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Journal For Women and Gender

Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education

Supporting the Profession Women in Student Affairs Mid-Level

Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education publishes scholarship that centers gender-based experiences of students, faculty, and staff while examining oppression, including but not limited to patriarchy, sexism, trans* oppression, and cisnormativity as they intersect with other systems of domination. We are particularly interested in manuscripts that not only focus on a gender-based group but also critically interrogate the ways in which gender has been used as a construct to limit opportunities and shape outcomes and experiences. The journal publishes high-quality and rigorous scholarship that can be used by NASPA members and others to transform daily practice, research, and the field of higher education.

Issues Per Year

Submission Guidelines


Research Paper: Manuscripts that use empirical methods to answer a significant question about students, administrators, or faculty. Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education accepts manuscripts based on both quantitative as well as qualitative research and manuscripts that are about pedagogy as well as student, faculty and administrator experiences. Undergo blind review.

Scholarly Essay: A scholarly essay uses the literature to address an important problem related to women or gender in the academy. A scholarly essay may also critique existing ideas or practices. Such an essay will be evaluated based on its importance and logical development. Undergo blind review.

Program Descriptions

Program descriptions are brief 500 word descriptions of innovative or particularly effective programs serving women or another gender-based group in higher education. Program descriptions typically undergo editorial review but may be sent for blind peer review at the discretion of the editors.

Book Reviews

Commissioned by the editors, book reviews undergo editorial but not peer review. Unsolicited book reviews may be submitted with prior approval from the editor.

Style Guidelines

All manuscripts must follow American Psychological Association (APA) style. Most manuscripts are typically no more than 25 pages, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font. Page length includes tables and figures, but does not include title page, abstract, or references.

Manuscript Review Process

Manuscripts are judged using a blind review process, each by at least two reviewers. The genre of the paper is taken into consideration when being critiqued. Criteria related to some modes of inquiry are noted below, but these are suggestive, not definitive or exhaustive.

Research Paper: Consider the use of theory and the available literature; the design, sampling, and data gathering procedures; appropriateness of the method for the question; the treatment and interpretation of data; the importance of results; the practical and substantive implications of results.

Scholarly Essay: Consider the importance of the problem, thoroughness of coverage of relevant literature, and logical development of the essay.

Program Description: Consider the adequacy of the description of the practice or program, the uniqueness of the case, the method for gathering data about the program, the implications of the program for other colleges and universities.

Each manuscript is evaluated on the paper's form and content. Form includes writing style and readibility, logical development, length, and relation of author's objectives to those appropriate for the genre. Content includes originality of topic or approach, significance of the subject, and significance to the readers. The manuscripts published in the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education are selected by the editors in consultation with the reviewers.

How to Submit

All manuscripts must be submitted online through the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education ScholarOne Manuscript Submission Site.

At JWG, we recognize and honor language that is self-identified instead of ascribed language or identifiers. As such and in accordance with APA 7th edition guidelines, JWG expects authors to carefully interrogate the conflation between sex and gender. In most cases, and especially for this journal, social scientists are interested in questions of gender and gender expression (e.g., women, feminine, genderfluid), rather than sex (e.g., male, intersex). We recommend that all authors and review board members familiarize themselves with information regarding the conflation and assignment of sex and gender as well as identity and assignment  found in the APA manual (see p. 139).

Tools for Reviewers

As part of the developmental review process, we recommend all reviewers to utilize the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education Reviewer Guidelines

We encourage reviewers to either provide direct and detailed feedback through the ScholarOne system or to anonymously provide tracked changes in Word. Please see instructions for Word users on PC and Mac for technical assistance.

Submit Article

Articles should be submitted via ScholarOne. Click the button below to begin the submission process.

Review Board