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TRIANNUAL · 6 x 9 · 192 PAGES/ISSUE · ISSN 1043-4070 · E-ISSN 1535-3605

Ishita Pande and Nicholas L. Syrett, Editors

Established in 1990, the Journal of the History of Sexuality illuminates the history of sexuality in all its expressions, recognizing various differences of class, culture, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Spanning geographic and temporal boundaries, JHS provides a much-needed forum for historical, critical, and theoretical research in this field. Its cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary character brings together original articles and critical reviews from historians, social scientists, and humanities scholars worldwide.

Recent Issues

Volume 33, Issue 2, May 2024

Whither Rape in the History of Sexuality? Thinking Sex alongside Slavery’s Normative Violence
by Greta LaFleur

New Zealand’s Military and the Disciplining of Sex between Men, 1940-1960
by Chris Brickell

Libido mechanica: Image and Object before Sexual Psychopathology
by Diederik F. Janssen

“Dear Lord, If it Were Up to Me, It Wouldn’t Happen”: Marital Duty, Consent, and Catholic Women’s Sexual Agency in 1950s French-Speaking Belgium
by Juliette Masquelier

Trip Away the Gay? LSD’s Journey from Antihomosexual Psychiatry to Gay Liberationist Toy, 1955-1980
by John Stuart Miller


Volume 33, Issue 1, January 2024

Special Issue: Censorship and Sexual Science in the Twentieth Century

Introduction: Sex, Science, and Censorship
by Sarah Bull and Agnata Ignaciuk

Productive Sexological Self-Censorship in Late Communist Poland between State and Church
by Agnieszka Koscianska

“A Mechanical View of Sex outside the Context of Love and the Family”: Contraception, Censorship, and the Brook Advisory Centre in Britain, 1964–1985
by Caroline Rusterholz

“Literature of the Muck-Heap” versus Scientia Sexualis: Sexology, Obscenity, and Censorship in Early to Mid-Twentieth-Century India
by Arnav Bhattacharya

“Are We to Treat Human Nature as the Early Victorian Lady Treated Telegrams?”: British and German Sexual Science, Investigations of Nature, and the Fight against Censorship, ca. 1890–1940
by Kate Fisher and Jana Funke

Censorship in Flux: Sex and Sexological Knowledge at the Great Police Exhibition of 1926 in Weimar Germany
by Birgit Lang

Book Reviews

There’s a Disco Ball between Us: A Theory of Black Gay Life, by Jafari S. Allen
reviewed by Riley Snorton

Divine, Demonic, and Disordered: Women without Men in Song Dynasty China, by Hsiao-wen Cheng
reviewed by Man Xu

Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France, by Rachel Mesch
reviewed by Katherine Crawford

Scandal and Survival in Nineteenth-Century Scotland: The Life of Jane Cumming, by Frances B. Singh
reviewed by Brian Lewis

What Nudism Exposes: An Unconventional History of Postwar Canada,  by Mary-Ann Shantz
Undressed Toronto: From the Swimming Hole to Sunnyside, How a City Learned to Love the Beach, 1850–1935, by Dale Barbour
reviewed by Jane Nicholas

States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany, by Samuel Clowes Huneke
reviewed by Mark Fenemore

Queer between the Covers: Histories of Queer Publishing and Publishing Queer Voices, edited by Leila Kassir and Richard Espley
reviewed by Sarah Dunne

The Streets belong to Us: Sex, Race, and Policing from Segregation to Gentrification, by Anne Gray Fischer
reviewed by Whitney Strub


Volume 32, Issue 3, September 2023


“How Far Should We Go?”: Adolescent Sexual Activity and Understanding of the Sexual Life Cycle in Postwar Britain
by Hannah Charnock

Pornography on Rails: Trains and Belgium’s “War on Pornography,” 1880–1891
by Leon Janssens

Sodomy, Possessive Individualism, and Godless Nature: Eighteenth-Century Traces of Homosexual Assertiveness
by Harry Oosterhuis

Omania’s Letters and the Female Masturbator: Women, Gender, and the “Abominable Crime” of Self-Pollution
by Elizabeth Schlappa

