Boyhood Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal

Editor: Michael R.M. Ward, Swansea University

Managing Editor: Diederik F. Janssen, Independent Scholar

Subjects: Gender Studies, Childhood and Youth Studies, Education, Social Sciences, Cultural Studies

General Call for Papers

Books for Review

Volume 12 / 2019, 2 issues per volume (summer, winter)

Aims & Scope

Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is a peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for the discussion of boyhood, young masculinities, and boys’ lives by exploring the full scale of intricacies, challenges, and legacies that inform male and masculine developments. Boyhood Studies is committed to a critical and international scope and solicits both articles and special issue proposals from a variety of research fields including, but not limited to, the social and psychological sciences, historical and cultural studies, philosophy, and social, legal, and health studies.

One of the core missions of the journal is to initiate conversation across disciplines, research angles, and intellectual viewpoints. Both theoretical and empirical contributions fit the journal’s scope with critical literature reviews and review essays also welcomed. Possible topics include boyish and tomboyish genders; boys and schooling; boys and (post)feminisms; the folklore, mythology, and poetics of “male development”; son-parent and male student-teacher relations; young masculinities in the digital and postdigital ages; young sexualities; as well as representations of boyhoods across temporalities, geographies, and cultures.


Boyhood Studies is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Cabell's Directory
  • Emerging Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (De Gruyter)
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

Editor: Michael R.M. Ward, Swansea University
Managing Editor: Diederik F. Janssen, Independent Scholar

Editorial Board

Eric Baumgartner, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Deevia Bhana, School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Tristan Bridges, University of California, Santa Barbara, US   

Jürgen Budde, University of Flensburg, Germany  

Victoria Cann, University of East Anglia, UK  

Judy Y. Chu, Stanford University, USA

Edward Fergus, New York University, USA

Michael Flood, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Lucas Gottzen, Stockholm University, Sweden  

Carolyn Jackson, Lancaster University, UK 

Amanda Keddie, Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Griffith University, Australia

Michael D. Kehler, PhD, Western University, Canada

Saul Keyworth, University of Bedfordshire, UK 

Kenneth B. Kidd, University of Florida, USA

Jón Ingvar Kjaran, University of Iceland, Iceland

Jay Mechling, University of California, Davis, USA

Alex McInch, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK  

Edward Morris, University of Kentucky, USA

Ken ParilleEast Carolina University, USA 

Thomas Viola Rieske, Europa-Universität, Flensburg, Germany 

Anna Tarrant, University of Lincoln, UK   












Manuscript Submission

Please carefully review the contributor submission and style guide PDF here before submitting.

The editorial board welcomes contributions. Article submissions are accepted continually, and all authors are encouraged to contribute.

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to the Editors at

Articles should generally be approximately 6,500 words, including notes and references, although longer pieces may be considered. Book reviews should be a maximum of 1,500 words in length. Please consult with the editors about appropriate subjects and lengths for review essays.

Submissions without complete and properly formatted reference lists may be rejected; manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to the style guide will be returned to the author for amendment. This is particularly important in relation to in-text citations and reference list details. While we would prefer not to have to return manuscripts that do not comply to their authors for style revision, we may be compelled to do so before we submit them for review.

View Guest Editor Guidelines here.

Boyhood Studies is committed to inclusive citation and scholarly practice. We encourage our contributors to ensure they reference and engage with the works of female, black, and minority ethnic writers, and work by other under-represented groups.


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Ethics Statement

Authors published in Boyhood Studies (BHS) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete BHS ethics statement.

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