Women's Studies and Black Studies Journal

Black Women, Gender, and Families (BWGF) is an interdisciplinary, generalist journal that publishes the highest quality original theoretical and empirical research in the social and behavioral sciences, history, and humanities that center the study of black women and other women of color, gender, families, and communities.  Within these guidelines, we encourage a range of topics including those that focus on theoretical debates, comparative and transnational research between populations of color, and domestic policies in the U.S.  Essays, book reviews and guest-edited special issues are welcome and we ask that the Editor be contacted in advance for each.

BWGF practices a blind-review and anonymous editorial process. Authors should submit any manuscript(s) for consideration electronically via the BWGF email 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.

If you wish to submit an article to be reviewed and included in the BWGF Journal, please submit as email attachment directed to sla@illinois.edu. Acceptable file types are Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, Wordperfect, Adobe PDF, Rich Text Format, and plain text. These will be reviewed as soon as possible. Thank you for considering BWGF.

BWGF has new contact information!  Please update your address book with the information below: 

Shirley Olson

Black Women, Gender, and Families

Department of African American Studies

1201 W. Nevada

Urbana, IL 61801

Email: sla@illinois.edu

Office Phone: 217-333-7781