“Not Unsympathetic”: Freud’s Lesser-Known 1920 Case of the Female Homosexuality of Margarethe Csonka
by Michal Shapira

The Woman Thing: Gynecological Cures in Medieval Danish Medical Manuscripts
by Ailie Westbrook

Book Reviews

Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific, by Howard Chang
reviewed by Kai Hang Cheang

Written by the Body: Gender Expansiveness and Indigenous Non-Cis Masculinities, by Lisa Tatonetti
reviewed by Scott L. Morgensen

Between Byzantine Men: Desire, Homosociality, and Brotherhood in the Medieval Empire, by Mark Masterson
reviewed by Roland Betancourt

Sodomy in Eighteenth-Century France, by Jeffrey Merrick
reviewed by Peter Cryle

Akademos, la premiere revue homosexuelle francasie (1909) and
Akademos, mode d’emploi, edited by Nicole G. Albert and Patrick Cardon
reviewed by Nancy Erber

Against Sex: Identities of Sexual Restraint in Early America, by Kara M. French
reviewed by Jen Manion

How the Clinic Made Gender: The Medical History of a Transformative Idea, by Sandra Eder
reviewed by Robert A. Nye

Intimate States: Gender, Sexuality, and Governance in Modern US History, edited by Margot Canaday, Nancy F. Cott, and Robert O. Self
reviewed by Anna Lvosky

Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City, by Gregory Samantha Rosenthal
reviewed by Kristyn Scorsone

Volume 32, Issue 2, May 2023


Unawareness and Expertise: Acquiring Knowledge about Sexuality in Postwar Poland
by Agata Ignaciuk and Natalia Jarska

Sexpo ’76: Gender, Media, and the 1976 Hays-Ray Congressional Sex Scandal
by Sarah B. Rowley

“Your Town is Rotten”: Prostitution, Profit, and the Governing of Vice in Kingston, Ontario, 1860s–1920s
by Margaret O’Riordan Ross

Pulp Sadomasochism and Sensational Narratives of Sexual Violence in the Postwar United States
by Alex O’Connell

Book Reviews

Working Class Homosexuality in South African History: Voices from the Archives, by Iain Edwards and Marc Epprecht
reviewed by Letitia Smuts

Ars Erotica: Sex and Somaesthetics in the Classical Arts of Love, by Richard Shusterman
reviewed by Mark Masterson

Trans Historical: Gender Plurality before the Modern, edited by Greta LaFleur, Masha Raskolnikov, and Anna Klosowska
reviewed by Ian Frederick Moulton

The Catholic Church and Modern Sexual Knowledge, 1850–1950, by Lucia Pozzi
reviewed by Carmen M. Mangion

British Dandies: Engendering Scandal and Fashioning a Nation, by Dominic Janes
reviewed by Adam Gerczy

Crossing Lines: The Story of Three Homosexual New Zealand Soldiers in World War II, by Brett Coutts
reviewed by Yorick Smaal

The People’s Porn: A History of Handmade Pornography in America, by Lisa Z Sigel
reviewed by Chris Brickell

Vice Patrol: Cops, Courts, and the Struggle over Urban Gay Life, by Anna Lvovsky
reviewed by Trevor Hoppe

Volume 32, Issue 1, January 2023


“Not to Produce Newspapers, but Committed Radicals”: The Underground Press, the New Left, and the Gay Liberation Counterpublic in the United States, 1965–1976
by Benjamin Serby

Defining Sex Tourism: International Advocacy, German Law, and Gay Activism at the End of the Twentieth Century
by Christopher Ewing

Trans without Borders: Resisting the Telos of Transgender Knowledge
by Howard Chang

Entangled Archives and Latin Americanist Histories of Sexuality
by Zeb Tortorici

Revisiting Sex and the Family
by Durba Ghosh

Researching African Histories of Sexuality: In Praise of Excavating the Erotic
by Natasha Erlank and Susanne M. Klausen

