Sex Roles: A Journal of Research is a global, multidisciplinary, scholarly, social and behavioral science journal with a feminist perspective. It publishes original research reports as well as original theoretical papers and conceptual review articles that explore how gender organizes people’s lives and their surrounding worlds, including gender identities, belief systems, representations, interactions, relations, organizations, institutions, and statuses.

The range of topics covered is broad and dynamic, including but not limited to the study of gendered attitudes, stereotyping, and sexism; gendered contexts, culture, and power; the intersections of gender with race, class, sexual orientation, age, and other statuses and identities; body image; violence; gender (including masculinities) and feminist identities; human sexuality; communication studies; work and organizations; gendered development across the life span or life course; mental, physical, and reproductive health and health care; sports; interpersonal relationships and attraction; activism and social change; economic, political, and legal inequities; and methodological challenges and innovations in doing gender research.

The journal also publishes invited book reviews that address gender-relevant topics.

Total cites within Women's Studies journals: ranked 1st out of 41
Total cites within Social Psychology: ranked 11th out of 62

5 Year Impact Factor: 2.067

  • Focuses on understanding gender, gendered processes, and gendered contexts within the social and behavioral sciences
  • Publishes original empirical research articles, “Feminist Forum” original theoretical papers and conceptual review articles, and book reviews
  • Ranked first in total cites within Women's Studies journals

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  • Janice D. Yoder
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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2.277 (2018)
Impact factor
3.171 (2018)
Five year impact factor
42 days
Submission to first decision
189 days
Submission to acceptance
1,159,578 (2019)

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This journal has 78 open access articles

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