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Editorial Policies

Woman’s Art Journal, a semiannual periodical published in May and November, addresses women’s art heritage and contemporary issues as they relate to women. All submissions must be electronic and will be peer-reviewed by members of our editorial board and other scholars in the field. Authors must conform to our contributor’s Guidelines for text and images before making a submission. Once a manuscript is accepted, editing will be done electronically with coordination and cooperation between the editors and the author. Reviewers send their reviews electronically to the editors and all reviews undergo a similar editing process to that described above

Articles on individual women should focus on the subject’s life as well as her work and should include comments about how matters of gender affected her life and work. Contributors receive five copies of the issue in which their article appears. WAJ is supported primarily by subscription sales. Authors are urged to subscribe to WAJ and to ask their institutions and colleagues to do the same. No material previously published in the English language will be accepted for publication. If an article has previously been published in another language, that information must be supplied. Requests to reproduce articles for classroom use are fulfilled unless the author indicates otherwise.


Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with endnotes where appropriate, in a readable format such as MS Word. Quotes and endnotes also must be double-spaced. All manuscripts must be sent by email to the address below. WAJ has three principal categories: Issues and Insights, Portraits, and Reviews. Articles are considered for publication in the order in which they are received.

Issues and Insights

Articles may deal with images of women, feminist interpretations of art history, feminist theory, feminist critical analysis of contemporary art and issues, etc. Manuscripts should be about 15 pages, plus endnotes, in the specified format.


Authors examine the lives and works of women in all areas of the visual arts-“fine” artists and artisans, designers, art historians and critics, museum curators and gallery directors, patrons, photographers, architects, filmmakers, etc.-either contemporary or from the remote or recent past. Manuscripts should be about 15 pages, plus endnotes, in the specified format.


WAJ publishes scholarly, disinterested reviews of recent books, collected volumes, and exhibition catalogues on one or more woman artists or on other feminist art-historical topics.

Our typical approximate word count for a review of one single-author book is 1,500; for a collected volume, including exhibition catalogues with contributions by multiple authors, 1,500-2,000; for two books on a single subject reviewed together, 2,000; and for three books on one subject, 2,500. Reviews are typically accompanied by one black-and-white illustration that does not require copyright permissions. Please see the full reviewer guidelines here.

To inquire about available books to review or to propose a specific single- or multi-book review, please contact book reviews editor Alison Poe at apoe@womansartjournal.org. You’ll receive a free copy of the book(s) you review.

Endnote Style

Follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.

Whitney Chadwick and Tirza True Latimer, The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003), 4-5, 46-50, 127-45.

Elizabeth S. Cohen, “The Trials of Artemisia Gentileschi: A Rape as History,” in Sixteenth Century Journal 31 (2000): 47-75.

For subsequent references, use short title, e.g., Chadwick and Latimer, The Modern Woman Revisited, 6.

Cohen, “The Trials of Artemisia Gentileschi,” 61.

Use “ibid.” for citation immediately following original. Do not use “op. cit.” or “ff.”

Citations to Books Under Review

In reviews, include page number references to the book under review in parentheses within the sentence. For example, use this form either following “a quotation” (23), or wherever else a page citation in the book under review is needed (12).

Photographic Materials

Visual materials must be submitted with the manuscript in digital format or scanned. When an article is accepted for publication, it will be necessary to send four or five high-quality black and white or color reproductions, for which the author has obtained permissions to reproduce. Authors are responsible for permission fees. Authors are encouraged to secure grants in support of color reproductions and for additional reproductions, should they be agreed upon. Digital and electronic files are preferable. Please contact Guy Griffiths at Old City Publishing to request production requirements (email; phone: +1 215 925 4390). Captions should include: figure number, artist’s name, title of work, date, medium, size in inches, location, photo credit.