Journal of the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics




ISSN: 2196-6931; ISSN Online: 2196-694X
Published twice a year
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Sexual Ethics and Politics: Journal of the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics is a trans-disciplinary journal for the publication of critical research work on any aspect of sexual ethics and politics as it pertains to sexual identities, practices, behaviours, relations, orientations, desires and pleasures, geographies, histories, national and transnational politics and policy, theories and ideas. It provides a space where academics and practitioner/activists can debate key and contemporary issues, debates and disagreements on all aspects of sexual ethics and politics.

The journal’s mission is that of the network that underpins it, the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics. You can read its mission statement here. The journal seeks to promote:

  1. Critical understandings of the ethical problems and possibilities for diverse sexualities;
  2. Critical understandings of the discourses, vocabularies and bodies of knowledge by which sexuality is conceived, understood and articulated in contemporary societies, and their historical lineages;
  3. Critical awareness and evaluations of the beneficence or malfeasance of particular articulations of sexuality, strengths or deficiencies of different sexual cultures and discourses, their historical antecedents and their contemporary patterns of prejudice, pathology and discrimination or practice and advocacy, as well as emergent sexual politics aiming at emancipation and liberation;
  4. Critical understandings of the role of law, politics and culture in the prohibition, permission or regulation of sexualities, both in its oppressive deployment and possibly liberating possibilities in contemporary societies;
  5. And, finally, critical and constructive engagements with sexual ethics itself, thinking through its forms, role and meanings, and its history, present and future.

Manuscript Submission & Author Guidelines

Sexual Ethics and Politics provides a trans-disciplinary space for the publication of critical research work on any aspect of sexual ethics and politics as it pertains to sexual identities, practices, behaviours, relations, orientations, desires and pleasures, geographies, histories, national and transnational politics and policy, theories and ideas. It is published twice a year. All issues comprise articles, shorter interventions, replies and reports and reviews or review articles of relevant publications. Some issues may have part of the content themed and some might reflect collections of papers from conferences and seminars where the papers are high quality and have thematic coherence. Sexual Ethics and Politics publishes only original articles except where it retrieves historical pieces that are out of print/difficult to source or unavailable in English. Authors are asked to make a declaration as to any significant proportion of any piece that has been published or is publicly available elsewhere.

All articles are peer-reviewed by not less than two expert peers. All review articles, interventions, replies and reports are peer reviewed, though this may partly be done from within the editorial board. All book reviews are peer reviewed from within the editorial board. Peer review is anonymous, so wherever possible authors should not represent themselves in their text (although we recognise sometimes it is impossible to do so, such as in replies to articles about an author’s work).

The peer review system from submission to response will normally be between 10 and 16 weeks and we aim to stay below 12 weeks wherever possible. All submissions are assigned to an editor whose responsibility it is to collect and collate expert reviews and organise the editorial response.  There are three types of response we will give:

  • Acceptance of a piece – though this may be conditional on some small  suggested changes, or may simply be an acceptance
  • Revise and resubmit – where we ask for referees comments to inform amendments to the submission and when the piece is resubmitted it goes through a shorter editorial confirmation before being accepted or rejected.
  • Rejection – where the refereeing process produces feedback that suggests the piece if not suitable for publication in the journal.

Whilst all submissions are appropriately peer reviewed, the editors decision and responsibility for that decision is final

We welcome article submissions between 5,000 and 9,000 words (excluding footnotes, figures, tables and bibliography). Submissions much short of 5000 words would normally be regarded as interventions or reports. Longer submissions should justify their length, particularly anything over 9000 words. Articles should include a 200-250 word abstract and four to six keywords, as well as a brief biography giving your names, title or role, institution, research interests and contact details, particularly e-mail address. All submissions should be in English. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in Word ONLY, double spaced and with the title, abstract and keywords and biography on a separate first page, with the title, abstract and keywords repeated on the following page before the beginning of the text of the submission.

We welcome submissions of interventions into debates, replies by authors, short reports on research and review articles (of important books) between 2000 and 5000 words (excluding footnotes, figures, tables and bibliography). Book reviews should be no more than 1000 words. Please specify what type of submission you are submitting.

Manuscript should be submitted by via email to

Before printing, authors will receive page proofs and a short period to offer corrections. The editors reserve the right to make minor corrections to the text, particularly where an author’s first language is not English. No fees are paid for submission. Authors receive a PDF copy of their submission.

If in any doubt about submitting to the journal, the editors in chief are happy to answer any queries.


The journal uses the Harvard 2014 referencing system. If you are unfamiliar with this system any web-search will provide you with examples from a range of university based websites.

In addition to that guidance:

  • Headings and Sub-headings should be in bold.
  • Emphasis and use of particular non-English words should be italicised
  • New paragraphs should normally begin with an indentation of 1 cm.
  • Quotations over 2 lines should be represented separated from the text and indented 1 cm from the left and right margins.
  • Where numerical references are given please use numbers – as in ‘1990s’ or ‘3 repetitions’.
  • Web addresses should omit the prefix http:// and begin with ‘www.’
  • Where tables and graphs or illustrations are included, they should be incorporated into the text. Authors should contact the editors if there are particular problems with these inserts. The editors may require authors to amend their inserts if they present reproduction problems in the text.
  • We prefer the use of minimal footnotes with bibliography at the end of the text. Footnotes are normally for factual additions and references not for discussion, which should appear in the text.
  • Abbreviations and contractions should not be used unless absolutely necessary.

Please bear in mind when you write the text that your readership will include both fluent readers in English and people for whom English is a second, third or fourth language. We recommend authors write clearly, in short paragraphs, and avoiding needless jargon.