Scientific journals about men and masculinities

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It is not easy to navigate among the plurality of scientific journals and figure out which of them would contain the most relevant theoretical and methodological approaches and lean toward a specific ideological tendency (e.g., feminist). To have a starting point, below, I list most (but not all) peer-reviewed journals that specialize in the topic of men & masculinities.

Psychology of Men & Masculinities is the main (socio)psychological journal devoted to men and masculinities which publishes both empirical and review papers. Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to biological factors influencing men, masculine norms and ideologies, fathering, and applications of intersectionality. I personally have already published a few papers in this journal on adaptation of two inventories designed to measure one’s endorsement of traditional masculinity ideology and conformity to masculine norms , the publishing process was always smooth, and the editor is very inclusive when it comes to underrepresented scholarship.

Men & Masculinities is a similar journal but with a more sociological focus. On their website, they mention that Men & Masculinities today is a feminist journal pillaring masculinities scholarship that centers power and inequities and that takes an intersectional approach to the study of gender. Moving beyond a focus on cis men, it is a home for masculinities scholarship that contributes to social constructionist discussions and debates on identity, politics, and the organization of the global world.

The Journal of Men’s Studies is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes papers across disciplines (psychology, sociology, cultural studies, etc). One will find both theoretical and empirical articles that recognise the varied influences of class, culture, race, and sexual orientation on defining men’s experiences. 

American Journal of Men’s Health is open access (all articles can be downloaded without fees) and focuses on the health issues of men, primarily from the USA (but not only). Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to male-specific diseases and health conditions, male health issues related to the morbidity and mortality statistics in men, biological, psychological, behavioural and sociocultural issues that impact the determinants of men’s health, sexual, reproductive and responsible male family planning, health issues of special male populations such as incarcerated men, homeless men, homosexual men, and minorities and how different conecpulizations of masculinities can be applied in health research.

Masculinities and Social Change is an open access journal that publishes research on social transformations in regard to masculinities. One will find research from different disciplines and methodological approaches, research carried out by interdisciplinary research teams. It is a multilingual journal and publishes articles in English and Spanish.

New Male Studies is a new open access online interdisciplinary journal for research and discussion of issues facing boys and men worldwide. Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to the experience and outcomes of education for boys and young men, challenges and difficulties of developmental transition for males especially adolescents, the vital role of fathering, the inordinate number of males in the penal system, the characterisations of men and boys cultivated within popular culture, academia, and many social institutions, and how men experience and are affected by the kinds of occupational, familial, and social roles that are culturally required of them.

Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture is an interdisciplinary and international academic journal with a Critical Masculinity Studies perspective. It focuses on representations, formation, and experiences of men and masculinities, their cultural, social, political and aesthetic reflections and constructions in culture and society. The journal publishes in English and Turkish.

NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies is an international and interdisciplinary journal concerning questions about the body, social and textual practices, and men and masculinities in social structures. The journal especially welcomes new themes for critical studies of men and masculinities, and the development of new approaches to ‘intersections’ with race, sexuality, class and coloniality. It focuses on the role of men and boys, and the place of masculinities in achieving gender equality and social equality. The journal started in the Nordic region, however, it published research from all parts of the world.

Of course, this list is not comprehensive. I would like to invite you to comment and share other journals that you know (and maybe have an experience publishing in them) in the comments section!

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