Special Call


Deadline: November 15, 2022

Special Issue Editor:  Apryl Alexander, Psy.D,, University of Denver

The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships (JBSR) is devoted to addressing the epistemological, ontological, and social construction of sexual expression and relationships of persons within the African diaspora. The journal seeks to consider the transhistorical substrates that subsume behavioral, affective, and cognitive functioning of persons of African descent as well as those who educate or clinically serve this important population.

This special issue of the JBSR is devoted to sex positivity in Black individuals and communities. As a theory, sex positivity integrates “feminist, multicultural, queer, transgender, postmodern, and social justice theoretical threads to build a comprehensive view of sex, sexuality, sexual identity, and sexual behaviors” (Mosher, 2017, p. 493). Sex positivity also acknowledges and embraces pleasure, freedom, and diversity (Williams et al., 2015). Although few articles have centered Black people in conversations of sex positivity, research has increased in the last few years (Hargons et al., 2018, Hargons et al., 2020).  We are requesting manuscripts that center a sex positive framework or sex positive methodology. Given the current discourse on relational constellations, desire/pleasure, and sexual and gender diversity, this issue will be timely in centering Black experiences in the literature.

Send manuscripts electronically using Microsoft Word to Apryl Alexander, Psy.D. at apryl.alexander@uncc.edu with the subject line “JBSR Special Issue—Sex Positivity”

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 publication 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, Seventh Edition.

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