Womans Art Journal
Since 1980


EDITORIAL POLICIESWAJ, a semiannual periodical published in May and November, is intended to appeal to everyone interested in women’s art heritage and contemporary issues as they relate to women. Articles on individual women should focus on the subject’s life as well as her work and should include comments about how matters of gender affected her life and work. WAJ is supported primarily by subscription sales. Authors are urged to subscribe to WAJ and to ask their institutions and colleagues to do the same. No material previously published in the English language will be accepted for publication. If an article has been published previously in another language, that information must be supplied. Requests to reproduce articles for classroom use are fulfilled unless the author indicates otherwise.

 MANUSCRIPTS:  All manuscripts must be in MSWord and sent by email to the address below. Articles are considered for publication in the order in which they are received. Manuscripts should have endnotes where appropriate, no bibliographies. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, including quotations and endnotes.
    Articles: Authors may discuss feminist interpretations of art history, feminist theory, feminist critical analysis of contemporary art and issues, etc.  Authors may examine the lives and works of women in all areas of the visual arts, either contemporary or from the remote or recent past. Manuscripts should be about 5000 words, including endnotes, in the specified format. Contributors receive five copies of the issue in which their article appears.
    ReviewsWAJ encourages honest criticism. Unless otherwise specified by the Book Editor, Reviews should be about 1500 words for a single book, 2000 for two books reviewed together, and 2500 words for three books. Please use the specified format. Reviewers receive 2 copies of the issue in which their review appears.

ENDNOTE STYLE:  Follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, chapters 14 and 15, for numerous specific examples of print and online/web citations. Print examples: Whitney Chadwick and Tirza True Latimer, The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003), 4-5, 46-50, 127-45. Elizabeth S. Cohen, "The Trials of Artemisia Gentileschi: A Rape as History," in Sixteenth Century Journal 31 (2000): 47-75.  For subsequent references, use short title, e.g., Chadwick and Latimer, The Modern Woman Revisited, 6.  Cohen, "The Trials of Artemisia Gentileschi," 61.   Use “ibid.” for citation immediately following original. Do not use “op. cit.” or “ff.”
    Page citations in Reviews: Include page number references to the book under review in parentheses within the sentence. For example, use this form either following “a quotation” (23), or wherever else a page citation in the book under review is needed (12). For reviews of multiple books on a similar topic, use author’s name or short identifying title plus page number (Clark, 133).

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS:  Visual materials must be submitted with the manuscript in digital format or scanned. Digital and electronic files are preferable, and upon acceptance of their article, authors are requested to obtain high resolution digital images as reproductions. Details of reproduction rights will be discussed with the editors. Please contact the editors to request image requirements. Captions should include: figure number, artist’s name, title of work (date), medium, size in inches. Photo credit and/or other credits. Regarding permissions to publish, "Fair Use" applies to images in WAJ:
1. WAJ is a scholarly journal with a print run under 1400
2.  Images are discussed in the article or review, reproduced at 1/4 page max
3. As part of a scholarly text for a limited readership, there is no "profit" to be made on the images.     
4. Most images are reproduced in black and white within the article. Some appear in color as a folio.
We do not want our authors to pay for reproduction rights, and we have a lawyer who is prepared to defend any challenges to "fair use" practice.

Editors Joan Marter and Aliza Edelman       
Book Reviews Editor Alison Poe       
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