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Journal Style Guide

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Journal of Feminist Scholarship.

Formatting Requirements

    In addition to proofreading it carefully for typos or errors, we ask that you format the document in accordance with the following basic guidelines.

  • Please make sure the document is in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS).
  • Citations and References should follow the author-date system in CMS. Be sure that all sources listed in the References section are effectively cited in the text, and conversely, that all sources referenced in the text are listed under References.
  • Submissions should be in Word format, not PDF.
  • No identifying information should be within the manuscript.
  • Set the document in Times New Roman font size 12 and double-spaced throughout, with no spacing variations (such as extra spacing between paragraphs, which is often set as default in Word). All text should be left-justified.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length for submissions, but we have a preference for articles that are no shorter than ten double-spaced pages in length and no longer than thirty-five double-spaced pages in length, including endnotes and bibliography.
  • Graphs, charts, pictures, etcetera can be included in the text of the initial submission. Authors of accepted submissions may be requested to send graphs and charts separately in the final version of their manuscript.

Additional Recommendations

Colored Text

Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.

Emphasized Text

Use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.

Font Faces

Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Times or the closest comparable font available.


Headings (e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text by being set in bold type. If two levels of headings are needed (e.g., sections and subsections), use italics for the next-level subheadings. There should be space above and below section headings.


Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics; titles of articles, blog posts, short stories, etc., should be placed in quotation marks.