Instructions for Authors




Manuscript Submission

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts online via the Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Editorial Manager system at Detailed instructions are available below.

Statement of Policy

The editors invite submission of article-length manuscripts that might appropriately be published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (see Editorial Vision). We publish articles from a wide range of disciplines in a variety of voices—articles engaging gender and its interaction with race, culture, class, nation, and/or sexuality. We are looking for lively, provocative essays that launch new inquiries or prompt intense debate; we publish essays not only in areas of scholarship familiar to Signs readers but also in newly emergent fields relevant to women and gender. Essays may be cross-disciplinary in their theorizing, their methodology, or their sources.

does not consider manuscripts that are under review elsewhere or that have been previously published. For what constitutes prior publication, please consult the Guidelines for Journal Authors' RightsSigns does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

All articles published in Signs are peer reviewed.

Open Access Policy

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society authors have the option to make their accepted paper freely available online immediately upon publication. The fee for Open Access is $2,500. Contact for more information.


UK authors should note that this option cannot be used to comply with RCUK regulations for gold OA, as the University of Chicago Press requires permission for commercial reuse. UCP does comply with the RCUK regulations for green OA.

"Green" Open Access

The University of Chicago Press supports Green Open Access for all articles, as defined by the RCUK Open Access Policy, under the Press’s Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights.

General Specifications

Preparation of Copy

Articles should not exceed a maximum length of 10,000 words, including references and footnotes. Please indicate the word count on the title page.

A separate title page should include the article title and the author's name, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address, and fax number, if available. To protect anonymity, the author's name should not appear in the manuscript, and all references in the body of the text and in footnotes that might identify the author to the reviewer should be removed and cited on a separate page. Articles that do not conform to these specifications will be returned to the authors.

An abstract of no more than 250 words should accompany your submission. The abstract will be used in the anonymous peer review process and, should your article be accepted, will be published in the online version of the journal.

A high-quality photocopy of each illustration should accompany the manuscript. Reproduction-quality prints of illustrations will be required for manuscripts accepted for publication.

Citations and References

Submissions should follow the author-date system of documentation, with limited footnotes, as outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.). (See chapter 16, outlining documentation for the social sciences.) The journal office may request full revision of manuscripts not meeting the CMS requirements for documentation.

Citations of works are given in the text in chronological order by enclosing the author's last name and the year of publication in parentheses—for example (Collins 2005)—and are keyed to an alphabetical list of references at the end of the article. Specific page or section citations follow the date, preceded by a comma: (Collins 2005, 88). Other examples are as follows: for dual authorship (Hasan and Menon 2005); for more than three authors (Li et al. 2001); for two works by the same author in a single year (Lugones 1990a, 1990b); for two or more works by different authors (Rai 2000; Stimpson 2000; Brennan 2004).

Footnotes are used for material commenting on or adding to the text and should be used instead of parenthetical citations for citations of more than three works, archival materials, unpublished interviews, and legal cases. Within footnotes, second and later citations of a work should refer to the author's last name and date. Do not use op. cit. Footnotes should be typed double-spaced at the end of the article, following the list of references.

Full documentation appears in the references. References must list all works cited in the text, including citations in footnotes. List works alphabetically by author and, under author, by year of publication. References not cited in the text should not appear in the reference list. For additional information, see the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.).

The following are examples of references:


Entire book.
Zerilli, Linda. 2005. Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hasan, Zoya, and Ritu Menon, eds. 2005. The Diversity of Muslim Women's Lives in India. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Sinfield, Alan. 2005. Cultural Politics—Queer Reading. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Book chapter.

Smith, Faith. 1999. "Beautiful Indians, Troublesome Negroes, and Nice White Men: Caribbean Romances and the Invention of Trinidad." In Caribbean Romances: The Politics of Representation, ed. Belinda Edmondson, 163-82. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.

Collins, Patricia Hill. 2005. "Prisons for Our Bodies, Closets for Our Minds: Racism, Heterosexism, and Black Sexuality." In her Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism, 87–116. New York: Routledge.

Vatuk, Sylvia. 2005. "Moving the Courts: Muslim Women and Personal Law." In Hasan and Menon 2005, 18-58.

More than one citation by author.

Rai, Shirin. 2002. Gender and Political Economy of Development: From Nationalism to Globalisation. London: Polity.

---. 2003. "Knowledge and/as Power: A Feminist Critique of Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights." Gender, Technology and Development 7(1):91-113.