The Trans Woman of Color’s History of Sexuality
by Jules Gill-Peterson

Book Reviews

The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance, by Leah DeVun
reviewed by Jacqueline Murray

The Shapes of Fancy: Reading for Queer Desire in Early Modern Literature, by Christine Varnado
reviewed by Mario DiGangi

“Beyond the Law”: The Politics of Ending the Death Penalty for Sodomy in Britain, by Charles Upchurch
reviewed by Dominic Janes

The Seduction of Youth: Print Culture and Homosexual Rights in the Weimar Republic, by Javier Samper Vendrell
reviewed by Andrea Rottmann

An Open Secret: The Family Story of Robert and John Gregg Allerton, by Nicolas L. Syrett
reviewed by John Ibson

Queen of the Maple Leaf: Beauty Contests and Settler Femininity, by Patrizia Gentile
reviewed by Laila Haidarali

The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac: The Politics of Sexual Privacy in Northern California, by Clayton Howard
reviewed by Jonathan Bell

The New Sex Wars: Sexual Harm in the #MeToo Era, by Brenda Cossman

Why We Lost the Sex Wars: Sexual Freedom in the #MeToo Era, by Lorna N. Bracewell
reviewed by Leigh Ann Wheeler

Volume 31, Issue 3, September 2022


A Prostitutes’ Jamboree: The World Whores’ Congresses of the 1980s and the Rise of New Feminism
by Meg Weeks

Retribution, Reward, and Reincarnation: Gender Nonnormativity as the Supernatural in Late Imperial China’s Gender System
by Ao Huang

From Neighbors to Outcasts: Evangelical Gay Activism in the Late 1970s
by William Stell

One Out Gay Cop: Gay Moderates, Proposition 64, and Policing in Early AIDS-Crisis Los Angeles, 1969-1992
by Nic John Ramos and Alex Burnett

Book Reviews

Sex, Society, and the Making of Pornography: The Pornographic Object of Knowledge, by Jeffrey Escoffier
reviewed by John Paul Stadler

The Corrupter of Boys: Sodomy, Scandal, and the Medieval Clergy, by Dillon Elliott
reviewed by Jennifer D. Thibodeaux

Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought, by Durba Mitra
reviewed by Jessica Hinchy

Love’s Next Meeting: The Forgotten History of Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture, by Aaron S. Lecklider
reviewed by Emily K. Hobson

Trans America: A Counter-History, by Barry Reay
reviewed by Julian Carter

The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America, by Eric Cervini
reviewed by Dale Carpenter

Sexuality: The 1964 Clermont-Ferrand & 1969 Vincennes Lectures, by Michel Foucault
reviewed by Alison Downham Moore

The Ambivalence of Gay Liberation: Male Homosexual Politics in 1970s West Germany, by Craig Griffiths
reviewed by Samuel Clowes Huneke

Between Worlds: A Queer Boy from the Valleys, by Jeffrey Weeks
reviewed by Justin Bengry

Volume 31, Issue 2, May 2022


“O My Poor Arse, My Arse Can Best Tell”: Surgeons Ordinary Witnesses, and the Sodomitical Body in Georgian Britain
by Seth Stein LeJacq

Transnational Networks of Child Sexual Abuse and Consumerism: Edward Brongersma and the Pedophilia Debate of the 1970s and 1980s
by Jan-Henrik Friedrichs

Worms, Ants, and Greek Love: Benedict Friedlander’s “Homosexual Instinct”
by Ofri Ilany

The Men behind the Girl behind the Man behind the Gun: Sex and Motivation in the American Morale Campaigns of the First World War
by Eric Wycoff Rogers

Book Reviews

Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies, by Kate McKinney
reviewed by Jamie A. Lee

Female Husbands: A Trans History, by Jan Manion
reviewed by Kathryn Wichelns

Policing Prostitution: Regulating the Lower Classes in Late Imperial Russia, by Siobhan Hearne
reviewed by Laura Engelstein

Policing Sex in the Sunflower State: The Story of the Kansas State Industrial Farm for Women, by Nicole Perry
reviewed by Holly M. Karibo

