Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Writing from Below provides a forum for new research on gender, sexuality and diversity and the array of intersecting issues that shape their social expression.

We invite submissions from as broad a range of disciplines as possible, as well as work that cannot be easily placed. We welcome both academic and creative explorations (theory is art and art, theory, after all), and all submissions will be peer reviewed.

The journal will provide a particular venue for the work of postgraduate students and early career researchers. We hope to host not only individual articles, but also to publish collaborative works, and stage panel discussions as a way of promoting interdisciplinary debate.


Section Policies


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  • Stephen Abblitt, La Trobe University
  • Nicholas Cowley, La Trobe University
  • Quinn Eades, La Trobe University
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Commissioned Works

For non-peer-reviewed works commissed be the managing editors or associate editors.

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Special Issue

A section specifically for our special issues (necessary, for example, when published alongside general issues i.e. the Death and the Maiden double issue).

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Call for Papers

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to Writing from Below are refereed anonymously by two peer reviewers. We adopt a double-blind peer review policy, however authors will be given the opportunity to suggest the name of a suitably qualified individual within their field to review their manuscript at the time of submission. Peer reviewers are selected on the basis of their knowledge of their discipline and their contribution to the interdisciplinary field of gender, sexuality and diversity studies.

Writing from Below implements a one stage peer review process. If the manuscript is accepted for peer review, the two reviewers selected will review the manuscript and be asked to suggest one of the following:

(a) Accept without revision

(b) Accept with minor revisions

(c) Accept with major revisions/Resubmit

(d) Reject

Manuscripts are reviewed on the basis of three key criteria: the original and significant contribution of the manuscript to the field of gender, sexuality, and diversity studies; the relevance of the manuscript to the editorial brief of Writing from Below, or to the specific call for papers; and the standard of writing, including content, structure, and style. Additionally, creative and non-traditional manuscripts are reviewed for their exposure of practice as research, and 'outlaw' (critical-creative, ficto-critical, etc.) manuscripts for their innovative exposure of the relationship between the critical and creative components of scholarly research.

Peer reviewers will be expected to return reviewed manuscripts with brief feedback and their assessment in regard to the manuscript's suitability for publication to the specified section editors within twenty-eight days of their receipt of the manuscript.


Publication Frequency

Writing from Below is published annually, in December, and coincides with La Trobe University's Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies Conference.


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.

We ask that you cite all articles correctly, and respect our copyright policy.


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