This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Our aim, as editors of Sexualization, Media, & Society (SMS), a peer-reviewed, open-access interdisciplinary journal published by Sage, is to establish this journal as a premier resource for diverse scholars and activists interested in critically examining the phenomenon of sexualized media as it affects individuals, relationships, communities, and societies.
Sexualized media has become a major area of interest among a wide range of scholars, including social scientists who examine the politics of the sex industry or the impact of sexualized media on individual behavior, humanities scholars who consider the cultural representation of sexuality, medical researchers who examine the public health implications of these media or neurological effects of viewing sexualized images, and business scholars who investigate the economic costs of Internet sex sites on worker productivity.
Sexualized media has also gained the increasing interest of service providers, including therapists who are seeing an increase in clients presenting with habitual use of pornography, school counselors who report an increase in sexual aggression among their students, and policy makers who are struggling with issues of globalized sex trafficking. This journal is intended to bring together the interdisciplinary and intersecting interests of these diverse professionals, both in and outside of academia, into a comprehensive and cohesive conversation concerning questions about sexualized media.
Sexualization, Media, & Society will feature original research articles, book reviews, personal reflections, literary pieces, and more. Publishing through an open access model will enable scholars, practitioners, activist organizations, members of the public, and other interested parties to access research for free, without the need for a journal subscription. Each issue will comprise a mixture of longer theoretical or research articles (e.g., 6,000 – 9,000 words) and shorter essays and creative pieces (no more than 2,500 words). We welcome manuscripts in English from academics, researchers, community partners, artists, health professionals, and first person accounts.
The core disciplines Sexualization, Media, & Society targets include sociology, psychology, women’s studies, media studies, social work, political science, gender/sexuality studies, and humanities. We also envision contributions from people in health professions (community health promotion, public health, nursing, medicine, and psychiatry), economics (behavioral economics, political economics) and the creative arts.
Sexualization, Media, & Society is edited by five scholars from diverse disciplines:
- Psychology (Ana Bridges)
- Political Science (Deirdre Condit)
- Media studies/Sociology (Gail Dines)
- Sociology (Jennifer Johnson)
- Psychology (Carolyn West)
Each edition of the journal will feature:
- Four Scholarly Articles (recommended length 6,000-9,000 words)
These will be peer-reviewed, scholarly articles that follow the traditional format of journal articles.
- Two shorter pieces, including:
1. Practitioner articles (recommended length 2,500 words)
These will be peer reviewed and drawn from a wide-range of service providers,
health care providers, practitioners, activists, and educators who are working
in areas directly linked to the journal’s focus.
2. In the First Person (recommended length 2,500 words)
These will be peer reviewed, non-scholarly accounts of people’s own experience with the
sexualized media culture.
3. Book Reviews (recommended length: 1,000 words)
Peer reviewed book reviews of scholarly and trade books
4. Curricula (recommended length: 2,500 words)
This will include curriculum that addresses topics such as media literacy, sexting, body
image, working with survivors, working with men, effects of sexualized media on health,
and training for providers on topics associated with the journal.
A full peer review will be conducted on all submissions. Accepted pieces will be made available immediately after copy edit review through an open access rolling publication process. Once a full set of articles have been reviewed, accepted articles will be bundled into a completed edition.
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|Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz, Ph.D.||University of Missouri|
|Akeia Benard, Ph.D.||Wheelock College|
|Karen Boyle, Ph.D||University of Stirling|
|Jane Caputi, Ph.D.||Florida Atlantic University|
|Gay Cutchin, M.S.||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Kristian Daneback, Ph.D.||University of Gothenburg|
|Walter Dekeseredy, Ph.D||West Virginia University, Morgantown|
|Meenakshi G. Durham, Ph.D.||University of Iowa|
|Steven Eggermont, Ph.D.||University of Leuven|
|Matthew Ezzell, Ph.D.||James Madison University|
|John Foubert, Ph.D.||Oklahoma State University|
|Caroline Heldman, Ph.D.||Occidental College|
|Donna Hughes, Ph.D.||University of Rhode Island|
|Robert Jensen, Ph.D.||University of Texas, Austin|
|Cherie Jimenez||Eva Center/Kim's Project|
|Jennifer Johnston, Ph.D.||Western New Mexico University|
|Christopher Kilmartin, PhD||University of Mary Washington|
|Sharon Lamb, Ph.D.||University of Massachusetts|
|Neil Malamuth, PhD||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Mark R. McGrath, MPH||AIDS Healthcare Foundation|
|Helen Pringle, Ph.D.||University of New South Wales|
|Aleksandar Štulhofer, Ph.D.||University of Zagreb|
|Chyng Sun, Ph.D.||New York University|
|Meagan Tyler, Ph.D.||Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology|
|L. Monique Ward, Ph.D.||University of Michigan|
|Rebecca Whisnant, Ph.D.||University of Dayton|
SMS is now a sub-journal of SAGE Open. Check back soon for more information on where to find new content and how to submit.