Unspeakable: A Life beyond Sexual Morality, by Rachel Hope Cleves
reviewed by Brian Lewis

The Fear of Child Sexuality: Young People, Sex, and Agency, by Stephen Angelides
reviewed by Whitney Strub

Action = Vie: A History of AIDS Activism and Gay Politics in France, by Christophe Broqua
reviewed by V. Hunter Capps

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993, by Sarah Schulman
reviewed by Deborah B. Gould

Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2022


Sexual Violence under Occupation during World War II: Soviet Women’s Experiences inside a German Military Brothel and Beyond
by Maris Rowe-McCulloch

“Inseparables”: Tobacco Workers in Seville and Female Homoeroticism at the End of the Nineteenth Century
by Francisco Vásquez García and Richard Cleminson

“We Lived as Do Spouses”: AIDS, Neoliberalism, and Family-Based Apartment Succession Rights in 1980s New York City
by René Esparza

The Price of the Ride in New York City: Sex, Taxis, and Entrepreneurial Resilience in the Dry Season of 1919
by Austin Gallas

Book Reviews

Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities, from Colette to Hervé Guibert, by Michael Lucey
reviewed by Peter Cryle

Same Bodies, Different Women: “Other” Women in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, edited by Christopher Mielke and Andrea-Bianka Znorovsky
reviewed by Katherine Crawford

Historical Sex Work: New Contributions from History and Archaeology, edited by Kristen R. Fellows, Angela J. Smith, and Anna M. Munns
reviewed by Nina Kushner

Sex, Law, and the Politics of Age: Child Marriage in India, 1891-1937,  by Ishita Pande
reviewed by Mytheli Sreenivas

Contraception: A Concise History,  by Donna J. Drucker
reviewed by Robert A. Nye

Histories Queer Stories: Retrieving and Navigating Homosexuality in British Fiction about the Second World War, by Natalie Marena Nobitz
reviewed by Chris Waters

Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music, by Vincent L. Stephens
reviewed by David Imhoof

Destape: Sex, Democracy, and Freedom in Postdictatorial Argentina, by Natalia Milanesio
reviewed by Pablo Ben

Volume 30, Issue 3, September 2021


The Man Who Loved Children: Lewis Carroll Studies’ Evidence Problem
by Katherine Wakely-Mulroney

“Be Nice to My Shadow”: Queer Negotiation of Privacy and Visibility in Kentucky
by Cecilia Parks

Sexual Identity at the Limits of German Liberalism: Law and Science in the Work of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (1825–1895)
by Patrick Singy

“I Know One Day a Miracle Will Happen”: Bruno Balz and the Position of the Gay Artist in Nazi Germany
by Jeffrey C. Blutinger

Book Reviews

Frottage: Frictions of Intimacy across the Black Diaspora, by Keguro Macharia
reviewed by Elizabeth W. Williams

Sexual Hegemony: Statecraft, Sodomy, and Capital in the Rise of the World System, by Christopher Chitty
reviewed by Ian Frederick Moulton

Queer Budapest, 1873–1961, by Anita Kurimay
reviewed by Judit Takács

The Sexual Question: A History of Prostitution in Peru, 1850s–1950s, by Paulo Drinot
reviewed by Mackenzie Cooley

Bawdy City: Commercial Sex and Regulation in Baltimore 1790–1915, by Katie M. Hemphill
reviewed by Katherine Crawford

Angel on a Freight Train: A Story of Faith and Queer Desire in Nineteenth-Century America, by Peter C. Baldwin
reviewed by Shelby M. Balik

Her Neighbor’s Wife: A History of Lesbian Desire within Marriage, by Laura Jae Gutterman
reviewed by Julie R. Enszer

The Stonewall Riots: A Documentary History, edited by Marc Stein
reviewed by Christopher Phelps

The Injustices of Rape: How Activists Responded to Sexual Violence, 1950–1980, by Catherine O. Jacquet
reviewed by Rachel Feinstein

Peer-Review Process and Publication Ethics

Peer-Review Process

Articles submitted to the Journal of the History of Sexuality are initially reviewed by the editors, who determine whether the manuscript will be sent to outside reviewers. If chosen for review, the manuscript is then evaluated in a double-blind process by at least two and occasionally three outside reviewers, including members of the journal’s Editorial Board, and/or other experts in relevant fields as selected by the editors. This peer review process is designed to ensure that the Journal of History of Sexuality publishes only original, accurate, and timely articles that contribute new knowledge, insights or valuable perspectives to our discipline.


