Lateral, the journal of the Cultural Studies Association

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2020
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Lateral is the peer-reviewed, open access journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Lateral is currently published on a semiannual basis, fall and spring. This journal does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or article submission charge.

Aims and Scope

Lateral accepts submissions on any topic related to the field or practice of cultural studies within historical and/or contemporary contexts. Strong submissions situate their considerations of cultural practices, critical theories, and/or pedagogies within established and emerging conversations on racism, capitalism, sexuality, gender, ability, and colonialism. In addition to finished academic papers, the editors also welcome contributions that engage or have the potential to engage the multimedia and interactive aspects of this open-access, web-based platform.

Submission Guidelines for Authors

Lateral does not accept submissions that are previously published or under consideration at other journals. Once submitted, manuscripts may not be submitted to other journals without notifying the Lateral editors first.

Articles should be between 4,000 and 9,500 words in length and prepared according to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style using endnotes. Submissions are only accepted electronically through our submission form. After completing this submission form, please send a Microsoft Word compatible document to the editors at In order to facilitate double-blind peer review, identifiable information such as authors’ names should not appear on manuscripts.

All manuscripts are reviewed by the editors to determine if the submission falls within the aims and scope of the journal and is of sufficient scholarly quality. Editorial review is usually completed within two months of receipt of manuscript. Submissions that pass editorial review are sent for double-blind peer review with at least two reviewers. These reviews and a publication decision (accept, accept with revisions, revise and resubmit, reject) are returned to authors, on average, within six months of the original manuscript submission. Articles are usually published within three months of final acceptance.

All articles published in Lateral are distributed under a Creative Commons license; authors retain copyright over their works and are free to self-archive or deposit submitted, accepted, or published versions of them. The journal currently uses a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. Under the terms of this license, users must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. The license of each article is indicated on the article page and in article metadata.

Book Reviews

Lateral publishes ongoing reviews of books relevant to the field of cultural studies. In the spirit of Lateral and the contemporary traditions informing cultural studies, more broadly, reviewers are faculty as well as graduate students working toward advanced degrees, artists (across many different media and working within or against traditional arts-institutional contexts), and movement activists who can speak well towards the central theme and claims of the book under review.

Reviews are approximately 1000 words in length and are vetted. Reviews may be rejected if they do not meet the criteria of publishable written work. They may also be designated “revise and resubmit” or “conditionally accepted” based on the quality of the written work. We expect a turnaround time of two months and two weeks for a completed review.

Prospective reviewers should contact Book Review Editors Beenash Jafri and David Reznik at for an updated list of available titles or to suggest a title. Please include a valid mailing address and a sentence or two explaining why you’d like to review the book.


Lateral Forums are imagined as tools for conversation, education, and agitation and as such should be written in accessible prose. The incorporation of multi-media is welcome. Authors may be individual academics, journalists, activists, or community members, or collaborations. The forum as a whole will be peer-reviewed but individual contributors need not be traditional academics. Compensation for authors is not available at this time.

For recent/open forum calls, see our Upcoming Issues page.

Should you wish to talk an idea for a submission through, please email Forum Editor Rayya El Zein at with the subject “Forum Inquiry” in the title.

Special Sections and Issues

Lateral also publishes timely and incisive special sections, including fora, and special issues organized and edited by guest editors. To inquire, please contact the editors at


Current and previous issues can be found here: