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Author Guidelines


The Journal of the History of Sexuality is now on OJS: All submissions should be made online at If you already have a user profile on Open Journal Systems Go to Login. If you need an OJS username and password, Go to Registration. Registration and login are required to submit items online and to check the status of current submissions.

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Submission File Format: Submissions are preferred in PDF rather than DOC/DOCX or RTF format, especially if unusual characters are used in the essay, but essays are accepted in any of these formats. Please do not physically scan your article to create the PDF. Create it directly from your word processed file. (For general instructions see:

Anonymous Submission: Before you submit, be sure to remove any elements that might identify you as author, including not only your name following the title and on headers or footers, but also any individuals or institutions named in acknowledgments, as well as references to any of your previous publications identified as your own. (These elements can all be restored if the essay is accepted for publication.) OJS provides instructions on “Ensuring Blind Review” to help you remove metadata from your files.

Length & Notes

Ideally, essays should be no more than 10,000 words, excluding notes. All essays should be double-spaced, including notes. Footnotes are preferred during the review process (see “Style” below) as are embedded rather than appended images.


All essays must be submitted in the English language, including all quoted material. Ideally authors will use American spelling and punctuation, though this can also be changed later. Authors whose first language is not English are well advised to have their essays proof-read by a native speaker for general comprehensibility before submitting them.

Copyright Guarantee

During the submission process, you will be asked to certify that:

  • the essay or its findings have not been published in similar form elsewhere, either in abbreviated or elaborated form in any language;
  • the essay or its findings are not under consideration for publication elsewhere; and
  • the essay will not be published within three full years from the date of submission elsewhere, for example, as a chapter or chapters in a forthcoming monograph by the author or in a volume of collected essays.

Formatting and Style Guide

The journal relies upon the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and it is advisable (though not required) to conform to the following style requirements of the JHS even before the review process:

Font and margins: Times New Roman 12 point should be used. Margins should be one inch on all sides.

Spacing: Please add a line of space before and after titles or subtitles and the main body of the text. Please insert only one space at the end of each sentence. All text, including titles and notes, should be double-spaced and left-justified.

Bolding, italicization, and underlining: Bolding and italicization should never be used. All titles of periodicals and books should be underlined.

Non-English words and titles: All non-English words should be underlined, unless they have become part of the general English vocabulary (for example, “fiancée” and “Zeitgeist”); see Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Unfamiliar terms, if frequently used, need only be underlined at their first appearance. These words must be translated immediately following their first appearance in the text, in parentheses, including titles (but not titles given only in notes).

Quotations: According to the less rigorous form of the Chicago style, the first word of a quotation can be changed from lowercase to uppercase and vice versa without being enclosed in square brackets, and punctuation at the end of a quotation can be changed to fit the surrounding text. An ellipsis (three spaced dots) should not be added at the start or end of a quotation, although an ellipsis should be inserted within a quotation when original material has been omitted. The Chicago style also permits the addition of punctuation before or after an ellipsis (although a period always precedes it, and the first word of the next sentence in the quotation can be changed from lowercase to uppercase without the changed letter being enclosed in brackets).

Block quotations should not be used unless the quotation consists of 100 words or more. They should be distinguished from the main body of the text by being indented one full inch from the left margin and should also be double-spaced. There should not be a line of space either before or after a block quotation.

Hyphens: Chicago style recommends closing compound words formed with prefixes (such as “antigay” and “prodemocracy”) unless the lack of a hyphen causes confusion (“pro-life,” “meta-analysis”). A compound adjective before a noun is usually hyphenated (“a middle-aged man”); following a noun, it is often left open (“the man is middle aged”). Please consult the chart on pages 375–84 in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., for more details on hyphenation.

Dates should be written as in the following example: 19 April 1654. Centuries should always be spelled out and should be hyphenated when used as adjectives (“nineteenth-century literature”).

American vs. British Commonwealth spelling and punctuation: American spelling should always be used, aspects of which include -or rather than -our word endings (as in “labor” and “color”), -ize/-ization rather than -ise/-isation (as in “criticize” and “civilization”), and other peculiarities: the l in “traveled” is not doubled, and “practice” is used for the verb as well as the noun form. Chicago style recommends the use of “that” for a restrictive clause (without commas before and after the clause) and “which” (with commas) for a nonrestrictive clause. Use single quotation marks only for quotations within quotations; place commas and periods within quotation marks.

Use of Latin abbreviations and symbols: Ibid. and et al. may be used in notes, but no other Latin abbreviations (such as passim and op. cit.) should be used. Do not use Latin abbreviations within the main body of the text; always spell out i.e. as “that is” and e.g. as “for example,” even parenthetically or in notes. Symbols should also generally be avoided: for example, use “percent” rather than %.

Notes should appear as footnotes for the review process and endnotes when the essay is submitted for copy editing. In both cases, they must be double-spaced and in Times New Roman 12 point font, without additional spacing between them. Within the main body of the text, a note number should be placed at the end of a sentence, unless exceptional reasons require it to be placed within the sentence, in which case it should come only after some other punctuation. If a text paragraph includes a number of page references to the same source, consolidate those references in one note, with the note number at the end of the paragraph.

Common Features of Chicago-Style Notes:

Provide a complete citation, including subtitle, city, and publisher, of a book at its first appearance; subsequent citations should be abbreviated (author’s last name plus a shortened version of the title):

1 Gilbert Herdt, Guardians of the Flutes: Idioms of Masculinity (New York: McGraw Hill, 1981), 17.
. . .
3 Herdt, Guardians of the Flutes, 21-25.

Ibid. (not underlined) may be used when references to the same work immediately follow each other:

3 Herdt, Guardians of the Flutes, 21-25.
4 Ibid.
5 Ibid., 97-102.

Do not use Op. cit.

Page numbers should always be given without an abbreviation (such as p. or pp. or pg.). If the note cites a multivolume work, the volume number should precede the page number, again without any identifying abbreviation (such as vol.), with the numbers separated by a colon:

5 Winston Churchill, The World Crisis, 1911-1918, 6 vols. (London: Thornton Butterworth, 1923-31), 3:127-35.
6 Ibid., 1:87-96.

The first citation of a journal should include both the volume and issue numbers as well as the year date (but not the month or season). Because the journal does not provide separate reference lists in articles, include in the note the full page range of the article as well as the page numbers of specific text quotes; all page numbers follow a colon:

 7 Pat Moloney, “Savages in the Scottish Enlightenment’s History of Desire,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 14, no. 3 (1992): 237-65, 244.

A reference to an essay in an edited collection should include complete information at the first appearance; subsequent references should be shortened. If another essay in the same collection is later cited, the essay should include the author’s full name and the full title of the essay, but the citation to the edited collection can be shortened:

9 Pieter Judson, “The Gendered Politics of German Nationalism in Austria, 1880-1990,” in Austrian Women in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives, ed. David Good, Margarete Grandner, and Mary Jo Maynes (Providence, RI: Berghan Books, 1996), 5.
. . .
11 Judson, “Gendered Politics.”
12 Marie-Luise Angerer, “The Discourse on Female Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Austria,” in Good, Grandner, and Maynes, Austrian Women, 180.

References in notes to archival sources should provide all information necessary to locate the item, separated by commas (item, date, folder number, box number [or the equivalent], collection title, archive or library, city, US state or country). Subsequent references to archival sources can use an abbreviation to refer to the collection or location, noted in the first reference:

11 Gray to the clerk of council, 15 February 1876, CO 267/331, Public Record Office, London, UK (cited hereafter as PRO).
12 Lovell to Governor Rowe, 19 February 1876, CO 267/332, PRO.

References to newspapers begin with the author of the article. References to unsigned articles begin with the article title:

13 Edgar Grey, “The New Negro Slavery in Harlem,” Amsterdam News, 13 May 1925, 16; “Police Intelligence,” Sierra Leone Weekly News, 6 September 1884, 2.
14 “Police Intelligence,” 2.

References to all works (that is, titles of books, articles, and journals) in languages other than English should capitalize the first word of the title and subtitle, but otherwise use the capitalization rules for that language; title and subtitle should be separated by a colon, as in English citations, regardless of the conventions of that language:

15 Gonzalo Vial Correa, “Aplicación en Chile de la Pragmática sobre matrimonios de los hijos de familia,” Revista chilena de historia del derecho 6 (1970): 339-40.
16 Jörg Hutter, Die gesellschaftliche Kontrolle des homosexuellen Begehrens: Medizinische Definitionen und juristische Sanktionen im 19. Jahrhundert (Frankfurt: Campus, 1992), 41.

Copy Editing and UTP Style Sheet

University of Texas Press Copy Editing policies: If accepted for publication, the essay will be edited, copyedited, and typeset according to the determinations of the editor and the press. Authors who submit should recognize that they will likely be asked to make revisions to content, wording, and format so as to conform to the conventions of the JHS and the University of Texas Press. Submitting an essay for possible publication in the JHS therefore implies an author’s willingness to cooperate in adhering to these conventions and to answer questions and accept such changes within a timely fashion.

Use of Images: Contributors who wish to use images to accompany their articles in print must make a good-faith effort to obtain permission to reprint those images from the holders of any copyright for them, and any cost to such permissions must be borne by the contributor. Such permissions are not necessary for the review process, but will be required before the article is published. Further information can be found at

Order and Timing of Publication

The review process takes approximately three months; all authors will be contacted, usually by email, as soon as a decision has been reached about the publication of the essay. Currently, there is a delay of about two full years between the time an essay is given final acceptance (that is, at the end of the review process and after an author has made whatever changes are deemed necessary) and its appearance in print. Articles are normally published in the order in which they are given final acceptance, though some adjustments are made in order to ensure a broad scope of subject areas for each issue. Acceptance of an essay is valid only for one year from the date of notification; if an essay is returned with requested revisions after one year, it may be subject to an additional round of reviews with no guarantee of final acceptance.


No payment is made for any contributions, but all authors will receive two free copies of the issue in which their article appears, and additional copies or offprints may be ordered from the press.


All general inquiries should be directed to the editor:

Prof. Annette Timm
Editor, Journal of the History of Sexuality
c/o Department of History
University of Calgary
SS656, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Email: or


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. By submitting an essay for review, its author declares that:
    • the essay or its findings have not been published in similar form elsewhere, either in abbreviated or elaborated form in any language
    • neither the essay nor its findings are under consideration for publication elsewhere
    • the essay will not be published within three full years from the date of submission elsewhere, for example, as a chapter or chapters in a forthcoming monograph by the author or in a volume of collected essays. 
  2. Submissions are preferred in PDF rather than doc/docx or rtf format, especially if unusual characters are used in the essay, but essays are accepted in any of these formats. 
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. Instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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