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Edited By: Sally J. Scholz (Villanova University). Book Review Editors: Joan Woolfrey and Simon Ruchti (West Chester University)

Impact Factor: 1.038

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 19/41 (Women's Studies)

Online ISSN: 1527-2001

Author Guidelines

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Manuscript Preparation
Manuscript Submission
What to Expect After Submission
Acceptance and Production

Manuscript Preparation

Types of Submissions:

Articles: Manuscripts intended for review as articles must be prepared for anonymous review and should not exceed 8,000 words, which includes endnotes and a full reference section. Hypatia house style guidelines are below.

Book Reviews: As of February 2013, Hypatia reviews of individual books are all now published electronically on our website. Reviews are typically invited by the Book Review Editor, although we welcome recommendations of books to review and would be glad to know if you are interested in writing book reviews. For more information visit the Hypatia Reviews Online (HRO) website and contact the Book Review Editor, Shelley Wilcox: hro@sfsu.edu.

Review Essays: Reviews of two or three books on a similar theme are, on occasion, published in regular issues of the journal, typically on an invitation basis. Review essays are limited to a maximum of 2,500 words (including endnotes and references), and they will be sent out for review to a single anonymous referee. For more information about review essays, contact the Editors: Sally J. Scholz, Editor: hypatia@villanova.edu, and Shelley Wilcox, Book Review Editor/HRO: hro@sfsu.edu.

Musings: We welcome submissions on topical issues for our Musings section. These should not exceed 3,000 words (including endnotes and references) and they are subject to external review. For more information about Musings, contact the Editor, Sally J. Scholz: hypatia@villanova.edu.

Hypatia House Style

Below are the manuscript preparation guidelines according to Hypatia house style and the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) author-date format. Book reviews and musings should be formatted like articles, except they need not include an abstract or be anonymous.

File Type and Format: Manuscripts should be submitted as Word files (.doc/.docx) and should be double-spaced. The filename of your document should not include your name. Articles should not exceed 8,000 words, which includes endnotes and full reference section.

Anonymity: To facilitate our anonymous review process, the author should not be identified in the manuscript or the abstract. Additionally, all acknowledgements should be removed for anonymous review. Once a paper has been accepted, identifying information and acknowledgements may be reinserted.

Abstract: Papers should include an abstract of no more than 200 words distinct from its introduction.

Spelling: Please use American spellings and punctuation, except when directly quoting a source that has followed British style.

Headings: The title of article, headings, and subheadings should have title capitalization.

For example:
Title: Strategies for Making Feminist Philosophy Mainstream Philosophy
Heading: Ontological Interdependence

Also, note that we avoid a heading with the title, “Conclusion.” This must be retitled more specifically to reflect what the final section of the paper is about. Hypatia generally does not number sections and discourages sub-sub-sections, or third level divisions.

Commas: Hypatia uses the serial, or Oxford, comma.

For example:
“Vulnerability, Ignorance, and Oppression” instead of “Vulnerability, Ignorance and Oppression”

End Notes: Notes need not be formatted before review, but they must be formatted before publication in the following way:

For final submission of a manuscript please do not use the “insert endnote/footnote” function in Microsoft Word. Instead, place numerals between arrowheads (for example,2>) in the text. List notes in the penultimate section of the paper (just before the references). Any acknowledgments should appear unnumbered, before the first note.

For example:
Instead of: ...erroneous due to an improper standard of rationality.2
In text:...erroneous due to an improper standard of rationality.2>
In notes:2. By "standard of rationality," I mean...

References and In-text citations: A list of all works cited should be included after the notes in a section called “References.” We use the Chicago Author/Date system of citing references, as described in The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, University of Chicago Press, 2010). For in-text citations or endnotes, works should be cited as (author year, page number).

For example: (Card 2003, 65).

Multiple citations should be in chronological order, and, if in the same year, alphabetical within year; for example (England 2004; Pierce 2005; Pratt 2005; Jiwani and Young 2006).

Reference Examples

In the reference section, titles of articles and books follow sentence capitalization—only the first word and proper nouns are capitalized. Quotation marks are not needed for articles. Book and journal titles should be italicized. Journal citations should include both volume and issue numbers.

