Feminism & Psychology

Feminism & Psychology

2015 Impact Factor: 1.290
2015 Ranking: 53/129 in Psychology, Multidisciplinary | 11/40 in Womens Studies
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data
An International Journal

Catriona Macleod Rhodes University, South Africa
Jeanne Marecek Swarthmore College, USA
Rose Capdevila The Open University, UK

eISSN: 14617161 | ISSN: 09593535 | Current volume: 27 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Feminism and Psychology offers an intellectually and politically charged archive of historic and contemporary lines of analysis within feminism and psychology, across continents.

“On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Committee on Women in Psychology, we acknowledge the leadership of the editorial team of Feminism & Psychology, an international, feminist, peer-reviewed journal, for encouraging, supporting, and showcasing cutting-edge and transformative feminist theory and research. Feminism & Psychology has provided a forum for critical, radical, and provocative feminist scholarship that serves as an impetus for social change and for theoretical and methodological innovations in feminist psychology. Feminism & Psychology has contributed to the transformation of psychology, has helped to clarify the dynamics of oppression and discrimination, and has stimulated new directions in the theories, methods, and practices of feminist psychology. We salute the Editorial Boards of Feminism & Psychology, who, since the journal’s inception, have truly been leaders for women in psychology.” Joan C. Chrisler, PhD, Chair, Committee on Women in Psychology

Feminism & Psychology fosters the development of feminist theory and practice in psychology and represents the concerns of women in a wide range of contexts across the academic/applied `divide'.

For detailed information on the focus of Feminism & Psychology, authors are encouraged to read this editorial.

Cutting-Edge Feminist Research and Debate
Feminism & Psychology has established itself as the leading international forum for cutting-edge feminist research and debate in - and beyond - psychology. The journal fosters the development of feminist theory and practice in psychology by publishing:

  • A range of high-quality theoretical and empirical papers
  • Dialogue, debate and commentary at the interface of feminism and psychology
  • Articles integrating research, practice and broader social concerns
  • Papers spanning the academic-practitioner 'divide' and representing a range of feminist voices including those under-represented in psychology journals
  • Reviews, interviews and special features on topical issues
  • Ground-breaking Special Issues

Members of the following societies are entitled to a 30% subscription discount on the individual rate! Simply mention your membership when ordering and supply the relevant membership details:

  • Association for Women in Psychology
  • American Psychological Association - Division 35 - Society for the Psychology of Women
  • Australian Psychological Society - Women & Psychology Division
  • BPS - POWS section
  • The Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP) of the Canadian Psychological Association

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Electronic access:

Feminism & Psychology is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://fap.sagepub.com

Books for review:

Books for review in Feminism & Psychology can be sent to:

Sue Jackson, Book Reviews Editor
Associate Professor, School of Psychology
Victoria University of Wellington
Kelburn Parade
PO Box 600
Wellington 6012
New Zealand

Feminism & Psychology provides an international forum for debate at the interface of feminisms and psychologies.  The peer-reviewed journal's principle aim is to foster feminist theory and practice in - and beyond - psychology. We are interested in pieces that provide insights into gendered realities along multiple intersecting dimensions of difference, privilege, and inequality.  In addition to empirical work, we invite critical engagement with theories, methods of inquiry, concepts, and disciplinary and professional practice.

Feminism & Psychology encourages submissions from scholars, researchers, activists and practitioners at all stages of their careers.

Authors are encouraged to read this editorial for further information on the aims and scope of the journal.

Book Review Editor
Sue Jackson Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Associate Editors
Ngaire Donaghue Murdoch University, Australia
Eva Magnusson University of Umea, Sweden
Lorraine Radtke University of Calgary, Canada
Kopano Ratele University of South Africa, South Africa
Sarah Riley Aberystwyth University, Wales
Consulting Editors
Agnes Andanaes University of Oslo, Norway
Hale Bolak Istanbul Biligi University, Turkey
Virginia Braun University of Auckland, New Zealand
Erica Burman The University of Manchester, UK
Victoria Clarke University of The West of England, UK
Lisa Cosgrove University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Kathy Davis VU University, The Netherlands
João Manuel de Oliveira Lisbon University Institute, Portugal
Nigel Edley Nottingham Trent University, UK
Oliva M Espin San Diego State University, USA
Breanne Fahs Arizona State University, USA
Michelle Fine The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Nicola Gavey University of Auckland, New Zealand
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela University of the Free State, South Africa
Chris Griffin University of Birmingham, UK
Katherine Johnson University of Brighton, UK
Michaelle N. Lafrance St. Thomas University, Canada
Sharon Lamb University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
Helen Malson University of The West of England, UK
Sara McClelland University of Michigan, USA
Nimisha Patel University of East London, UK
Elizabeth Peel University of Worcester, UK
Ann Phoenix Intitute of Education, University of London, UK
Isabel Piper Univeristy of Chile, Chile
Paula Reavey London South Bank University, UK
Annadís Rudolfsdóttir University of Iceland, Iceland
Alexandra Rutherford York University, Canada
Lynne Segal Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Charlene Y. Senn University of Windsor, Canada
Tamara Shefer University of Western Cape, South Africa
Stephanie A Shields Pennsylvania State University, USA
Sally Swartz University of Cape Town, South Africa
Stephanie Taylor The Open University, UK
Leonore Tiefer New York University, USA
Vindhya Undurti Tata Institute of Social Science, India
Rhoda K Unger Montclair State University, USA
Ann Weatherall Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Eileen Zurbriggen University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Founding Editor
Sue Wilkinson Loughborough University, UK
Editorial Assistants
Ryan Du Toit Rhodes University, South Africa
Jabulile Mavuso Rhodes University, South Africa
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Data
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Manuscript style
      5.1 File types
      5.2 Journal style
      5.3 Reference style
      5.4 Manuscript preparation
      5.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      5.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      5.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      5.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      5.4.5 English language editing services
    6. After acceptance
      6.1 Proofs
      6.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies
      6.3 SAGE production
      6.4 Online First publication
    7. Further information


