and Call for Papers

Call for papers Formatting Papers Referencing Book Review Submissions Style Guide

Call for Papers
We have the following publication programme mapped out and are calling for papers as follows. This is a guideline only and we will, of course, consider papers outside the main focus for each issue.

Issue Number Focus Editor/s Submission Date Publication Date
Fifty-one Gender, Sexuality, and Islam in Muslim Women’s English Literature Muhammad Safdar and Moussa Pourya Asl Deadline for abstracts: 15 November 2023
Notification of acceptance: 10 Dec. 2023.
The full paper submission date is 30 Apr. 2024.
Fifty-two General issue Carolyn Brewer June 2024 late 2024

Forthcoming proposed possible topics:
    * The marginalisation and exoticisation experiences of transgender populations in India
    * Technology, media and gender

If you have any other ideas for a special guest edited, themed issue of Intersections, please contact Carolyn Brewer.

Please note: We use a double blind referee process where neither the author nor the referee are aware of the other's identity. As far as possible all papers will be sent to universities other that of the contributor.

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Formatting Instructions

Please follow the following formatting instructions carefully and provide all requested information.

  • We will receive contributions for consideration via email as an attached word doc file. Do not send a pdf file.
  • Please label your file with your family name (surname) first, eg brewer_issue4.doc This allows us to download and keep track of your paper without problems.
  • Include a title page with the title of the paper, your name and email address and a list of keywords. To preserve anonymity, we will change this file name before sending it out to referees.
  • Papers should not normally be longer than 5000–6000 words — but we will make exceptions.
  • Include an abstract of 100–150 words.
  • Provide a list of keywords to be included in the metatag. These words will be used by search engines to locate your paper.
  • Send images as .jpg files. Each image file name is to correspond to a point in the paper where it is to be inserted. If you do not have access to a scanner to digitalise your images, post them to The Editors of Intersections and we will scan and return them.
  • Captions for image files must be included, along with the source of the image. If it is a photograph that you took yourself, please signify this. Insert the caption at the point in the paper where you would like the image to be placed. E.g. Figure 1. Caption .... Source: ....
  • It is important that you have written permission to use images not taken by you. Send this written permission to us as a separate file and include note in source information.
  • If a person in a photo is identifiable, you must have written permission from that person to use it. Send this written permission to us as a separate file.
  • If your paper includes video clips, please request formatting details from the editor Carolyn Bewer.
  • Include a short bio-data and a photograph of yourself—in .jpg format—see Contributors' Page. Photographs which work best are head and shoulders portrait style.
  • It is necessary to provide a List of References of all the sources cited in your paper.

    Intersections Style Guide

  • Use single quotations marks (straight not curly quotes, please) to indicate quotations within the text. Double quotation marks are to be used for quotations within quotations.
  • Quotations longer than 60–65 words or so should be indented and not enclosed in quotation marks. Leave an additional line space on either side of the quotation.
  • An elipsis (...) is inserted into the text to indicate missing words from a quotation. There is no space on either side of the elipsis.
  • Please use an 'm' dash and not a hyphen where you want to use a dash in a sentence. There is no space on either side of an 'm' dash.
  • For particular centuries, please spell out 'eighteenth,' etc. rather than using 18th, and be consistent.
  • Spell out numbers lower than 100 in descriptive text. However use figures for numbers when they are ahead of a unit of measurement, for example. 8:00 a.m., 12 per cent.
  • General abbreviations (etc., e.g., and i.e.) should be confined to parenthetical references within the text. The abbreviations cf., and s.v., are used only in endnotes.
  • Spelling. Intersections prefers '-ise' to '-ize' (except in proper names such as the World Health Organization or where an '-ize' ending is included in a quotation). Please use colour rather than color, neighbour rather than neighbor, analyse rather than analyze, etc.
  • Non-discriminatory Language. Avoid using language that excludes, marginalises or discriminates against others. In other words—please use 'inclusive' language.
  • To make your writing tighter and more specific, please avoid the overuse of determiners such as 'it,' 'this,' these,' 'those' and pronouns such as 'they' and 'them.'
  • The first time you mention another author's name in your text, please provide both given and family names. Thereafter use family name only.

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  • Please use the Footnote/Endnote system in Microsoft Word (or equivalent)—either is fine but stick to one or the other.
  • Make sure you insert ordinary digits and not Roman Numerals.
  • Insert the footnotes or endnotes automatically using the 'insert' tool from your word document menu—so that there is a direct link between each note number in the text and the note to which it refers.
  • Please do not insert note numbers manually and do not insert brackets around endnote numbers. That is done during the html process.
  • Do not use op. cit. or ibid.
      First mention of reference in full:
        Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, New York and London: Routledge, 1990, p. 67.
      Thereafter use shortened form:
        Butler, Gender Trouble, pp. 24-27.

      For articles in edited volumes:
        Gayle Rubin, 'The traffic of women: notes on the political economy of sex,' in Toward an Anthropology of Women, ed. Rayna Reiter, New York: Monthly Review Press, 1975, pp. 157–210. Page span is essential
      Shortened form:
        Rubin, 'The traffic of women,' p. 159.

      Articles in Journals:
        Gayatri Gopinath, 'Nostalgia, desire, diaspora: South Asian sexualities in motion,' in positions, vol. 5, no. 2 (1997):467–89, p. 470.
      Shortened form:
        Gopinath, 'Nostalgia, desire, diaspora,' p. 473.
  • The complete bibliographical details of any websites mentioned in your text or endnotes are essential.
        Mark McLelland, 'A short history of "hentai"' in Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context, issue 12 (January 2006), URL:, site accessed 26 August 2007.
      Thereafter use the shortened form:
        McLelland, 'A short history of "hentai",' paragraph 12.

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    General Guidelines for Writing and Submitting Book Reviews for
    Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific

    Reviews for recently published or re-published books and serials are sought for Intersections. Where possible review copies will be supplied. Review copies may be retained by the reviewer following acceptance of their review, but the Journal does not offer payment for any contributions it publishes. In order to foster diverse points of view, Intersections may from time to time consider publishing multiple and dissenting reviews of the same book. Works that relate specifically to the fields of gender and sexuality in Asia and/or the Pacific will be given first consideration.

    Reviews may be of multiple journal articles or books relating to the same topic area. However, if you are considering submitting an exhaustive review of literature, we recommend submitting it as an article.

    Reviews can range from 750 words to 2000 words. They should constitute a constructively critical analysis of the work at hand, and not merely a summary. The book's specific contribution to the field of sexuality and/or gender studies in Asia and/or the Pacific and its usefulness or otherwise to these fields should particularly be mentioned.

    The review should be emailed to one of the book review editors (see below) within six months of receiving the book and it should include:

  • your name, your work/school affiliation and your email and postal addresses;
  • the book's title, and complete references, including number of pages, IBSN or ISSN numbers, price (see Book Review for precise format);
  • if the book has not been sent to you by the editors of Intersections you need to provide a photo of the book cover, either sent electronically in .jpg format or as a hard copy by mail;
  • a short bio-data and a photograph of yourself—preferably in .jpg format. See Contributors' Page for examples.

    Book Review Editors:

    Kumiko Kawashima

    Muhammad Safdar

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