Calhoun, Cheshire. 2000. Feminism, the family, and the politics of the closet: Lesbian and gay displacement. New York: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles
Calhoun, Chesire. 1995. Standing for something. Journal of Philosophy 92 (5): 235–61.

Chapter from a book
Roberts, Dorothy E. 1999. Mothers who fail to protect their children: Accounting for private and public responsibility. In Mother troubles: Rethinking contemporary maternal dilemmas, ed. Julia E. Hanigsberg and Sara Ruddick. Boston: Beacon.

Two or more authors
Pacala, Stephen, and Robert Socolow. 2004. Stabilization wedges: Solving the climate problem for the next 50 years with current technologies. Science 305 (5686): 968–72.

Newspaper Article
Clines, Francis X. 2001. Before and after: Voices in the wind, a new form of grieving evolves over last goodbyes. The New York Times, September 16.

National Down Syndrome Society. 2002. About Down Syndrome.
http://www.ndss.org/aboutds/aboutds.html (accessed January 8, 2002).

Legal Document
Education for All Handicapped Children Act. 1975. U.S. Public Law 94–142, U.S. Code. Vol. 20, sec. 1400 et seq.

Online Supporting Information

Wiley-Blackwell hosts an online repository of “supporting information” linked to Hypatia articles. Supporting information can include anything that an author thinks would be a valuable supplement to an article, review essay, or Musing accepted for publication in Hypatia. The range of formats that can be supported includes graphics, text, links, audio podcasts, video clips, creating a virtual gallery with illustrations we could not ordinarily include in the print edition of Hypatia, or notes and background material to which you would like readers to have access but that exceed the 8,000 word limit for published articles. Supporting information must be submitted in final form at the same time as your manuscript is uploaded to Wiley-Blackwell for production.

For questions about deadlines and the submission process for supporting material, please contact the Managing Editor at: hypatia@villanova.edu. For Wiley-Blackwell’s guidelines for preparing supporting material, please see their Author Services page.

Illustrations, Images, And Graphics

If a Hypatia manuscript includes figures, artwork, or graphics of any kind, these images must be high resolution and uploaded at time of submission. Authors must have permission to use any images submitted and provide Hypatia with proper documentation. Please note that images will appear in color when viewed online through the Wiley-Blackwell EarlyView or Current Content system (and in PDF form), but they will be appear in black and white in the print publication. Authors may choose to pay a fee to print images in color, and color images may also be hosted by Wiley-Blackwell online as supporting material (see above), with a link to inserted into the text of the author’s published article.

For advice about illustrations, contact the Managing Editor: hypatia@villanova.edu, and Wiley-Blackwell’s “Artwork Guidelines” can be found on their Author Services page.

Manuscript Submission

Please submit your manuscript electronically through Wiley-Blackwell’s Scholar One online submission and review system: Manuscript Central. You will be asked to create a user account and to provide “keywords” of your areas of expertise. This account can be used both for authors and reviewers.

Manuscripts submitted to Hypatia should not be under simultaneous consideration by any other journal, nor should they have been published elsewhere. Please see the Author Rights and Permissions section for more information.

What to Expect After Submission

Review Policies and Practices

To insure the high quality of the work published in Hypatia, we rely on a peer review process designed not only to inform the editors’ decisions but to provide authors helpful and supportive feedback, even when a paper is not accepted for publication in Hypatia.

When an essay is submitted to Hypatia, the editors do an initial review to determine that it is appropriate for the journal; fewer than 10% of manuscripts are declined at this stage and only after consultation with at least one other member of the local board. Drawing on Hypatia's extensive referee database, the editors then identify two reviewers with expertise appropriate to the essay and invite them to provide a detailed report on the manuscript and their recommendation for editorial decision. If the referees disagree in their assessment, the editors may request an additional report from a third reviewer.

When all the reviews have been assembled, the editors assign the manuscript one of the following decision categories:

  • The manuscript is accepted as it stands;
  • The manuscript is accepted on condition that the author makes minor revisions (subject to review by the editors);
  • The manuscript is returned to the author for substantial revisions (subject to review by one external referee upon resubmission);
  • The manuscript is declined, but the author is invited to resubmit the manuscript to Hypatia for another full review if it is substantially revised (the resubmission is comparable to a new submission as the process starts over again);
  • The manuscript is declined.

