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Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men

Vol. 1 (2012) through current issue

Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men is a multidisciplinary research journal whose articles will focus on issues related to aspects of Black men's experiences, including such topics as gender, masculinities, and race/ethnicity. Spectrum will examine the social, political, economic, and historical factors that influence the life chances and experiences of African-descended males using disciplinary and interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives, empirical methods, theoretical analysis, and literary criticism.

It will seek to be a space where advocacy and imagination meet in order to reveal a global,complex Black manhood from the dawning of modernity through the present time.

Published by: Indiana University Press


E-ISSN: 2162-3252
Print ISSN: 2162-3244

Submission Guidelines



The editors invite submissions of original, previously unpublished manuscripts that engage issues related to aspects of Black men’s experiences or topics such as gender, masculinities, and race/ethnicity. Specifically, the journal welcomes manuscripts that examine the social, political, economic, and historical factors that influence the life chances and experiences of men of Black descent; authors should address such concerns using disciplinary or interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and approach those topics using empirical methods, theoretical analysis, or literary criticism.

Manuscripts should not exceed 35 pages, including references and tables. Articles that have been published elsewhere in any form, version, or language cannot be considered for publication in Spectrum. Be advised that articles available on the Internet constitute previously published articles. Electronic manuscripts (and accompanying cover letter) should be composed in Microsoft Word, formatted according to Spectrum guidelines, and sent to: spectrum@osu.edu

Authors of articles that have been accepted for publication must sign a consent-to-publish form, which is an agreement vesting copyright in Indiana University Press.

Spectrum follows publication guidelines according to American Psychological Association, 5th edition. Articles that do not conform to APA Guidelines will be returned to the author before being released for external review.

1. Manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments, preferably as Word files (.doc or .docx), be double-spaced, use a 12-point standard font (e.g., Times New Roman), and have one inch margins. Use only one space after all punctuation.

2. In addition, the article must include (1) a 150-word abstract and (2) a list of references, following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Please note that all works cited in the body of the essay and in endnotes must appear, with full bibliographic details, in the reference list.

3. Include all endnotes (if used) as a separate file. Do not use word processor features that embed notes as footnotes or endnotes. Note numbers should be prepared as Arabic numerals in superscript and normally occur at the end of a sentence, not following an author’s name.

4. All images must be submitted in electronic files, as PDFs or JPGs. (Large electronic files may be sent through a file-sharing service, such as Dropbox or YouSendIt). It will be the responsibility of the author to secure permission to reprint copyrighted images or texts.

5. Do not center or fully justify your text—all text should be left-justified. Paragraph indentations should be tabbed at five spaces. Do not enter carriage returns within paragraphs, especially for indented quotations, where you should set new margins.

6. Use American spellings and punctuation except when quoting from a source that has used British style. All punctuation except colons and semicolons is placed inside quotation marks. Single quotes are used only for quotes within quotes; otherwise, double quotation marks are to be used.

7. Provide translations (your own—or the standard, if there is a printed translation available) of all material in languages other than English. The translations should be incorporated into the text, following the foreign term or foreign selection.

8. Please pay particular attention to the following matters of punctuation:

  • Apostrophes: All singular proper nouns, including the names of persons and places, form their possessives in the same manner (Mars’s wrath, Camus’s novel, Kansas’s weather, Dickens’s reputation; but the Dickenses’ economic woes).
  • Colons: Skip one space only, not two. In separating a title and subtitle of a book, use a colon.
  • Periods: Skip one space only (not two) after all periods, semicolons, and commas.
  • Commas: Always use a comma before all coordinating conjunctions in a series of three or more items and always after “i.e.” and “e.g.”
  • Hyphens: Do not use spaces before or after hyphens.
  • Em-dashes: Prepare on disk as two hyphens with no space before or after hyphens (“natural--instead of chosen--alliances”). Typesetters will convert the hyphens to em-dashes (“natural—instead of chosen— alliances”).