    Feminism & Psychology is an international peer reviewed journal that provides a forum for debate at the interface between feminism and psychology. The journal’s principal aim is to foster the development of feminist theory and practice in and beyond psychology.

    1. Article types

    Feminism & Psychology welcomes manuscripts in a variety of formats, including work that introduces innovative forms of feminist psychology scholarship. Feminism & Psychology publishes the following kinds of pieces: theoretical articles (up to 8000 words); empirical articles (up to 8000 words); methodological articles (up to 8000 words); brief research reports (up to 3000 words); observations and commentaries (between 500 and 2000 words); book reviews (up to 2000 words); book review essays (up to 8000 words); special issues; and special features (including reappraisals of classic texts). Articles should include abstracts of no more than 200 words.

    Please note that references are included in the total word count.

    Proposals for special issues or special features should be directed to the Editors.

    If you are uncertain about the relevance of your manuscript for the journal, please contact the Editors.

    Articles, Observations & Commentaries, Brief Reports

    The Aims and Scope of Feminism & Psychology are as follows:

    Feminism & Psychology provides an international forum for debate at the interface of feminisms and psychologies. The journal’s principal aim is to foster feminist theory and practice in and beyond  psychology. We are interested in pieces that provide insights into gendered realities along multiple intersecting dimensions of difference, privilege and inequality. In addition to empirical work, we invite critical engagement with theories, methods of inquiry, concepts and disciplinary and professional practice.

    Feminism & Psychology encourages submissions from scholars, researchers, activists and practitioners at all stages of their careers.

    Authors are also advised to consult the Editorial in volume 24(1) for more detail.
    Feminism & Psychology publishes empirical research based on qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. To merit publication, such research should be rigorous, ethical, and theoretically informed, and the results should contribute to critical feminist psychology projects.
    Feminism & Psychology also publishes work that engages critically with theories, methods, and concepts, as well as critical analyses of disciplinary and professional practices. For all submissions, originality is an important criterion. Space in the journal is scarce and so a publishable piece must say something that has not been said before, offer a different perspective on material already in the public domain, or stimulate debate.

    The Observations & Commentaries section provides an opportunity for scholars to reflect on a particular issue, comment on others’ work, or discuss theory or research processes.

    Brief research reports may present preliminary research findings or a specific aspect of a study that does not require a full-length article. Anyone is welcome to submit a brief research report, but we especially encourage students who have recently completed theses or dissertations to submit brief reports of their work.

    Book Reviews
    Our aim is to publish book reviews (and reviews of other media or fiction, if relevant) that are informative and stimulate further discussion and debate. Feminism & Psychology publishes:

    • Reviews of between 1,000-2,000 words that move beyond a summary of the contents to provide a critical evaluation of the arguments and approach taken to the subject matter by the author(s). A book review that takes up the author's theoretical, conceptual, practical, political and/or methodological arguments and develops a debate around these issues can become a piece that is worth reading in its own right.
    • Review essays, in which several books in a topic area (usually 3) are reviewed together in order to explore the topic and the contributions of the texts. The arguments in a review essay will therefore be more wide-ranging. Review essays may be up to 8000 words long.
    • If you are interested in writing a book review for Feminism & Psychology please contact Sue Jackson: Sue.Jackson@vuw.ac.nz

    Special Features and Special Issues

    Special Features consist of a guest-edited collection of short pieces that address an issue of contemporary interest to feminism and psychology. Special Issues are similarly guest-edited issues of a journal focussed around a particular theme. Feminism & Psychology will compile also Virtual Special Editions of previously published work that can be used for teaching and training. Proposals for Special Features, Special Issues and Virtual Special Editions are welcome. Please direct inquiries to the Editors.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Feminism & Psychology operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal their names to the author in their reviews but our standard policy is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing Assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Feminism & Psychology requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Feminism & Psychology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    2.7 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Feminism & Psychology requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles if the articles are accepted to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office.

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Feminism & Psychology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Feminism & Psychology offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read and adhered to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Feminism & Psychology is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/fap to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed for the journal or submitted a manuscript, it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online, please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your manuscript prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    5. Manuscript style

    5.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork below.

    5.2 Journal Style

    Feminism & Psychology conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    5.3 Reference Style

    Feminism & Psychology adheres to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition) reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    5.4 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    5.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    5.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    5.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    5.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    5.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    6. After acceptance           

    6.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    6.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    6.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Feminism & Psychology with SAGE.

    6.4 Online First publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    The Editors
    Feminism & Psychology Editorial Office
    E-mail: fapeditorial@sagepub.co.uk

    Books for review can be sent to:

    Sue Jackson
    Associate Professor, School of Psychology
    Victoria University of Wellington
    Kelburn Parade
    PO Box 600
    Wellington 6012
    New Zealand

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