Reviewers play a vital role in ensuring the quality of papers published in the journal.

Questions addressed by reviewers include:

  • Is the topic within the scope of the journal?
  • Is the topic significant or sufficiently interesting to warrant publication?
  • Is the scholarship adequately documented and is relevant literature reviewed?
  • Are the research aims and any methodological choices made by author clear and justified?
  • Is the article well organized and clearly written?

Reviewers make one of four recommendations: acceptance, acceptance with revision, resubmission for review, rejection. Reviewers are asked to include comments explaining the recommendation to provide authors with suitable feedback to improve the article. Our aim is to create a constructive process that benefits the journal and the authors while respecting the time and efforts of all volunteer reviewers.

Review Timetable

We understand that the timeliness of decisions and publication is a major concern of authors. The typical manuscript is reviewed by one of the editors and sent out to reviewers within a couple of weeks after submission. Reviewers typically have six weeks to prepare their review (a second round of reviews may be solicited if the initial reviewers disagree). Then a couple of weeks are typically required to reconcile reviewer comments (and identify any significant copyediting issues for papers that were accepted or accepted with slight revisions). Thus, it is quite possible that an author could hear back in less than two months from the time of submission. However, the realities of the peer-review process sometimes extend our timeline. You will receive a response as expeditiously as possible. If you are seeking publication for a tenure packet, please allow for ample review time and let us know this is a consideration. Authors receive the reviewers’ comments and are often asked to revise the manuscript in line with the reviewers’ and/or editor’s suggestions. If the revised article is accepted for publication, the editor then determines the journal issue in which it will appear. Authors can help speed the process by ensuring they follow the submission requirements and, if accepted, addressing the reviewers comments and any copy-editing requirements in a timely fashion.

Publication Ethics

The editor(s) and editorial board of Journal of the History of Sexuality are committed to the following:

  • We will make our best efforts to ensure that our peer-review processes and editorial decisions are fair and unbiased, and that manuscripts are judged solely on their merits by individuals with appropriate levels of expertise in the subject area.
    • We have the right to reject a manuscript at any point in the process if, after an unbiased evaluation, it is the opinion of the editor(s) it does not align with the journal’s mission or editorial policies or would be in conflict with the journal’s legal requirements.
  • We will treat submitted manuscripts as confidential documents and will not discuss them or share information about them with anyone outside the editorial staff, editorial board, potential reviewers, or the publisher.
  • We expect transparency on the part of editors and reviewers regarding potential conflicts of interest and will assign manuscripts to individuals who are not expected to have such conflicts.
  • We expect authors to help us uphold our ethical standards by
    • submitting only original works;
    • respecting the intellectual property rights of others;
    • adhering to the journal’s policies regarding simultaneous submissions;
    • acknowledging sources;
    • appropriately crediting all authors, other research participants, and funding sources;
    • disclosing any potential conflicts of interest; and
    • notifying the editors and/or publisher of any significant errors discovered after submission or publication.
  • We will promptly investigate any credible allegation of unethical or illegal practices related to an article we have published. When warranted, we will issue corrections, retractions, and/or apologies, working with the author(s) as appropriate to find the best resolution.

Concerns may be reported directly to the editor(s) or publisher by email at jhseditor@queensu.ca


At the Journal of the History of Sexuality we aim for a speedy turnaround time with your article whenever possible. For the past five issues (January 2022 to May 2023), the time from submission to publication has averaged fifteen months, with some articles published within a year of submission.

