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.
For those interested in publishing articles about Latino/a/x experience, culture, history, and theory within a national, transnational, hemispheric context.
Latino Studies is an interdisciplinary journal founded in 2003 as an outgrowth of the fields of Chicana/o studies and Puerto Rican studies to engage with conditions faced by the increasingly diverse Latino/a communities in the US, as well as to challenge the homogeneity presented by the federally imposed pan-ethnic label of “Hispanic.”
Since its founding issue, Latino Studies has been a venue for critical conversations that have pushed the field of Latino studies forward. Its inaugural issue published articles on critical questions and issues still salient to both the field and to Latino communities today, such as the relationship between Blackness and Latinidad, Latino environmentalism and environmental studies, and the place of Central Americans in Latino and Chicano studies.
The journal continues to serve as an outlet for a diverse range of topics engaged with from across the spectrum of humanities and social sciences and is notably distinct from its Chicano studies counterpart, Aztlán, whose output tends to be more in line with cultural studies and literature. The journal accepts proposals for special issues and has published special issues almost annually since its founding.
Over the past five years, the journal has touched on such topics as intersectional research methodologies and co-productive scholar-informant methods, the national rise in nativism and anti-immigrant racism and policy, migrant labor and migrant justice, age and aging, Latino health, feminist and reproductive health and activism, tans justice, and cultural production.
Introductions are typically pretty short at 1-2 full pages worth. Mostly qualitative with some statistical analysis. Publishes special issues almost annually and accepts proposals for special issues.
Information Useful for Submission
Issues per year: Four
Current issue: 2022 Vol. 20
Word limit: 8,000 words or less
Average word count: 10,000 (Abstract required, but no guidelines on length)
Articles per year: 15-20
Citations per article: 40-90
Style manual: Chicago Author-Date and Latino Studies style guide
SJR: H-Index 20
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Main editors: Lourdes Torres
Online? In print and online
Submission guidelines (Note: Latino Studies “prefer[s] short sentences, short paragraphs, lively prose and creative use of language, and simple clear phraseology with direct tenses.)