Themed Issues

Gender, Place and Culture Themed Sections

This page gives you all of the information you need to know about submitting a proposal for a Themed Issue.

Gender, Place and Culture welcomes proposals for themed sections. Themed sections should contribute to Gender, Place and Culture in ways that cannot be achieved by other means. While they need to have a clear focus, themed sections must also be more than a collection of individual articles within a particular issue. Their focus must fall within the aims of the journal, but within this context, proposals that extend, unsettle or challenge ideas and approaches that are part of the discussions with the journal are especially welcome.

Proposals for themed issues should include the following items:

  1. A brief (2 pages) statement explaining the aims of the themed section, what its particular contribution to the journal would be, and why the proposed collection is suitable for GPC;
  2. A summary of the proposed contents, including authors, titles and abstracts for all potential articles;
  3. A time line for submission of all manuscripts to GPC.

A themed section should consist of 4 to 7 articles ranging from 3,000-7,000 words in length. Please note that the journal does not devote a complete issue to themed articles. Proposals for themed sections should be submitted to the Managing Editor for consideration. Journal editors review the proposal, sometimes in consultation with editorial board members.

If the proposal is accepted, one or more guest editors will be appointed to oversee the submission of the manuscripts and to assist the journal editors in all subsequent stages of preparation for the themed section. Under most circumstances, these will be the authors of the proposal.

Guest editors should review all contributions prior to submission. They should be confident that each contribution is of good quality, both substantively and in written form.

Author(s) will submit individual manuscripts via ScholarOne ( and clearly indicate that their paper is being submitted as part of a themed section. Authors should note the word limit of 7,000 for themed section papers. The organizer(s) of a themed section should coordinate submissions in order to ensure that these are submitted at roughly the same time. Once all papers have been submitted, the organizer(s) should contact the Managing Editor confirming what papers have been submitted. All individual submissions will undergo the journal’s regular peer review process of blind refereeing.

Copies of individual manuscripts together with the two-page overview of the issue will be sent to reviewers.

Each manuscript will be sent for review by one of the journal editors who will be responsible for selecting reviewers and for managing the manuscript review process. They may, where appropriate, consult the guest editors for suggestions of reviewers.

On acceptance of the articles for the themed section, guest editors should submit an introduction/guest editorial to introduce the overarching theme(s) of the collection to the journal editor assigned to the collection (about 2500 words). The introduction should be an extensive development of the proposal. The most effective introductions/guest editorials are those that engage in the discussion rather than those that are merely or primarily descriptive.

Please note that it is possible that individual manuscripts submitted for a themed section may be rejected, either with or without an invitation to resubmit.

In the event that fewer than 4 papers are finally accepted, the papers will not be published as a themed section although the papers can still be published individually. Also, the guest editors may decide not to pursue the themed section after seeing the initial reviews of manuscripts.