The journal uses Open Journal Systems (OJS): All submissions must be made online at http://jhistsex.org. If you already have a user profile on OJS, click on “Login” at the top right of the screen and enter your username and password. If you have never used OJS before you will need to create a profile to submit your article and to track its progress through the review process. Click on “Register” and enter all required information. Please also be sure to add your mailing address and a “Bio Statement” of approximately 100 words. Once you have registered, you should be able to click on the “New Submission” link (to the right of “My Assigned”) to upload your article. If you can’t see this link, you are most likely registered in the JHS in a role other than “author.”

Submission File Format: We prefer to receive initial submissions in PDF format.

Anonymous Submission: Before you submit, be sure to remove any elements that might identify you as author, including not only your name (both following the title and in headers or footers), but also any individuals or institutions named in acknowledgments, as well as references to any previous publications identified as your own. (These elements can all be restored if the essay is accepted for publication.) Follow the advice in the “Ensuring a Blind Review” link that OJS provides as part of your submission to remove all identifying data from the file’s properties. Please be aware that the process for removing hidden data and metadata will vary depending upon the program you are using, and you will have to rely on the help files for your software to make sure this is done properly.

Article submission process: As you go through the OJS submission steps, be sure to add an abstract for your article to facilitate the review process. For precise instructions on submitting with OJS, see the appropriate section of the OJS User Guide. If you have any technical problems with this process, please contact jhseditor@queensu.ca.

Length, Notes & Images

Ideally, essays should be no more than 10,000 words, excluding notes. All essays should be double-spaced, including notes. Footnotes (rather than endnotes) are preferred (see “Formatting and Style Guide” below) as are embedded rather than appended images at the review stage. Also see the note on “Use of Images” below. Specific page references are also always required unless you really are referring to a work as a whole. Please be concise with your citations and avoid lists (notes that simply document diverse supportive material). Long notes take up valuable space and are unlikely to be of great value to our diverse readership. If you do want to add notes of the “see also” variety, it should be clear why these extra readings are of value for your precise subject matter.


All essays must be submitted in the English language, including all quoted material. Ideally authors will use American spelling and punctuation, though this can also be changed later. Authors whose first language is not English are well advised to have their essays proofread by a native speaker for general comprehensibility before submission.

Copyright Guarantee

During the submission process, you will be asked to certify that:

  • the essay or its findings have not been published in similar form elsewhere, either in abbreviated or elaborated form in any language;
  • the essay or its findings are not under consideration for publication elsewhere

Formatting and Style Guide

The journal relies upon the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, and we ask that authors conform to the following style requirements of the JHS before the review process:

Font and margins: Times New Roman 12 point should be used. Margins should be one inch on all sides.

Spacing: Please add a line of space before and after titles or subtitles and the main body of the text. Insert only one space at the end of each sentence. All text, including titles and notes, should be double-spaced and left-justified.

Bolding, italicization, and underlining: Bolding and italicization should never be used. All titles of periodicals and books should be underlined.

Non-English words and titles: All non-English words should be underlined, unless they have become part of the general English vocabulary (for example, “fiancée” and “Zeitgeist”); see Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition. Unfamiliar terms, if frequently used, need only be underlined at their first appearance. These words must be translated immediately following their first appearance in the text, in parentheses, including titles (but not titles given only in notes).

Quotations: According to the less rigorous form of the Chicago style, the first word of a quotation can be changed from lowercase to uppercase and vice versa without being enclosed in square brackets, and punctuation at the end of a quotation can be changed to fit the surrounding text. An ellipsis (three spaced dots) should not be added at the start or end of a quotation, although an ellipsis should be inserted within a quotation when original material has been omitted. The Chicago style also permits the addition of punctuation before or after an ellipsis (although a period always precedes it, and the first word of the next sentence in the quotation can be changed from lowercase to uppercase without the changed letter being enclosed in brackets).

Block quotations should not be used unless the quotation consists of 100 words or more. They should be distinguished from the main body of the text by being indented one full inch from the left margin and should also be double-spaced. There should not be a line of space either before or after a block quotation.

