Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.

Social Text

For those interested in publishing theoretically and critically rigorous articles with an attention to creativity and poetics while pushing the boundaries of work on race, sexuality, gender, activism and politics. An interdisciplinary journal that publishes professors at all stages of their career.

However, the journal is run by a collective, who do the peer reviewing, and they are, unfortunately, disorganized. Reports on the journal wiki reveal a pattern of not acknowledging receipt of journal articles, not responding to emails inquiring about the status of articles, rarely giving a decision in less than six months, rejecting articles without ever providing explanation or reader reports, and frequently rejecting articles after 10 to 15 months with no reason given. Belcher’s students can attest to all this, having submitted articles themselves there. One waited over a year for a revision report, which urged the student to turn the article around quickly, which was done, only to wait another half a year to hear that, while the revisions had been done correctly, the article would nonetheless be rejected. Although some on the wiki report getting articles accepted quickly, the journal itself informed me by email in June 2016 that six months is the norm. If timeliness is any kind of factor for you, do not submit your work here.

Review by Wendy Laura Belcher

Submission Guidelines

Frequency: quarterly

Length: 8,000

Style: Chicago

About Wendy Belcher

Associate Professor, Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies. Author of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Instructor of Deep Reading Journals as Publishing Praxis.


This entry was posted on June 12, 2015 in Anthropology Journals, Cultural Studies Journals, Social Science Journals.