When the editors notify the author of their decision they attach the reviewers’ reports; these will be anonymous unless the reviewer asks to be identified.

Anonymity in the Review Process

At Hypatia, we affirm the importance of anonymous review. We make every effort to ensure the anonymity of both authors and referees, and we ask authors to ensure that their manuscript is prepared with all identifying material removed. Referees are asked to respect the anonymity of the process and not reveal any aspect of the paper publicly (including quoting the manuscript in written work or on social media). Referees are asked to reveal any conflict of interest to the editors prior to accepting the assignment to review.

When we receive a manuscript for review that is autobiographical or otherwise incorporates self-identifying references as an essential part of the text, we still request that authors anonymize the manuscript as far as possible. We will assume that, in submitting such a manuscript, the author understands that referees may be able to recognize them as the author. When we invite referees to review such a manuscript we will acknowledge that the author may be identifiable and ask if they are willing to review under these conditions. They can, of course, choose whether to identify themselves or remain anonymous as a referee.

Note on Referee Reports

Referee reports are the intellectual property of the referee and may not be used for any purpose other than that for which they were intended.

Acceptance Rates and Response Times

Hypatia's acceptance rate for open submissions is 12%-15% and 24%-44% for special issues. Our time to initial decision typically runs 12-13 weeks for initial decisions. Decisions on revised manuscripts can be as quick as 6-7 weeks but that is dependent on the review process. We ask authors to allow 16 weeks before contacting the editorial office. With Manuscript Central (our electronic submission and review system), authors can see exactly where their manuscript is in the review process.

Please see further information on the Editorial Office website.

Time to Publication – Early View Electronic Publication

Although time to publication varies, we now have the capacity to send manuscripts into production immediately once they are accepted, and to publish them electronically on Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View system as soon as they are copy-edited, typeset, and proofread. This means that manuscripts can appear in citable form online in 3 to 4 months from the time they have been accepted in their final form, often well before the issue in which they are scheduled to appear goes to press. The Early View publications are all assigned a DOI number (digital object number) by which they can be cited, and the date they appear online is their official publication date.

Acceptance and Production

When your manuscript is accepted it will immediately be sent into production.

You will need to upload a final version of your manuscript formatted according to house style with any references omitted for anonymous review reinserted.

Upon acceptance, please send us a short biography (a paragraph of up to 100 words) to include in the “Notes on Contributors” section. Please list an email address at the end of this paragraph. Your biography should be sent as a Word attachment to hypatia@villanova.edu.

Once your manuscript is formatted according to Hypatia house style, complete the following steps to upload it to Manuscript Central:

Log into your Manuscript Central Author Center and click on the “Manuscripts Accepted for First Look” queue. Click on the “submit updated manuscript” link in the “Actions” column and follow the steps as you would during a manuscript submission process.

Production Process

The production process consists of multiple stages. As soon as production is complete, your manuscript will be published electronically through Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View system, often within 4 months of initial acceptance.

Copyediting: When your manuscript has been accepted in its final (correctly formatted) form, it will be sent to copyediting; this typically takes 8-10 weeks. When you receive your manuscript back from copy-editing, this is the final stage where substantive changes are possible, subject to Editor approval.

Typesetting: When you have reviewed and approved the copyedits, your manuscript will be sent to Wiley-Blackwell for typesetting and final production.

Proof Reading: When the proofs of your article are ready, Wiley-Blackwell staff will contact you directly with a request to review and approve the proofs. It is crucial that you check your proofs carefully at this stage, even if you were satisfied with the copyedited version of your paper. Errors can arise in process of typesetting your manuscript. Only minor changes (e.g., to fix typographical errors) can be made at this stage.

Early View Publication: When you have approved the proofs, your article will be published in its final form online, on Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View site. Typically a manuscript appears on Early View within four months of acceptance. Note that electronic publication on Early View is the publication of record; once an article has appeared on Early View it cannot be further edited or amended, even if it has not yet appeared in, or been scheduled for, a print issue of the journal.