Today, we’ve got a special guest blogger, Ruth Mazo Karras, who is writing in her capacity as one of the new North American co-editors of Gender and History. Many of you may know her because of her record as a leading medieval European historian and historian of gender and sexuality for more than two decades. She is the author of Slavery and Society in Medieval Scandinavia (1988), Common Women: Prostitution and Sexuality in Medieval England (1996), From Boys to Men: Formations of Masculinity in Late Medieval Europe (2003), Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others (2005), and most recently, Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe, co-edited with Joel Kaye and E. Ann Matter (2008). She wants all of you women’s and gender historians and historians of sexuality to submit your articles for consideration, and in this post, she walks you through Gender and History’s editorial process. My guess is that those of you who are new to academia will find it an extremely useful overview of how to get a journal article published. I’m not so new myself, but I always find it helpful to know what I can expect from a journal, so there may be something here to tempt even you world-weary old pros.
Please submit your comments and questions in the thread below–Ruth has promised to read them over and respond to them in a separate post next week, but we can also use the thread to talk over your issues, problems, and advice regarding academic publication, especially in journals. I think it’s wonderful that Ruth is interested in doing some guest posts here on behalf of G & H–and I hope that many of you will be encouraged to send something in.
Particularly because the discussion of Judith Bennett’s History Matters here earlier this week and at Notorious Ph.D., Girl Scholar last week drew many comments from people who work in earlier periods, I asked Historiann if I could put in a plug for a journal that is definitely not afraid of the distant past: Gender & History. I’d like to encourage all you historians of women, gender, and/or sexuality-or scholars in other fields who do historical work-to consider submitting your work to G & H. As we say on the web site: “Spanning epochs and continents, Gender & History examines changing conceptions of gender, and maps the dialogue between femininities, masculinitiesand their historical contexts. The journal publishes rigorous and readable articles both on particular episodes in gender history and on broader methodological questions which have ramifications for the discipline as a whole.”
G & H has a slightly different structure than many journals. It is published by Wiley-Blackwell in Oxford and has two separate editorial offices, one in North America and one in the UK. All book reviews are handled through the UK office. The current UK co-editors are Karen Adler and Ross Balzaretti of the University of Nottingham. You can submit articles to either editorial office; it doesn’t matter where you yourself are located. Sarah Chambers, Regina Kunzel, and I, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, became the North American co-editors in September 2008. My field is medieval Europe; Sarah’s is colonial Latin America; and Regina’s is 20th century U.S.
I’ll try to answer here a few of the questions you may have about journal publication in general, and this journal in particular. If you have further questions, please post them in the comments, and Historiann has promised to let me do another guest post in a few days to respond. Continue Reading »