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Who can submit contributions?

Any person or group of people can submit texts for the Gender Glossary. The submitted texts must comply with the Guidelines of the Gender Glossary.

Which topics and dictionary entries can be submitted?

Please note our current Call for Papers and contact the editorial office before submitting, so that open questions (e.g. regarding focus or title) can be resolved. Only original contributions will be published in the Gender Glossary, i.e. contributions that have not already been published or submitted elsewhere. Please also note our licence conditions.

What criteria must the glossary article fulfil?

Submissions should deal with a topic that is related to gender studies and diversity research. Aspects of the topic should be presented in systematically structured and separated paragraphs, on the one hand in a summarising and reduced manner, on the other hand preferably complete and as complex as necessary. Submitted texts must meet the author guidelines and comply with the format of a glossary.

In contrast to many other journals, the glossary format requires contributions that follow a specific formal design. Since the genre is lexicographical, please note the following:

  • Explanations and delimitations of terms as well as etymological derivations should be part of the article in an explicative and defining form;

  • complex facts, phenomena, events, persons etc. must be presented in a differentiated and stringent manner in their various perspectives;

  • Definitory, comparative, phenomenological, historical etc. discussions should include (transdisciplinary) references to current academic discussions and research results;

  • Each paragraph must deal with a separate, self-contained topic, i.e. (argumentative) references, summaries and one’s own explicit positioning are unusual in the glossary format and should be avoided.


How long should the submission be?

The length of an article should not exceed 9,000 characters (incl. spaces, excl. bibliography).

What form should the article have?

Your text must be written in one of the common word processing programmes.

Is an abstract required?

Instead of an abstract, please submit a summary in simplified form (about 1,500 characters incl. spaces). This will be checked for comprehensibility by the editorial staff and by plain language readers and adapted if necessary.

What else must be submitted along with the article?

We need your short CV with personal details: first name, surname, title, year of birth (optional), current office, main areas of work and research interests (the three most important), contact details (e-mail address and/or link to a website) and a portrait photo (optional, but welcome; please upload with a resolution of 300 ppi) as well as 5 keywords.

Where can I submit articles?

We only accept submissions via e-mail to


What happens after the submission?

Your article will be forwarded to two reviewers. They will review the article and inform you of any suggested changes. You can then revise your article and send the revised article to the editors. The editors decide on publication.

Where will the article be published?

Your article will be distinctly versioned and published on the glossary pages at A Uniform Resource Name (URN, similar to a DOI; unique and stable identification link) in the signature of the article also refers to the long-term archiving version in PDF format on the server of Leipzig University library ( Via the URN as a persistent and stable link, your contribution is permanently available on the internet.

In addition to these two publications, Leipzig University library will create a database entry that gives access to your article as a publication in an open access journal in the search catalogues of the Southwest German Library Network (SWB). Entries in the database of the German National Library (, in the Directory of Open Access Journals ( and in the GenderOpen repository ( will follow in the future.

Are there article submission charges or article processing charges?

We do not charge for article submissions or article processing. Editorial support, peer review and the publication itself are free of charge for authors.

As an open access journal, we follow the "golden path" of publishing a scientific text.


What are the licensing conditions and is the Gender Glossary an Open Access journal?

As an online glossary, we support free access to scientific information (Open Access). All contributions to the Gender Glossary are published under the Creative Commons Public License CC BY ND 3.0. On this basis, contributions may be reproduced in any format and medium under indication of the author's name and may be further processed but not modified. By submitting a manuscript to the Gender Glossary, authors agree to publication under this license. Your contribution is protected by copyright and/or other laws.

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