Journal of Sex Research


Aims and Scope

The Journal of Sex Research (JSR) is a scholarly journal devoted to the publication of articles relevant to the variety of disciplines involved in the scientific study of sexuality. JSR is designed to stimulate research and promote an interdisciplinary understanding of the diverse topics in contemporary sexual science. JSR publishes empirical reports, theoretical essays, literature reviews, methodological articles, historical articles, teaching papers, book reviews, and letters to the editor. JSR actively seeks submissions from researchers outside of North America. The JSR audience is researchers and practitioners in the fields of psychology, sociology, education, psychiatry, communication, and allied health. JSR can be found by accessing the Taylor and Francis Publishing website at


2015 Impact Factor: 2.862 (Journal Citation Reports, Thomson Reuters.®)


Information for Contributors

Manuscript Submission

JSR uses an online submission and review system, ScholarOne, through which authors submit manuscripts and track their progress up until acceptance for publication. Please log on to for information and instructions regarding registration and manuscript submission. Authors will enter pertinent information into the system and submit the following files: (a) cover letter file (see description below); (b) title page file that includes authors’ names, affiliations (institutional and departmental), and addresses, e-mail, fax, and phone numbers of the corresponding author, as well as 4-5 key words, and any acknowledgments. When uploading this file, select the ‘‘Title Page and Acknowledgments’’ File Designation from the drop-down menu; (c) main document file (Word format), including the abstract, all text, references, footnotes, and appendixes; (c) figures and tables, which should be submitted as separate files. Please do not submit PDF files. As part of the submission process, authors will also be asked to provide a suggested running head (an abbreviated title) that should not exceed 50 characters including spaces.

Because an anonymous peer review system is employed, please ensure that manuscripts have been properly blinded; author names and affiliations and acknowledgments should not appear anywhere in the main document file. Author names and affiliations are entered in a separate section in the online system for submission of manuscripts. 

The cover letter should include the following information: (a) a description of the ethical review process employed by the authors; (b) a statement that the manuscript has not been published and is not currently under consideration elsewhere. If the data has been published in some form elsewhere, the authors should indicate how the content of the submitted manuscript provides new information not available in previously published articles written by the authors.

Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright owners to reprint or adapt a table or figure or to reprint quotations from one source exceeding the limits of fair use. Authors should write to both the author(s) and the publishers of such material to request nonexclusive world rights in all languages for use in the article and in future editions of it. 

All inquiries regarding journal policy, manuscript preparation, and submission should be sent to preparation/submission should be sent to the Editor.

Manuscript Style

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th. ed.). Prior to submission, please review the APA submission guidelines carefully. Manuscripts that do not conform to APA guidelines may be returned to the author(s).

Although there is no maximum word length, a typical article accepted for publication will not exceed 35 double-spaced pages, including references and any tables/figures. The title should consist of 30 or fewer words and should identify the major variables investigated in the research. An abstract of 200 or fewer words is required for all papers submitted.

Guidelines and free tutorials on APA style can be found at This website also contains guidelines on the use of unbiased language and terms related to gender and sexual orientation; see

More detailed information about Manuscript Style can be found on the journal’s website at:

Language Editing Services

For authors who would like assistance with English editing and proof-reading their manuscripts before submitting an article to The Journal of Sex Research, a list of companies that provide language editing services can found at:   


Journal of Sex Research Editorial Board


Cynthia A. Graham, PhD, C. Psychol.

Editor, Journal of Sex Research

Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Department of Psychology, Room 44/3016
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences
Shackleton Building (B44)
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton



Associate Editors:

Osmo Kontula, Ph.D.

Population Research Institute, Helsinki, Finland  

Lucia O'Sullivan, Ph.D.

  University of New Brunswick, Canada

Zoe D. Peterson, Ph.D.

University of Missouri- St. Louis, Missouri 

Margaret Rosario, Ph.D.

City University of New York - City College and Graduate Center 

John Wincze, Ph.D.

Brown University


Annual Review of Sex Research Editor:

Sari van Anders, Ph.D.

University of Michigan


Consulting Editors:

Katherine R. Allen, Ph.D.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Anthony F. Bogaert, Ph.D.

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D.

The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Lori A. Brotto, Ph.D.

University of British Columbia, Canada

James Cantor, Ph.D. 

  Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto

Heather Cecil, Ph.D.

Pennsylvania State University

Meredith Chivers, Ph.D.

Queen's University

Aaron H. Devor, Ph.D.

University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Lisa M. Diamond, Ph.D

University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Shari L. Dworkin, Ph.D.

University of California at San Francisco

Anke Ehrhardt, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Terri D. Fisher, Ph.D

Ohio State University at Mansfield

Miriam K. Forbes, PhD

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Christian Grov, PhD

City University of New York - Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, New York, New York

Gert Martin Hald, Ph.D

University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Devon Hensel, Ph.D. (Statistical Consultant)            

Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana Purdue University-Indianapolis

Debra Herbenick, Ph.D

Indiana University-Bloomington

Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D

University of California at Davis

Jenny A. Higgins, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Terry Humphreys, Ph.D.

Trent University, Canada

Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Amy Lykins, Ph.D.

University of New England, Australia

Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, Ph.D.

University of Windsor, Canada

Marita P. McCabe, Ph.D.

Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Elizabeth M. Morgan, Ph.D.

Springfield College

Charlene Muehlenhard, Ph.D.

University of Kansas

Pedro Nobre, Ph.D.

Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Anthony Paik, Ph.D.

University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Amherst, MA

Richard Parker, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Jay P. Paul, Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Juliet Richters, Ph.D.

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

David L. Rowland, Ph.D.

Valparaiso University

Theo Sandfort, Ph.D.

   New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, New York

Michael Seto, Ph.D.

Forensic Rehabilitation Research, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Robyn L. Shepardson, Ph.D.

   VA Center for Integrated Healthcare, Syracuse, New York

Alexsandar Štulhofer, Ph.D.

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Bente Traeen, Ph.D.

University of Tromsø, Norway

Sari Van Anders, Ph.D.

University of Michigan

Virginia J. Vitzthum, Ph.D.

Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana University

L. Monique Ward, Ph.D.

   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Laura Widman, Ph.D.

   North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Brian J. Willoughby, Ph.D.

Bringham Young University 


Table of Contents and Details

To view articles published online ahead of print (iFirst), see 

For a complete list of previous articles and the table of contents to the Journal of Sex Research, please visit the following link.  

For more details on the Journal of Sex Research, including information on obtaining a free sample copy, online subscriptions, and non-member pricing, please visit the Taylor and Francis Group website. 


Member Online Access 

SSSS members receive online access to the Journal of Sex Research as a benefit of membership. New online access vouchers will be e-mailed to members in late December Be sure to check your e-mail so your access can continue uninterrupted. If your voucher does not arrive by January or if you experience any difficulties with your new voucher, please contact directly. 


Information for Reviewers

Individuals who are interested in becoming a reviewer for The Journal of Sex Research should email the Editor for more information.








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