The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is a scholarly, refereed invitation for researchers, clinicians, educators, and policymakers to explore and dialogue about the evolution of Black sexuality and how it reveals itself in interpersonal relationships. Scholars from the fields of psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, human services, law, biology, sexology, and education have an opportunity to offer critical accounts and research about how sexuality manifests across various populations. While the concept of sexuality is broad and functions as an intersection of the factors mentioned above (e.g., psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, etc.), for those of African ancestry, there are several major transhistoric factors (e.g., slavery, black feminist/womanist movement, evolution of homophobia/heterosexism, etc.) that drive each of these unique micro and macro systems. What makes the JBSR quarterly journal special is that it is an ongoing collection of quantitative, qualitative, conceptual, and clinical studies specifically targeted at the range of the sexuality and the micro and macro systems that underpin Black cognition, affect, and behavior. Please be mindful that this journal is an open and formal discussion about the sexual health interests and issues of persons of African descent. It is not meant to minimize, negate, or devalue the experiences of those who represent other groups. This quarterly journal seeks to constructively shed light upon sexuality expression and will serve as a medium to give narrative voice to those who have been not been heard, remained invisible, have been misrepresented, and/or underrepresented within the sexological literature. The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is about you and for you!
Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been sent for publication or published elsewhere. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. All figures should be camera ready.
All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Quantitative manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). Qualitative manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages. For papers that exceed page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., multiple studies are reported). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.
The manuscript files should be submitted in MS Word (Windows Vista users, please save your files as an earlier “.doc” filetype). Include (1) the manuscript title and running head; (2) all author names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses (indicate who the corresponding author for the article should be); (3) any acknowledgments; and (4) brief biographical paragraphs (50 words or less) describing each author’s current affiliation and research interests.
Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 100 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text. Format for references and citations should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. This may be ordered from the Publication Department, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington D.C. 20002-4242, phone (202)336-5500, fax (202)336-5502.
Book reviews should be sent to the attention of the editor (address above). Review essays as well as bibliographic articles and compilations are sought. Potential contributors of such material are advised to correspond with the editor. Peer Review Policy All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two anonymous referees.
Please allow 3-5 months for review of all submitted articles.