Editorial Board

Volume 3, Number 1, Autumn 2014

 Editorial Board

Co-Editors

Judson L. Jeffries
Terrell L. Strayhorn
The Ohio State University

Managing Editor

Molly Reinhoudt
The Ohio State University

Multimedia Editor

Joseph A. Kitchen
The Ohio State University

Editorial Assistant

Derrick L. Tillman-Kelly
The Ohio State University

Editorial Board

Michael Clemons
Old Dominion University

Carole Boyce Davies
Cornell University

Simone Drake
The Ohio State University

Floyd W. Hayes, III
Johns Hopkins University

bell hooks
Berea College

Biodun Jeyifo
Harvard University

Anthony J. Lemelle, Jr.
City University of New York

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.
University of Maryland

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH
The Ohio State University

H. Ike Okafor-Newsum (H.E. Newsum)
The Ohio State University

Robert Palmer
SUNY Binghamton

Townsand Price-Spratlen
The Ohio State University

Marlon B. Ross
University of Virginia

James Stewart
Penn State Universit y Greater Allegheny

Editorial Office

Department of African-American and African Studies
The Ohio State University

Volume 2, Number 2, Spring 2014

 Editorial Board

Co-Editors

Judson L. Jeffries
Terrell L. Strayhorn
The Ohio State University

Managing Editor

Molly Reinhoudt
The Ohio State University

Multimedia Editor

Joseph A. Kitchen
The Ohio State University

Editorial Assistant

Derrick L. Tillman-Kelly
The Ohio State University

Editorial Board

Michael Clemons
Old Dominion University

Carole Boyce Davies
Cornell University

Simone Drake
The Ohio State University

Floyd W. Hayes, III
Johns Hopkins University

bell hooks
Berea College

Biodun Jeyifo
Harvard University

Anthony J. Lemelle, Jr.
City University of New York

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.
University of Maryland

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH
The Ohio State University

H. Ike Okafor-Newsum (H.E. Newsum)
The Ohio State University

Robert Palmer
SUNY Binghamton

Townsand Price-Spratlen
The Ohio State University

Marlon B. Ross
University of Virginia

James Stewart
Penn State Universit y Greater Allegheny

Editorial Office

Department of African-American and African Studies
The Ohio State University

Volume 2, Number 1, Autumn 2013

 Editorial Board

Co-Editors

Judson L. Jeffries
Terrell L. Strayhorn
The Ohio State University

Managing Editor

Molly Reinhoudt
The Ohio State University

Multimedia Editor

Joseph A. Kitchen
The Ohio State University

Editorial Assistant

Derrick L. Tillman-Kelly
The Ohio State University

Editorial Board

Michael Clemons
Old Dominion University

Carole Boyce Davies
Cornell University

Simone Drake
The Ohio State University

Floyd W. Hayes, III
Johns Hopkins University

bell hooks
Berea College

Biodun Jeyifo
Harvard University

Anthony J. Lemelle, Jr.
City University of New York

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.
University of Maryland

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH
The Ohio State University

H. Ike Okafor-Newsum (H.E. Newsum)
The Ohio State University

Robert Palmer
SUNY Binghamton

Townsand Price-Spratlen
The Ohio State University

Marlon B. Ross
University of Virginia

James Stewart
Penn State Universit y Greater Allegheny

Editorial Office

Department of African-American and African Studies
The Ohio State University

Volume 1, Number 2, Spring 2013

 Editorial Board

Co-Editors

Judson L. Jeffries
Terrell L. Strayhorn
The Ohio State University

Managing Editor

Molly Reinhoudt
The Ohio State University

Multimedia Editor

Joseph A. Kitchen
The Ohio State University

Editorial Assistant

Derrick L. Tillman-Kelly
The Ohio State University

Editorial Board

Carole Boyce Davies
Cornell University

Simone Drake
The Ohio State University

Floyd W. Hayes, III
Johns Hopkins University

David Harold Ikard
Florida State University

Biodun Jeyifo
Harvard University

Anthony J. Lemelle, Jr.
City University of New York

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.
University of Maryland

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH
The Ohio State University

H. Ike Okafor-Newsum (H.E. Newsum)
The Ohio State University

Robert Palmer
SUNY Binghamton

Townsand Price-Spratlen
The Ohio State University

Marlon B. Ross
University of Virginia

James Stewart
Penn State Universit y Greater Allegheny

Editorial Office

Department of African-American and African Studies
The Ohio State University

Volume 1, Number 1, Autumn 2012

 Editorial Board

Co-Editors

Judson L. Jeffries
Terrell L. Strayhorn
The Ohio State University

Managing Editor

Molly Reinhoudt
The Ohio State University

Multimedia Editor

Joseph A. Kitchen
The Ohio State University

Editorial Assistant

Derrick L. Tillman-Kelly
The Ohio State University

Editorial Board

Carole Boyce Davies
Cornell University

Simone Drake
The Ohio State University

Floyd W. Hayes, III
Johns Hopkins University

David Harold Ikard
Florida State University

Biodun Jeyifo
Harvard University

Anthony J. Lemelle, Jr.
City University of New York

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr.
University of Maryland

Leon McDougle, MD, MPH
The Ohio State University

H. Ike Okafor-Newsum (H.E. Newsum)
The Ohio State University

Robert Palmer
SUNY Binghamton

Townsand Price-Spratlen
The Ohio State University

Marlon B. Ross
University of Virginia

James Stewart
Penn State Universit y Greater Allegheny

Editorial Office

Department of African-American and African Studies
The Ohio State University