothers and Soldiers: Gender, Citizenship, and Civil Society in Contemporary Russia. London and New York: Routledge.
    • Sahadeo, J. and Zanca, R., eds., 2007. Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
    • Hunt, J., 1975. Women and liberation. Marxism Today, 19(11), pp. 326–337.
    • Giles, M.V., 2014. Introduction: an alternative mother-centred economic paradigm. In M.V. Giles, ed. Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism. Bradford: Demeter Press, pp. 1–30.

    Online references

    If an online reference has a title, a named author (including organisations), and a date of publication, and is a piece published in an online journal, newspaper, blog, organisational website or online publication (such as OpenDemocracy or The Conversation), it should be cited in the text in the same way as an equivalent printed reference, and included in the list of references at the end of the article, e.g.:

    • Kandawasvika-Nhundu, R., 2009. The gender of democracy matters. OpenDemocracy, 7 April. Available at: [last accessed 12 May 2011].
    • Fisher, C., 2012. Reflections from Rio+20 part 2: 'women working in development organizations are not allowed to be feminists'. LSE Blogs - Engenderings: Critical engagements with culture and society, 13 August. Available at: [last accessed 13 August 2012].
    • Bedford, K., 2012. Gender WDR: limits, gaps, and fudges. Bretton Woods Project, 8 February. Available at: [last accessed 20 January 2015].

    All other online references (e.g. web forums, social media sites, links to videos or images) should be published as footnotes and not with references, and should include the name of the piece (if applicable) and the name of the website, as well as the link. E.g.:

    • SlutWalk Toronto, 'About', [last accessed 13 February 2014].
    • Twitter post, [last accessed 13 February 2014].
    • NB - if the reference is to a video or image, it is not necessary to name the website hosting the video. E.g.:
    • 'The girl effect: I dare you to see I am the answer',*puE [last accessed 13 Feburary 2014].

    In all cases, a 'last accessed' date should always be included.


    Notes that add explanation or elaborate on a point in the article should be avoided (they can often be taken into the text itself, sometimes in brackets). If notes are deemed necessary, however, they should be kept to a minimum, indicated with superscript numbers, and placed as footnotes at the bottom of the page. As mentioned above, some online references should be given as notes.

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Feminist Review is hosted on SAGE Track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year, it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online, please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    Please read the instructions carefully before submitting your manuscript, making sure your main manuscript file is anonymous (and contains the abstract and keywords which will also need to be pasted into the submission form), and meets the word count guidelines. Incomplete submissions will be returned.

    Enquiries about the appropriateness of manuscripts for Feminist Review should be directed to the Editorial Office at

    If you have any questions about submission for a non-themed issue, please contact the Managing Editor in the first instance.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    We encourage all authors and co-authors to link their ORCIDs to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. We collect ORCID IDs during the manuscript submission process and your ORCID ID then becomes part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more. 

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. A brief biographical note about each author should also be supplied as directed on the submission page. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage, please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage, all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Feminist Review editorial office as follows:

    Feminist Review
    c/o Centre for Gender Studies,
    SOAS University of London,
    Thornhaugh Street,


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