Hyphens: Chicago style recommends closing compound words formed with prefixes (such as “antigay” and “prodemocracy”) unless the lack of a hyphen causes confusion (“pro-life,” “meta-analysis”). A compound adjective before a noun is usually hyphenated (“a middle-aged man”); following a noun, it is often left open (“the man is middle aged”). See The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., section 7.89 for a useful table on hyphenation.

Dates in the text should be written as in the following example: 19 April 1654. Centuries should always be spelled out and should be hyphenated when used as adjectives (“nineteenth-century literature”).

American vs. British Commonwealth spelling and punctuation: American spelling should always be used. For example, use -or rather than -our word endings (as in “labor” and “color”), –ize/-ization rather than –ise/-isation (as in “criticize” and “civilization”). The “l” in “traveled” is not doubled, and “practice” is used for the verb as well as the noun form. Chicago style recommends the use of “that” for a restrictive clause (without commas before and after the clause) and “which” (with commas) for a nonrestrictive clause. Use single quotation marks only for quotations within quotations; place commas and periods within quotation marks.

Use of Latin abbreviations and symbols: The JHS follows the most recent version of The Chicago Manual of Style in discouraging the use of all Latin abbreviations (such as ibid, passim, ff. or Op. cit.). Do not use Latin abbreviations within the main body of the text; always spell out i.e. as “that is” and e.g. as “for example,” even parenthetically or in notes. Symbols should also generally be avoided: for example, use “percent” rather than %.

Notes should appear as footnotes. They can be single-spaced for the review process but must be double-spaced at the copyediting stage. In both cases, use Times New Roman 12-point font and do not put any additional spacing between notes. Within the main body of the text, note numbers should be placed at the end of a sentence, unless exceptional reasons require them to be placed within the sentence, in which case they should come only after some other punctuation. If a text paragraph includes a number of page references to the same source, consolidate those references in one note, with the note number at the end of the paragraph.

Common Features of Chicago-Style Notes:

Provide a complete citation, including subtitle, city, and publisher, of a book at its first appearance; subsequent citations should be abbreviated (author’s last name plus a shortened version of the title):

1 Gilbert Herdt, Guardians of the Flutes: Idioms of Masculinity (New York: McGraw Hill, 1981), 17.
. . .
3 Herdt, Guardians of the Flutes, 21-25.

Chicago now discourages the use of ibid. (see 17th ed., 14.34). When references to the same work immediately follow each other, use shortened citations:

4 Herdt, Guardians of the Flutes, 21-25.
5 Herdt, 21-25.
6 Herdt, 97-102.

Page numbers should always be given without an abbreviation (such as p. or pp. or pg.). If the note cites a multivolume work, the volume number should precede the page number, again without any identifying abbreviation (such as vol.), with the numbers separated by a colon:

7 Winston Churchill, The World Crisis, 1911-1918, 6 vols. (London: Thornton Butterworth, 1923-31), 3:127-35.

8 Churchill, The World Crisis, 1:87-96.

The first citation of a journal should include both the volume and issue numbers as well as the month or season (if applicable) and year. All page numbers follow a colon:

9 Pat Moloney, “Savages in the Scottish Enlightenment’s History of Desire,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 14, no. 3 (September 1992): 244.

A reference to an essay in an edited collection should include complete information at the first appearance; subsequent references should be shortened. If another essay in the same collection is later cited, the essay should include the author’s full name and the full title of the essay, but the citation to the edited collection can be shortened:

10 Pieter Judson, “The Gendered Politics of German Nationalism in Austria, 1880-1990,” in Austrian Women in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives, ed. David Good, Margarete Grandner, and Mary Jo Maynes (Providence, RI: Berghan Books, 1996), 5.
. . .
12 Judson, “Gendered Politics.”

13 Marie-Luise Angerer, “The Discourse on Female Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Austria,” in Good, Grandner, and Maynes, Austrian Women, 180.

References in notes to archival sources should provide all information necessary to locate the item, separated by commas (item, date, folder number, box number [or the equivalent], collection title, archive or library, city, US state or country). Subsequent references to archival sources can use an abbreviation to refer to the collection or location, noted in the first reference:

14 Gray to the clerk of council, 15 February 1876, CO 267/331, Public Record Office, London, UK (cited hereafter as PRO).