With original date.

Beauvoir, Simone de. (1949) 1993. The Second Sex. Ed. and trans. H. M. Parshley. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

---. (1958) 1974. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter. Trans. James Kirkup. New York: Perennial.

Journal article

Brennan, Denise. 2004. "Women Work, Men Sponge, and Everyone Gossips: Macho Men and Stigmatizing Women in a Sex Tourist Town." Anthropological Quarterly 77(4):705–33.

Sandoval, Chela. 1991. "U.S. Third World Feminism: The Theory and Method of Oppositional Consciousness in the Postmodern World." Genders 10 (Spring): 1–23.

First Signs reference in list.

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. 2003. "'Under Western Eyes' Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 28(2):499–535.

Subsequent Signs reference in list.

Stimpson, Catharine R. 2000. "On Being Transminded." Signs 25(4):1007-12.

Author with more than one article in same year.

Lugones, María. 1990a. "Hispaneando y Lesbiando: On Sarah Hoagland's Lesbian Ethics." Hypatia 5(3):138–46.
---. 1990b. "Structure/Antistructure and Agency under Oppression." Journal of Philosophy 87(10):500–507.

Entire issue.

Somerville, Siobhan, and Judith Roof, eds. 2004. "Recent Lesbian Theory." Special issue of Concerns: Journal of the Women's Caucus of the Modern Language Association 27, nos. 3-4.

Unpublished manuscript

Childers, Mary M. 2002. "Failure Goes to Your Head: Three Generations Growing Up on Welfare." Unpublished manuscript, University of Georgia.


Children of the Crocodile. 2001. Directed by Marsha Emerman. New York: Women Make Movies.

Magazine or newspaper article

Without author.
New York Times. 2005. "The Normality of Gay Marriages." September 17, A14.

With author.
Soares, Claire. 2005. "Liberia Set to Elect Africa's First Woman President." Guardian, November 11, 21.

Stable URL

Rauch, Angelica. 1996. "Saving Philosophy in Cultural Studies: The Case of Mother Wit." Postmodern Culture 7(1).


Rolin, Kristina Helena. 1996. "Gender, Emotions, and Epistemic Values in High-Energy Physics: A Feminist Challenge for Scientific Methodology." PhD dissertation, University of Minnesota.

Conference paper

Sloat, Amanda L. 2004. "Integrating Women: The Gendered Dimension of EU Enlargement." Paper presented at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR)—Second Pan-European Conference Standing Group on EU Politics, Bologna,  June 25.

Published case

UN Security Council. 2000. United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (S/Res/1325). New York: United Nations.

Online Submission Instructions

Please have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process:

  • Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above
  • Cover letter as a separate file
  • Information from title page (to be typed into the peer review database): title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, word count, and contact information for the corresponding author
  • Abstract of the manuscript (to be copied and pasted into a field in Editorial Manager)

Go to the Signs Editorial Manager system at to submit your manuscript.

Formatting Electronic Files

Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via Editorial Manager. The system relies on automated processing to create an Adobe Acrobat PDF file from your submission. If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office.

Acceptable Formats

  • Microsoft Word (.doc)(any version that can be read by Word 2000 for Windows)
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

File Contents

Word documents should be submitted as a single file. Authors should submit figures as separate files, in TIFF (.tiff) or EPS (.eps) (not GIF [.gif] or JPEG [.jpg]) format.

Please note that authors of accepted manuscripts may be required to submit high-resolution hard copies of all figures during production, as not all digital art files are usable.

In addition to the main manuscript file, submit your cover letter as a separate file in the same format as your main file. If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.

File Compression and Archives

If you have more than two files to upload into the system (e.g., manuscript, figures, and cover letter), we recommend you combine these files into an archive, so you upload only a single file when submitting the manuscript. Applications for Mac OS (such as Stuffit) and Windows (such as WinZip) support the formats listed below.

The following archive formats may be used:

  • Windows or Unix zip (e.g., "")
  • Unix tar (e.g., "archive.tar" or compressed with a gzip as "archive.tar.gz" or "archive.tgz")

If you cannot create archives in these formats, you may still compress individual files to shorten upload time:

  • Unix compress (e.g., "ms.tex.Z")
  • Unix gzip (e.g., "ms.tex.gz")

Revised and Final Versions of Manuscripts

If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the reviewers' comments as part of the cover letter file. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version.




Contributors, please also consult Editorial Vision.