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.

Journal of Black Studies

For those interested in publishing articles on the Black experience.

Founded in 1970 by Afrocentric scholar Molefi Kete Asante, the Journal of Black Studies is an interdisciplinary social science journal, with a focus on sociology, politics, economics, and history. It publishes quantitative analysis as well as close readings of texts in Africana studies. Critical race theory is a frequent topic. Topics range from education and Black health to Beyoncé and hip hop. There are often articles on W.E.B. Du Bois. Some articles also discuss Blackness beyond the U.S. context. It is published eight times a year, on time, by SAGE.

Useful for submission

Word Count: No longer than 25 pages

Issues per year: 8

Number of articles: 5 articles per issue; 40 articles per year

Current volume number: 50

Citation style: APA style

Abstract length: 100-150 words and 4 to 5 keywords

Upcoming special issues (if available):

Relevant Editors: Molefi Kete Asante, Ama Mazama, Michael Dawson, and Cornel West

Open access?: No

Online: Yes

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.