15 Lovell to Governor Rowe, 19 February 1876, CO 267/332, PRO.

References to newspaper articles begin with the author. References to unsigned articles begin with the article title:

16 Edgar Grey, “The New Negro Slavery in Harlem,” Amsterdam News, 13 May 1925, 16; “Police Intelligence,” Sierra Leone Weekly News, 6 September 1884, 2.

17 “Police Intelligence,” 2.

References to all works (that is, titles of books, articles, and journals) in languages other than English should remain in the original language. Capitalize the first word of the title and subtitle, but otherwise use the capitalization rules for that language. Title and subtitle should be separated by a colon, as in English citations, regardless of the conventions of the language of the title:

18 Gonzalo Vial Correa, “Aplicación en Chile de la Pragmática sobre matrimonios de los hijos de familia,” Revista chilena de historia del derecho 6 (1970): 339-40.

19 Jörg Hutter, Die gesellschaftliche Kontrolle des homosexuellen Begehrens: Medizinische Definitionen und juristische Sanktionen im 19. Jahrhundert (Frankfurt: Campus, 1992), 41.

Copy Editing and UTP Style Sheet

University of Texas Press Copy Editing policies: If accepted for publication, the essay will be edited, copyedited, and typeset according to the determinations of the editor and the press. Submitting authors should recognize that they will likely be asked to make revisions to content, wording, and format so as to conform to the conventions of the JHS and the University of Texas Press and to ensure comprehensibility for our diverse readership. Submitting an essay for possible publication in the JHS therefore implies an author’s willingness to cooperate in adhering to these conventions. We will expect you to answer questions and accept any changes within a timely fashion.

Use of Images: Contributors who wish to use images to accompany their articles in print must make a good-faith effort to obtain permission to reprint those images from the holders of any copyright for them, and any cost to such permissions must be borne by the contributor. Such permissions are not necessary for the review process, but they will be required before the article is published. Further information can be found at https://utpress.utexas.edu/current-authors/.

Order and Timing of Publication

The review process takes approximately three months; all authors will be contacted, usually by email, as soon as a decision has been reached about the publication of the essay. Articles are normally published in the order in which they are given final acceptance, though some adjustments are made in order to ensure a broad scope of subject areas for each issue. Acceptance of an essay is valid only for one year from the date of notification; if an essay is returned with requested revisions after one year, it may be subject to an additional round of reviews with no guarantee of final acceptance.


No payment is made for any contributions, but all authors will receive two free copies of the issue in which their article appears, and additional copies (at a discounted rate) may be ordered from the press.


All general inquiries should be directed to the editor:

Ishita Pande
Editor, Journal of the History of Sexuality
Department of History
Queen’s University
Watson Hall, Rm. 212
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Canada
Email: jhseditor@queensu.ca



Recent Awards
2024 Canadian Historical Association’s Committee on the History of Sexuality Best Article Prize: Margaret O’Riordan Ross, “Your Town is Rotten”: Prostitution, Profit, and the Governing of Vice in Kingston, Ontario, 1860s-1920s. 
2022 Berkshire Article Prize, History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality: Meg Weeks, A Prostitutes’ Jamboree: The World Whores’ Congress of the 1980s and the Rise of a New Feminism.  

Book Reviews

Book Review Editor
Steven Maynard
Book Review Editor, Journal of the History of Sexuality
Department of History, Queen’s University
49 Bader Lane
Watson Hall, Rm. 212
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Publishers: Books for possible review in the JHS should be sent to the mailing address indicated above. Queries related to book reviews can be directed to the book review editor. Please note that the JHS does not accept unsolicited reviews.


Articles appearing in JHS are abstracted or indexed in Academic Search Premier, America: History and Life, Bibliography of the History of Art, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences, Historical Abstracts, IBR (International Bibliography of Book Reviews), IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature), MLA Directory of Periodicals, MLA International Bibliography, Professional Development Collection, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Sociological Collection.


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