SOCIAL MOMENTS: A Student Journal of Social Relations

ISSN: 2637-5958

All graduate and undergraduate students of the social sciences are invited to submit articles for publication. Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: sociology, criminology, criminal justice, women/gender studies, sexuality, political science, social psychology, cultural anthropology, and cultural/social geography.

The journal publishes:

Research Articles

Traditional articles/papers that advance the field and/or discuss relevant empirical research. Articles submitted by graduate students will be given priority. Articles co-authored with faculty will be considered but will not be given priority. If an article is co-authored with a faculty member, the student must be the lead author. Articles should be approximately 5,000 words in length and must follow APA formatting (no running head). The word count does not include the list of references. Articles must be polished and appropriate for publication. Submissions cannot be under review or published elsewhere. All articles must be written in Standard American English.

Book Reviews

Book reviews discuss a recent academic text as reviewed (primarily) by a graduate or undergraduate student. Student authors can make use of other works to constructively critique the text. This form of publication must adhere to the appropriate standards for style and presentation and is expected to be no more than 3,000 words (excluding a list of references). Articles must be polished and appropriate for publication.


Perspective pieces are scholarly reviews of fundamental concepts or prevalent ideas in a field. These are usually essays that present a personal point of view critiquing widespread notions pertaining to a field.

General Information

  • Submissions cannot be under review or published elsewhere.

  • Submissions will receive one of three recommendations:

    • Accept – the submission meets the requirements of the journal and appears to make a contribution to the field of study from a student’s perspective. It requires no, or very few, changes.

    • Revise and Resubmit – the submission will be sufficient with relatively substantial changes.

    • Reject – the submission does not meet the requirements for publication in this journal.

  • Recommendations will ideally be made within three months of submission.

  • If the paper is selected for publication, students will need to demonstrate enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program within the last 12 months. Official transcripts will be requested for verification purposes.

Presentation and Style

  • Name and institutional affiliation should only appear on the title/cover page of submission and the bio page.

  • Page 2 should provide a short bio of each author. The bio should be approximately 50-75 words per author and must include the following information: institutional affiliation, year of study (e.g., 3rd year graduate student, senior), degree program (e.g., PhD, BA), discipline, and primary areas of interest (no more than 3 per author).

  • Page 3 should provide an abstract of not more than 150 words that should consider the purpose, method, and key findings where appropriate. This page should also include the complete title of the article/paper.

  • All remaining pages should have page numbers.

  • The work should be presented in a font of either Times or Times New Roman and a font size of 12.

  • All submissions should be aligned along the left margin, with 1-inch margins all around, and with double-lined spacing.

  • Footnotes and/or endnotes are not acceptable.

  • Referencing must follow APA formatting standards.

  • Acknowledgements (if appropriate) should be limited to a maximum of two lines of text.

  • All articles and/or reviews are limited to a maximum of three tables, figures and/or diagrams (treat all tables/figures/diagrams as a word length of 400 words).

  • All submissions must be in Standard American English.

  • Articles must be polished and appropriate for publication.

  • Copyright agreement will be emailed upon request.

  • All articles must be submitted electronically as a Word document.

  • Email the Word document to: