Focus and Scope

feminists@law aims to publish critical, interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged scholarship that extends feminist debates and analyses relating to law and justice (broadly conceived). It has a particular interest in critical and theoretical approaches and perspectives that draw upon postcolonial, transnational and poststructuralist work. The journal publishes material in a range of print and multimedia formats and in English and other languages. The journal is committed to an international perspective, to the promotion of feminist work in all areas of law and justice, and to making that work widely available through open access publishing.

Peer Review Process

feminists@law exercises a rigorous peer review policy in the same way as peer reviewed print journals. Open Oasis has noted that "some people mistakenly think Open Access equates to vanity publishing - that you can pay to have an article published. This is not the case. Open Access journals employ the same peer review practices as traditional Closed Access journals." (see http://www.openoasis.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=151&Itemid=310). The UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has also recommended that "We encourage increased recognition that peer-review quality is independent of journal business model, for example, there is a “misconception that open access somehow does not use peer review." (see http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmsctech/856/856.pdf).

Articles submitted to the journal are first reviewed to ensure they are of a publishable standard and fit within the scope of the journal. If so, they will be sent out for double blind peer review. Articles are typically sent to two reviewers. Reviewers are asked to comment on the suitability of the article for publication in the journal, and to recommend whether the article should be accepted in its current form, accepted subject to specified revisions, substantially revised and resubmitted, or rejected. The review process can be expected to take 8-12 weeks. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise in the relevant area and availability.

Material submitted to other sections of the journal may not be peer reviewed. Please refer to the specific section policies in About the Journal.

Publication Frequency

feminists@law plans to publish two issues per year, April-September and October-March. Within the time period covered by each issue, content will be added as soon as it is ready for publication, rather than having to wait for the next issue or available issue.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The journal does not charge fees to either authors or readers.

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Journal History

feminists@law was established by a group of feminist legal scholars in the Kent Law School in 2011. The journal is committed to discussions and debates on feminist legal issues that are free and open to participants across the globe.